California Kölsch | Ballast Point Brewing Company

BA SCORE
81
good
1,339 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:
1,339
Reviews:
423
Avg:
3.55
pDev:
13.52%
 
 
Wants:
48
Gots:
282
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,339 |  Reviews: 423
Photo of kmanjohnson
3.8/5  rDev +7%

Photo of ronniebruner
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Very earthy taste to this pale ale. Reminds me of a Sierra Nevada. A bit sweet on the tongue with just enough bite to make it above average in this category. The beer has a golden orange hue, minimal foam, lace and carbonation and a crisp, clean taste. Leaves the right amount of taste on the tongue and is not harsh like some other IPAs tend to be. A very worthy effort. Ballast Point is quickly becoming one of the best breweries on the west coast, but this is not their finest beer, even though I would rate as above average. I love this brewery and cannot wait to try their new beers!

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Photo of barczar
3.55/5  rDev 0%

Has that characteristic kolsch fruitiness in the aroma, along with bready, nutty malt. Flavor follows suit, with a backbone of nutty malt, asking with fruity yeast. Highly carbonated, so the toasted malt doesn't weigh it down. Very drinkable, but nothing outstanding. More malty than most examples of the style.

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Photo of Gotti311
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Muggins25
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of costanzo_mike
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of BigAl18
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Babydave
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of roosafur
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of brianmandell
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of MikeAllen
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of vinylrooster
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of blabaer
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of StephRai
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Trix247
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of Donkster46
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Brams17
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Rich malty nose, mild herby hops. light fruit
Brilliant golden amber, 2" fluffy bone white foam cap, produces excellent lace.
Malty palate, graham cracker to biscuit, mild hop accent
medium body and carbonation

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Photo of tally
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of seagullbeer
2.25/5  rDev -36.6%

I thought I was getting a pale ale and was pretty confused until I looked it up. Wanted to have some gentle hops today but for Kolsh it was okay. Pretty simple light malty flavor with some hints of apricot and sweetness. I should probably try it again when I want a Kolsh.

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Photo of Washuffizi98
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of poohbearzeccola
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Syncro-Vox
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Mr_Belvidere
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

California Kölsch from Ballast Point Brewing Company
3.55 out of 5 based on 1,339 ratings.
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