Tart Peach Kolsch is a German-style Kölsch brewed by Ballast Point Brewing Company, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a pilsener glass from a can.
The Kölsch pours a brilliantly-clear golden-orange hue and is topped by a thick cap of rocky, off-white foam that shows fine retention. Isolated droplets of sticky lace clutch the sides as the head falls. A few bubbles rise in the glass.
The aroma strongly wafts a scent of sweet peaches.
The palate begins with a taste of bready malt. Bright and sharply tart peaches follow. A squeeze of lemon adds to the sour mix.
Its feel has a smooth draw with crisp, clean finish. Medium-light body and moderate carbonation. The tartness imparts a moderate acidity.
It appears slightly darker than most Kolsch beers but its head retention is good for the style. The aroma is fantastic, and arguably, the best feature of this beer. The label reads “tart” and it certainly is that. In fact, this brew is practically a Berliner. But while the palate and feel don’t typify the style, their combination makes this brew quite enjoyable. It’s really light and refreshing. So easy to tilt back. If you’re not a fan of sour beers, you might look elsewhere, but otherwise, the Tart Peach Kolsch is a good beer for sunny afternoons.
Ballast Point recommends the following food pairings with their Tart Peach Kolsch: French toast with Mascarpone and pickled peaches; white peach and yellow tomato salad; pork loin with rosemary and mustard rub.