California Amber | Ballast Point Brewing Company

BA SCORE
86
very good
1,437 Ratings
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
Ratings:
1,437
Reviews:
463
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
10.44%
 
 
Wants:
58
Gots:
233
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,437 |  Reviews: 463
Photo of Darhawk
3.21/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I bought and paid ( $2.26 for a 12oz bottle ( in Utah ( 3 actually ).
It had a reddish copper color with 1.5 inches of head poured into pint glass.
Head lasted until I drank the last drop.
Medium bodied, light pine, woody, caramel and some bitterness on the finish. No biscuit flavor at all.
Mine had high carbonation; lot of bubbles. Mouth feel was sort of tingly.

For me, It was more like a Ale/lighter IPA but with more character and a hint of amber thrown in. Just wasn't a classic Amber that I normally enjoy.

I really wanted to like this Amber, as I had been reading about the Ballast Brewery recently and really wanted to add it to my go to list. I would not repeat a purchase again. I will give Ballast Brewery another chance, as I have already had their Stout and I have an IPA, I still need to try out.

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Photo of shiu-chan
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish Copper tone with almost no head.
Caramel and piney nose.
Medium bodied, pine, resin, caramel and bitterness at the end. Mid carbonation.
Overall, a mix between an IPA and an Amber ale giving a little more complexity.

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Photo of brpendergast85
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Nolster
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bigjer1993
4.7/5  rDev +22.7%
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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Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.29/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of PprBurke
2/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of GreatHammerhead
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: 12 oz. poured into a pint glass.

Look: Nice coppery red coloration with a khaki two finger head. Good head retention.

Smell: Piney hops overshadow a bed of malts.

Taste: Follows the nose. Surprising amount of hops for an amber.

Feel: Medium body, moderate carbonation and a little dry.

Overall: A good beer but to me it seems more like a session IPA then an amber ale.

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Photo of CJRubes
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JLaw55
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CreightonSM
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KatyBeerGuy
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from tap at world of beer in Columbus ohio. Not much Head, reddish color. Smelled hoppy. Initial taste not what I expected but still good. Definitely cherry and bitter. Good.

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Photo of BeerMeister8
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bschmidt_37
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MooseBoose
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of odgerel
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zach122
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Antc2382
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mpenske
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jeremiah_Nelson
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jmd1978
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nice red Amber color with little tan head. Nose malty with hints of pine and resin. Taste caramel, cinnamon and spiced fruits. Warming finish that is clean. Not what I really expected from this beer. Not a bad thing. As usual all of ballast point's are fantastic but this one is not their best. Would buy again.

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Photo of Bamarooster
3.26/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of drews240
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of COR8RFAN
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

California Amber from Ballast Point Brewing Company
3.83 out of 5 based on 1,437 ratings.
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