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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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956 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 956
Reviews: 383
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.79%
Wants: 22
Gots: 45 | 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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Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

05-30-2008 03:59:24 | More by Sammy
Photo of t0rin0


4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-08-2012 19:28:18 | More by t0rin0
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

01-21-2013 05:17:06 | More by UCLABrewN84
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

11-26-2011 19:08:36 | More by djrn2
Photo of Thorpe429


4/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

02-17-2010 02:27:16 | More by Thorpe429
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New York

4/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

07-05-2010 01:43:25 | More by metter98
Photo of BuckeyeNation


4.13/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

08-18-2005 15:28:47 | More by BuckeyeNation
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North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -5.3%

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

01-06-2009 00:59:25 | More by brentk56
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

01-07-2009 02:05:07 | More by mikesgroove
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

01-23-2013 00:22:38 | More by kjkinsey
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

05-16-2014 06:02:05 | More by zestar
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

02-17-2013 18:04:12 | More by Texasfan549
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

01-17-2013 06:46:01 | More by spycow
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

10-26-2013 13:55:06 | More by jaydoc
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

12-24-2011 19:23:09 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of Knapp85


3.58/5  rDev -5.8%

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.

10-29-2011 20:37:33 | More by Knapp85
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North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

10-17-2009 23:36:17 | More by oberon
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2.93/5  rDev -22.9%

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.

05-20-2013 19:44:38 | More by TMoney2591
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

02-19-2014 14:16:09 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
Photo of emerge077


3.84/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

12-27-2013 04:10:38 | More by emerge077
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-27-2011 21:51:02 | More by JAHMUR
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4.2/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

06-16-2008 14:28:35 | More by zeff80
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4.38/5  rDev +15.3%

Pours a clear, very dark amber / copper colored body capped by a short, creamy, ivory head that holds well and leaves some nice lace. A pronounced aroma of caramel and biscuit malt greets the nose, followed shortly by some soft piney hops. Quite welcoming! Upon tasting, an exceptionally nice creaminess fills the mouth due to the combination of a medium body and moderate carbonation that's made up of very fine bubbles. The flavor displays an excellent balance between full, sweet, toasty/biscuity caramel malt upfront, grassy/spicy/lightly citrusy hops towards the swallow, and a bitterness that doesn't interefere with the maltiness but dries out the finish. A pleasure that offers a great deal of malt character, some complexity, and a very good drinkability. This is the first beer that I've tried from Ballast Point but it will certainly not be the last! Well worth trying and the ship directly to quite a few states!

12-09-2002 17:39:51 | More by NeroFiddled
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

07-28-2012 14:07:32 | More by SocalKicks
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4.35/5  rDev +14.5%

Pours a clear ruby hued brown with a creme head that falls fairly soon and leaves quite a bit of lacing on the way down. Flavor is nice. Great earthy tones. Sweet caramel hits quick on the very back side. Feel has a bit of a bite on the carbonation and the liquid is good. This is very easy to drink. A nice amber ale.

05-27-2008 05:28:16 | More by RblWthACoz
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Calico Copper Amber Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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