Calico Copper Amber Ale - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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3.8/5 rDev 0%
12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry’s in Spokane for $1.79. No obvious freshness date, but the label has been stamped “CA 419 14691.” This date makes no sense according to BP’s own explanation of their dating system on their website, unless this bottle is from the future. The label is different than the one pictured on BA, and “Copper” seems to have been dropped from the name.
Poured a hazy, orangey-amber color, with a big, creamy beige head and some sediment visible. Judging by the sediment, the time machine that brought this bottle here took a roundabout route.
More hoppy in the nose than most amber ales. This makes me happy. I’m not into the malt bombs that most ambers tend to be. I also detected a honey-like aroma, and what reminds me of orange peel.
Bittering hops and toasty, bready malts are almost equally present in the taste, with the hops slightly in the lead. This could easily pass as a malty version of a west coast pale ale.
Medium bodied, with a mouthfeel that manages to be both creamy and dry.
Although it’s labeled as an “Amber Ale,” this seems coser to an ESB. Regardless of the style, it’s a sessionable amber-colored ale with a hop bite. Fans of sweeter, more malty amber ales might not care for this. I find it very drinkable, but wish I knew how old it really is. Just stamp the actual bottling date on the bottle, fer cryyi! Don’t make us do math with what turns out to be a wrong number!
08-17-2014 17:56:00 | More by woemad
3/5 rDev -21.1%
Appearance: A dark red/copper color with an average tight-bubble head. Surprisingly dark for an Amber.
Smell: Not a ton of aroma, but I did detect some toasted notes and some floral hops.
Taste: This one tasted a lot like New Belgium’s Fat Tire ale. For better and worse. There’s no denying that Fat Tire (and I’m sure Calico) has it’s fans. I’m just not one of them. It must be the balance of hops and malts - it doesn’t sit well on my tongue. The hops feel unnecessarily assertive.
Mouthfeel: Medium body.
Drinkability: This Amber Ale is okay. One and done.
08-08-2014 16:44:49 | More by jjh19
3.71/5 rDev -2.4%
A: Brick red with bubbles floating to the top. some lacing on the glass.
S: Bitterness and malt.
T: Grassy taste, citrus hops, English malt, chalkiness, raisins, and clove. This is a lovely taste and I love the mix between a true American amber and an English bitter.
M: Medium-light and creamy. It's got a nice touch of carbonation.
O: A good beer definitely. Might buy a six pack of this soon. I love the IPA-cross-English bitter style.
08-02-2014 02:30:04 | More by titty_mcbitty
4.2/5 rDev +10.5%
Appearance: An amber brown with a thin white head that turns to a nice lace
Smell: A great malty scent hits the nose. Scents of caramel, nuts, and a bit of chocolate appear as well.
Taste: The malts balance nice with the strong roasted flavors found in the beer. More of the caramel appears on the back end as does a hint of nut. Finishes smooth with a bit of a chocolately aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: A very smooth, drinkable beer. Nice carbination throughout.
Overall: An exemplary example of the style. Absolutely worth revisiting!
08-01-2014 05:43:29 | More by S_Weinstein95
Calico Copper Amber Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 961 ratings.