Calico Copper Amber Ale - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Calico Copper Amber AleCalico Copper Amber Ale

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very good

1,060 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,060
Reviews: 396
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 28
Gots: 74 | 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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Photo of jkrich
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a deep and clear red-brown with a foamy, sustained off-white head. According to the label, this ale was bottled the 212th day of 2014.

When I opened the bottle, the aroma was minimal to nonexistent. After the pour I could detect some sweet, fruity and wine-like aromas.

This is a well balanced amber ale with a nice hop profile in the first sip with lingering, biscuit malt on the palate. There are hints of dark fruits and molasses while the ale always maintains a refreshing and zesty mouth feel. This amber has more complexity than most "amber" style ales I have tried. The label does state this is an "ESB-Inspired Ale."

This is one I will seek out again, and I would put this at the top of the amber style.

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of supermanny
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sachie23
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of double2chin
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of RichPettie
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of reg1214
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of will4738
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of _thatgregguy
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Corburk
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of kmanjohnson
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of cantal
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of i4ourgot
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Nice beer I was expecting more hoppiness coming from Ballast Point. Despite the lack of hops this beer still has lots of flavor. There is a subtle bitterness to the beer but that really allows the malt flavors to come through . The most noticeable while not overpowering was the roast malt flavor, giving the beer a nice mellow subtle coffee flavor. Very nice mouth feel to the beer it was very light but it still had a creamy aspect to the beer. The aroma was very mellow but at a restaurant I always have a hard time smelling my beer.

Photo of claspada
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of chanus_
4.36/5  rDev +15%

Photo of Sazz9
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of REAL_Harrison
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of scalffd
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of ItsBeer4Me
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of rjs246
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

You can taste the quality but the sweetness in the nose just doesn't do it for me. I'll bet there are plenty of people who like this one, but it isn't for me.

Photo of Dur921
3.44/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of BigBry
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Bottle with dinner in Anaheim.
Clear, dark copper with a foamy tan head. Foam shrinks to a thin film, thin lace sheets left behind.
Smell is of malt, and herbal hops. Slightly fruity yeast aroma.
Taste has a good malt base, finishes with floral herbal hops.
Low level of carbonation, medium body and mouth feel.
Overall, this is a pretty good beer.

Note to self: Rated #89 American Amber / Red Ale when I tasted it.

Photo of timlyon
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%

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Calico Copper Amber Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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