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California Kölsch | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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3.55/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States
ballastpoint.com

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-26-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#39,699
Reviews:
428
Ratings:
1,364
pDev:
13.52%
Bros Score:
3.88
 
 
Wants:
49
Gots:
296
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
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Photo of vikinggary28
3.91/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of JustinAbs
3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of robebo44
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of braskey
3.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of leslie91
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Stout_Hunter
4.07/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of madelf66
3.79/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mpyle
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden color (slightly dark for style?), good clarity. Pours a nice white head, creamy and with good retention.

Bit of a hoppy nose which surprised me. Almost smells more pilsner than kolsch. Where is the lemon and soft fruit notes?

Some malty sweetness up front and some spicy hop flavors, and generally quite clean. But like with aroma don't feel like it hits the style quite right. Maybe a CA Kolsch is totally different from the real thing?

Medium body, fairly high carbonation. Hits the mark here I think.

Very nice drinking beer, good for summer, just not really a Kolsch style beer.

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Photo of Prost76
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Determined419
3.92/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.18/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BrahNick
3.99/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Light and smooth mouthfeel. Subtle hints of honey and banana. Incredibly refreshing.

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Photo of tdm168
3.54/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Finkline
3.19/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of a77cj7
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DerwinWentworth
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of billab914
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of guzzleacoldone
3.74/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IDABEERGUY
4.19/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Superheatnsubcool
3.81/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MinerBob
3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very nice offering from Ballast Point. Beer pours a golden color with a small white head. No discernable smell that I can tell but a nice smooth clean taste. Only a 23 IBU rating so you know it's not harsh.

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Photo of kitekid
3.84/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

-poured a clear golden orange with a moderate, creamy white head
-yeast and some hoppiness on the nose
-bready flavor with subtle fruits and spice
-crisp with a slightly sweet, pleasant finish
-enjoyed this on a hot NorCal day ... for which it is ideally suited

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Photo of Dinglehacker
4.19/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into stange.

Appearance: Nice thick white head. Dull gold color.

Nose: Grainy, with slight creaminess.

Taste: Lots of smooth grain, with crisp hop on the finish.

Mouth: Smooth, but a bit full. A little dry on the finish.

If you're looking for a lighter German-style ale, a great place to start.

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Photo of gmcb_5
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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California Kölsch from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 1,364 ratings
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