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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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924 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 924
Reviews: 378
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.79%
Wants: 21
Gots: 36 | 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 TheodorHerzl


4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received from AndySr15...thanks Andy

This beer pours a nice amber (duh!) hue with three fingers worth of sticky white head that dissipated quickly, but left a very nice collar of lace for the rest of the beer. The nose on this beer is dominated by caramel, toasted grain, and some floral hops coming in to round everything out. The flavor profile starts out with the sweetness of the caramel malt upfront with a citrus bitterness of grapefruit rind that balances out the sweetness quite well. The mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth with moderate carbonation with no alcohol present as well. The drinkability is fantastic on this beer, and is one of the better amber ales I've ever had from any brewer.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2008 01:55:45 | More by TheodorHerzl
Photo of WillClark


4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12oz bottle a brilliant burnt orange. Formed a nice, two-fingers worth of head that settled nicely and released sweet flower notes with a big hint of the malt character ahead. Nice little sweetness on the front with a round mouthfeel and a sweeping bitter finish that for some reason reminds me of camping out in the Calaveras woods.

Calico has a lot of character that other ambers seem to lack. The bitterness and effervescence of the body make it crisp and clean. Decent alcohol content means you can put back a few of these bad boys....which is exactly what I'm going to do.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2008 03:02:39 | More by WillClark
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light coppery brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, citrus and a good amount of floral hops.

T: The taste is well-balanced with sweet flavors of caramel and citrus and a strong but not overpowering hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this a nice choice to pound down when you want a beer with some substance and a decent hop presence that won't try to knock you over.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2008 22:58:33 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of DefenCorps


4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this as an extra from synesthesia a while back. Thanks Ian! Into my Troegs pint glass

A: Amber, not unlike the Hop Hearty I just had. Light brown head, decent retention

S: I swear i washed this glass with soap before I reused it. Smells very similar to the NG Hop Hearty, minus the leafy/earthy character of the previous beer. A little sweeter with more caramel presence and a slight nutty touch

T: Starts off hoppy with a decent citrus/orange flavor. Caramel sweetness follows with a component stronger than the Hop Hearty. Sweetness is ample and tasty. Finish is medium dry.

M: Well carbonated, pleasantly light yet fluffy on the palate, nice finish

D: I'd drink another... if not for my general dislike of Cascade beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 04:28:19 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of EStreet20

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber, shaker pint glass.

A - Nice reddish amber color with a good sized tan head. Color is beautiful on this one. Just a dark reddish tan color.

S - Smell a lot of nice caramel malt. Can also pick up a little bit of hop under there. Great malty nose without smelling too sweet.

T - Very nice malty brew. Flavors of caramel as well as a tiny bit of chocolate come through. Hops lend some balance and make this beer finish nice and dry.

M - Nice light/medium body here. Carbonation is a little reserved which lets the maltiness come through.

D - Def a nice pick at 5% abv for a session brew with lots of malt flavor.

Notes: Nice amber on the malty side of this wide open style.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2008 02:32:44 | More by EStreet20
Photo of illidurit


3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery. Golden amber color with a thick tan head that leaves substantial lacing. Citrus hops dripping with caramel compose the aroma. Flavor is much the same, with candied orange hops and a toasty caramel maltiness. Perhaps not enough bitterness to counter the sweetness. Full flavored and smooth, a little dirty on the palate, but very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2008 22:22:50 | More by illidurit
Photo of arizcards


4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber from BevMo in late April for $2.79.

Beer poured a deep amber with a nice lasting head that is leaving lacing behind. Nose is quite pleasant, perfumed by malty goodness and citric hops. Taste is very balanced, toffee and caramel notes are found up front with a generous amount of northwest hops that leave a resiny residue. Mouthfeel is quite full and smooth for the style, which makes this beer special. Drinkability is near perfect. This is one of the better ambers that i have had and it is well worth the price!

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2008 23:20:24 | More by arizcards
Photo of MrMcGibblets


4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

as the name suggests, this is a deep copper/amber with just a tinge of haze and an off-white to tan thick, creamy head and lacing. mostly caramel and resin in the nose with some fruit (grapefruit?) underneath. the taste is quite interesting as despite having almost no residual malt sweetness combined with the prevalence of the hop character in this it still manages to come off with the overall impression of malty depth and complexity. lively, prickly carbonation and a light to medium body lead to a crisp, bitter finish. this is a very sessionable brew and i'd love to try it on-tap.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2008 01:59:27 | More by MrMcGibblets
Photo of RedHaze


3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber/copper with a two finger head that fades to a nice cap. The foam is very sticky, leaving behind a nice lacing on the glass.

