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Calico Copper Amber Ale - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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very good

1,083 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,083
Reviews: 401
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 26
Gots: 82 | 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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Photo of DMc8ride
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of RyanTeeter
2.65/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

a: A beautiful nut brown color with a wonderful thick cream head that dissipates but does not disappear.

s: I could not get any aroma. Full discloser - I poured it and did not smell it for 15 minutes because work came up. So, I can say that if there was an aroma, it vanished.

t: Grassy malt flavor with a tingle of hops on the end. Very nice and very clean. Traces of spice are present throughout the tasting. Interesting flavors but not necessarily in a good way. It's a beer that makes you think - that's for sure.

m: An extremely pleasant mouthfeel. Slightly oily but not overdone. Just enough to get a coating of flavor around the mouth so the flavor sticks a little longer.

o: Overall this beer was not a great choice for my palate. Complex flavors overwhelmed my desire for more.

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

A: Golden-copper, nice and translucent. The head flees a bit quickly, and the lacing is slightly thick.

S: Sharp malt is a bit heavy here; there is a tinge of some spice that I can't quite place. Maybe hints of all-spice?

T: Good hop spice with a thick malt backbone--really well balanced. It's got that bitter aftertaste that many ambers are known for. Quality.

M: Nicely carbonated and prickly on the tongue, this brew still has a creamy undertone.

O: This may not be my favorite from Ballast, but it's a solid offering nonetheless.

Photo of bumchilly25
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of mactrail
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Mitch's Seafood in San Diego where they seem to never run out of this stuff. Dark amber, near brown in the pint glass. Quite decent foam that lasts well down the glass. Plenty of malt in the mouthfeel followed by some scratch hoppiness. Aromatic hops provide some resiny and earthy notes.

A fairly substantial sweetness makes up the malty backbone, with an aroma of lemon and caramel. The bitterness makes its way forward for the long finish. Quite an acceptable quaff of a more robust sort of Amber Ale. While nothing special, this defines the style. This should appeal to those liking a hoppier Amber, but it's definitely in the maltier vein with a murky aftertaste.

Photo of fox227
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of jlindsey
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of tree777
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of bubseymour
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of smithj4
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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

Shining ruby with pitted off white froth.
Strawberry and blood orange nose.
Fruit compote, a bit of chocolate, a bit of toast, some burnt sugar, then big fresh OJ, resin, and evergreen hops.
Red berry and raw cocoa bean finish and pine bark bitterness.
Lt-med, chewy, a bit of oil.

Maltier than expected for Ballast Point - this is definitely not from the Lucky 13 school of ambers. A bit thin for the style, too - this is 5%, not 6.5%. An American ESB?

Balanced, but I don't want that from San Diego.

Photo of KidsDoc
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of Cvescalante
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of ThirstyHrothgar
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of smutty33
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of AnitaBrewski
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.05/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - fuzzy iced tea amber to this one. A watery light tan head with some large bubbles but holds a thin cover pretty well.

Aroma - nice pine and orange, disappears after setup. Sort of a metallic, grainy smell going on.

Taste - somewhat sweet biscuity graininess, followed by some soapy hop flavors and some astringency that I'm wondering about. This could be a little off with infection, I'm not sure. More metallic and mineral flavor that I picked up in the nose. A thin watery finish with some fading astringency. The hops improve with time (and warmth) to show some pluck. Pleasant pine and orange rind bite.

Mouthfeel - very carbonated, the bubbles almost overflowed the bottle before I poured. Decent smoothness and body, good for the style.

Overall - didn't care for this one much. It's about 9 months old, it shouldn't be too old to show what it has. I do pick up some good hoppy flavors and to its credit, once my palate sort of adjusts, some of the subtler off flavors are minimized. I'd try it again.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Damn best by 11/20/12 so this has to be over 6 moths old. Very little sediment in the base of the glass though...

A - Very sticky head, great lacing but just a 1/4 inch of it. Beer is a dark copper brown with tons of sediment floaties.
S - Smells slightly metallic with citrus hops (mild) and some caramel malt. Smell is faint.
T - Taste is fairly balanced, hops are somewhat acceptable with some citrus and piney goodness. Some sweetness to balance but far from caramel more like a sugary yeast. Finish is great with bitterness clinging to the palate but alright overall.
M - Medium, somewhat balanced. A OK Amber.

Overall not something I would seek out again its somewhat heavy, balanced, yet not close to Nugget Nectar or any sweeter amber I prefer. It's very hard to judge being this old but other reviews agree it's far from exceptional.

Photo of CaptainNomihodai
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Hessian257
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of 57md
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance is a nice amber/copper color with a finger of beige head. The head had good retention and it left extensive lacing on the glass. There is a touch of malt and a touch of hops in the nose. The taste is similar, but I'd say more hop forward than malt forward. The whole offering was a touch thinner than I would like, but it is a really nice blend of flavors none-the-less.

Calico Copper Amber Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,083 ratings.