California Amber | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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3.78/5
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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:
#25,462
Reviews:
473
Ratings:
1,474
pDev:
10.32%
 
 
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67
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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

Photo of Needmorebeer312
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Antc2382
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mpenske
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jeremiah_Nelson
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jmd1978
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
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 -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of drews240
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of COR8RFAN
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lastmango
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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 +9%
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 -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ConorGolden
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of B_B
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jodio
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Libeertarian
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
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 +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of sunsjammer
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Spikester
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
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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California Amber from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 1,474 ratings