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Calico Copper Amber Ale - Ballast Point Brewing Company

Calico Copper Amber AleCalico Copper Amber Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

852 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 852
Reviews: 372
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.79%


Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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

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3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 4/5/12

Bubbly brown with an amber glow. Nougat colored head slims to a rim with spotty bubbles.

Smell is deep with milk chocolate and rich, dark malts. Haven't smelled brown malts on their own before, but an educated guess tells me they're in there. Floral hops round out the aroma. Good to the nose; doesn't ask one to sniff too aggressively to experience what it's offering.

Good blitz of spicy hops flavor throws in immediately, followed by a near-chewy, amber-dark malt bill. A welcome lingering quality from the finishing hops.

Notes: most of this brewery's offerings are considerably more costly by the bottle than your average microbrewery's. Calico Amber Ale was the cheapest I came across at $2.25 a bottle. Taste-wise, it almost crosses over into brown ale territory.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 00:52:35 | More by DerekP
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Notes from 03/09/14

A: Dark amber body with a well conditioned clarity and some glowing auburn hues to it. A reserved layer of khaki froth settles over top with some fair hang time that leaves a few swaths of scattered lace across the glass.

S: Citrus fruits made up mostly of dried orange peel combine with sticky evergreens, resin, and florals. There is a touch of malty biscuit there with a slight suggestion of toffee raisin. Very clean aromas with some fresh hops up front.

T: Nutty biscuit with a touch of toffee malt sweetness melds perfectly with the leafy resinous hops. Abundantly zesty with orange and tangerine. Complimented by the sappy pine and floral notes. Lightly sticky with a moderate level of hop bitterness and a nice drying fix. Alcohol is well masked throughout. A pinch of chocolate covered raisin on the back end. This is really well put together I must say.

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Calico Copper Amber Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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