Calico Copper Amber Ale - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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85
very good

1,203 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 1,203
Reviews: 432
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 32
Gots: 130 | 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: 1,203 | Reviews: 432
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a clear copper red with a finger width khaki colored head. Fair retention, resulting in a thin layer of suds across the top. Strong lace left around the glass.

Smell - Caramel and earth with light grass.

Taste - Follows the nose. Primarily earth and caramel flavor. Slight metallic undertone that strengthens in the finish, leading to an earthy, slightly grassy bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

Overall - Decent, but not really my bag. Too much bitter earth and metallic flavor. Might be an old bottle, but hard to say. There's a bottling code on the bottom, but it's nigh impossible to read.

Photo of founddrama
3.12/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Coppery color, and a bit coppery flavor too. Mildly malty aroma and bitter hops start-to-finish on flavor.

Photo of Kolbfusion
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful amber color but head dissipates quickly. Lovely floral hop aroma. Moderate bitterness but can taste the malt. Mouthfeel seems typical for the style. Moderate carbonation. Overall a good example of the style. One that I don't frequently drink but should explore a bit more.

Photo of kingslotty
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing cries beer snob more than being forced to justify an outlier rating with a review. What a terrible new feature for this website.

Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

No bottle date

Look - Beautiful clear garnet color with a cherry creme head. Decent head retention and bubble distribution. 4.5 paws.

Smell - Very dry, hints of piney citrus hop. Classic balance of hop and malt, with neither shining through. 3.5 paws.

Taste - Roasty, nutty malt character balanced by a subtle hop bitterness. Bits of black pepper with a counteracting sweetness. 3.5 paws.

Feel - Expected medium thin viscosity. Tingle is mild over entire tongue. Classic moist finish I've come to know from most american pale/amber ales. 4.75 paws.

Overall - I've never been a huge fan of amber ales. Not to say that I dislike them, but they are not a style that I seek out. They've always been the maltier little brother to pale ales to me. With that being said I am trying to appreciate them, and I actually found myself enjoying this one quite a bit. I haven't had a lot of others to put this one into context, but I'd say this is quite tasty overall. 3.75 paws.

Photo of BEERWOLF1951
2.73/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I like this beer for the most part, lingering bitterness in the finish somewhat puts me off. May not buy it again, because there's better beers out there.

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Went great with pizza at Boondoggle's

Photo of dcmchew
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear amber/copper, small light beige head for a while.
Smell of buttered toast, honey, light caramel, some light generic dark fruit (dried cherry stands out a bit), toffee. Not a strong smell anyway.
Malts from the start with caramel and toast, but also a nice citrus zing that develops into bitter grapefruit pretty early on. Light butter note, light dark fruit, grainy biscuit. Finish has an English hoppy character, dry leafy, a bit earthy, but quite bitter.
The hoppy finish prolongs into the aftertaste, keeping some crisp citrus peel too. Just a bit of malt sweetness here. Medium body and carbonation, the light sticky buttery note doesn't really disturb that much.
Pretty cool, wouldn't mind to find it easier, but that's out of the question unfortunately.

Photo of rynej23
3.16/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

not worth the price compared to sculpin, more like a lager profile

Photo of tastybeer
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Color is right between the red on the bottle label and the brown of the beer bottle glass. Nice red glow in the sunlight with a creamy slightly orange tinted off white head. Good looking lace. Aroma is quite nice. Fruity and British-like with cherry, tangerine, flowers, creamy biscuits, fall spice (or something alike), earthy rooty tea.... Taste is brisk, fruity, earthy, and woody. Pear, cherry, some pine, and lingering grassy bitterness. Mouthfeel is prickly, fluid, and dry. Not a bad beer at all.

Photo of jooler
3.07/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

doesn't taste like an ale, more like an amber lager

Photo of SurferEric
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The caramel malts were a little overwhelming for me, even considering an amber ale.

Photo of jkrich
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a deep and clear red-brown with a foamy, sustained off-white head. According to the label, this ale was bottled the 212th day of 2014.

When I opened the bottle, the aroma was minimal to nonexistent. After the pour I could detect some sweet, fruity and wine-like aromas.

This is a well balanced amber ale with a nice hop profile in the first sip with lingering, biscuit malt on the palate. There are hints of dark fruits and molasses while the ale always maintains a refreshing and zesty mouth feel. This amber has more complexity than most "amber" style ales I have tried. The label does state this is an "ESB-Inspired Ale."

This is one I will seek out again, and I would put this at the top of the amber style.

Photo of i4ourgot
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Nice beer I was expecting more hoppiness coming from Ballast Point. Despite the lack of hops this beer still has lots of flavor. There is a subtle bitterness to the beer but that really allows the malt flavors to come through . The most noticeable while not overpowering was the roast malt flavor, giving the beer a nice mellow subtle coffee flavor. Very nice mouth feel to the beer it was very light but it still had a creamy aspect to the beer. The aroma was very mellow but at a restaurant I always have a hard time smelling my beer.

Photo of rjs246
3.32/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

You can taste the quality but the sweetness in the nose just doesn't do it for me. I'll bet there are plenty of people who like this one, but it isn't for me.

Photo of BigBry
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle with dinner in Anaheim.
Clear, dark copper with a foamy tan head. Foam shrinks to a thin film, thin lace sheets left behind.
Smell is of malt, and herbal hops. Slightly fruity yeast aroma.
Taste has a good malt base, finishes with floral herbal hops.
Low level of carbonation, medium body and mouth feel.
Overall, this is a pretty good beer.

Note to self: Rated #89 American Amber / Red Ale when I tasted it.

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Red-orange in color. Good clarity. Pillowy cream-colored head billows up and retains forever. Lacing sticks in sheets. A very good-looking beer.

S: Chewy caramel, toffee, bready, shortcake, pinch of cocoa, cherry and red berry. Earthy hops. Herbal, tobacco. Very well balanced and polished.

T: Toast and shortbread up front. Toasted crust. Toffee. Citrus rind bitterness from the hops- bitter grapefruit rind. Lots of woody, herbal, and tobacco notes as well. Hop bitterness spikes toward the back end and really clamps down. Red berry and cherry flavors buried deeply. Grapefruity hop bitterness edges out receding caramel and toffee malt flavors on the finish.

M: Medium bodied. Full, round, and very creamy with a whipped and airy texture. Modestly carbonated. Awesome mouthfeel.

O: This is far from the simple amber ales that flooded the market in the early days of craft. At its heart it is really more of an English ESB, and a well-made one at that. It's generously hopped in the American fashion too. Worth a look if you're into ESBs or want a change of pace. Don't just write it off as another boring amber ale.

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 barczar
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

Photo of woodychandler
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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!

Photo of pat61
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%

Very slight fresh grain smell.
Pours brilliant copper amber with a frothy, finely bubbled off-white foam cap that produce good lace.
Malt driven graham cracker biscuit palate leads a creamy attack that dries out on the finish with a light bitter hop accent.
Medium body, medium to just a hair above on the carbonation but very fine and soft.

Photo of mikenotchey
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Smooth. Crisp. Earthy. Perfect amount of carbonation.

Photo of ttroha
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%

Tap. Semi-hazy brown with minimal white head. Aroma of caramel, pine hops and floral hops. Taste is sweet with bitter hops at the back end, Bitter, hoppy aftertaste. Medium bodied.

Photo of Flagon23
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Smooth, with a medium body and very pleasant flavor

Photo of Brew_42
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

Calico Copper Amber Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,203 ratings.