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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
86
very good

956 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 956
Reviews: 383
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.79%
Wants: 22
Gots: 45 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 04-10-2002)
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Felipe_Lovio


4/5  rDev +5.3%

08-19-2014 07:05:43 | More by Felipe_Lovio
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costanzo_mike

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5.3%

08-17-2014 19:23:53 | More by costanzo_mike
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Hootie159

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5.3%

08-17-2014 19:23:35 | More by Hootie159
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woemad

Washington

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
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deadliest

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

08-16-2014 21:30:23 | More by deadliest
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gunnerlincoln

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%

08-16-2014 15:02:28 | More by gunnerlincoln
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Leschber

Texas

4/5  rDev +5.3%

08-15-2014 22:35:56 | More by Leschber
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Adamngoodtime


4/5  rDev +5.3%

08-13-2014 23:22:25 | More by Adamngoodtime
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mscudder

Georgia

4/5  rDev +5.3%

08-13-2014 03:01:59 | More by mscudder
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zekeman17

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

08-12-2014 16:46:27 | More by zekeman17
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jjh19

California

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
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BFCarr

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

08-08-2014 00:21:02 | More by BFCarr
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morebeergood

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

08-06-2014 21:28:29 | More by morebeergood
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Big_Dave

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

08-06-2014 19:33:15 | More by Big_Dave
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greekfest

New York

5/5  rDev +31.6%

08-04-2014 16:31:38 | More by greekfest
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Robyn

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

08-04-2014 03:59:10 | More by Robyn
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Buttstallion

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

08-04-2014 03:19:24 | More by Buttstallion
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titty_mcbitty

Texas

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
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S_Weinstein95

Arizona

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
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Westyn

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

07-31-2014 17:13:37 | More by Westyn
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IRISHFAN951

California

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

07-30-2014 04:28:15 | More by IRISHFAN951
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dueserdo

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.3%

07-29-2014 01:50:03 | More by dueserdo
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4.75/5  rDev +25%

07-27-2014 23:51:49 | More by ecoalson
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Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

07-27-2014 23:44:10 | More by mattycasey
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Zach136

Georgia

4.19/5  rDev +10.3%

A - Deep ruby, rocky off white head. Solid lacing.

S - Medium intensity tones of nuts, caramel and grassy hops.

T - More of the same from the nose. Malt forward with a sweet toasty character finishing with an astringent grassy hop character, really not my thing personally but very true to style.

M - Refreshing and quaffable.

O - Amazing take on the style.

07-27-2014 21:10:16 | More by Zach136
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Calico Copper Amber Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 956 ratings.