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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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very good

1,084 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,084
Reviews: 401
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 26
Gots: 83 | 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:
Beer added by: xlperro on 04-10-2002

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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.

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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!

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Calico Copper Amber Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,084 ratings.