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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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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,009 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 1,009
Reviews: 390
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 23
Gots: 58 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Phi_Psi_OR_Beta, Aug 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

jaredkc889, Aug 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

skywizzard, Aug 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Felipe_Lovio, Aug 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

costanzo_mike, Aug 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Hootie159, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of woemad
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry’s in Spokane for $1.79. No obvious freshness date, but the label has been stamped “CA 419 14691.” This date makes no sense according to BP’s own explanation of their dating system on their website, unless this bottle is from the future. The label is different than the one pictured on BA, and “Copper” seems to have been dropped from the name.

Poured a hazy, orangey-amber color, with a big, creamy beige head and some sediment visible. Judging by the sediment, the time machine that brought this bottle here took a roundabout route.

More hoppy in the nose than most amber ales. This makes me happy. I’m not into the malt bombs that most ambers tend to be. I also detected a honey-like aroma, and what reminds me of orange peel.

Bittering hops and toasty, bready malts are almost equally present in the taste, with the hops slightly in the lead. This could easily pass as a malty version of a west coast pale ale.

Medium bodied, with a mouthfeel that manages to be both creamy and dry.

Although it’s labeled as an “Amber Ale,” this seems coser to an ESB. Regardless of the style, it’s a sessionable amber-colored ale with a hop bite. Fans of sweeter, more malty amber ales might not care for this. I find it very drinkable, but wish I knew how old it really is. Just stamp the actual bottling date on the bottle, fer cryyi! Don’t make us do math with what turns out to be a wrong number!

woemad, Aug 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

deadliest, Aug 16, 2014
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3.85/5  rDev +1.6%

gunnerlincoln, Aug 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Leschber, Aug 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Adamngoodtime, Aug 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

mscudder, Aug 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

zekeman17, Aug 12, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: A dark red/copper color with an average tight-bubble head. Surprisingly dark for an Amber.

Smell: Not a ton of aroma, but I did detect some toasted notes and some floral hops.

Taste: This one tasted a lot like New Belgium’s Fat Tire ale. For better and worse. There’s no denying that Fat Tire (and I’m sure Calico) has it’s fans. I’m just not one of them. It must be the balance of hops and malts - it doesn’t sit well on my tongue. The hops feel unnecessarily assertive.

Mouthfeel: Medium body.

Drinkability: This Amber Ale is okay. One and done.

jjh19, Aug 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

BFCarr, Aug 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

morebeergood, Aug 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Big_Dave, Aug 06, 2014
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5/5  rDev +31.9%

greekfest, Aug 04, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Robyn, Aug 04, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Buttstallion, Aug 04, 2014
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3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Brick red with bubbles floating to the top. some lacing on the glass.

S: Bitterness and malt.

T: Grassy taste, citrus hops, English malt, chalkiness, raisins, and clove. This is a lovely taste and I love the mix between a true American amber and an English bitter.

M: Medium-light and creamy. It's got a nice touch of carbonation.

O: A good beer definitely. Might buy a six pack of this soon. I love the IPA-cross-English bitter style.

titty_mcbitty, Aug 02, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: An amber brown with a thin white head that turns to a nice lace

Smell: A great malty scent hits the nose. Scents of caramel, nuts, and a bit of chocolate appear as well.

Taste: The malts balance nice with the strong roasted flavors found in the beer. More of the caramel appears on the back end as does a hint of nut. Finishes smooth with a bit of a chocolately aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: A very smooth, drinkable beer. Nice carbination throughout.

Overall: An exemplary example of the style. Absolutely worth revisiting!

S_Weinstein95, Aug 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Westyn, Jul 31, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

IRISHFAN951, Jul 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

dueserdo, Jul 29, 2014
Calico Copper Amber Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,009 ratings.