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Calico Copper Amber Ale - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Calico Copper Amber AleCalico Copper Amber Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,125 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 1,125
Reviews: 411
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 29
Gots: 99 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: xlperro on 04-10-2002

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Ratings: 1,125 | Reviews: 411
Photo of Gdj09001
4.7/5  rDev +24%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Tasted a little too raw

Photo of Phewf
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is the best part.

Photo of brother_rebus
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mothmanscott
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear deep amber/pale brown with a reddish hue producing 2 fingers of somewhat lasting, pale tan, foamy/frothy head that leaves a clumpy coating of streaky, webby lacing. Aroma is disappointing & promises little: thin toffee, caramel & earthy herbal hops. Taste is another kettle of fish altogether (no pun intended). The mouth is an intense version of the nose on steroids with dark bread, roast and nutty notes, more intense earthy hops & yeasty/malty fruity esters. The sip finishes with caramel, roast & nuts, fruit, some pepper & an increasing hop bitterness. Afrertaste is a dry, astringent & bitter bomb that is out of character for the style but most welcome to card carrying Hop-Heads such as myself. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, dry, creamy, silky with slight spice & a pleasant astringency. I don\'t remember an amber ale with this much bitterness.

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of goingbrokeonbeer
3.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BlueMoon10
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GatorCoop
3.05/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Hohnbaum
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up a few weeks back up in Totowa, having never had this before. I've been on a big Ballast Point kick lately and was hoping that this would measure up to the Sculpin beers that I've enjoyed. While a bit too earthy and malty for me, this was a solid take on the style that went down easily and at the same time wasn't too terribly strong.

As expected, this was amber in hue with a ruddy clarity to it. Nice head that took a while to settle down and left parting shots in my pint glass via three lings of lacing that slide down to the next one. Caramel malt up front that gave way to a leathery mouthfeel later on and a fair amount of citrus and point hops. While the bitterness was not strong, it balanced out the base of this well without this beer accidentally falling into the Pale Ale category. The right amount of carbonation kept the balance in tow while allowing for the hop bitterness and slight stickiness to faintly linger in the back once the liquid went down.

While not technically a session beer, I could have had another in a sitting had I picked up more than one bottle of this. This would be great to take along for a day of fishing as there's enough here to please any beer lover while not being too heavy-handed. Once again, Ballast Point has brewed a beer that's spot-on when it comes to a particular style while keeping a good toasted undertone and pretty crisp finish that wanted me coming back for more. Relaxingly nice stuff!

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a clear copper red with a finger width khaki colored head. Fair retention, resulting in a thin layer of suds across the top. Strong lace left around the glass.

Smell - Caramel and earth with light grass.

Taste - Follows the nose. Primarily earth and caramel flavor. Slight metallic undertone that strengthens in the finish, leading to an earthy, slightly grassy bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

Overall - Decent, but not really my bag. Too much bitter earth and metallic flavor. Might be an old bottle, but hard to say. There's a bottling code on the bottom, but it's nigh impossible to read.

Photo of VeganUndead
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of founddrama
3.12/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Coppery color, and a bit coppery flavor too. Mildly malty aroma and bitter hops start-to-finish on flavor.

Photo of Ernie_B
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kolbfusion
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful amber color but head dissipates quickly. Lovely floral hop aroma. Moderate bitterness but can taste the malt. Mouthfeel seems typical for the style. Moderate carbonation. Overall a good example of the style. One that I don't frequently drink but should explore a bit more.

Photo of Bieniek30
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tvghost
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of saeh
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kingslotty
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing cries beer snob more than being forced to justify an outlier rating with a review. What a terrible new feature for this website.

Photo of rkarimi
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bigpoppa67
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bcw12109
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tedvr
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dirrrty_Kurty
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Calico Copper Amber Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,125 ratings.