California Amber | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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3.78/5
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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:
#20,239
Reviews:
469
Ratings:
1,469
pDev:
10.32%
Bros Score:
3.96
 
 
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Photo of artoolemomo
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
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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California Amber from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 1,469 ratings