California Amber | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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3.78/5
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California AmberCalifornia Amber
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States
ballastpoint.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#18,785
Reviews:
468
Ratings:
1,461
pDev:
10.58%
Bros Score:
3.96
 
 
Wants:
63
Gots:
247
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0
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Photo of Musineer
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PMarcy78
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of nhdjinn
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

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Photo of 1971bernat
2.5/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Fishwhisperer
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of robebo44
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of corywalston
3.22/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of D1noB
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.

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Photo of HawkGX
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of andrewh995
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.

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Photo of BergBeer
3.06/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Donkster46
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BrewskiBrandon
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DomingoOrtiz
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dinglehacker
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.

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Photo of xDxP
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zkoehn
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Strigiform_Witness
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stortore
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.

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Photo of Wizzle32
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wheels2532
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of csfcmitchell
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nobledust
3.29/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Coltron23
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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California Amber from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 1,461 ratings