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California Kölsch | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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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:
#39,795
Reviews:
428
Ratings:
1,364
pDev:
13.52%
Bros Score:
3.88
 
 
Wants:
49
Gots:
297
Trade:
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,364 |  Reviews: 428
Photo of LarryMyers
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jemes21
3.22/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of djrn2
3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Sweffin
3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of martyl1000
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zak333
3.92/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of milwaukee512
4.29/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pretty good for a Kolsch-style beer, but in my opinion this style of beer is just boring. Easily drinkable, with nice carbonation and a pleasant taste, but nothing that jumps out. I was expecting more from B.P., but I guess this is just how Kolsch beers are.

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

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

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

Photo of snaxcat
4.06/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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