California Kölsch | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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1,356 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:
1,356
Reviews:
426
Avg:
3.55
pDev:
13.52%
 
 
Wants:
48
Gots:
292
For Trade:
0
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Photo of drtth
3.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a clear golden amber color with a 1" ivory head that recedes to a layer of light foam and a ring around the glass. Sipping leaves legs and small patches of lacing.

The aroma is mostly bready malt with some grassy character in the background.

The flavors are much as expected fro the nose there is the bready malt and the grassiness of the hops. There's also a bit of sweetness and fruitiness hanging around in the background.

The mouth feel is medium bodied and lightly prickly from the carbonation. The finish begins about 2/3 of the way through with the fading of the breadiness and sweetness. However, the hops seem more earthy than grassy and the bitterness seems just a bit off. There isn't quite the dryness at the end that's needed to invite the next sip.

According to the brewery this is a Kolsch inspired pale ale and it is possible to see some resemblances, however I prefer a "cleaner" crisper flavor profile where as this one seems to have just slightly missed the mark here and there. Given the other US brewed Kolsch style beers I've had, (and my memories of drinking Kolsch in Cologne) I'll probably be taking a pass on this one in the future.

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Photo of LennyOvies
3.49/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

L- Gold hazy body and a creamy head.
S- Fresh malt aroma with a citrus backbone.
T- Fresh malt within initial sip and then lemon gets mixed.
F- Fresh, light, a bit oily.
O- Fresh easy drink. Didn't really like the mouthfeel. Just good.

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

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

Photo of Honeybourne
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rcatalano
4.3/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jeysun23
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Hohnbaum
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tannerlondon
2.96/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Nickcal
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Schmuckles
3.64/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SimcoeKid
3.51/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dleigh
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dank203
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

the original. one of my favorite kolsch style beers. slight bitter and tart fruitiness. crisp and clean

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Photo of Tapioju
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Smconnor
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of KensWorld
4.06/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 10Crumra
3.04/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of jborgschulte
3.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of brandoman63
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of sinodux
3.05/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Photo of mig100
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RyanK252
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours golden yellow with a frothy off white head that settles to a nice layer and laces well.

S: Floral, a little spice, light fruity notes, faint citrus, a little grainy, and a hint of sweetness.

T: Kinda fruity, floral notes, lemon zest, a touch of spice, and light crackery malt.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, pretty crisp and refreshing.

O: Slightly misleading label, but a very solid kolsch.

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California Kölsch from Ballast Point Brewing Company
3.55 out of 5 based on 1,356 ratings.
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