KSA
Fort Point Beer Company

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From:
Fort Point Beer Company
 
California, United States
Style:
Kölsch
Ranked #102
ABV:
4.6%
Score:
85
Ranked #22,717
Avg:
3.75 | pDev: 12.8%
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
74
Status:
Active
Rated:
Dec 20, 2022
Added:
Apr 25, 2014
Wants:
  3
Gots:
  19
SCORE
85
Very Good
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Notes: KSA combines a thoughtful mixture of American bittering hops and traditional German malts to create a complex yet crisp take on the Kölsch style. Munich and Vienna malts construct the beer’s robust, rich grain flavor, while Saphir and Warrior hops bring balance through a clean finish. KSA’s old-school style, blended with bright, updated ingredients, makes this beer a classic on both continents.
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Reviewed by kotocar from California

4.27/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
I’m in a rush and can’t rate this properly. Had in a can. It’s only 4.8% alcohol is much less than what I normally drink…. BUT, it’s a great lager, kolsch. I’d definitely drink this again. Great and actually full bodied.
Dec 20, 2022
 
Rated: 3.68 by hana_blanc

Dec 02, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by Marvicsin from California

Nov 25, 2022
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Reviewed by TheWaySheGoes from Illinois

4.29/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Biscuity, floral, and sweet. Almost has a golden nitro stout aspect goin on too.This is a well above average kolsch. too many American brewed version just don't pack the up front floral notes you're looking for in a kolsch, thankfully this one exists!
Nov 11, 2022
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Reviewed by MaltsOfGlory from Oregon

3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12oz can

Pours two big fingers of semi-soapy white head into my Kolsch glass. Retention is sub-par. Lacing is decent. Body is golden. Looks ok.

Nose is primarily biscuity; malty, definitely get that Vienna malt. Some underlying fruity esters. Not very Kolsch-like, smells nice though.

Flavor is similar - malty, biscuity, slightly burnt. Not much in the way of esters. Tastes good, not like a Kolsch, but it's a nice change of pace.

Carbonation is high. Body is pretty light, a little too light for the malt profile but at least it's sessionable. A small sweetness. Bitterness is low but not void. Pretty decent mouthfeel.

Drinkability is good.

Overall a solid beer. Slightly off style, but I don't mind the malty twist.
Sep 13, 2022
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Reviewed by BalancingBrooms from California

3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Crystal clear yellow with one finger white head. Nose is soft pale malt with some pale blossom notes. Taste opens with some sharp carbonation, followed by a nutty white bread malt followed by a slight blossom note. Body is light with medium carbonation. Ends crisp with a lingering nut and maybe some floral notes? Overall good for a hot day but not to style IMO but enjoyable.
Sep 05, 2022
 
Rated: 3.85 by KameHouse

Aug 24, 2022
 
Rated: 4.24 by Beecham from California

Jun 07, 2022
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Reviewed by BillAfromSoCal from California

3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
I'm not an expert on Kolsch so I referenced the BA style description. I like this beer as a hot weather, yard work refresher, but I don't think it measures up as an outstanding example of the described style style. Smooth drinking and refreshing but not particularly hoppy or "dryish finishing or "spicy herbal Noble hop bitterness". . I fairly loose and relatively short lived 3 finger head. Little lacing. Nice beer experience but nbot a steallr example of the BA description of a classic Kolsch
Jun 01, 2022
 
Rated: 3.79 by Lucnifter from California

May 01, 2022
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Rated by Gatch from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Really solid example of the style. Could drink this regularly. Was happy to see it wherever I was during my SF trip.
Apr 06, 2022
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Rated by kleinahoe from California

4.75/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Nice intro to Kolsch.
Mar 16, 2022
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Reviewed by Christianriveraaa

4.68/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
The look reminded me of any other beer, the smell wasn't to strong at all. But once you take that first sip, it's like I was hit with a curveball and drew immediately to the sensations of a somewhat taste of a stout in this beer. Surprisingly this beer tastes as a stout with a little citrus on the initial taste. Definitely would recommend this beer to those that are stout drinkers looking to branch into other areas of beer.
Jan 10, 2022
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Reviewed by hoppity from California

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Tastes like what I remember Kölsch tasting like in Köln, Germany many years ago. It's pleasantly light but with a good and satisfying amount of malt body. Alcohol level is refreshingly moderate as well which allows the flavor profile to come forward.
Aug 28, 2021
 
Rated: 3.68 by bankboy66 from New Jersey

Jul 30, 2021
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Reviewed by BerkeleyBeerSleuth from California

