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RATINGS: 794   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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A rich, copper ale with a case full of gold medals.
Our California Amber takes its inspiration from traditional English ESBs. Four types of malts give it a bold complexity, and our proprietary yeast strain lends it a fruity, madeira-like richness. However, it’s the American hops that give this ale a distinct bite and floral aroma that have earned it just about every major beer medal.


3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
yemenmocha (659) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - FEB 24, 2010
Pours copper to orange with some slight haze and generous white head. Nose is mostly citrus with some caramel too. On the palate the caramel comes through as well as some dark, sweeter malty flavors. Hops balance it out though, but to me they remain in the background. There’s a complex malt sweetness in this ale. Great, smooth mouthfeel and easy drinking.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 14, 2010
Bomber. Pours a hazy amber/copper body with a large creamy off white head. Good lacing. Aroma is nice floral hoppy, toasted caramel and some cereal notes. Flavor has a great balance of sweet malts with a nice hoppy bitter finish. Full bodied, long lasting flavor. Solid amber!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
can8ianben (1484) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2010
Smoky red color with a pleasant hoppy aroma. This beer was sampled part way through a pretty heavy beer day, so my memory is a little hazy.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kassner (1537) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2010
Nice dark amber avery nice lacing some fragrant malts and hops finish if just a lttle on the dry side.

3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LinusStick (3223) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2010
A nice amber ale. Aroma was weak. Couldn’t pick up much other than some roasted malt and grass. Pour was a beautiful dark amber...great color...with a thin off white ring for a head that left quickly. Taste was very malty with a hint of ginger ale in the aftertaste. As it warms a nice hoppiness comes out. Strong carbonation. Not bad.

2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
cheap (5254) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2010
Well, I can see from the beginning why this rates high on this site. Big floral hop aroma and the first taste is all hops, in IPA form. Way off style, IMHO. Also, seems like the alky content is much more than 5% if you go by flavor. Forward bitter malts in there too. Long bitter IPA finish, way too much for this lager lover.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 20, 2010
Bottle (in NZ). Pours a hazy orange-amber with a frothy orangish head. Doesn’t look classically good, but looks good all the same. Resiny hop nose with citrus and pine - this is from the West Coast all right - tied in nicely with caramel in the malt. The flavour doesn’t disappoint either - though doesn’t quite have the same kick as the aroma. The palate is in fact surprisingly smooth, with the malt dominating much more - an interesting contradiction. Just a touch of dryness in the finish. The type of beer you wish you could have on hand regularly.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Barreras (1543) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - JAN 16, 2010
Pours a deep brown with slight translucent towards the bottom of the pint glass. Smells of roasted caramel and mild spices. Taste is a bit more bitter than sweet. A mild spicy aftertaste which gives this amber ale an IPA type of taste. Overall an okay amber ale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jredmond (7402) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 6, 2010
Sampled on BQ2010. Bottle. Pours a clear red body. Aroma is aggressive pine hop. The flavor is strong pine hops that will hit you in the face and laugh at you while youre on the ground.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TonyDiUlio (661) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 3, 2010
Tried on Beer Quest 2010 with all the guys. This was number 6. Pour was clear light brown. No head. Aroma was aggressive. Hops and Pine. Flavor was alcohol. Very aggressive as well. Seems much closer to an IPA. Nice balance though.


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