California Amber | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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California AmberCalifornia Amber

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Calico Copper Amber Ale

Added by xlperro on 04-10-2002

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5/5  rDev +32.3%

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5/5  rDev +32.3%

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5/5  rDev +32.3%

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5/5  rDev +32.3%

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5/5  rDev +32.3%

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5/5  rDev +32.3%

Photo of Aaron_Ramson
4.9/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Picked up growlers of Calico Copper Amber and Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point brewery after making a 2 hour drive there. Pours a beautiful amber red with a slightly khaki fluffy head which dissapates into an even lacing around the glass. Aroma of sweet caramel, pears, white grapes, sweet lime and citrus. Strong flavor of caramel, fresh bread, buttered toast, cereal; lime and huge grapefruit flavors coming from the hops. Mouthfeel is medium thin with a very appropriate carbonation bite. Delicious and extremely balanced. As close as you can get to the perfect session beer.

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Photo of angrygrimace
4.83/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Calico Amber from a bomber, although I've had it from a growler, tap, you name it straight from the brewery.

Pours with deep appetizing clear copper color with a subtle head that does lace the glass a fair bit. Smell is hoppier than you might expect, but not out of line with what you expect from west coast breweries making this style of beer.

The taste is simply exceptional. Toasty, delicious malts and a nice, tight hops bite that just hits you soon after you take a sip. Without getting into superlatives, I'd just say the bitterness level is just about perfect for the style. Mouthfeel is somewhat dry, but perfectly refreshing. You could drink a lot of these.

I'd won't hide the fact that Calico is one of my favorite beers ever. I wouldn't argue it's something you could really compare to an IPA like Sculpin, but that doesn't diminish its qualities considering it's not that type of beer.

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4.81/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From Beergium. In Teku glass. After dinner. Full of delicious toffee toasted notes. It demonstrates that this isnt a style I dislike but a style with lots of bad examples around

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Photo of Sacrifice
4.77/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

i had this in a box with ballast point sculpin, pale ale, and calico. it has a nice spice i wouldn't quite know how to describe. not quite as much to my liking as the sculpin, but stronger flavor than the pale ale.

i'd buy this for a change of pace from my usual if i could get it.

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4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

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4.74/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an outstanding brew from one of San Diego's smaller breweries. It poured a very nice dark amber/brownish color and had a nice slightly off white head that was very dense and laced my glass nicely. I could smell this beer from across the room once I poured it into my glass. The great scent of sweet malt and a touch of earthiness was very nice. The taste was excelent as well. Aided nicely by a near perfect mouthfeel, the taste was quite malty but never cloying and had a great carmel flavor in the middle followed by a nice balanced hoppy finnish. Another quality brew from Ballast Point.

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Photo of spazaru
4.73/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Let me just say that I think Calico is the best session beer I've ever had, period.

It's got a great appearance, smell, and TONS of flavor without being overpowering in any way.

In my opinion, this could be the beer that would convert macro drinkers en masse.

It's too bad that Ballast Point doesn't get more pub. They make well balanced beers that have great flavor and a lot of personality without having to kill you with alcohol.

Hopefully, this will be the next brew that BP decides to sell in 6 packs, which will make it even more convenient for sessions.

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4.7/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Tasted a little too raw

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4.7/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very solid beer. One of the better ambers out there. Great taste. Definitely would recommend.

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4.61/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.61/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bigfatbino
4.6/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A = dark amber, as the name implies. Beautiful thick lacing left on the glass. Nice head with tight bubble structure.

S = bright and flowery, with barley undertones.

T = Wow. Nice and on the bitter side, but not overpowering. Taste of roasted coffee and some chocolate undertones along with the grains are wonderfully pronounced.

M = Tingly, bright, bubbly, nice resiny feel left on the tongue.

D = This is a wonderful beer to go with a nice man-food dinner, like Porterhouse.

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4.6/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another hit from Ballast Point. Well-carbonated, fresher and a bit hoppier than most in this category. Reminds me of Lakefront's Riverwest Stein or New Belgium's Fat Tire, but with a little bit of a west-coast IPA lean. Nothing wrong with that.

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California Amber from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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