RATINGS: 780   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99/5   IBU: 23   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
Editor’s Note: Previously known as Yellowtail Pale Ale

The beer that launched Ballast Point. Our original Pale Ale is a rich golden brew, crafted with aromatic German hops and rounded out with a blend of American and Munich malts. While it’s hopped like a lager, we ferment it like an ale to create a smooth, bright taste that has just a hint of fruit and spice. It’s extremely drinkable, like a Kolsch should be, yet complex, like a good craft beer demands.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Carlisle (619) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2016
Bottle. Some subtle grassiness in the nose. Grassy malt upfront with some hop bitterness in the finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Tognetta (803) - Săo Paulo, BRAZIL - AUG 7, 2016
Laranja escura de leve turbidez, espuma amarelada de média formaçăo e persistęncia. Aroma leve de malte, cereais, leve dulçor caramelo. Paladar mantém as impressőes do aroma de cereais, um amargor lupulado bem marginal. Corpo leve carbonataçăo média. Uma cerveja bem básica, sem destaques, mas com boa drinkability.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
floydslip (367) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 29, 2016
Clear gold beer with a thick foamy white head of varying sized bubbles. Nose of lemon, musky hops, and dough. Flavor is fairly generic with a base of corn syrupy sweetness overlaid with wet cardboard pilsener-like hops. Decent on a hot day, but I expect more from this brewery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
spittle8 (136) - California, USA - JUL 24, 2016
Poured from a bottle, San Diego. Very refreshing and pleasant cold. A great summer beer, not pretentious or ridiculous.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUL 20, 2016
Poured medium gold, nice head. Aroma of pale malts and floral hops. Flavor matched, honey accented malts over floral hops. Crisp, bitter finish. A bit more hoppy and bitter than a traditional Kolsch IMO, which is OK. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ryanscourt (1381) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2016
easy drinking; not too hoppy. not too flavorful. clear in color. had from the bottle. hoppy early then flat at the end.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Beerowulf (97) - , Indiana, USA - JUL 10, 2016
Bottle poured into Kolsch glass. Little aroma. Slight line notes. Medium carbonation. Slight but enjoyable aftertaste. A good rep of the style of which I’m not a fan. Good to have after mowing the lawn but otherwise unremarkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SPDickerman (1219) - Texas, USA - JUL 10, 2016
Pours clear golden yellow with a small white foam. Smells lightly sweet and lightly hoppy. Taste is light fruity with a subtle bitterness. Light-bodied with a wet texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Ballast Point California Kölsch (Pale Ale) finishes with a smooth crispness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MetalNHopHead (1654) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - JUL 9, 2016
It’s a bit odd that California Kolsch (or Yellowtail Pale Ale, as it was previously called), is Ballast Point’s flagship beer. The brewery has become strongly associated with its hoppy beers, so a light-bodied, clean German-style Lager seems like an unusual place to start. Still, it clearly worked out, didn’t it? California Kolsch pours a little darker than the usual golden-pale color. Yeast aromas and subtle herbal hops. Tastes like bread and finishes with grassy hop bitterness. Very smooth, easy-going feel. A nice one for the summertime.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HuskerTan (1846) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - JUL 7, 2016
Bottle. A- Malty, sweet grains, A- Amber color, clear liquid, white head. T- Bubble gum, lemon zest, caramel, malty. P- Light body, average texture, average carbonation, malty finish. O- Kolsch, Pale Ale, whatever it is, it’s a special beer. Not necessarily amazing, but very drinkable. A bit of bubble gum yeast in the flavor and lots of caramel malts. Not bad at all.

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