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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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1,108 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,108
Reviews: 404
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 29
Gots: 92 | 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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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of flyingpig
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orange to amber, foamy two fingers width tall and takes some time to reduce down to one fingers width, leaving some good lacing on the glass as it does so.

Quite a clean smelling beer to me with a nice hop aroma upfront mixed in with some sweet malts and a little background fruit and spice.

Some hops in the taste upfront with this one consisting of mainly pine but with a good amount of bitterness blended in as well. This bitterness continues through the middle of the beer and is joined by some light, fruity flavours towards the end of each sip helping make the beer a sweet tasting one.

Smooth to the sip with solid, mild carbonation and a sort of creamy feel to it overall. The bitterness through the middle & towards the end is good and not too strong.

Not the most complex beer in the world or the strongest but a very solid performance from a good amber ale. It is pretty straightforward but does have a good balance and nice hop taste to it.

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Photo of patm1986
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

amber red, thick whip cream head that settles into a pile of a semi-full version of itself.

earthy, floral, wheat fields, oatmeal, bitter, oily, hempy hop forward chracteristics: bitter, metallic.

creamy, bitter, dry but salavating finish.

it's an american amber: hop forward, piney, dry. it is SOLID.

Photo of gregb13
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful copper with a chunky head and excellent lacing. Looks very appetizing. Smell is vibrant with bitter hops, citrus, pine. Taste follows the nose, with a decent malt presence. Some citrus bitterness lingers on the back end. Perhaps just a tad overcarbonated? Excellent brew, tough to find faults. Another winner from Ballast Point.

Photo of horshack7
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A dam good looking beer that is a stunning dark mahogany with amber garnet hues around the edges. On top as a crown is a off white rocky head that upon thinning out leaves behind thick lacing.

Aroma: Sweet dried fruit notes. Yeasty bread notes a little bit doughy. Sublte pistachio notes with a little bits of almond. Grapefruit and piney notes all through it.

Taste: Dryness from the malts gives it a toffee mouthfeel with a little bit of butteriness. Citrus fruit notes here and there. Towards the end is a wisp of nuttiness with a semi dry finish.

Notes: A very solid beer very sessionable that has a good malt backbone. Cheers.

Photo of Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured out with a really nice rich looking copper amber color. The head is solid and has a good retention, not much lacing but still has a good appearance. The smell of the beer is hoppy and had a decent sweetness. The taste of the beer is nicely hopped and quite bitter. The sweet caramel flavors comes through in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated. Overall this brew was pretty good.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep copper colour, almost with a reddish tinge to it, and a fine-bubbled head of off-white. Lacing is frothy and patch, but solid, forming around the glass in solid enough rings. Body has some heft to it, rather pleasantly, and the carbonation is mild but extremely fine. Looks good.

Nose is grainy and bright, with pleasant slightly toasted characters and a mild fruit character, perhaps just a hint of banana. Some subtle crushed greens get a look in as well. It's all quite mild, but it's pretty well integrated, and quite pleasant.

Taste is a little thinner, and rather metallic, with a coppery bite towards the bit to back and a slight astringency. Graininess comes through to clean up on the back, or rather it just appears once the metallic character drops out. It's pleasant enough, and it has some character to it, which is good.

Not a bad drop. Sessionable, with enough character. No, it's not the most exciting brew in the world, but it's solid.

Photo of TheDinger
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found this at a speciality place here in town. Have enjoyed other offerings from Ballast Point so thought I'd try the Amber. Served from a 12 oz. single into a pint glass.

A- Bright copper with 1+ finger of light brown head. Cloudy with a fair amount of lacing that lasts throughout.

S- Thought it would pack more punch. Initial notes of hops that give way to citrus and fruit. A hint of peach.

T- Strong citrus and fruity notes with adequate carbonation. A bit of heavy hops at the end which was a little much.

M- A little thin and dry. Good carbonation however.

O- A good effort from Ballast Point on this one. A bit on the hoppy side which is not my style. Refreshing and fruity and I would probably drink this offering again. Fairly well crafted with a good blend of flavors-

Photo of MrKennedy
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber thanks to ADZA for the trade! Poured into a Redoak globe style glass.

Pours a nice copper colour, good glow to it when held up to light. Beautiful deep beige head of foam that pillows down to sit at a quarter of an inch throughout. Some spotty lacing.

Aroma is very good. Smells initially of malt, sweet, complex and inviting. The hops back this up, starting florally and then a little bit of pine makes a background appearance.

Taste is mixed, at times beautifully creamy malt comes through, then a bit of a slightly off-putting tanginess comes through. The hops come in an out with some nice fruitiness.

Mouthfeel is solid and creamy, with the odd thin spot in it. The body is sufficient to give it a good base, but still staying very sessionable.

A very nice interpretation of what can be deemed a bit of a boring style. Quite like it, especially for this time of year in Sydney, Australia where it is 15-28 degrees celsius.

Photo of jwhancher
4.26/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a bomber from the Home Brew Mart when in San Diego last week. Brought back home with me to Philly.

A: pours a crystal clear ruby red with nice off-white head that linger around a bit after it fades. Looks excellent.

S: smells like a West Coast amber with assertive hop aromas. Piney & citrus upfront with some peppery & spicy notes. Sweet malt aroma is there as well.

T & M: starts thin & dry which then leads to the sweetness of the malts. Nice even bitterness comes next. Hops are more in the forefront but with sufficient malt character. Excellent mouthfeel. Feels nice and light with plenty of flavor and great drinkability. If I lived out West this would be my go-to session ale.

O: overall, I'm pleasantly surprised for what I mistook as an accessible beer to the masses. This one borderlines an IPA but is probably best summed as a West Coast Amber or red. Ballast Point is quickly becoming my new favorite brewery I hadn't really discovered until now.

Calico Copper Amber Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,108 ratings.