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RATINGS: 777   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.


4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kimcgolf (872) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - NOV 14, 2009
Poured a ruby-orange with thick off white head that lingered thru most of the glass and left great lacing. Nose was a pleasnt mix of malty dark fruit, toasted nuts and honey with a hint of hopy citrus fruit. Mouthfeel was full, slightly tingly and almost chewy, and the taste picked up the flavors of the nose perfectly. Rounded off to a long, pleasant finish with a great aftertaste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT2 (9411) - Oceanside, California, USA - OCT 31, 2009
UPDATED: APR 12, 2010 355 mL. Pours a slightly hazy orangish/deep amber with a two/three finger tan head, rocky head that has excellent retention and lacing. Aroma is stale DIPA- lots of strawberry cheesecake, stale piney hops, bits of toffee. Taste is very malty but well balanced with subtle English/German hops- lots of strawberry, light fruits, light caramel. I can tell that fresh and on tap this would rock, but for now I would say it is mediocre.

Re-rate 4/12/10: From 22oz courtesy of wavers1. Pours a clear amber with a superb off-white head that leaves a donut in the middle of insane rocky retention and leaves massive lace. Very nice aroma of perfume, floral hops, some rye character. Taste is dry hops, rye toast, piney hops, dry bitterness. Very nice.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BroSpud (2014) - , Massachusetts, USA - OCT 25, 2009
12oz bottle. Pours a dark, hazy amber. Good taste of caramel and citrus.The hops show up in the end. A well done amber.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Svesse (7680) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - OCT 5, 2009
(Bottle, Stockholm Beer Festival, 26 Sep 2009) Dark amber colour with frothy, beige head. Fruity, malty nose with notes of orange, caramel and grainy malt. Malty, fruity taste with toasty grain, orange and spicy, slightly piney hops in the finish. Generous bitterness. Medium body, with balanced sweetness and a solid malt structure. Well balanced and tasty beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brewski519 (644) - Morrisville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 4, 2009
Tasted at World Beer Festival in Duham NC - poured an amber color with a decent head - aroma of malt, toffee, and a note of hops. Taste is malty with toffee and caramel and light hops. Pretty tasty amber ale.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
CapFlu (5073) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 27, 2009
(Draft) Sampled at GCBF 2009 in Victoria on September 9, 2009. Wow - some decent hops on this amber... yet, there is something lurking below that stinks. Yikes! Milky and buttery. Not a favourite. 6/3/4/2/10

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
omhper (22731) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2009
Bottled at Stockholm Beer Festival. Clear amber. Perfumy hoppy nose. Mid-sweet and medium bodied with clean rounded mouthfeel. Lighty caramelly, ever aromatic. Long salty bitterness. Quaffable, tasty amber ale worthy this great brewer!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 26, 2009
Pours a slightly flocculent orange with a thin head and very light lacing. Very sweet aroma, light hops. Alcohol present in the taste, astringent malt taste - maybe lightly toasted/roasted malt in small quantities - bittering hops. Crisp body, good carb. Quaffable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jblauvs (1357) - Chester, Vermont, USA - SEP 24, 2009
dark amber pour with a slight offwhite head. Aroma is really quite wonderful, a combination of light cocoa powder and toffee, some breadiness and raisin with a bit of resinous hops. Flavor is a rich medley of caramel malt that jumps out at you and some wonderfully fresh toasted toffee. The addition of a roasted chocolate malt richness can probably be attributed to the big malt bill. Really good

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kwerikson (178) - burlington, New Jersey, USA - SEP 24, 2009
ruby red amber in color with a white head that was some what bubbly. hoppy aroma and could smell all of the ingredients. lacing in the begining and was full bodided. a little citrusy and sweet underneath the bitterness from the hops.


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