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RATINGS: 773   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
robertjm (836) - Albany, California, USA - JAN 26, 2009
Pours a good-looking head. Dies quickly, leaving a foamy coating in the glass. Brown amber body. Nice malty aroma as I’d expect form an amber. Flavor is awesome with lots of malt, with a hops chaser that becomes more pronounced the longer you let it sit on your palate. Body is thin with lots of carbonation. A very nice Amber!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 26, 2009
Bottle. Pours a clear amber with a 2 finger dense cream head with spotty lacing. The nose is floral hops and caramel malt. Taste is citrus hops and sweet caramel malt with some piney hops in the finish. Medium mouth feel. Not outstanding, but not bad and an easy drinker.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skinnyviking (8396) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 26, 2009
Bottle. Smally but lasting, thickk, creamy off-white haed. Beautiful clear red brown body. Complex fruity fruity spicy hoppy aroma with a bit of choccolate in the background. Mild, smooth and yet tasty apple pear lemon flavor with a fair amount of hops bitterness as well as a bit of caramel, creamy mouthfeel, long bittersweet aftertaste and a low carbonation. Impressive results with such a low alcohol percentage.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
elihapa (1545) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - JAN 24, 2009
Bottle, $1.75 in CT. Pours “under-ripe” red with an energetic white head. Aroma has soapy, floral bouquet, perhaps a dash of lemon. Flavor was well-balanced, starting out with refreshing hoppy notes, then turning towards maltiness without ever really reaching sweetness. The result is a very drinkable, delicate red.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
freekyp (1830) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 19, 2009
Pours a gorgeous amber with a thick creamy off white head that leaves behind a massive swath of lacing. Carbonation is light. Aroma holds light toffee, a bit of brown sugar and lots of grapefruit. Well balanced with the malt coating the tongue throughout most of the swallow, however, aggressive hop bitterness with an earthy character makes up the finish and long aftertaste, leaving a slight leathery overtone as it fades. Impressive!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - JAN 18, 2009
Nice looker, with a clear dark amber, almost copper, body and lavish beige head with lots of sticky lace. Citrusy grapefruit hop aroma with a hint of toasted caramel. Body is creamy, but way too thin. Taste has aggressive hop bitterness that is mostly grapefruit. Some earthy hops underneath and a solid, if subtle, toasty caramel malt backbone. Good westcoast amber.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (11659) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 14, 2009
Bottle. Pours clear amber with an average, frothy, light brown head, mostly lasting with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (toasted grain, caramel, bread), average hops (flowers), average yeast (fresh leather, warm dough) with notes of pear, date, apple, and light brown sugar. Medium bodied, sticky texture, lively carbonation, and a bitter finish. Average duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - JAN 9, 2009
Poured an effervescent amber with a fizzy off-white head. Aroma of some faint grapefruit and lemon citrus with some grassy hops thrown in. Taste is lightly sweet toffee with some notes of grassy hops and some earthy pine bitterness, with just a touch of alcoholic character to round it out. Easy drinking amber ale, though I would have liked it to be a bit more assertive... atlhough I know that’s not the point of an amber. Oh well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2009
Reviewed 12/29/2008 (bottle): Pours a nice clear brown colored body, fizzy. Big creamy off-white heap, good lacing, lasting. Some alcohol in the nose, some flowery maltiness. Dusty and musty too. Carbonated palate. Malty nutty taste. Dusty too. Some hoppiness, grapefruit. Some sweet spiciness. A little tastier as it warms more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrDavid (957) - Johnson, Vermont, USA - JAN 6, 2009
Bottle. Semi-sweet fruity aroma. Reddish amber body, very small head. Taste has some citrus, plus plenty of malt. Pleasingly soft bitter finish.

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