California Amber | Ballast Point Brewing Company

California AmberCalifornia Amber
1,456 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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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Light brown hue. Pours a 1 finger, foamy, brown-white head. Settles quickly leaving a smattering of bubbles on the surface. Spotty, yet persistent lacing.

S: Plenty of molasses, a little peat, tea leaf, and butterscotch.

T: Light oaky malt, really peaty, grass, and a little hop.

M: Light yet hearty. A bit of a steely finish.

D: Worth savoring.

Atmosphere is really strong. Nice foamy head, with some fair spotty lacing. Great nose consisting of sweet components, balanced with peat. Woody and peaty with a character of fresh flora, a a bit of a hop bite. A little shallow, steely, and bitter in the finish which I normally wouldn't consider characteristic of the style.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy amber; fluffy off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves great lacing and retention. The aromas are full of sweet caramel malts and toffee. There's some butterscotch in the mix as well. Lots of breads too. The flavors seem to match the nose. This is a very earthy and rustic beer. More caramel and toffee. There's a little bit of cocoa noticeable. Tons of flavorful malts. There's a very subtle hop bite to this one. Lots of resin. This is full flavored, there's not hiding around it. Although this is a light beer, this one has some body to it! Feels medium-bodied; very creamy with active carbonation.

This is an extremely robust beer at 5% abv. It's well crafted and they didn't take any short cuts. Well crafted and very impressive. Recommended.

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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

a - poured a one finger thick light tan head into an english pub glass. the body was a bright reddish-amber color.
s - caramel, biscuits, with just a hint of hops.
t - caramel and toffee, biscuits, slight piney hop flavor.
m - medium.
o - good beer but didn't wow me in any way.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The appearance of this is almost exactly like good amber maple syrup, I hesitate to give a five because can imagine such a perfect colour. The smell was rather fruity and left a crisp feeling in my nostrils. The taste is hardly bitter, and has a nice fruity taste with just a hint of...I can't place it. It flows into the mouth and after a few swirls stills taste unbitter and non-foamy.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.9/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Picked up growlers of Calico Copper Amber and Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point brewery after making a 2 hour drive there. Pours a beautiful amber red with a slightly khaki fluffy head which dissapates into an even lacing around the glass. Aroma of sweet caramel, pears, white grapes, sweet lime and citrus. Strong flavor of caramel, fresh bread, buttered toast, cereal; lime and huge grapefruit flavors coming from the hops. Mouthfeel is medium thin with a very appropriate carbonation bite. Delicious and extremely balanced. As close as you can get to the perfect session beer.

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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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