California Kölsch | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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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:
#40,309
Reviews:
428
Ratings:
1,368
pDev:
13.56%
Bros Score:
3.88
 
 
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Ratings: 1,368 |  Reviews: 428
Photo of Brolo75
4.15/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce can poured into a pint glass

A: Pale, golden straw color with a white head, lots of carbonation streaming off the bottom, slight lacing, a really good looking beer.

A: Straw, hay, malts, slight bitterness, slight fruit aroma, smells pretty good.

T: Hay, grain, malts, dry, slight bitterness, there is a hint of pears, finishes dry and malty, fairly complex for a pale ale.

M: Smooth mouthfeel, easy drinking, dry finish.

O: This is a quality beer, a little different than other pale ales I've tried but good, more grainy and malty than it is citrus and easy drinking, another great beer from Ballast Point and new beer I will definitely reach for.

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Photo of scbeerman
3.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DannyBoyDD
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cbcrunch
3.42/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of papat444
3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Flashback #11 - Sampled many years ago at Le Mondial, discreet yet tasty.

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Photo of condorsim
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hoosier222002
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of irrevjim
3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

look;nice 1" head that goes fast, thin lacing, pale golden with visible big bubbles
smell; bread, spicy, pepper, buttery rolls
taste;medium malt, a little hops, hint of banana, nicely balanced but not a lot going on
feel; a little bubbly, medium light, smooth finish despite bubbles
overall; i'd grab this on draft out of curiosity if it were available as i like pale ales, nothing special but nothing bad, a solid choice but from sierra nevada to obscurity there are some amazing pales out there

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
2.4/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

There hardly is any taste to this. This was my first Ballast Point beer and I was disappointed. I was expecting a really good craft beer, but it's more like a cheap macrobrew. Not worth a premium price. Not worth tasting again. Would not recommend.

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Photo of oldvines
3.42/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rderedin
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Roguer
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Beautiful fluffy white head with excellent retention. Crystal clear golden brew.

Slightly sweet malty aroma. Bready with a touch of banana.

Very bready. Herbal and earthy. Not overly sweet.

Feel and flavor are too thick for a Koelsch. This is otherwise a very enjoyable pale ale.

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Photo of kkawachi
3.67/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drtth
3.59/5  rDev +1.4%
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 -1.4%
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 -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of archero
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Honeybourne
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rcatalano
4.3/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jeysun23
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CPAles
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hohnbaum
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tannerlondon
2.96/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Nickcal
3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Schmuckles
3.64/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

California Kölsch from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.54 out of 5 with 1,368 ratings
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