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Calico Copper Amber Ale - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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1,117 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,117
Reviews: 408
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 29
Gots: 97 | 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

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Beer added by: xlperro on 04-10-2002

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Ratings: 1,117 | Reviews: 408
Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At Mondiale 2008. Neutral malt aroma. Amber with little foam head. Creamy mouthfeel, bitterness is in the aftertaste, it hides in the malt. Above average carbonation. Lacey. The malt profile has an interesting complexity, there is some dark malt.
I the end, it is basically a malt job, and just another American amber.

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On nitro tap at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Pours a clear dark copper with a foamy tan head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the entire glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and herbal hops. Taste is much the same with a floral flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the mouthfeel is not all that great.

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark copper with a good white head. The nose is a bit simple, with a dominant caramel breadiness to it. The flavor is nicer, with the caramel malt coming through as well as a nice, slight hoppiness. Medium body and good drinkability all around. By the end, I was really enjoying this.

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear dark amber in color and poured with a thin tan head that quickly dissipated into lacy patterns of bubbles. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: Aromas of piney hops stand out in the nose, which also has some notes of caramel malts. The smell becomes sweeter as the beer warms up.
T: There's a good mix of caramel flavors from the malts and bitterness from the hops; the bitterness takes over through the finish. The overall taste becomes sweeter as the beer warms up and the bitterness becomes less noticeable.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate. There isn't much carbonation.
D: The beer is relatively easy to drink and its low alcohol content can make it sessionable. The drinkability improves as the beer warms up.

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of brentk56
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with frothy beige head that retains to an inch and leaves stringlets of lace

Smell: Very limited aroma, with hints of earthy hops and some malt

Taste: Balanced bitter and malt flavors at the outset, with pith and biscuity flavors intermingling; turns a bit more bitter by mid-palate and after the swallow, but while the beer is balanced through the finish, it leaves a metallic flavor in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Mighty bitter for an amber but in the final analysis it is still an amber

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured out with a really nice rich looking copper amber color. The head is solid and has a good retention, not much lacing but still has a good appearance. The smell of the beer is hoppy and had a decent sweetness. The taste of the beer is nicely hopped and quite bitter. The sweet caramel flavors comes through in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated. Overall this brew was pretty good.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finely dusty, rusty orange with bright orange edges. There's almost no visible carbonation. Thankfully, the head doesn't appear to need it at the moment. The tangerine-tinted ecru cap is a fat three fingers in height and looks like whipped butter. It's sticky enough to cling in ragged sheets, making the glass look even better on subsequent pours.

The nose is closer to an APA than to an amber ale due to its reliance on hops rather than on balance. I like it just the way it is. Cascade and Centennial are in use, providing the usual citrus zestiness. As well, a little caramel malt peeks out from behind the hops.

Calico Copper is much more balanced on the palate and is more in accordance with the style as a result. Actually, it tastes like an ESB that uses American hops. There's a toasted caramel maltiness that very nearly meets the hops on equal terms. Although orange and grapefruit rind isn't as prominent as it was in the nose, it still rules the roost.

The beer is gently sweet at all points along the flavor arc, becoming increasingly bitter on the finish. The see-saw stays in relative balance throughout, neither side rocketing skyward at any point. The vibrant, yet still well-mannered flavor profile makes this an easy beer to drink, as does the mouthfeel. Barely medium in heft, it has no rough edges and goes down frightfully easily. An understated amount of carbonation helps to ease the way.

Ballast Point Calico Amber Ale is one of the better amber ales to have crossed my palate in quite a while. It stresses the hoppy side of its personality without losing sight of its roots. This is a tremendously drinkable beer about which I have only good things to say.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed this one as part of a mixed sixer at total wine the other day. I had not had some of the regulars from Ballast Point so it seemed like a good choice. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 01/06/2009.

The pour was good enough for me. Nice amber in color with a good clarity to it. Rich white head of maybe two inches then rose up from the bottom and stayed on top for a good long while dropping lots of side glass lace along the way/

The aroma was a touch light. Bready malts and grains with a touch of light piney hops. Smooth, mellow flavor here. Definetley malt driven as the biscuit flavors came through quite nicely. Mellow carbonation kept it from coming across too light and a nice added little bite of hops in the finish was the icing on the cake for a very sessionable and quite enjoyable little amber ale.

Overall very solid here with a mellow profile and an easy session drinker. I would have no issue with having this one again, nice to see it relatively cheap on shelves.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a style of beer that all too often does very little to nothing for me, but this one is something different and something special, leave it to ballast point for that. the color is great, largely clear with an almost ruby red amber color and a khaki head, thick and frothy and slowly fading, but it leaves spiderweb lacing as it drinks. the nose is hoppy and dry, the exact opposite of what we usually get in these beers. the hops have a subtle perfume character, bright and floral, a little tangy, citrus peel, clean though, only bitter enough to balance these richer grains out a little bit. is love to know which hops they used here, its so different, and for once the red malt base enhances hops for me, rather than crowds them out with sweetness. its super dry too, and at a low abv this is something i could drink endlessly. wishing my single would morph into a sixer pretty hard right now. one of the driest reds i can recall, and one of the most beautifully hopped. this is top tier for the style, no doubt. its exactly what my palate likes!

Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good hopped up American amber is one of my favorite styles,this fit the bill very well.Poured into a standard pint glass a clear...well copper amber with a fluffy 1 1/2 finger crown atop.A mix of deep caramel/biscuit malt and citric,piney hop,neither wins out leaving great balance.Big malty start with caramel and biscuit stickin out,the piney and citric hop presence comes through in a nice finish.I would give the nod to the malt by a narrow margin but there is more than enough hop profile going on.

Photo of emerge077
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served on nitro at Howells and Hood in a rounded pilsner glass.

It took awhile for the foam to settle, but once it did, the body was a bright copper with a compact head of velvety opaque foam. It left sheets of lace in the glass, and completely covered it. Slow rising carb trails visible.

Aroma was fairly muted, didn't get much due to the nitro other than vague traces of malt and maybe yeast.

Taste was a different story as it had a nice little bit of orange rind bitterness to it, and a very smooth malty body. Creamy feel from the nitro, somewhat substantial. Overall it was pretty enjoyable.

Photo of zeff80
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an amber/burgandy color with a tan, small head that left nice rings of lace.

S - It smelled of hops, very citrusy and floral. Also, some malt in the nose.

T - It tasted very hoppy and grassy. A nice roasted malt taste, too.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - I am really impressed with this amber ale. One of the hoppiest I've ever had.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.95/5  rDev -22.2%
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.

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Calico Copper Amber Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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