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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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1,117 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,117
Reviews: 408
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 29
Gots: 97 | 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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Ratings: 1,117 | Reviews: 408
Photo of bambam2517
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint and drank waiting on the grill to warm up. Served at 45F.

A - Dark ruby to garnet red, with a nice biscuity foam on top. Pretty still body though.

S - Some sweet malts with a hint of apricot, a little bit of pine and floral in the background.

T - I see it as a hoppier amber ale offering, where others see it as a malty IPA. Certainly lower in hop character than a West Coast IPA, but that isnt what its trying to be. I like the hop level here, puts it apart from the typical Ambers out there.

M - Nice roasted flavors build up to a bitter hop mid, and mildly dry and clean finish. Easy drinking, as I find Amber ales to be in general.

O - Summing it up: I'm a Ft. Collins native, I cut my craftbeer-lovin teeth on Fat Tire and Alaskan Amber so amber ales are near and dear to me. I have to admit, Ballast Point has a deft touch when it comes to this style too!

Photo of TMoney2591
2.95/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

*Insert calico cat joke here...I'm above such feline references. Clearly.* This stuff pours a clear sunset amber topped by a finger of lightly off-cream-white foam. The nose comprises perfume-y toffee, very light mint, and a hint of flowers. The taste holds notes of mild greens, mild flowers, sweet toffee, and some orange peel in the back, resulting a sort of off, funky mess. It's hard to put into words beyond that. Just know that I took it as a negative. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a strange little amber, one that just didn't do it for me.

Photo of touchmeimsac
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Arsenal0328
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of bcuz7
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of T100Mark
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance - The color is somewhere between ruby red and copper. High clarity. Nice head. Stickage is moderate at best.

Smell - Malty sweetness combined with a nice citrus hit. Slightly smokey. This beer has a very nice nose.

Taste - Like the nose, this beer combines a smooth malt flavor with just the right amount of hops. Not too much else happening here. Chugable.

Mouth - A bit oily. A bit tangy. Clean.

Overall - A simple, tasty beer. Nothing too fancy or sophisticated. Imagine a classic California pale ale (Sierra Nevada or Firestone) with a touch more malt and a bit less hops.

Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of jwk7324
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of beersvh23
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Flounder57
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Having on draft at The Avenue.

Appearance: This beer poured a small head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a dark copper color with good clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Creamy, caramel, toffee, hops, bready, and fruitiness.

Taste: Same as above with some lingering bitterness and chewy notes. Nothing out of the ordinary.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth, low to medium carbonation, medium bodied, a little chewy, and easy to drink.

Overall: Pretty solid amber/red ale. Very enjoyable.

Photo of Zbeetleman
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Gww1864
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of mikeburd1128
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of twenty5
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Xzfgiimtsath
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of blknikon
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of ESeab
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of JohnBender
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of ItsTheLimit
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of ummswimmin
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of ChumleyX
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of HopAttack3
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Suds
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear and reddishn amber in color, with a frothy white head....the beer has a very malty and earthy hop smell. Aroma intensity is stronger than. Expected, which is very welcomed. Malt, toasted and breads, plays a large part in the profile of this brew. Hops are there, but malt is centric. The taste is balancedm with a toast crust and bitter hop. Some fruit...apricot and peach in the shadows. Firm body. Slightly carbonated. Long and bitter finish.

Photo of RyFikes
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of DerekMorgan
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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Calico Copper Amber Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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