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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

909 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 909
Reviews: 377
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.79%
Wants: 21
Gots: 34 | 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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Ratings: 909 | Reviews: 377 | Display Reviews Only:
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rpjordan

Virginia

1/5  rDev -73.7%

03-15-2012 03:31:26 | More by rpjordan
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mhaugo

California

2/5  rDev -47.4%

12-04-2011 17:50:40 | More by mhaugo
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jmathis

Florida

2/5  rDev -47.4%

06-30-2013 20:01:19 | More by jmathis
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grover37

District of Columbia

2.38/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle into a nonic pint.

Appearance (4.5): Dark reddish-orange with two fingers of cream head. Reduces a medium-thick layer with thick lacing at the top.

Aroma (3): Lots of caramel and toffee. Not much in the way of hops.

Taste (2): Sweet, sweet caramel and some cardboard in the middle. A touch of breadiness in the finish. Not very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel (1.5): Much too effervescent for the style. Medium to full bodied and medium to high carbonation.

Overall (2.5): the only impressive part of this beer is the appearance - great lacing, especially near the top. Otherwise, way too sweet.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2012 03:30:28 | More by grover37
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JimiO

Nevada

2.4/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Looks great in a glass... looks rich dark amber brown

Subtle on the nose... couldn't really identify any strong characteristics

Very bitter on the tongue... strong coffee and burnt toffee... very dry... a bit hopper than I like

Gave my my mouth a tingly sensation... probably the hops

All and an OK beer... under delivered to my expectation

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 21:21:37 | More by JimiO
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nosavingsaccount

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

05-24-2012 02:44:52 | More by nosavingsaccount
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chrispoint

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

02-18-2012 08:50:31 | More by chrispoint
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beernads

Florida

2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

01-25-2013 10:47:20 | More by beernads
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kojevergas

Texas

2.53/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Served on-draught into a nonical pint glass at the Yardhouse in L.A. Live, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed from notes. Expectations were average. Was overpriced at that location.

A: Pours a two finger head of great cream, nice thickness, and good retention. Colour is a semitransparent copper-amber.

Sm: Amber hops. Light toasted malt. Some light caramel. Maybe nuts. Some cream. A mild strength aroma.

T: Some floral notes. A weak cherry ester. Wretched caramelized dry malts. Poorly balanced and built. Not good. Tame and underplayed. Simple for what it is. Not subtle.

Mf: Smooth and dry. Too thin. Adequate carbonation. Doesn't quite complement the flavours adequately.

Dr: I wouldn't get it again. Poorly executed. Fairly pleasant. Not at all refreshing. A bit pricey on-draught, but the bottled version is likely more affordable.

C-

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2012 23:58:13 | More by kojevergas
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mithrascruor

California

2.58/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy reddish copper color. White head with a bit of amber tint is creamy and thick, lacing the glass a bit.

Smell: Nice aroma of fruits, caramel, malts, and slightly bitter hops.

Taste: Malty with a somewhat tart and/or bitter backdrop. Unfortunately no roasted malts: instead tastes more like burnt malts! That flavor seems to overwhelm the taste after just a few sips; it's quite nasty!

Mouthfeel: Very smooth. Medium-bodied with very light carbonation.

Drinkability: ABV is perfect; taste is not so great for drinking much.

I'm not sure if I just got a bad one, but that burnt taste is really distracting and unappealing. Too bad, because it seemed promising from the look and aroma. With the taste, I'm not even sure if I can finish this.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2007 01:51:24 | More by mithrascruor
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RyanTeeter

New York

2.65/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

a: A beautiful nut brown color with a wonderful thick cream head that dissipates but does not disappear.

s: I could not get any aroma. Full discloser - I poured it and did not smell it for 15 minutes because work came up. So, I can say that if there was an aroma, it vanished.

t: Grassy malt flavor with a tingle of hops on the end. Very nice and very clean. Traces of spice are present throughout the tasting. Interesting flavors but not necessarily in a good way. It's a beer that makes you think - that's for sure.

m: An extremely pleasant mouthfeel. Slightly oily but not overdone. Just enough to get a coating of flavor around the mouth so the flavor sticks a little longer.

o: Overall this beer was not a great choice for my palate. Complex flavors overwhelmed my desire for more.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2013 01:48:55 | More by RyanTeeter
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jujubeast6000

Texas

2.73/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 12/29/2008 (bottle):

Pours a nice clear brown colored body, fizzy. Big creamy off-white heap, good lacing, lasting. Some alcohol in the nose, some flowery maltiness. Dusty and musty too. Carbonated palate. Malty nutty taste. Dusty too. Some hoppiness, grapefruit. Some sweet spiciness. A little tastier as it warms more.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2009 02:35:21 | More by jujubeast6000
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TylerHagler

