California Amber | Ballast Point Brewing Company

very good
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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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of beertunes
3.17/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear coppery amber color with less than 1/4 inch of light tan head that had low retention and no lacing.

The aroma was mostly sweet malts, with a very light floral hop presence. The taste was the same, neutral and balanced sweet malts and floral hops. The body was average for the style, medium, smooth and even.

Drinkability was smooth and easy. Overall, a solid, if not particularly notable example of the style. Not worth seeking out, but a pleasant enough brew if you happen to see it.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Samp01
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle thanks mikeg67. Pours a deep amber color with a medium tan slowly fading head, some light lacing. Aroma and Taste of floral citrus hops, yeast and fruity notes, bready, with some lightly toasted caramel malt. Palate is a medium body, crisp fresh mouth feel with good carbonation. Finish is sweet toasted caramel malt, yeast and fruity, some bready notes with some citrus floral hops for balance. Overall a good solid flavorful amber ale.

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Photo of alwaysplayin
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of IPAdams
3.19/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance- Dark orange with red hues. Head was white, about an inch thick that stayed and laced the entire glass.

Smell- Very subdued, get a little bit of citrus and grapefruit but not much else.

Taste- Like the smell, very subdued. A slight malty sweetness with a moderate bitterness but very little hop presence.

Mouthfeel- Medium heavy,

Overall- An ok beer, doesn't have the caramel notes that I prefer in an amber. Not much going on.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours up a fair amount of head. There is some retention. The head is off white with hints of yellow and tan while the body is a medium amber/honey which glows orange when held up to the light. Mostly clear. Some lacing is left behind.

Nose- Fragrant but subtle. I get whiffs of orange and caramel followed by minor notes of matchstick, papaya, and resin. A little bit of soapiness. Some hints of peach. Nothing very strong at all but still nice.

Taste- Initially seems to follow the nose. Orange, matchstick, papaya, slight resin. The citrus is much sharper than on the nose and pairs with a spicy and well rounded wood and resin finish. Don't really get caramel in the flavor profile. So far, much closer to a pale than an amber or a red. Some caramel shows itself under the woody notes and bolsters its designation as a red. Some copper hints around the edges as well. An above average beer with the sometimes wincing nature of the orange being its biggest negative.

Mouthfeel- Between light and medium bodied. A hint of syrup. Perhaps a little too much carbonation.

Drinkability- Fairly easygoing and would definitely be sessionable. However, this really isn't interesting enough for me to seek it out. Maybe if I were looking for a copper ale.

Overall- Just above average. Worth trying but don't expect too much. Around a 3.5 or solid B.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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2/5  rDev -47.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

California Amber from Ballast Point Brewing Company
3.83 out of 5 based on 1,456 ratings.
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