California Amber
Ballast Point Brewing Company

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From:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
 
California, United States
Style:
Red Ale - American Amber / Red
Ranked #85
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
85
Ranked #22,165
Avg:
3.78 | pDev: 10.58%
Ratings:
1,478
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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2.5 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Aug 18, 2020
 
2.5 by TallGuyCM from California on Jun 16, 2020
 
1.68 by Reen on Dec 21, 2019
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3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by WunderLlama from Massachusetts

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
 
3.77 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts on Dec 03, 2018
 
4 by Mattias from Sweden on Oct 05, 2018
 
3.67 by Eychung from New York on Sep 01, 2018
 
3.87 by flek from Massachusetts on Aug 11, 2018
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3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Martin194 from Iowa

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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3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Jbbdrinker from Texas

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
 
3.75 by COBEERHUNTER from Colorado on Jul 16, 2018
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3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

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
 
3.75 by mrcraft from California on May 19, 2018
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3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by VABA from Virginia

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
 
3.71 by WickedBeer from Alabama on Apr 05, 2018
 
3.79 by emwilke from Nevada on Mar 25, 2018
 
3.22 by TheCrowsEye from California on Mar 19, 2018
 
3.92 by Kurmaraja from California on Mar 16, 2018
 
3.69 by michiganmatt from California on Mar 16, 2018
 
3.84 by yuno from New York on Mar 09, 2018
 
4 by Musineer from Texas on Jan 12, 2018
 
3.96 by PMarcy78 from Minnesota on Jan 08, 2018
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3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by nhdjinn from New Hampshire

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
 
2.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Dec 28, 2017
 
3.81 by Fishwhisperer from Michigan on Nov 08, 2017
 
3.6 by robebo44 from Virginia on Sep 01, 2017
 
3.22 by corywalston from North Dakota on Sep 01, 2017
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3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by D1noB from Oklahoma

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
 
3.77 by HawkGX from Kansas on Aug 20, 2017
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3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by andrewh995 from Arizona

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
 
3.06 by BergBeer from Hawaii on Aug 09, 2017
 
3.58 by Donkster46 from Washington on Aug 06, 2017
 
3.75 by BrewskiBrandon from Missouri on Jul 13, 2017
 
3.76 by DomingoOrtiz from Massachusetts on Jul 08, 2017
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4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Dinglehacker from Wisconsin

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
 
4.43 by xDxP from California on Jul 05, 2017
 
3.75 by a77cj7 from South Dakota on Jul 02, 2017
 
3.59 by zkoehn from Wisconsin on Jun 18, 2017
 
3.7 by Strigiform_Witness from North Dakota on Jun 14, 2017
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3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by stortore from Illinois

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