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California Amber | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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California AmberCalifornia Amber

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States

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

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a standard pint glass
Notes from 03/09/14

A: Dark amber body with a well conditioned clarity and some glowing auburn hues to it. A reserved layer of khaki froth settles over top with some fair hang time that leaves a few swaths of scattered lace across the glass.

S: Citrus fruits made up mostly of dried orange peel combine with sticky evergreens, resin, and florals. There is a touch of malty biscuit there with a slight suggestion of toffee raisin. Very clean aromas with some fresh hops up front.

T: Nutty biscuit with a touch of toffee malt sweetness melds perfectly with the leafy resinous hops. Abundantly zesty with orange and tangerine. Complimented by the sappy pine and floral notes. Lightly sticky with a moderate level of hop bitterness and a nice drying fix. Alcohol is well masked throughout. A pinch of chocolate covered raisin on the back end. This is really well put together I must say.

M: Moderately filling from the malt body. Nice even level of carb with a drying finish and resinous pucker from the hops. Fairly clean in the end.

D: Haven’t had a Calico in a few years to be honest and this is much better than I recall. Nice fresh hops up front. Well balanced with the bready malts. Good bitter bite leading to a nice drying finish.
A well rounded American style Amber that I would surely have again.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Nice amber shade, perfect head of foam, some noticeable carbonation.

Smell: Subtle caramel malts.

Taste: Caramel and toasty malts, with a touch of pine.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and dry, with a bitter hoppy finish.

The Verdict: Not bad. They call it an “ESB inspired ale,” which is pretty much on the money. More ESB than Amber, and a good quality one at that.

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California Amber from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 1,456 ratings
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