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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, 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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sunevdj (3271) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - MAY 4, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2008 Tasting at Dennis’. Pours a clear amber with an off-white head and a bit of lacings. Some bitterness with a light sweetness. Malty aromas of caramel. Heavy hoppy aromas of pine and citrus. Medium bodied. Soft carbonation. Short, dry finish.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - MAY 1, 2008
12 oz. brown bottle served in a shaker pint. Poured a deep amber with a thick fine bubbled off white head. Plenty of carbonation. Light hop aroma with some caramel malt. Creamy mouthfeel. Solid malt base without a lot of sweetness. Decent hop bite for an amber. Nice lacing on the glass. Amber Ales tend to be boring to me, but this is a really solid beer that I could drink over an evening.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lothore (555) - California, USA - APR 27, 2008
A- Pours a deep dark orangish color with a small, off white head. S- Smells of grain, hops, a tad sweet. T- It has a piney hop taste as well as a subdued spiciness. There is a slight refreshing nutty flavor. Leaves a slight bitter flavor in the mouth for quite a while following the first sip. M- Slightly carbonated, average viscosity... not too thick not too thin, just about right. D- This beer is highly refreshing and drinkable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (8031) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 21, 2008
Deep amber with medium amberish head, very dense. Outspoken C-hops, hopcake, caramel, well balanced nose. Hoppy, bitter, hopcake, bit of orangemarmalade; ends metallic. Very slick and well-bodied. Nice amber ale, almost an IPA.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 16, 2008
Amber with a big white head. Very hoppy aroma, not explicitly American in character which is pretty refreshing. Lots of peppery earthy notes combined with some grapefruit and toffee. Body is quite bitter and a bit sweet which works together well. Spritzy mouthful tends to be a bit on the abrasive side. Simple but enjoyable combination of crystal malt flavours and some fresh resiny hops, tasting more english than American now. Sharp, quick finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - APR 13, 2008
Poured from a bottle on a hot san diego spring day. great amber red with a plentiful off-white head. Nice malty, toffee like aromas abound. Smooth feel on your tongue with a little carbonation. Flavors are solid and good of maltiness, citrus, pine, and delicate hops. Good tasty brew.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kevd193213 (877) - Hope Valley, Rhode Island, USA - APR 12, 2008
Bottle. Copper orange pour with nice thick off white head. Aroma of malt and hops. Taste of toffee, malt, almonds and faint caramel. Slightly hoppy dry finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 9, 2008
Pours a beautiful deep amber with a thick creamy tan head that leaves lots of lace. Aroma of caramel and citrus peel, with noticable hops and malt. Flavor is well balanced between hops and malt, sweet and bitter. Some nice toffee and fruitiness as well. A good solid brew.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
brianprentiss (675) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 28, 2008
Very good, sweet ESB. Not as bitter as I expected, very toffeish and caramelly. Solid Beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2008
12oz. Bottle: Sweet aroma. Smells of malts, toffee, caramel, hops, pine, resin, grapefruit, and fruit. Poured amber in color with a medium-sized, rocky, dense, tan head that lasted throughout. Clear. Sparkling. Excellent lacing. Flavor is medium sweet and medium bitter. Tastes of hops, malts, toffee, toasting, resin, sourdough, pretzel, grapefruit, pine, and a hint of lime. Medium body. Thin, sticky texture. Average carbonation. Hoppy, malty, lightly dry finish.


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