Calico Copper Amber Ale - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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3.75/5 rDev -1.3%
A-Dark copper with an off-white head
Smell- Malty with some sweetness. A hint of citrus too.
Taste- Malty with some caramel up front. Turning more bitter towards the back end. Some citrus and pine. More bitter than you would expect from the smell.
Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation
Overall- Pretty decent beer. Smell's great but a little bitter for my tastes.
08-29-2014 14:53:36 | More by Brew_42
3.8/5 rDev 0%
12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry’s in Spokane for $1.79. No obvious freshness date, but the label has been stamped “CA 419 14691.” This date makes no sense according to BP’s own explanation of their dating system on their website, unless this bottle is from the future. The label is different than the one pictured on BA, and “Copper” seems to have been dropped from the name.
Poured a hazy, orangey-amber color, with a big, creamy beige head and some sediment visible. Judging by the sediment, the time machine that brought this bottle here took a roundabout route.
More hoppy in the nose than most amber ales. This makes me happy. I’m not into the malt bombs that most ambers tend to be. I also detected a honey-like aroma, and what reminds me of orange peel.
Bittering hops and toasty, bready malts are almost equally present in the taste, with the hops slightly in the lead. This could easily pass as a malty version of a west coast pale ale.
Medium bodied, with a mouthfeel that manages to be both creamy and dry.
Although it’s labeled as an “Amber Ale,” this seems coser to an ESB. Regardless of the style, it’s a sessionable amber-colored ale with a hop bite. Fans of sweeter, more malty amber ales might not care for this. I find it very drinkable, but wish I knew how old it really is. Just stamp the actual bottling date on the bottle, fer cryyi! Don’t make us do math with what turns out to be a wrong number!
08-17-2014 17:56:00 | More by woemad
3/5 rDev -21.1%
Appearance: A dark red/copper color with an average tight-bubble head. Surprisingly dark for an Amber.
Smell: Not a ton of aroma, but I did detect some toasted notes and some floral hops.
Taste: This one tasted a lot like New Belgium’s Fat Tire ale. For better and worse. There’s no denying that Fat Tire (and I’m sure Calico) has it’s fans. I’m just not one of them. It must be the balance of hops and malts - it doesn’t sit well on my tongue. The hops feel unnecessarily assertive.
Mouthfeel: Medium body.
Drinkability: This Amber Ale is okay. One and done.
08-08-2014 16:44:49 | More by jjh19
Calico Copper Amber Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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