Georgia

2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

05-29-2014 14:09:49 | More by TylerHagler
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skiit13

Connecticut

2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

07-16-2012 22:22:33 | More by skiit13
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malibujohnny

Illinois

2.78/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

golden brown with a head that starts out well but disappears to just some bubbling after about 1/4 the way down.smell of hops seem to slightly overpower the malt characterictics.carbonation is a bit much and has a kind of green beer taste between the other flavors.this beer reminds me of a few good amber homebrews i've had.it's a pretty ok brew.but if i'm in the mood for this i'll make it on my own.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2008 01:43:18 | More by malibujohnny
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amandacrane

California

2.83/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Beautiful red color, slightly cloudy

Very nice smell of malt and carmel

Somewhat of a burnt taste with hoppy bite at the end, bitter hop taste dominates

Smooth mouthfeel, a little dense, excellent balance of carbonation

Drinkability: I'm drinking it, I'm not trying to savor it, but I'm not choking it down either. If I really liked the taste of hops or if the hops flavor was more balanced with other flavors then I would like this beer much more. I would drink this beer again if it was offered to me, but I prefer other American Ambers.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2010 00:50:52 | More by amandacrane
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SkunkWorks

New York

2.85/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice, copper color but there's almost no head despite being very well carbonated and a very aggressive pour on my part. It leaves behind a good deal of lacing, which is surprising given the lack of a head. As for the aroma... I can't pick anything up. I tried smelling it with my glass full and got nothing. I tried smelling it with the glass half empty, swirling it around, and the whole nine yards, and still nothing.

As for the taste, there's a solid toasted malt character with some hoppiness to it. It leaves a bitter aftertaste in my mouth. Even though it seems nicely carbonated, it tastes decidedly undercarbonated.

Reading the other reviews, I am kind of surprised and I think that I am drinking a different beer than they are. Perhaps it is past the date where it is still good and my store didn't rotate it for some reason. If that is the case, I apologize for my less than stellar review but nonetheless, I wouldn't recommend this beer and will probably not be getting it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2009 07:31:10 | More by SkunkWorks
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Offa

California

2.9/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This is fairly tasty but is overly bitter, with too much pine-grapefruit bitterness dominating the finish.

Reddish amber, it has a big, light tan head that shrinks slowly but steadily to a thin ring and leaves a little weak lace.

The aroma is wheat, honey, citrusy hops, and dust.

The taste is malty and fruity, bitter before becoming a bit sweet, with faint flowery hops and a hint of toffee. It then finishes very bitter and dry with a strong hoppy pine-grapefruit aftertaste lingering long past its welcome. The hop bitterness gets more prominent as one drinks more.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2008 22:29:53 | More by Offa
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.93/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

*Insert calico cat joke here...I'm above such feline references. Clearly.* This stuff pours a clear sunset amber topped by a finger of lightly off-cream-white foam. The nose comprises perfume-y toffee, very light mint, and a hint of flowers. The taste holds notes of mild greens, mild flowers, sweet toffee, and some orange peel in the back, resulting a sort of off, funky mess. It's hard to put into words beyond that. Just know that I took it as a negative. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a strange little amber, one that just didn't do it for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2013 19:44:38 | More by TMoney2591
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mjtiernan

New York

3/5  rDev -21.1%

11-15-2011 05:15:42 | More by mjtiernan
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timjim1327

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -21.1%

07-18-2013 02:57:26 | More by timjim1327
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uziangis

Ohio

3/5  rDev -21.1%

05-31-2012 17:46:20 | More by uziangis
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jtierney89

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Crystal clear deep amber hue with a craggy off white head. lots of visible carbonation.

Super sticky head. Big oily hop nose. Floral and pine with citrus notes. Pretty clean beer with a big bitterness. Bitter throughout with big floral hop presence on the tip of the tongue. Undertones of caramel malts with some grapefruit and citrus. Pretty big body with big carbonation but the flavors hold up well to it. Good beer, but for the expensive cost of this six pack theres a bunch of other ambers i'd take over it. Slick and sticky but not overbearing. again, a good beer, just a steep price tag. at the same price as big eye IPA i'd take big eye.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2012 23:37:07 | More by jtierney89
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g_jenkins

California

3/5  rDev -21.1%

04-20-2014 23:19:40 | More by g_jenkins
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -21.1%

01-04-2012 22:29:18 | More by IdrinkGas
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Calico Copper Amber Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 909 ratings.