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Calico Copper Amber Ale - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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very good

1,041 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,041
Reviews: 393
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 27
Gots: 68 | 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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Photo of adamette
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Live review. Poured from the 12 oz. bottle that I bought as a single from Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor, Ohio yesterday for $1.85 into a clean, clear glass. "CA 292 Best by 062812" stamped on the neck of the bottle. Whew! Just made the "best by" date!

A Creamy thick head that clings to the inside of the glass over a pleasingly amber translucent body. I really appreciate the substantial head. The look is a strong one. 4.5

S Medium roast malt and a very pleasing grain/barley smell that I personally find very pleasing. It is not all that common in beers of this style. It smells "authentic" to me. 4.5

T Taste features the grain/barley that I picked up in the smell but also more of a presence of the medium roast malt in what I perceive to be a very well crafted Amber. Bravo! 4.5

M Medium feel with a bit of a kick of bitterness from possibly the hops which tend to linger on the tongue for a while (I found this to be the case with Sculpin sampled with the hour). Nice strong feel, especially compared with other beers in its style. 4.0

D/O Drinkability is at least average. I find enough interest in the taste to come back for more. The ABV allows me to drink more than one as well. Overall this is a very good beer. 4.5

Notes: Pleasant surprise. I recommend anyone seeking this one out, especially if you can find it for less than $2/bottle like I did!

adamette, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of jaybags
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

jaybags, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of lampshadedude
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

lampshadedude, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of standardcherry
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

standardcherry, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of DeezGunz14
4/5  rDev +5.5%

DeezGunz14, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of uziangis
3/5  rDev -20.8%

uziangis, May 31, 2012
Photo of drjman
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

drjman, May 30, 2012
Photo of 4thelvofbeer
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice overall Amber Ale. Enjoyed a bottle 27 May 2012.

A: Golden amber-brown-copper color with a big head...
S/T: Nice all-around amber...Notes of honey, grain, some bitterness, hoppy...
M: A bit dry...
O: Nice. Nothing bad to say about this beer. All around good solid amber ale.

4thelvofbeer, May 28, 2012
Photo of Souleman
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Souleman, May 27, 2012
Photo of jbphoto88
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lovely copper, amber color with a giant agressive bubbly head. Calico Copper is clear with thin bubbles freely moving up to the surface. Not bad looking but that head is too much being that it makes up more then have the beer.

Nose is sweet with touches of citrus and roasted malts. A little on the peach side of things and all around mild. Good for an amber.

The taste is very balanced and quite flavorful for a thinner feeling beer. There are nice roasted grains with a distinct hop bite in the finish. Calico Copper has an all around brewed flavor that isn't my favorite but has been much more distracting in other beer.

Smooth on the tongue with a peppery bite of carbonation and slight hop bitterness. Well balanced and easy to drink. Not the best beer I've ever had but a solid drinker. Very nice.

jbphoto88, May 25, 2012
Photo of nosavingsaccount
2.5/5  rDev -34%

nosavingsaccount, May 24, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
2.53/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Served on-draught into a nonical pint glass at the Yardhouse in L.A. Live, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed from notes. Expectations were average. Was overpriced at that location.

A: Pours a two finger head of great cream, nice thickness, and good retention. Colour is a semitransparent copper-amber.

Sm: Amber hops. Light toasted malt. Some light caramel. Maybe nuts. Some cream. A mild strength aroma.

T: Some floral notes. A weak cherry ester. Wretched caramelized dry malts. Poorly balanced and built. Not good. Tame and underplayed. Simple for what it is. Not subtle.

Mf: Smooth and dry. Too thin. Adequate carbonation. Doesn't quite complement the flavours adequately.

Dr: I wouldn't get it again. Poorly executed. Fairly pleasant. Not at all refreshing. A bit pricey on-draught, but the bottled version is likely more affordable.


kojevergas, May 20, 2012
Photo of MaChiNe
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

MaChiNe, May 19, 2012
Photo of jnolan
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

jnolan, May 14, 2012
Photo of jmccraney
4/5  rDev +5.5%

jmccraney, May 10, 2012
Photo of JohnK17
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

JohnK17, May 10, 2012
Photo of Bobhoya
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Bobhoya, May 08, 2012
Photo of notchucknorris
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark amber color with a reddish hue. Thin light brown head.

S: I'm getting a lot of sweetness with a big tropical fruit note. Almost like a tropical fruit smoothie. Caramel malt and a bit of coffee too.

T: Slight roasted malt and coffee with a good amount of caramel malt sweetness and some lingering citrus hops. Very easy to drink and a pretty solid amber.

notchucknorris, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of Hoptometrist
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from the bottle into a becker glass

A- Poured a dark copper color with a one finger frothy head. Semi-hazy, mostly clear and leaves some glass coating lace

S- Very earthy, herbal, and some piney hops in the aroma. Biscuity malt notes

T- Very strong herbal and earthy notes, biscuit malt. Some floral notes. Finishes with an unpleasant earthy bitterness and some wateriness

M- A little watery, lighter bodied, lower carbonation

O- Reminds me a little bit of a Fat Tire with more bitterness and less sweetness than Fat Tire (although I much prefer Fat Tire to this). Overall this is a pretty average beer. A little too watery and not a very exciting flavor profile, but it is a very easy drinker.

Hoptometrist, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of sitarist
4/5  rDev +5.5%

sitarist, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of rawfish
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with some reddish hue with a off white head of a finger that leaves alot of lacing on the glass despite some average retention.

Muted but nutty with a good dose of bread and caramel malt, candied dates and brown sugar. Some herbal and grassy hops,

Full taste of lightly toasted bread accompanied with some grain husk, caramel sweetness and dark fruit, dates and prune. Slight hop bitterness with some pine, lingering stick and a bit of roasty acidity to finish.

Average carbonation and heavier body to accompany the full flavor. A bit astringent on the finish, particularly when colder. Otherwise a very clean brew.

A very solid amber, does a good job to have full flavor with enough hop bitterness to be balanced. Ballast point has good beers across their line and Calico does that statement justice.

rawfish, Apr 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

TasteTester, Apr 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

TobinMitnick, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of funkel81
4/5  rDev +5.5%

funkel81, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of Danobold
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Danobold, Apr 21, 2012
Calico Copper Amber Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,041 ratings.