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California Kölsch | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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3.55/5
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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:
#39,700
Reviews:
428
Ratings:
1,364
pDev:
13.52%
Bros Score:
3.88
 
 
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49
Gots:
296
Trade:
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Photo of Weisseguy1
2.98/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of prototypic
2.99/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hmph. I was fully expecting this to be an APA, but much to my surprise, it's a Kolsch. Who knew? Without further ado, it's pale gold and a little hazy. A foamy white head sits atop and stands about two fingers tall. It was surprisingly slow to dissipate and left a much more generous coat of lace than I expected. Nice looking beer.

The nose is weak and below average. Primarily, it's grainy and grassy. There's some light lemon and orange notes. Pale malts are noted and add a sweet scent to the mix. Past that, it's tough sledding. It doesn't smell overtly bad in any way, there's just not much here to work with. This could definitely use some attention.

Yellowtail is interesting beer, but not in a good way. A testament to a beer's average-ness occurs when the most notable thing about it is how dry it is. That's the case here. It's not all bad and is better here than on the nose. Still. Work needs to be done. It's very grainy and grassy throughout. Very light lemon and green grape flavors are present. It has a sweet, pale malt base that's not bad. A bitter surge of spicy hop flavor attacks toward the end. That's actually the high point for the flavor. Did I mention it was dry? It finishes extremely dry. Very average across the board.

The body is light, leaning medium. Carbonation is active and a little crisp. It's not quite smooth, but it's not bad. Drinkability is pretty average. I don't like the flavor very much and it's so damn dry. Ordinarily, a beer like this would be nice on a hot day, but I'm not sure I'd want something this dry.

Yellowtail Pale Ale is easily the most disappointing beer I've had from Ballast Point. First of all, the name is a little misleading (at least in my opinion). To be fair it says it's a Kolsch, but I wasn't holding the bottle when I ordered it over the interwebz. Small gripe. More substantively, the nose is very weak, it's way short on flavor, and is way too damn dry. I recognize that Kolsch is a tough style to pull off. But, this one's not really close to a good take on it. If crossed with the opportunity to pick up another bottle, I'd probably pass. I'd suggest you do the same.

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Photo of Professor_Yeesh
2.99/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of bluehende
2.99/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Not a fan of this beer. The hops seemed bitter without any real flavor.

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Photo of t2grogan
3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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

Like everyone has said before me; THIS IS NOT A TRADITIONAL PALE ALE
This beer pours, tastes and smells like a pilsner, very similar to a miller light imo.
You could straight beer bong this shit.
I was also disappointed as many others here that the packaging does not represent the correct product. This is a great session beer or if youre eating a big meal but other than that there is no reason for me to buy this again. Very little to no hops. :(

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of 03fatboy
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of rbeechan
3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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