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:
#21,165
Reviews:
471
Ratings:
1,470
pDev:
10.32%
Bros Score:
3.96
 
 
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66
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251
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Photo of COBEERHUNTER
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cyclonece09
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.

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

Photo of VABA
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

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Photo of WickedBeer
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of emwilke
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheCrowsEye
3.22/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Kurmaraja
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mchegash
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of yuno
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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California Amber from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 1,470 ratings