California Kölsch | Ballast Point Brewing Company

California KölschCalifornia Kölsch
BA SCORE
37%
Liked This Beer
3.55 w/ 1,358 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
Ranking:
#38,913
Reviews:
427
Ratings:
1,358
Liked:
502
Avg:
3.55/5
pDev:
13.52%
Alströms:
3.88
 
 
Wants:
49
Gots:
293
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,358 |  Reviews: 427
Photo of DrunkenMaster
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Lahainas in Pacific Beach. Clear golden color with no almost no head. Tastes more like a pilsener than an pale. Light floral aroma with just a bit of citrus. I drank about 3 pitchers of this beer just sitting out on the patio at Lahainas on a beautiful night.

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Photo of Floydster
3.21/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle purchased from Cooke's in El Segundo for about four dollars, split with my friend last night, poured into a pint glass

A-Golden yellow color, can see right through this bad boy, one inch foamy white head, did not stick around for long, not much retention or lacing

S-A bit skunky surprisingly, grassy accents, straw and hay, dry hoppiness, some slightly bready malt, all aromas are weak and barely distinguishable

T-This beer was incredibly light and it was hard not to drink really fast, started off with some faint hops, some malt in the middle but not a very noticeable amount, more hops in the finish, scary how easy this stuff went down, especially as it warmed, taste faded mostly by the end but still not bad, would have liked to have more of an aroma and flavor to make this beer stand out, although it never did taste bad, just not too complex

M-Crisp, slightly dry, and slick mouthfeel, thirst quenching, thin body, large amount of carbonation, taste did not last long

D-Could drink a lot of this stuff mainly because it is so light and the ABV is below five, of course there is no booze, would make a nice session, smooth and crisp at the same time

Surprisingly had never tasted this one until yesterday, not one of Ballast Point's best by any means but not bad for its style, might drink again, especially in the summer time, worth trying

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Photo of jooler
3.21/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Smells like a lager and tastes like a lager, but bitter and crisp

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Photo of orangemoustache
3.21/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Yellowtail pours a tarnished gold with a bubbly bleach white head that retains pretty well,but leaves very little lacing as it recedes to a paper thin covering. The nose seems a bit understated and one dimensional,grainy,with the slightest amount of floral hops. Not realizing that this was a Kolsch style PA I thought it was a bit underpowered in the hop department. Upon reading the label and realizing the style being attempted I find this to be quite nice and balanced. A touch of grainy lightly toasted malt is backed up by an equal balance of earthy,grassy hops. Subtle lemon and spice. A slightly slick mouthfeel followed by dry,prickly cabonation and a slightly bitter finish. Yellowtail Pale Ale was not what I expected,it is balanced and very drinkable.

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

Photo of Nugganooch
3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Notes from 11/02/11 – wifey brought home a 6er!

*12oz to pint glass

A: Yellowtail Pale Ale pours a super clear golden straw colored hue. Bubbly with a thin egg-white fizzy head that dissipated out rather quick leaving minimal lace.

S: Smells real bready with a spicy hop note and some fruity ale yeast aromas.

T: Taste is very grainy and bready with a real Pilsner like quality to it. Moderate bitterness from European hops that add a real spicy element and there is a subtle tart yeasty finish. This maybe like the gold standard of a BMC gateway beer. Refreshing and well balanced but very standard.

M: Very light in body. Slight creamy texture. Super Dry with a crisp finish.

D: Very light and refreshing with a big European influence. German hops and malts give more of a Kolsch character than an American Pale Ale to me. Not bad and nice balanced but just not really what I go for these days. Again your go to for a BMC gateway brew I would think.

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Photo of thedifferencemaker
3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of sjrodriguez
3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of A-Sox
3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of adahm16
3.24/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of GPHarris
3.24/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

a - poured a one finger thick off-white head into an english pub glass. the body was an orange-golden color. not much lacing and sheeting here unfortunately.
s - citrus hops
t - citrus hops balanced by pilsner and bready malts.
m - moderate, a little on the thin side.
o - i had high hopes for this one and while it's a decent pale ale it fell short.

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Photo of Ice_cyclops86
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of DerekQXQX
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of jALEson
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of blabaer
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of StephRai
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Hessian257
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of aztraz
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Jacobus79
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of sonofliberty2
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of waddellc2
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of CUbeerfan
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

California Kölsch from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 37% out of 100 with 1,358 ratings
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