Calico Copper Amber Ale - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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Reviews by Ryan011235:
3.95/5 rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Poured into an Allagash flute on 4/3/12
Best by 06 28 12
There is great depth to the rust, copper and scorched brown hues of the beer. Foam is billow and is good for about a finger and a half. Retention holds at a thinner, yet still puffy layer. Soapy lace crackles across the glass where the head was. Lace manifests as thick rings further on.
At first the aroma seemed wimpy like many in the style. However, once the head draws down the hoppy aromatic are released - pine resin with a touch of lemon zest and interweaving floral tones. The hops are balanced with ample notes of toasted bread and enough caramel to add a touch of sweetness without going too far.
The hops move briskly across the palate, prickly pine upfront turns to hints of citric zest on the peripheries and a lingering bitterness that tapers long on the finish. Amidst all the hops are steadfast malts that hold it together - the toasted bread is even more pronounced here than in the aroma. Proportionately, the caramel is more restrained. This is quite dry for an amber ale.
The feel is right around medium; perhaps one or two notches toward the light side (it isn't thin though). Carbonation is a tad too assertive for my tastes, but this is a minor complain compared to the rest of the beer.
Calico is an incredibly easy to drink and is yet another reason to be happy Ballast Point is now in Ohio. Recommended.
Serving type: bottle
04-10-2012 23:43:01 | More by Ryan011235
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4.19/5 rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
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.
Serving type: on-tap
07-27-2014 21:10:16 | More by Zach136
Calico Copper Amber Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 937 ratings.