California Kölsch
Ballast Point Brewing Company

California KölschCalifornia Kölsch
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From:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
 
California, United States
Style:
Kölsch
Ranked #207
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
81
Ranked #27,156
Avg:
3.55 | pDev: 13.52%
Ratings:
1,399
Status:
Active
Rated:
Nov 18, 2021
Added:
Dec 26, 2001
Wants:
  59
Gots:
  315
SCORE
81
Good
California KölschCalifornia Kölsch
Notes: Formerly Yellowtail Pale Ale and Pale Ale The Original.

There's no wonder why our Pale Ale is so popular--it is skillfully crafted in the style of the Kolsch beers of Cologne, Germany. We've chosen German hops for aroma, and rounded out the recipe with a blend of American and German malts.

While it is very much like a pilsner, our Pale Ale is fermented at ale temperatures, giving it a subdued fruitiness--a perfect compliment to the crispness of the wheat and maltiness of the Munich malt. If you like a lighter brew but also like the complexity of craft beers, then our Pale Ale is for you.

23 IBU
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4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Scrappy notes from 2008.
This beer was called "Yellow Tail Pale Ale" when I had it in Autumn 2008 in San Diego on tap on the beach at a small pub/restaurant that gave surfboarding lessons. The beer is very light bodied, crisp & brisk yet rather creamy. Some pronounced hops and finishes quickly. It has a clean malty smell. Extremely easy drinking and very fresh tasting. Beautifully balanced. Would buy it anytime and I highly recommend it.

Nov 18, 2021
 
3.62 by QuintusHorace from California on Jul 26, 2021
 
3.93 by Shatik from California on Jul 14, 2021
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3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by Sigmund from Norway

355 ml bottle, from Fakta Hirtshals. BB date is hard to read, but is possibly Febr. 2014. Pale golden colour, slightly hazy. Low white head. Yeasty aroma, notes of slightly stale jam / marmalade. The flavour is moderately spicy and herbal with hints of citrus. Dry finish.

Dec 12, 2020
 
3.5 by TallGuyCM from California on Jun 16, 2020
 
4 by BalancingBrooms from Illinois on Feb 01, 2020
 
3.5 by mblakesley from California on Jan 22, 2020
 
3.52 by gboley from California on Dec 10, 2019
 
3.46 by jstern from California on Nov 11, 2019
 
3.5 by DFred from California on Jul 06, 2019
 
1.84 by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington on Apr 30, 2019
 
3.63 by riderwbd from Vermont on Mar 09, 2019
 
4.31 by orcafella from California on Mar 07, 2019
 
3.06 by acurtis from New Jersey on Dec 27, 2018
 
3.67 by DOCRW from Washington on Nov 12, 2018
 
3.48 by mmmbeer89 from New Mexico on Aug 16, 2018
 
3.97 by flek from Massachusetts on Aug 11, 2018
 
3.25 by COBEERHUNTER from Colorado on Jul 16, 2018
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4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4
by mcarter76 from California

Very pleasant taste and smell. A bit on the weak side after drinking so many IPAs.

Jul 01, 2018
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3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by REVZEB from Illinois

Rated as a kolsch, the style listed, but this is definitely a hybrid beer. I would agree with kolsch because of the body makeup and feel, but the pale hops are definitely felt through out. Feels trapped in between, hops don't stand out. Doesn't really pull off the combination well for me though, left wanting more

Jun 30, 2018
 
3.73 by ElGallo from New Hampshire on Jun 28, 2018
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by EMV from Pennsylvania

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear light golden pour with 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Falls fast... solid ring of lacing.

S: Sweet grains and toasted malts. Light citrusy hops.

T/F: Closely follows the nose. Light sweet grains... mild fruit and citrus. Modest grape must. A bit of hop bitterness. Light bodied... clean and crisp. The finish is mildly sweet fruit.

O: An easy-drinking Kolsch with decent flavor. Nothing special but a well-made and flavorful beer.

Jun 19, 2018
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3.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by WickedBeer from Alabama

It’s drinkable for sure. Like yellowfin tuna it’s all around and tasty. Malt and wheat, overly fruity and sweet. I’m a poet and I didn’t even know it.

Jun 15, 2018
 
3.5 by Wontonst from California on Jun 08, 2018
Photo of Craig-er
4.02/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Craig-er from New Hampshire

Very nice version of this style. Has a complexity that is refreshing. I tasted this very cold. Impressive for a lighter style beer.

May 25, 2018
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3.84/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours yellow orange with a tiny white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of sweet grain, slight fruitiness. Tastes of sweet grain with very slight citrus and slight smokiness. Beer is light bodied and very easy drinking, good carbonation, but a tad heavy. Overall, a very good beer.

May 23, 2018
 
3.5 by eldoctorador from Chile on May 17, 2018
 
3.77 by George2744 from Pennsylvania on May 09, 2018
 
3.6 by Ronl12 from Massachusetts on May 09, 2018
 
3.41 by DigitGrowler from Kentucky on Apr 28, 2018
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3.99/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

12 oz bottle

clear golden color, white head. mild bready and grainy malt aroma. taste is mildly flavorful malt ,but very clean. easy drinking but enough flavor.

Feb 27, 2018
 
3.41 by zstamper from California on Feb 06, 2018
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4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by ArnoldBlumenthal from Maryland

Refreshing and more flavor than expected.

Dec 29, 2017
 
3.75 by InfernoBoss from California on Dec 27, 2017
 
3.37 by TheCrowsEye from California on Dec 10, 2017
 
3.13 by corywalston from North Dakota on Dec 06, 2017
 
2.25 by NeckBootHeadAss from Virginia on Dec 03, 2017
 
3.63 by dctarga from California on Nov 28, 2017
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3.91/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by vikinggary28 from California

Golden colour with a white head. Smells like a pilsner with a hint of citrusy hops. Tastes very smooth, maybe to smooth. I can see myself polishing of one to many on a hot summer day. Great flavour and mouthfeel. Prost!

Nov 08, 2017
 
3.13 by JustinAbs from Virginia on Nov 08, 2017
California Kölsch from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 1399 ratings