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RATINGS: 730   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
nick76 (4314) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 22, 2008
The aroma is piny with citrus and caramel. The appearance is amber with a large tan head. The flavor is astringent and malty with plenty of hops. The palate is thin. Overall it’s average.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JUL 18, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2008 22 oz. Clear copper amber in color with a nice off white fluffy head that left a nice lacing on the glass. Hoppy citrusy malty aroma. Caramel notes. Piney earthy, grassy hops. Malty caramel floral hoppy flavor. Full bodied. Finish is bitter. Sweet tasting. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 15, 2008
Dark clear amber, creamy off white head. Toasty pink grapefruit and earthy aromas warm to lighter notes of chocolate black tea and caramel. Earthed grapefruit flavors and kisses of pine balance well on notes of sweet toasted caramel grains. Light to medium bodied, light carbonation, soft bittersweet finish. Easy to put a few of these away…

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 15, 2008
120z bottle. The aroma was of light grapefruity hops, caramel, and toffee. Poured a clear dark orange color. The head was thick, rocky, and off white with good retention and lacing. Good looking beer. Medium bodied and slightly sweet without any significant hop bitterness. Spicy malt flavors came out up front with some brown sugar and flowery hops. Distinct graham cracker and some caramel emerged at the end. Solid amber. There’s a good chance that even a casual beer drinker would like this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hayduke (3767) - Eureka, California, USA - JUN 21, 2008
From a 22 oz bottle this poured an attractive copper color with off-white head and good lacing. Nose of caramel malts and floral and citrus hops. Smooth mouthfeel. Favor of light fruit and citrus and a long bitter finish. For its type, excellent, and one of the better ambers I have seen.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SamGamgee (2451) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JUN 17, 2008
22oz bottle. Clear red-amber color, average head with lasting foam. Malty and herbal/grass aroma. Nice full caramel maltiness with a spicy hop flavor that balances really well. Well, the aroma is a little bland and subtle, but the flavor has a really nice balance. Not amazing, but well done and really drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drake (10518) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUN 17, 2008
Bottle from Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville. Dark red pour with a quickly dissipating medium head. Fruity malt aroma. Grainy taste balanced by a nice bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radiomgb (2505) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 15, 2008
Copper/amber in colour, thick lingering off-white coloured head, excellent lacing. The aroma is of citrus, lots of hops, caramel malts, lightly sweet, earthy. The flavour is fairly sweet, lots of caramel malts, juicy, some light citrus hops. Lightly sweet mouthfeel, medium/light body, medium carbonation. Finishes sweet with some lingering citrus hop bite.

This is quite good stuff, excellent bitterness balanced with caramel sweetness and citrus hops. Would love this to be a regular.

355ml bottle obtained in a trade with JohnnyJ, thanks John.
Opened on December 30, 2007
No date.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUN 15, 2008
Bottle. Pours a dark amber body with a foamy white head, 2 fingers or so. Aroma is hops; pine, citrus, grapefruit. Flavor is bitterness with a solid malt backbone. Enough pine comes through to create honey like flavors. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blklab2007 (2092) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 11, 2008
bottle poured an amber color with a two finger light tan head that fell to a thin layer. carbonation is steady and the aroma has bitter citrus hops, caramel malt, floral, and grass. mouth feel is medium with heavy carbonation. flavor is typical of an amber ale with nicely flavored hops. bitterness on the sides of the tongue finishes drying and lightly salty. this is like a cross of a bitter and an amber ale. good flavor but lacks the excitement i was looking for from ballast point.

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