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Editor’s Note: Previously known as Yellowtail Pale Ale

It is made very much like a pilsner, except that it is fermented at warm temperatures with ale yeast. It is then lagered like a pilsner. It tastes very much like a pils, except for the subdued fruitiness of the ale yeast, the tang of the wheat (in some), and the lack of lager-like sulfur aromas.

So where can you taste a Kolsch? There are no Kolsches being imported into the United States. So you could fly to Cologne. A better idea is to come to Ballast Point Brewing Company and try our Yellowtail Pale Ale Kolsch. We make it with 5% Wheat, finish hop it with Liberty and Tettnanger hops, and ferment it with a yeast we borrowed from a brewery in Cologne. So come on in and enjoy a taste of the Rhineland!!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cale422 (28) - Timmonsville, South Carolina, USA - JUN 10, 2008
Visit to San Diego... great brew scene. This brew a crystal clear straw yellow. Slight hop bitterness corn like flavor and very lager like. great session brew

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2008
Unremarkable. Surprisingly like a lager, except that a Kolsch is pretty much indistinguishable from a lager unless you watch the yeast do their work. Looks ike a crystal clear filtered mass market lager. Nose of floral hops, taste a little too floral and a little too metallic for my taste. A little thin in the mouth. Probably a good representative of the form, even if it is not my favorite form.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rastacouere (6134) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 3, 2008
Objectively speaking: A Kölsch that felt more like a golden ale.
I like: Fresh ingredients, but very timid hops.
I dislike: A bit overly fruity and malty example. Strawy and sweet cerealic maltiness. Biting carbonation is a bit too pronounced.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
biznizness (1104) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 3, 2008
Well, I usually don’t score a beer off of a small sample, but this is an exception because I doubt I’ll get back to San Diego anytime soon. Had some of Derrick’s Yellowtail and... it wasn’t very good. Pass on this, especially if they have a Stone on tap.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Radek Kliber (6519) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUN 3, 2008
Bottle at Mondial 2008
Appearance: Deep gold going into sunny amber , fizzy small top.3-
Nose Sweet malted base with deep clean hop profile
Flavor/Palate : Medium bodied , clean sweet malty front. Nutty-hoppy coating. Clean ale with slightly high carbonation.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUN 1, 2008
Bottle. Pours a straw yellow body with a 3 finger head. Sweet malt and not much else. Not very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - MAY 28, 2008
On tap at Home Brew Mart. Pale yellow color. Smooth. Very, very easy to drink. Tasty. I was expecting BMC flavors and off flavors, but this was very nice and enjoyable. Was told this account for 70% of their sales. Excellent on tap at the source. Wouldn’t mind having a keg for everyday drinking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 26, 2008
22oz bottle. Pours clearish golden yellow with a moderate crisp white head, some lace. Smells crisp malty and slightly nutty, moderate earthy hop smell as well. Tastes malty and nutty. Malts are crisp and sweet. Definitely get the Kolsch feel of this brew, could use more hop flavor for my taste. Medium body, good carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dorwart (2378) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAY 25, 2008
Thin head of white bubbles. Minimal carbonation. Light cereal and corn aroma with some lemon grass and a bit of roastyness. Dry and pasty palate. Medium gold in color. Cereal and grainy flavor. Some dryness and bitterness. Finishes sweet and dry. An ok brew but I am not a big fan of the Kolsch style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
emerica56 (600) - Bristol, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 23, 2008
Pours a pale yellow orange color with a head that faded as quick as the pour. The nose is full of malted honey with some hints of hops. The initial flavor is sweet honey with a grainy finish and the subtle notes of wheat. This is an interesting beer in style, initially i was expecting something a bit more robust and balanced. I was surprised that it is not that watery and the flavor leaves a nice impression.

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