California Amber
Ballast Point Brewing Company

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From:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
 
California, United States
Style:
American Amber / Red Ale
Ranked #86
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
85
Ranked #22,026
Avg:
3.78 | pDev: 10.58%
Reviews:
474
Ratings:
1,004
Status:
Active
Rated:
Aug 18, 2020
Added:
Apr 10, 2002
Wants:
  67
Gots:
  256
SCORE
85
Very Good
California AmberCalifornia Amber
Notes: Formerly Calico Copper Amber Ale
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Rated: 2.5 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Aug 18, 2020
 
Rated: 2.5 by TallGuyCM from California

Jun 16, 2020
 
Rated: 1.68 by Reen

Dec 21, 2019
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Reviewed by WunderLlama from Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
On tap at ballast point

Clear deep copper, white foam ring

Aroma of malts , sweet

Brown malt ale taste , slightly sweet

Not a hop bite

Good beer
Mar 22, 2019
 
Rated: 3.77 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts

Dec 03, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by Mattias from Sweden

Oct 05, 2018
 
Rated: 3.67 by Eychung from New York

Sep 01, 2018
 
Rated: 3.87 by flek from Massachusetts

Aug 11, 2018
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Reviewed by Martin194 from Iowa

3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Look: Clear amber, with a light tan head.

Smell: Hops, caramel, slightly roasty, nutty hints.

Taste: Sweet, roasty malts, more of the nutty undertones, a bit of a tang almost like fruit - plum maybe? - and some dry hoppy bitterness.

Feel: Mild carbonation, kind of a creamy feel, leaving a dry, warm aftertaste.
Aug 09, 2018
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Reviewed by Jbbdrinker from Texas

3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Hazy copper color with thin white head. Slight carmel and hop aroma. The carbination is mild leaving a roasted malt cream body which is balanced with a generous bitter hop after flavor. A touch nutty and smokey in the finish.
Aug 02, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by COBEERHUNTER from Colorado

Jul 16, 2018
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Reviewed by cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours semicloudy red with a small off white head. Smells of darker roasted grain with slight fruity notes. Tastes of sweet darker roasted grain with slight caramel. Beer is medium bodied but still very easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, an above average beer.
Jun 03, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by mrcraft from California

May 19, 2018
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Reviewed by VABA from Virginia

3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
A-Pours a light copper color with a nice head and lacing
A-Aroma has hoppy and piney hints
T-The taste follows the nose with hoppy and piney flavors
M-A light bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A nice amber ale
May 14, 2018
 
Rated: 3.71 by WickedBeer from Alabama

Apr 05, 2018
 
Rated: 3.79 by emwilke from Nevada

Mar 25, 2018
 
Rated: 3.22 by TheCrowsEye from California

Mar 19, 2018
 
Rated: 3.92 by Kurmaraja from California

Mar 16, 2018
 
Rated: 3.69 by michiganmatt from California

Mar 16, 2018
 
Rated: 3.84 by yuno from New York

Mar 09, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by Musineer from Texas

Jan 12, 2018
 
Rated: 3.96 by PMarcy78 from Minnesota

Jan 08, 2018
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Reviewed by nhdjinn from New Hampshire

3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
a hopper version of traditional amber ales
hops are earthy tone early to mid - strong hop hit but not over the top
toasted caramel finish
nice deep red color - slight lingering head
It a very enjoyable take on European red ales with American hop rates
Dec 31, 2017
 
Rated: 2.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Dec 28, 2017
 
Rated: 3.81 by Fishwhisperer from Michigan

Nov 08, 2017
 
Rated: 3.6 by robebo44 from Virginia

Sep 01, 2017
 
Rated: 3.22 by corywalston from North Dakota

Sep 01, 2017
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Reviewed by D1noB from Oklahoma

3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Great malty slightly sweat front and body with a slight earthy hops finish that brings it down a little. Still not a bad beer.

Taste Rating in Words: It's a roller coaster that is great but then never has that, Amazing moment, that makes you want to ride again.
Aug 25, 2017
 
Rated: 3.77 by HawkGX from Kansas

Aug 20, 2017
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Reviewed by andrewh995 from Arizona

3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Pours a clear amber wit a white head. Smells of caramel and malt. Tastes of non-sweet caramel, malt, honey, and grass. Medium body and carbonation. Overall a pretty decent amber.
Aug 19, 2017
 
Rated: 3.06 by BergBeer from Hawaii

Aug 09, 2017
 
Rated: 3.58 by Donkster46 from Washington

Aug 06, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by BrewskiBrandon from Missouri

Jul 13, 2017
 
Rated: 3.76 by DomingoOrtiz from Massachusetts

Jul 08, 2017
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Reviewed by Dinglehacker from Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Poured into dimpled seidel.

Appearance: bit of cream colored head, which it does not retain. Amber color on the light brown side.

Nose: Heavy malt, hop citrus

Heavy malt body with some honey, some citrus. Grassy hop bitter on the finish.


Almost tastes like an old school Märzen with hops. A good, balanced red ale.
Jul 06, 2017
 
Rated: 4.43 by xDxP from California

Jul 05, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by a77cj7 from South Dakota

Jul 02, 2017
 
Rated: 3.59 by zkoehn from Wisconsin

Jun 18, 2017
 
Rated: 3.7 by Strigiform_Witness from North Dakota

Jun 14, 2017
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Reviewed by stortore from Illinois

3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass. Had 2/1/17.

Pours a medium amber color, a little reddish in the light, mostly clear with a one and a half inch head and a decent amount of soapy lacing. The smell is malt, resiny hops, yeast, light citrus- grapefruit, light caramel and butterscotch. Tastes of malt, grapefruit, pine resin, caramel. A good amount of hop bitterness throughout. peaking about midway. Smooth, well carbonated, a decent body.

Good aroma, decent flavor, well balanced. I don't know, it's good, but just kind of simple and uninspired. Even if my rating doesn't indicate that.
Jun 10, 2017
California Amber from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 1478 ratings