California Amber | Ballast Point Brewing Company

BA SCORE
86
very good
1,444 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:
1,444
Reviews:
464
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
10.44%
 
 
Wants:
58
Gots:
235
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,444 |  Reviews: 464
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

Photo of lastmango
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium reddish amber with two finger tan head that dissipated but remained as a film. Little lacing. Aroma is light malt with pronounced hop pine notes. Caramel malt forward with pronounced hop bitterness on end. Feel was a bit heavier than expected. Medium carbonation. A ok beer but not something I would buy again.

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Photo of puck1225
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Beautiful tan head atop a deep red brown beer, with good lacing. A pleasant smell, fruity and bready. The taste is of orange and cinnamon, with lemon and and a nice finish. I will buy again.

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Photo of TheHopsman
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ConorGolden
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of B_B
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jodio
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

From notes taken 06/20/16:

Slightly tarnished copper color, fairly clear. though with fine flakes in suspension. Fizzy to foamy sandy tan head of good retention. Caramel, alcohol, spice, resin, pine aromas, all subdued. Very spicy, resinous, piny and herbal throughout, caramel and toasted grain in the back. Tea-like finish. Quite good, different from what I expected. Medium-bodied and astringent. Fizzes up fast, softens to cream.

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Photo of craigbelly
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Beerbirdnerd
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of sunsjammer
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Spikester
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear deep red with two fat fingers of cream color ten minute head. Lots of fine bubble lace.
Smell is caramel and some hop oil pine notes.
Taste is sweet caramel white bread and some hop oil pine.
Mouthfeel is medium with plenty of carbonation. Finish is lightly dry and bitter.
Overall a hop forward beer for this style. Tasty though.

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Photo of BethanyB
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: A deep copper with a beautiful orange-red hue. There's much haziness here, but it can almost be overlooked due to the lovely coloring; it comes off as mysterious rather than sedimentary. The off-white head is quick to melt into a few low-lying bubbly puddles.

Smell: The aroma is light and malt forward, with some earthy and resinous hops breaking through. Nothing too tantalizing, but nice, nonetheless.

Taste: A solid amber ale when it comes to flavor. The diverse grainy malt bill is perfectly toasted, complementing the medium hop bitterness. Hop flavoring is a little less prominent, but still a crucial component. Earthy, with oily herbal extracts. A bit of black pepper and a hint of rye create a nice kick.

Mouthfeel:,The smooth, medium-light body and medium-high carbonation render an ideal mouthfeel for the overall style, as well as this particular recipe. Crisp, clean, refreshing...nothing left to be desired.

Overall: Well-balanced and easy to drink. Simple, but rightfully appealing to the masses. I have greater appreciation for something more diverse, but this brew still deserves much respect.

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Photo of writewood
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Rilesmiles
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Kamahl16
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Deep, copper hued body; thick, sticky, creamy head. Scents of roasted grains and charred sugars; suggestions of rye and other spices. The flavor follows the aroma with additional hop bitterness adding to the mix. Crisp with a mild bite; sweet but with a finishing dry character.

Malt-forward ale with a fine addition of spicy and hop bitterness edge. A nice alternative for when your tastebuds are burned out on IPA hop overload. A great little ale.

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Photo of EdmundBlackadder
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 1,444 ratings.
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