California Kölsch | Ballast Point Brewing Company

BA SCORE
81
good
1,348 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
Ratings:
1,348
Reviews:
426
Avg:
3.55
pDev:
13.52%
 
 
Wants:
48
Gots:
288
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of robear
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of murphius1118
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of MerkinMan
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Medium gold and very clear. Fluffy white head that has some staying power (settles in slowly).

S: Cracker-like grain presence with a touch of sulfur in the nose. Some earthy hop aroma (light). Dominant scents are grainy and sulfur. Just a touch of DMS, but not in a bad way. Very slightly buttery.

T: Starts with a cracker like grain flavor followed by balancing bitterness with a little bit of a banana flavor in the finish. Finishes otherwise pretty dry with lingering bitterness. Balance is a little toward hop bitterness without much hop flavor at all.

MF: Medium light bodied and well carbonated. No creaminess - somewhat prickly on the the tongue. No heat or astringency.

O: A good standard American pale ale with a small interesting twist which is the slightly fruity, but not very long facet of the finish. The label does say in small letters "Kolsch Style Ale", and I wonder if this was added to account for the fruitiness, or if this was intentional. I'd drink more of these, but might not seek it out.

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Photo of beermemarge
2.84/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle to glass. Orange, yellow, brown in appearance. Small head that quickly dissipated. Decent carbonation. Strong malt nose, really enjoyable smell. Taste wasn't as balanced. Heavy malt flavor, apple, little bit of spice, really sweet. Very low bitterness with high amount sweetness made the beer off balanced. Medium mouth feel. Not bad but there are much better beers from this brewery.

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Photo of alwaysplayin
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of JamLand
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Smarty_Pints
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of gtermi
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of MonkeyBread
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Kenai4
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Ice_cyclops86
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Hessian257
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of TahoeTweezed
4/5  rDev +12.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Quinnspub1
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of ColdOneKev
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of RDB51
3.84/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Yellowtail is an excellent beer. It is a perfect selection for a fresh, on tap product, here close to the brewery. Its appearance is slightly darker than a golden color. (I am color blind so I guess there is a red or brown tint.) The fresh draft product is lightly carbonated and the head is firm but less than most beers. Yellowtail is a very popular beer in San Diego bars, so it does not rest in the tap lines long. It is very accessible to those who drink beer occasionally or who are deviating from their domestic lager rut. It seems slightly sweeter than other pale ales.

While I would normally select a IPA for one or two beers with a meal, when I order a pitcher of half priced brew, I normally select Yellowtail. This smooth, low carbonated product is a great pick for watching 2-3 hours of sports in a bar. (Go Blackhawks!)

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Photo of Jmitchell3
4/5  rDev +12.7%

California Kölsch from Ballast Point Brewing Company
3.55 out of 5 based on 1,348 ratings.
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