California Amber | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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3.78/5
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1,470 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
Ranking:
#20,804
Reviews:
470
Ratings:
1,470
pDev:
10.32%
Bros Score:
3.96
 
 
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66
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Ratings: 1,470 |  Reviews: 470
Photo of Thirstygoat
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A local shop had multiple bottles of Celebrator in their $9,99 pick a six bin. After a couple of those and some Odells this seemed the most interesting.
I could session this during a summer night if I wanted something with some sweetness but not too heavy.
Soft white head that lingers as does the lacing over an orange red translucence.
Bit of malt and hit of hops but not that aromatic
Hops and sweetness on the front of the mouth and crisp almost cleaning on the back
More texture here than I'd expected
Altogether a pleasant surprise, then again most BP beers without odd flavors tend to be tasty.

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

Photo of josanguapo
4.81/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From Beergium. In Teku glass. After dinner. Full of delicious toffee toasted notes. It demonstrates that this isnt a style I dislike but a style with lots of bad examples around

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Photo of cliff1066
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of shigg85
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kitch
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

A 12 fl oz bottle with a Julian bottled on date of 16321, meaning that it was bottled on 16th November 2016. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.

Appearance: A clear dark copper colour with an orange-reddish hue and a slightly less than two finger cream head that had great retention and left some nice lacing.

Aroma: A touch light but there’s caramel malt and pine with hints of fruit and herbs.

Taste: It’s exactly what I expected from the aroma with sweet caramel malt, toffee, pine and fruit with a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: A decent amber ale that I’d drink again, but not sure I’d want to pay for it.

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Photo of Songminx2
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of littledreamer87
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Darhawk
3.21/5  rDev -15.1%
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 -4.8%
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 -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Nolster
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bigjer1993
4.7/5  rDev +24.3%
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 -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of PprBurke
2/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of GreatHammerhead
3.97/5  rDev +5%
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 +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JLaw55
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CreightonSM
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KatyBeerGuy
3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
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 -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bschmidt_37
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MooseBoose
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of odgerel
4.19/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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