California Kölsch | Ballast Point Brewing Company

California KölschCalifornia Kölsch
BA SCORE
37%
Liked This Beer
3.55 w/ 1,358 ratings
California KölschCalifornia Kölsch
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:
#38,921
Reviews:
427
Ratings:
1,358
Liked:
502
Avg:
3.55/5
pDev:
13.52%
Alströms:
3.88
 
 
Wants:
49
Gots:
293
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,358 |  Reviews: 427
Photo of Mleblanc25
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of pandatron
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Justinprintz
3.31/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of d_kizzle
3.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pajeff
3.32/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of CMundt4994
3.27/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ShanePB
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sound_Explorer
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

This may technically be an ale but it tastes like a lager

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Photo of 57md
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light yellowish copper in color. The nose is more yeasty than hoppy - I can tell right off that this is no APA.

This has the body and malt profile of an amber lager even though it is fermented like an ale. The brewer considers this beer to be in the Kolsch tradition but the body is far heavier than any Kolsch I've ever tasted.

If you don't mind jumbled up styles, then this is a fine beer to pair with almost any food.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kerry4porters
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Act25
3.49/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. can into a SA pint glass. Love this brewer.

A pours a clear gold with a finger of foamy white head and very little lacing.

S smell is malty first, w fruit aroma .. say white grape and citrus rind. grassy. Kolsch +.

T taste is fruity with a lemon rind first followed by white grapes. some Belgian malt yeasty in the finish.

F smooth with a drinkable silky body. Nice session beer.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
3.46/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

OK pale ale that's crisp with a citrus and light piney aroma. Lighter on hops than what's been coming out from Ballast Point recently but it has a decent malt, orange, lemon and peach profile. Certainly not a pale ale standout compared to other labels and it even falls quite short when compared to its in-house offering Grunion. Bit surprised coming from such an excellent brewery.

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Photo of CraigP83
3.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Golden Amber in color. Smells like a pils, more floral on the rate than anything else, no hop profile at all. Just a well rounded everyday beer

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Photo of breadwinner
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I'm not sure I get the low scores either, other than frustrations over A) it's actually a kolsch-style ale, not a pale ale and/or B) it's not a big old hop bomb of a beer. Regardless, I thought this was clean and delicious and the description from the brewer incredibly apt -- "...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." The German hops natural spice and grassiness work well with that understated citrus fruit note from the ale yeast, but never cover up a clean malt base. Will be reaching for this one very often indeed this summer.

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Photo of beersinthebuckystate
3.37/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of atone315
3.87/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of mikeg67
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can. Pours deep golden with tall, long-lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of Noble hops, bready malt and hint of citrus. Body is medium and smooth. Herbal hops and pale malt nicely balanced on the palate. Finish is medium, soft, slightly bitter. I could drink this whole day.

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Photo of Mflanaga
3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Eziel
3.49/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brn9000
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

California Kölsch from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 37% out of 100 with 1,358 ratings
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