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RATINGS: 688   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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A rich, copper ale with a case full of gold medals. Our Calico Amber Ale 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, itís the American hops that give this ale a distinct bite and floral aroma that have earned it just about every major beer medal.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - SEP 15, 2008
Sampled at EBF2008. Pours an amber/brown beer. The aroma is malty with citrus. The flavor is hoppy (grape, most likely chinook). Leaves a good bitterness. Nice amber ale.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KimJohansen (10350) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - SEP 13, 2008
Clear amber with mediumm off whote head. Sweet aroma with toasted malt, caramel and hoppy notes. Sweet flavour with toasted malt, caramel, pine and hoppy notes.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Underhook (162) - Lincoln Park, New Jersey, USA - SEP 11, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2008 Picked this up due to the cheap price and my love of amber ales. On the open and pour, dark, typical amber ale. Sexy. Medium-thin head. Leaves a medium lacing that fits the beer. Smells super bready, yeasty, like biscuits. Taste is SUPER spicey, first thing you notice is the spice. Lots of piney hops here. Thereís a spice in here that I canít quite put my finger on, but it gives the beer a dill pickle type taste to it. Almost seems like itís coming from the hops, but something tells me it doesnít. Maybe this is an old batch? Either way, it sounds gross, but itís good, and it works with the piney hops extremely well. Really satisfying, incredibly drinkable. Super enjoyable beer, my love amber ale continues and Iím sure to pick up some more Ballast brews. What is it about San Diego that produces such good breweries?

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
chrisafari (100) - Orange, California, USA - SEP 11, 2008
On Cask at Stone World Brewing Bistro and Gardens. Aroma of roasted and carmel malts, with a balance of hops. Pours opaque and deep amber/red/brown, nice full off-white head. Retention is good. Flavor begins with nice smooth roasted malt and finishes with a nice hoppy (pine/roasted nuts) throat. Very nice lacing. Medium body. Drinkability is medium-high, every sip begs you to take another. Really nice on cask. Throughout there is a nice balance between the malt and the hops, neither is too overpowering. Very well done Amber Ale, should be rated higher!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - AUG 31, 2008
Cask. Pours a very hazy amber copper color, with a light off white head. Smells a little hoppy with a malty and fruity nose mixed. Served almost room temp like cask ale is supposed too. Still getting used to this style. The flavor was simple, but flavorful. Light figs and grapes in there to give it some sweetness with a mild hop presence for balance. Decent.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 31, 2008
aroma was full of sweet malts with a touch of caramel and C-hops. poured dark amber with plenty of white head and generous lacing. flavor is balance of caramel and base malt along with plenty of resinny and citrus flavor. medium bodied. an alright brew.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 29, 2008
On cask at Ballast Point during the RBSG Pub Crawl Tour on 08/01/2008. Clear dark amber body with a large creamy light tan head. Big floral hop aroma. Light caramel and floral hop flavor. Medium light body with moderate carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (6861) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 19, 2008
Cask. Dry-hopped with Amarillo. Rich amber beer with a dark cream colored head. Big summer fruit aroma with light roasty, nutty malts. Caramel flavor with big summer fruits. Medium-light bodied. Summer fruit lingers with light malt and a light nuttiness.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hopscotch (9517) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 19, 2008
Draft... RBSGí08... Clear copper ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. Great retention. Sweaty, biscuity aroma. Medium-bodied with lively carbonation. Leans on the bitter side of balance. Just a trace of caramel. Finishes crisp and bitter.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vyvvy (4133) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 15, 2008
Pours amber with a dense tan head. The aroma has toasted nutty malt that is smooth and lightly sweet. Medium clean body with a small amount of carbonation. The flavor starts with the aroma traits, hints of dark fruit and some spicy phenolic traits. The finish is much of the same. Decent amber, but nothing I need to revisit.


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