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California Amber | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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3.78/5
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1,457 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:
#17,526
Reviews:
467
Ratings:
1,457
pDev:
10.32%
Bros Score:
3.96
 
 
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61
Gots:
243
Trade:
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Ratings: 1,457 |  Reviews: 467
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of bsp77
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Reddish-amber with decent off-white head.

Smell: Seems to be a singular smell, but it is a mix of caramel, cherry, citrus and spice.

Taste: Semi-sweet malt base of caramel, cherry and other dark fruits. The hops are perfectly balanced with the malts, and provide spicy notes, as well as citrus and pine. Finish is bitter, but restrained.

Feel: Medium body, moderate carbonation. Very dry finish for a balanced Amber. Nice.

Overall: This is a perfectly executed everyday Amber. There really is nothing to complain about; it just isn't the kind of beer that I want to return to over and over again. I think that is my personal flaw and not any fault of this very well made beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of flagmantho
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium-dark orange-brown hue with no haze and a moderate effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy ivory foam. Not bad.

Smell: not too sweet; lightly astringent with a mild biscuitiness and a very light sourness. A little bizarre, but I have to say, I like this aroma on an amber ale.

Taste: caramel character without being too sweet; a light biscuitiness and again that astringency. Hops are citrusy and bitterness is on-message for the style. I would say that this beer is not for everybody, but it's certainly for me.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a surprising creaminess. It really punches my ticket.

Overall: I must say I'm not usually a huge fan of the style, but this beer really works for me. It takes out a lot of the over-sweetness and biscuity character and replaces it with lemony hops. Weird? Maybe. But I like it a lot.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4.41/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated best by 8.31.2013

Appearance - rich copper mahogany color with tan head

Smell - caramel, pine, grapefruit, spicy herb

taste - caramel, pine, grapefruit, tea

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, high carbonation, crisp, clean, sweet upfront, bitterness in the back to give this beer a nice balance

Overall - One of the better amber ales that I've had. I look forward to drinking this again in the future

Price Point - $1.67/12 oz single

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3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-pours a hazed light copper color with a nice 1 finger head with nice lacing
S-mix of caramel malts ,baked bread molasses/toffee
T- slight pine and fruit taste with oily malts and caramel pine hops finish with bread
M- nice carbonation with a full flavored amber very little bitterness
O- nice tasting amber low ABV highly drinkable

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

California Amber from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 1,457 ratings
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