Smell; caramel and brown sugar are very evident, as well as a litte bread dough. Some spice and citrus hops are present, but stick to the background.

Taste; the hops are much more evident in the flavor with a touch of grapefruit, grass and pine. Tons of caramel, brown sugar and bread dough fill out the rest of the beer, as you would expect with an Amber.

Mouthfeel/drinkability; mouthfeel is medium bodied and very smooth, while the drinkability a good.

I'm not a big fan of ambers, but this one is pretty good. The hops add a very nice element to this beer without going overboard.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2008 00:03:43 | More by RedHaze
Photo of BeerSox


4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into nonic.

Clear copper amber hue with a one finger cream colored head that slowly settles to a thin cap. Semi-solid lacing along the glass.

The caramel and brown sugar grain mixes with the sharp spicy hops.

Deep toasty grains that have a slight touch of carmelized sugar to them. The hops are sharp, and have a bit of spice in them. A touch of citrus flavor is mixed in. Full bodied with good carbonation. The grains linger for a while, but are outlasted by the hops.

This is another very enjoyable hoppy Amber Ale. I've had plenty of the ones that aren't hoppy and I feel that this is the way to go. Plus with the 5% it's sessionable. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2008 17:17:20 | More by BeerSox
Photo of argock


4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into clear pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Pretty light brown with ruby edges with 1-2 finger head and ample retention and lacing.

S: Caramel and roasted malts, honey, and vanilla aromas are all there

T: Smooth and delicious roasted and caramel flavors are most prominent, with touch of earthy and floral hops to even everything out and prevent cloying sweetness.

M: Easy to drink with light-medium carbonation and sweet caramel and toffee aftertaste.

D: An excellent American amber ale with nothing too out there, but just a lot of solid goodness in delivering a great-tasting brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2008 04:57:25 | More by argock
Photo of Deuane


4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Clear, deep brownish copper with a medium tan head that leaves spotty lace.

S-Very light sweet caramel malt with a bit of honey and a light whiff of hops.

T-Spicy hop bitterness up front with a nice roasty, malty sweetness that follows. An interesting twing of residual sweetness is offered up in the aftertaste.

M-Medium body with a good spicy crispness.

D-This is not your typical boring, malty amber. This one has a very good malt/hop balance. I wouldn't expect anything less from Ballast Point. And, at 5% I had no problem putting down 3 of these in a row. Really nice stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2008 12:09:21 | More by Deuane
Photo of Seanibus


4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a good looking, robust amber that serves well as a session beer because of its relatively mild alcohol content.

Pours rich coppery, with a large, lively head that leaves extensive lacing. The smell is fresh and malty, with a faint whiff of citrusy hops.

The flavor is malty, almost toffeeish, but light enough to be pleasant. It has a bready quality with just a bit of floral hops and bitterness on the finish.

The mouthfeel is strong and satisfying. This is a refreshing beer and a good example of the trendy Amber Ale genre.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2008 19:06:34 | More by Seanibus
Photo of rkuhnel


4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 22 oz bottle this poured an attractive copper color with off-white head and good lacing. Nose of caramel malts and floral and citrus hops.

Smooth mouthfeel.

Favor of light fruit and citrus and a long bitter finish.

For its type, excellent, and one of the better ambers I have seen.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2008 20:41:26 | More by rkuhnel
Photo of PhxHorn


4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color is a deep orange-red, with a respectable head appearing. Smells of malt and spice, and tastes moderately of spice, malt, and yow! a respectable amount of hops in there, too. Could qualify as decent APA if it wanted to. Not quite as much hop flavor as the Green Flash amber, but one of the best amber ales I've had to date.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2008 03:03:14 | More by PhxHorn
Photo of JMD


4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep amber tone, with big frothy head that clings to the glass.

S: Sweet carmel, bisquits, citrus, and floral hops.

T: Toasted malt, sweet bread, grapefruit, finishes bitter.

M: Moderate carbonation, very smooth drinking ale.

D: Excellent brew, almost like a malty IPA. Solid offering from Ballast Point.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2008 13:39:45 | More by JMD
Photo of rbowser

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours copper in color with a slight ring of foam. Small bubbles come to the top; this has decent carbonation, appropriate for the style.

