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RATINGS: 647   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
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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!!


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 18, 2004
The beer after splitting from the 22 ounce bottle pours a translucent and lustrous gold with the head large and bright white with a pleasing creamy texture, lace a fine silky curtain to cover the glass. Nose is dominated by the sweet malt, crisp and fresh, with the start nicely malted, lightly sweet and the top fair in its feel to the palate. Finish is equable in its acidity, the hops are pleasing but a bit mild, the aftertaste quite dry and a fine session beer it will make.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DanielBrown (3852) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2004
Bottle from Beverages and More (Mission Valley), San Diego. A bright yellow colour, no head, but some spaced lacing. A lightly wheaty aroma, with a flat beery quality. Very clean, but tasty beer. Not too complex - some wheat and malt in the mouth, and a slightly minty finish. Very basic, but inoffensive. At the time of drinking I didn’t realise this was a Kolsch (perhaps I didn’t read the label properly...)

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MMM...Beer (385) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 1, 2004
Light golden color with a soft nose. Sweet, malty taste and crisp palate. Not the best Kolsch style brew I’ve tried, but not bad either.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - APR 27, 2004
Thin yellow fizzy beer. Has a nutty flavor, but that's the best it gets. Unexceptional.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tycho (13) - USA - APR 23, 2004
A straight forward beer. Lightly bitter, good finish. Has a light color and keeps a good head.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 18, 2004
Light gold color with decent head when poured from the bottle. Draft is another story. A decent kolsch, but light without any bitterness it all.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 26, 2003
This brew pours with a golden body topped by a medium thick white head with little lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet and malty with a slight hoppiness and a slight rotten fruit note. The rotten fruit isn't overwhelming but it's still there. The flavor is slighly sweet yet bitter and hoppy with a strong rotten fruit note and a touch of malt. Light to medium bodied and smooth yet dry.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 2, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2009 A very mildly hopped pale with bland flavor and aroma. A basic pale ale with no hidden surprises.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerRunner (144) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 24, 2003
Nice, golden color with a medium, fine white head. Sweet, mildly hoppy with some nice malty taste as well. Very enjoyable.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 4, 2003
Good fruity aroma, but nothing came out in the taste. Finish and aftertaste were a sketchy bitter, really not appealing. They should not have brought this to a festival.


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