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Calico Copper Amber Ale - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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1,037 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,037
Reviews: 392
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 26
Gots: 66 | 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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Beautiful deep amber color, excellent head retention. Aroma is dominated by toasty and fruity specialty malt, with a hint of citrus and pine. Flavor follows suit, but adding a fairly bitter finish. Well balanced, with notes of toffee and citrus countering, though the finish is more bitter than I'd prefer. Really wish I had purchased more of these. Fairly complex for an amber.

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If you are planning to visit me in Lancaster, PA (or if you are just passing through) and want to score some singles, The Friendly Greek Bottle Shop on New Holland Avenue (at N. Franklin St.) is one place that I highly recommend. Ted(dy), the owner, is usually amenable to breaking sixers if there is open space in the cooler and I can always find something new and interesting. This one was a part of a recent score!

From the bottle: “ESB-Inspired Ale”; “Dedicated to the Craft”.

I dedicate this beer and its review to both my cousin, Colby Chandler, Ballast Point’s Specialty Brewer and to Paul Elder, the artist behind all of their labels! Cheers, gents!

I just love to Pop! The cap and start an inverted Glug! Following a pseudo-cascade, anything could happen, including overflow, which is what really set #TheOldLady off last summer. In this instance, I got three fingers of dense, puffy, tawny head with great retention. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. The head suddenly fell like a soufflé, leaving behind a load of sticky lacing. Somebody from BPBC had better be coming by to clean this up! Nose explained why they are using “inspired” since it was very hoppy for an ESB. Yes, they do call it an “Amber Ale” so fair dinkum, lads. My point that I was getting to is that it had a very pine-hop forward nose. Do try to keep up. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was initially quite hoppy, but then a caramel malt sweetness began to assert itself on the tongue. It was about a decade ago that John Frantz proclaimed that “Ambers are a dead style among craft brewers” and at that point, I had to agree. They were the foundation of craft beers, but they tended to be very malty just as AIPAs were coming into vogue. The shift towards a hoppier Amber makes them more palatable and marketable as a result. Off of my soapbox. Here, the hops were prevalent, but there was still some malty sweetness. Finish was semi-dry, not really what I would consider sweet under any circumstances. This may or may not be your cuppa tea, but for me, I am awaiting its release in CANs. Ya hear me, Colby?!? CANs!

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Calico Copper Amber Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,037 ratings.