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Constantly available fresh Kolsch. Packaged on 03/08/2021. Beautiful amber color with an off white bubbly head. Distinct aroma of herbal, spicy, fruity hop esters. Cinnamon and spice. Caramel malts. Taste is malty, clean and refreshing. Doughy bread, not grainy or adjunct tasting. I haven't had many kolsch's to compare this too so I will probably rate this a little higher. Very good as a palate cleanser yet has enough complexity to it to sip and appreciate.
May 03, 2021
 
Rated: 3.74 by bret27 from California

Apr 12, 2021
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Reviewed by MattBeer from California

4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This is such a classically good kolsch. Take a friend who doesn't give a crap about craft beer and pour him one of these. He'll be on his fourth before he realizes he's on his third.

OR SHE.
Mar 03, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by loveisastream from Illinois

Feb 14, 2021
 
Rated: 3.25 by mpenske from California

Sep 19, 2020
 
Rated: 4.03 by InfernoBoss from California

Aug 09, 2020
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Reviewed by thesherrybomber from California

4.45/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance - Golden body with creamy white head
Nose - Slightly floral, bready, a touch of stone? fruit, something dusty/musty
Taste - Dry on the front end, followed by sweet malt
Mouthfeel - Crisp, light
Overall - Delicious! Wish I had tried sooner. At three months old, I'm curious to see how it is fresh. If you seek traditional styles, look no further
Jun 11, 2020
 
Rated: 2.75 by mblakesley from California

Mar 15, 2020
 
Rated: 3.82 by VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

Feb 12, 2020
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Reviewed by BayAreaJoe from California

3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
This is one of my go-to meal beers. For when you want less bitterness than a pilsner and a little more flavor/substance than a regular lager. Good balance of grain bread with a touch of hops and just a little sweetness. Glad to have this widely available in my area.
Dec 23, 2019
 
Rated: 3.75 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

Dec 13, 2019
 
Rated: 3.83 by Hophazzard from California

Dec 13, 2019
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Reviewed by Sup_Sippin from California

3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Hammers and nails floating at the bottom of my bathtub (tinsel? little brass bells?) and early-era Game Of Thrones is being re-enacted by cats, the tabby kind. The shoes I’m wearing make metallic clicks across dark stretches of asphalt.
Nov 27, 2019
 
Rated: 3.75 by paulish from New York

Sep 23, 2019
 
Rated: 3.98 by Shy5 from Oregon

Aug 04, 2019
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Reviewed by MaltyMagic from California

4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Canned 6/3/2019. Yellow gold pour, white top. Malt/yeast forward smell and taste. Lager yeast, creamy and husky grain, biscuit, dough, light apple/white grape, balanced by lemony hops. Tangy, dry finish. Perfectly executed Kolsch. Well balanced, refreshing, crushable. Great summertime session or lawnmower beer. Highly recommend this one.
Jul 13, 2019
 
Rated: 3.96 by GaryColeman from California

Jun 03, 2019
 
Rated: 3.46 by JDoHo from Michigan

May 14, 2019
 
Rated: 4.03 by HaoleBoy from California

May 09, 2019
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Rated by edc20 from Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Very mild carbonation for a later or pilsener like beer. Light, crisp flavor, kind of like a less skunky Heineken.
Apr 07, 2019
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Reviewed by BigGold from Mississippi

3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
First had KSA, my first beer from Fort Point, at Brenda's French Soul Food, San Francisco, CA, poured from 12-oz. can, bottom stamped (apparently) canned “01/31/2019,” into appropriately small juice glass, and had again at Gott’s Roadside, Palo Alto, CA, on draft into pint tumbler.

A little darker and maltier than expected, covering the style’s delicate fruitiness, but not a bad effort.
Mar 11, 2019
 
Rated: 3.53 by NeoClassicist from New York

Jul 24, 2018
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Reviewed by penguinsgoboom from California

4.36/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
A: Pours a soapy 2-3 finger foam that quickly dissipates into a think film of bubbles. Good carbonation and lice lacing. Hazy with the color of young mango.

S: Smells of pears, apples, grass, almost like champagne. Light, very fragrant, floral and pleasant.

T: Sweet apple, pear, and some ripe rich fruit like papaya. Transitions very nicely into a pine nut, wheaty, malty, bready finish.

O: Extraordinarily light and refreshing. Perfect for a summer day. Almost verges on cider. So smooth. Would casually drink a ton.
Jul 11, 2018
 
Rated: 3.18 by Just-the-sip from California

Jun 28, 2018
 
Rated: 3.32 by Hellpop65 from Kansas

Apr 28, 2018
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Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 104 ratings