California Kölsch | Ballast Point Brewing Company

BA SCORE
81
good
1,338 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:
1,338
Reviews:
423
Avg:
3.55
pDev:
13.52%
 
 
Wants:
48
Gots:
280
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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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 Acamusm
4.28/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jamesjmacdonald
4.28/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.27/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium clear yellow with a nice foamy head that left a little lace.

Good bready and light malt aromas, with a bit of yeast in the mix.

BIg surprise with the level of sweet malt and light fruit in this one (for a Kolsch). Nice, complex shift in flavors with each sip. Light bready flavor, then some bitter hop leaf, then some sweet maltiness and light fruit, turning to a dry end. What more could you ask?

Medium body, to medium-light. This was a bomber from around the grill, and it was perfect. Great drinkable summer beer. Went down extremely easy, and had no harsh edges. Great balance between the sweet and dry. WTF is wrong with me. I'vbe been staring at this beer on the shelves for abou a year before finally pulling the trigger and buying it yesterday. Well worth it. I will definitely explore other offerings from these guys. Buy this.

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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 Quinnspub1
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of jsh420
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of BlottoOtto
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of mimbriglio
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of cdog707yo
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of afluentturtle
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of pathman
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of bundy462
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of crob3888
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of jbuckley1972
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of JTomczak
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of Btrap
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of deadliest
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of jscheuf
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of jesus808
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of chocosushi
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

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

12oz bottle into snifter. Best by 01/19/13. Thanks for bringing these over, Matt.

A: Pours a very light shade of amber with a finger of frothy white head that faded into a soft film.
S: Big kolsh nose with notes of light malts and toasted grains.
T: Dry grains, creamy oatmeal taste, slightly sweet caramel, tons of wheat, and mellow fruity hops. Very creamy, complex (for the style) and smooth. The finish is full of pepper spices and the aftertaste is that of wheat and fruit.
M: Creamy mouthfeel from soft carbonation, medium-light body, drying and refreshing mouthfeel. Very smooth, light, and drinkable all-around. J
O: A pleasant surprise. I’d be disappointed if this was a true pale ale as the hops are too mellow and the wheat and grains are too prominent. However, if you’re looking for a very flavorful light beer give this one a try.

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Photo of CousinSuzy
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

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 JakeBarnett
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

California Kölsch from Ballast Point Brewing Company
3.55 out of 5 based on 1,338 ratings.
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