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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

925 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 925
Reviews: 378
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.79%
Wants: 21
Gots: 36 | 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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Reviews by Ego:
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Ego

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

eyes...
a finger and a half rises up, sticky foam, nice deep amber hue (consistent tone), head retention is very good (settles down within a couple of minutes from the initial froth), lacing is also good here, a very attractive red head... does the carpet match the curtains ? we shall see...

nose...
sometimes beers just "smell" like california... I'm not sure if it my early experiences with Sierra Nevada (or Boontville ESB) that has made such impression on my mental remembrance of the olfactory experience that is west coast goodness... fresh, deep hops buttressed by caramel/sweet malt, the complete package, this smells spot on, it has that "red" sharpness to it was well, sort of giving it a dry-ish feel, the hops can be teased out and pronounce themselves sharply when sought after... great.

taste etc...
medium bodied, the carbonation doesn't really sparkle here like I feel it should to give this a better ride, the aftertaste is exactly like the smell, and I am digging that but the initial sips seem to be lacking a bit, this tastes more like an APA or a weak IPA.. not that styles aren't meant for interpretation... I am just not McLovin' it.

verdict ?
a good beer, not great, worth checking out, it is very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2008 02:28:55 | More by Ego
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Calico Copper Amber Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 925 ratings.