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Calico Copper Amber Ale - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

926 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 926
Reviews: 378
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.79%
Wants: 21
Gots: 37 | 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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Florida

5/5  rDev +31.6%

12-05-2011 16:08:20 | More by wilfonzo
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Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +31.6%

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Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +31.6%

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Arizona

5/5  rDev +31.6%

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California

5/5  rDev +31.6%

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Aaron_Ramson

California

4.9/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Picked up growlers of Calico Copper Amber and Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point brewery after making a 2 hour drive there. Pours a beautiful amber red with a slightly khaki fluffy head which dissapates into an even lacing around the glass. Aroma of sweet caramel, pears, white grapes, sweet lime and citrus. Strong flavor of caramel, fresh bread, buttered toast, cereal; lime and huge grapefruit flavors coming from the hops. Mouthfeel is medium thin with a very appropriate carbonation bite. Delicious and extremely balanced. As close as you can get to the perfect session beer.

Serving type: growler

08-13-2013 13:13:54 | More by Aaron_Ramson
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angrygrimace

California

4.85/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Calico Amber from a bomber, although I've had it from a growler, tap, you name it straight from the brewery.

Pours with deep appetizing clear copper color with a subtle head that does lace the glass a fair bit. Smell is hoppier than you might expect, but not out of line with what you expect from west coast breweries making this style of beer.

The taste is simply exceptional. Toasty, delicious malts and a nice, tight hops bite that just hits you soon after you take a sip. Without getting into superlatives, I'd just say the bitterness level is just about perfect for the style. Mouthfeel is somewhat dry, but perfectly refreshing. You could drink a lot of these.

I'd won't hide the fact that Calico is one of my favorite beers ever. I wouldn't argue it's something you could really compare to an IPA like Sculpin, but that doesn't diminish its qualities considering it's not that type of beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 05:57:18 | More by angrygrimace
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spazaru

California

4.78/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Let me just say that I think Calico is the best session beer I've ever had, period.

It's got a great appearance, smell, and TONS of flavor without being overpowering in any way.

In my opinion, this could be the beer that would convert macro drinkers en masse.

It's too bad that Ballast Point doesn't get more pub. They make well balanced beers that have great flavor and a lot of personality without having to kill you with alcohol.

Hopefully, this will be the next brew that BP decides to sell in 6 packs, which will make it even more convenient for sessions.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2005 13:41:09 | More by spazaru
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Sacrifice

California

4.76/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

i had this in a box with ballast point sculpin, pale ale, and calico. it has a nice spice i wouldn't quite know how to describe. not quite as much to my liking as the sculpin, but stronger flavor than the pale ale.

i'd buy this for a change of pace from my usual if i could get it.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 02:15:54 | More by Sacrifice
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nowhereman47

California

4.75/5  rDev +25%

01-02-2013 02:01:42 | More by nowhereman47
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scooter97

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +25%

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Alek

California

4.75/5  rDev +25%

02-17-2013 00:03:18 | More by Alek
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Beerlover

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +25%

10-10-2013 23:54:09 | More by Beerlover
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Dmann

California

4.72/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an outstanding brew from one of San Diego's smaller breweries. It poured a very nice dark amber/brownish color and had a nice slightly off white head that was very dense and laced my glass nicely. I could smell this beer from across the room once I poured it into my glass. The great scent of sweet malt and a touch of earthiness was very nice. The taste was excelent as well. Aided nicely by a near perfect mouthfeel, the taste was quite malty but never cloying and had a great carmel flavor in the middle followed by a nice balanced hoppy finnish. Another quality brew from Ballast Point.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2004 09:57:47 | More by Dmann
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Bigfatbino

California

4.63/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A = dark amber, as the name implies. Beautiful thick lacing left on the glass. Nice head with tight bubble structure.

S = bright and flowery, with barley undertones.

T = Wow. Nice and on the bitter side, but not overpowering. Taste of roasted coffee and some chocolate undertones along with the grains are wonderfully pronounced.

M = Tingly, bright, bubbly, nice resiny feel left on the tongue.

D = This is a wonderful beer to go with a nice man-food dinner, like Porterhouse.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2009 04:50:54 | More by Bigfatbino
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PintOHops

California

4.58/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glass - Pint

A - First off It opened with a huge Co2 release, then as I poured it, it created a massive 4-5 finger head with way way way to much visible carbonation! Wow, never had this happen to me before. Color is copper/amber, head retention is amazing, left some splashy lacing.

S - A little dry & floral hop notes upfront, lots of sweet malts, big caramel, some candied date, toasted sugar, a bit of toast. wonderful aroma, very balanced aroma.

T - Big toasted malts, biscuits & caramel unfold into a bit of citric hop bite in the center, following is some toffee and molasses. Finishes with lingering malty goodness and a soft balancing bitterness. As the smell, very balanced!

M - A bit smooth, would be more so if not for the huge carbonation level of this beer, very crisp, lite-medium bodied.

D - God I could quaff this beer all night. I love the balance of hops/malts, this is an exceptional Amber Ale. I highly recommend this beer, just outstanding! Can't wait to have this one again. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2010 22:48:54 | More by PintOHops
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chadu

Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of the very finest Ambers I have ever had.

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass, a nice head that dissapates quickly. Leaves some lacing on the sides of the glass.

A sweet malty nose with hints of caramel and molasses.

The bready initial taste is tempered by a slightly bitter finish that begs for another drink.

A nice thick, substantial beer with a light carbonation.

Overall, will definitely buy again, this time in a 6 or hopefully on tap somewhere.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2009 02:24:45 | More by chadu
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Martin2D

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Amber with a pure white head that fades quickly

S - Hops and alcohol with a strong malt smell

T - Strong hop presence with an equally malty backbone. Plenty of citrus hops. Beautiful balance.

M - Medium-high carbonation and medium in body

D - I could hammer these all night. Such balance and flavor. Great beer and am glad I have tried it.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2009 23:06:08 | More by Martin2D
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juicebox

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

06-02-2013 11:46:14 | More by juicebox
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bearbreak

Korea (South)

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

07-05-2014 17:08:46 | More by bearbreak
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jwg782

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

12-06-2013 17:39:22 | More by jwg782
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DOCRW

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

01-25-2014 04:43:53 | More by DOCRW
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Rzzzzz

California

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Beatles Revolver pint glass. And does that ever make for an awesome visual presentation. EXACTLY what I had in mind when I bought the glass.

Beer is a beautiful deep copper amber with a medium sized sand colored head. Aroma of sweet malt, caramel and light floral hops. Full of crystal malt flavor, rich and complex with a nice bitter finish. Very well balanced. Great body, nice carbonation--the quintessential amber ale. I could drink a lot of this.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2008 16:57:09 | More by Rzzzzz
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Topher78

California

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this brew into a Becker Pint glass. I was treated to a perfect Amber hued brew that delivered about a fingers worth of khaki head that left impressively good lacing. I brought the glass to my nose and took in a deep whiff was greeted by aromas of toasted malt and pleasant hop notes. The flavors of toffee, caramel and toasted malt combined to make one of the most unique and inspiring beers I've tasted in a long time. When drank this brew has an almost chewy like mouth feel to it and lacks nothing in it's character.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 04:19:02 | More by Topher78
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Hopmodium

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

06-18-2013 04:33:47 | More by Hopmodium
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Calico Copper Amber Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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