It is labeled as an Amber Ale, because of the color, but I think of this as a crystal malt heavy IPA. A little citrus aroma gives away the generous hopping of classic American hops (Cascade and Centennial).

This is a beer with that has the hopping of an IPA with more then usual level of crystal malts which drives it into the Amber range. Very well balanced between hops and malt with the balance tipping towards slight sweet caramel.

Very drinkable and well crafted.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2008 02:44:21 | More by rbowser
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4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber bottle into my nonic, nearly all red in color but for a slight brownish hue. Thin head and light carbonation. Nose was up front with candy sugar-like sweetness yet malty. Anise from cherries. Very nice, malty profile with narry a hop to be found. The taste was full bodied. Nice balance of malt and hops. Interesting sweetness at mid-tongue and finishes with a modest hoppiness. A winner. The mouthfeel was very balanced and viscous. Overall you don't have to strain to note it's features. Nice strong nose and taste. A treat.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2008 17:58:41 | More by jim102864
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4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an amber/burgandy color with a tan, small head that left nice rings of lace.

S - It smelled of hops, very citrusy and floral. Also, some malt in the nose.

T - It tasted very hoppy and grassy. A nice roasted malt taste, too.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - I am really impressed with this amber ale. One of the hoppiest I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2008 14:28:35 | More by zeff80
Photo of Gehrig


4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy brown-orange body, with tan foam lingering and ringing the trusty Yankees glass with robust lacing--excellent. Nice citrusy hop smell with some caramel malt. The hops in the taste are phenomenal. Honestly, this is easy to mistake as a good IPA with the hops, the somewhat gritty mouthfeel, the mix of citrus and bitter. Impressive for certain. Fine balance between bitter and the sweet citrus, smooth and somewhat gritty, never flat, eminently drinkable.

I'm not a huge fan of the style, but this may be one of the two best American Amber/Red Ales I've had,right there with St. Rogue and a close second among Red Ale to Brian Boru. Distinct and impressive, this is terrific, one I'll most certainly grab again in quantity.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2008 05:41:39 | More by Gehrig
Photo of garcia2a


3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a clear and deep amber color, with little carbonation. The head was off white, frothy and laced my glass.

The bouquet was a bit heavy on the malt, but there was a back nose of floral hops and bread. This translated well to the taste as there is quite a bit of malt with a bitter finish. The first sips were actually spicey, but this was lost by the third sip or so. As the drinking continues, the beer cloys and that bitter finish becomes more pronounced and acidic.

The big malt gives this beer a slightly bigger body than average and this means a bigger mouthfeel. This is a decent amber ale, a fine sippin' session beer and it has a fish on the label, c'mon.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2008 17:54:37 | More by garcia2a
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Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At Mondiale 2008. Neutral malt aroma. Amber with little foam head. Creamy mouthfeel, bitterness is in the aftertaste, it hides in the malt. Above average carbonation. Lacey. The malt profile has an interesting complexity, there is some dark malt.
I the end, it is basically a malt job, and just another American amber.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2008 03:59:24 | More by Sammy
Photo of RblWthACoz


4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear ruby hued brown with a creme head that falls fairly soon and leaves quite a bit of lacing on the way down. Flavor is nice. Great earthy tones. Sweet caramel hits quick on the very back side. Feel has a bit of a bite on the carbonation and the liquid is good. This is very easy to drink. A nice amber ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2008 05:28:16 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of smcolw


3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The bottle bubbled over when opened. Pours neutral amber and clear. Moderate head given the explosiveness of the opening. Decent ring lace.

The aroma is predominantly malt. Toasty and warm, but not hoppy.

The taste starts off mild with a good malt base--slightly breadlike with crystal malt. Good hop ending in the swallow. The mouthfeel is as expected.

This is a really neutral beer--there ain't nothing wrong with it, but it's not complex, unique or unusual. This would fit into any party and not offend anyone except the most macro drinkers of the macro beer world.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2008 21:14:30 | More by smcolw
Photo of homebrewhawk


4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. brown bottle served in a shaker pint. Poured a deep amber with a thick fine bubbled off white head. Plenty of carbonation. Light hop aroma with some caramel malt. Creamy mouthfeel. Solid malt base without a lot of sweetness. Decent hop bite for an amber. Nice lacing on the glass. Amber Ales tend to be boring to me, but this is a really solid beer that I could drink over an evening.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2008 01:06:35 | More by homebrewhawk
Calico Copper Amber Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 924 ratings.