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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badlizard (5538) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 6, 2007
Tasted at Ballast Point. Clear golden yellow with thin fizzy white head. Aroma of malt with just a note of banana. Sweet malty taste with a crisp finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 31, 2007
Gold Color with White Head. Some Subtle Sweet Grainy Malt Notes on the Nose. Lightly Creamy and Carbonated Mouthfeel. Sweet Dry Grains, Light Wheat Coming out in the Aftertaste...and Perhaps the Promise of Subtle Fruit Notes. A Very Decent Drinkable Kolsch

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bhensonb (11255) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 26, 2007
Somethig of a floral hop aroma. Dark brassy color with a white head that left quickly. Medium bodied. Starts with something of a wheat character. Malt not particularly noticeable. Rather dry. The finish is lightly bitter. Overall it has fruit and bitter. The sort of thing that would not be surprising over the pond.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bartzilla (534) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 11, 2007
This is probably my least desired of the BP brews, but that’s not to say it isn’t a great brew, just not my preferred style. This would appear to be their flagship product as it is their most easily found brew, at least here in San Diego. You can get it on tap and in bottles just about anywhere. The Commercial Description pretty much nails it. If you’re a pilsner fan, you’ll probably be pretty happy with this. I’m not, but in a pinch, this will do.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
hapjydeuce (945) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 19, 2007
My attitude of this beer = whatever. Agreed with jarspag, this beer is very common in the San Diego region, too common for that matter, and its really nothing to hoot about. Pretty much my choice when there is no other craft brews on tap, but only highly commercialized shit-beers.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 15, 2007
This one is okay - it seems like a staple around SD. I’ve seen it everywhere - from downtown - the bars in Mission Beach. I’m not the biggest fan of the style - and as far as the taste goes, it reminds me of a good Bud Light - no thanks.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
IEBAILI (125) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 2, 2007
I’ve had this beer many times, most recently with a plate of smoked fish, looking over the harbor on a lazy Sunday. Nothing really outstanding about the beer, but it has an attractive deep gold color, a pleasant, mellow maltiness, and enough hops to give it a little kick at the end. It’s well balanced, solidly made beer in a lighter style that’s great with food. Oddly, it reminded me of an ESB, it’s labeled to suggest a West Coast pale, and I just learned the style is Kolsch. Still pretty tasty with that smoked fish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - MAR 31, 2007
not bad, not the best by ballast point. smooth, but lacking a bit in flavor and hoppiness

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
smcd (366) - USA - MAR 31, 2007
(12 oz. bottle). A drinkable beer. Pale, straw yellow. Slightly hazy as if the yeast hadn’t settled out completely yet. Hints of sulfur in the nose. Malty sweet. A bit of hops, but primarily fruity esters in the nose and on the tongue. Finishes relatively clean. A diacetyl quality emerges in the background as the beer warms up, mixing with the sulfur compounds to produce an interesting, though not entirely unpleasant, effect.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
billk (353) - Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, USA - MAR 27, 2007
tap @ O’Brien’s. This had decent body and flavor for a just into medium bodied beer, but reminded me of Pils Urquell more than anything else. good with food.

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