California Amber | Ballast Point Brewing Company

very good
1,453 Ratings
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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Ratings: 1,453 |  Reviews: 466
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of NateLucas
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer had a nice rich amber color, and a bitter caramel malt aroma. Flavor was very nice, with generous grapefruit up front, and finished with a bitter caramel/toffee. Nice hoppy punch! Medium-bodied, medium head. Beer had a great deal of character, and a nice hoppy feel. Finished somewhat dry. Great beer!

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Photo of grimey68
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of StevenLaValley
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of TastyIsBeer
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of trytoketchup
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of jwg782
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of Localdrinklax
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of jeremy3311
4.25/5  rDev +11%

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

The Ballast Point Calico Amber is the best beer Ii have tried so far today....its number 4. The beer poured a nice clear amber with thin slightly offwhite head that is leaving a fine lace. The scent had a rich caramel malt. The taste is a gloriously balanced beer...there is a sharp bitterness to start then the sweet malt help to cleanse the pallete. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a wonderful sessionable beer. I would buy a 12/6/24 problem.

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Photo of kgammell1
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Chugs13
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of IWannaEatFood
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of emwild12
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of DeeMalloy
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Berto66
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of jsprain1
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Coppery amber, with long lasting slightly tanned head. Good retention.
S- Sweetness, a fair bit of piney hops, and some fruityness, almost like a berry aroma.
T- The hop presences is noticeable at first but drifts, but sweetens out with some bready notes, a bit of caramel, and some fruityness. On the whole, it leans sweet. A bit of pine hop in the finish.
M- Medium full body, low carb. Feels sweet on the tongue, but it finishes quite dry.
O- A decent beer, and enjoyable. Nothing is really mind blowing about it, but it is a quality, drinkable beer, that brings a lot of flavor to a 5.0% abv beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of JHS123
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great copper color nice carbonation with a genuine balance of hops and malts on the front. Bread, dough on the nose. I liked just about every component of the Calico with the exception of the finish which imparts a very strong bitterness but hey its an ESB so what do you expect. Its not my favorite from Ballast Point (Sculpin or Big Eye) but its a good alternative to a typical ESB. 2013 Labeling is way different from what is posted here at Beer Advocate.

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Photo of matjack85
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Roommate brought a few of these home to sample. 12oz. brown bottle with a freshness date at the bottom of the front label.

Clear reddish/copper color with a 1-finger off-white head that lasts a few minutes and leaves some nice lacing.

Big piny hop aroma with with some bready malt and caramel underneath
Bready malt and caramel flavor balanced nicely with plenty of piny hop bitterness along with a touch of fruit juice underneath.

Medium body with medium carbonation.

It's a decent beer but I wasn't bowled over by it.

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Photo of deonreds
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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

A-Burnt orange in color....tan/brown head..

S-Malt forward with toffee and caramel in front...some herbal hops

T-More hop forward that the nose would lead you to think...the malt bone is nice with caramel/toffee again but now an added layer of piney and herbal hops...

M-Medium bodied...ample carbonation..

O-Nice solid amber ale....more ESB like with the malt flavors....solid

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of wedge
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly foggy reddened amber with a tall head of froth that doesn't stick around for too long. Smells fruity with some rounded malt, berries, raisins, floral hops, and a slight warm toastiness. Fruity yeast esters, creamy, somewhat biscuity malts, tea-like hops, pear, and a long bitterness that seems a bit out of place. Nice mouthfeel...medium bodied with some texture. Decent all around, though I was expecting more of an obvious San Diego style hop influence and this seems to be more on the British side of things.

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California Amber from Ballast Point Brewing Company
3.83 out of 5 based on 1,453 ratings.
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