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RATINGS: 686   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.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10965) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2007
Draft sample at Pacific Fish Co., SD location. Poured clear dark amber hue with medium frothy white head that diminshed slowly with good lacing. Medium aroma of hops and malt. Medium body. Well balanced flavor of malt, hops and citrus with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Good drinkable brew.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11590) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 8, 2007
(12oz bottle) Clear copper body topped by small beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, earthy/grapefruit, some caramel, light orange, pepper. Taste is medium sweet, caramel, pine/grapefruit, light pepper. Medium body, light acidity.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 31, 2007
Bottle. A amber beer with a big beige head. The aroma is malty, fruity, citrus and hoppy and so is the taste, very nise. Medium body with a bitter dry finish. Good Amber.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madsberg (10435) - Søborg, DENMARK - JAN 30, 2007
Bottled. Reddish amber coloured. Unclear. Dense light creamy light brown head. Light piney, herbal, light flowery aroma with some citric notes. Flavour is very flowery and herbal. Spices and fruits counter some of the herbs. Medium bodied. Quite dry. Has a nice balanced bitterness and is quite citric in the end. Good one.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (29665) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 30, 2007
Bottled. An amber beer with a lazing beige head. The aroma is sweet hoppy on a back ground of malt and berries. The flavor is sweet malty and quite hoppy, the hops giving it notes of both grapefruit and straw, and makes the end quite bitter.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hildigöltur (5103) - København, DENMARK - JAN 29, 2007
Bottled. Slightly hazy amber coloured. Fruity and malty aroma with nutty notes. Fruity and hoppy flavour with a dry and bitter finish. Notes of tea. Fresh and pleasant. Medium bodied.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 8, 2007
Possibly one of the best out there. Pure copper pour with heavy caramel and malt aromas. The toffee is prevalent in the taste, but comes with a nice blend of malt, caramel, and vanilla flavors. Hoppy/citrus quality which seems to borrow from an XPA or a California pale. Not as bitter as the traditional ESB, but very, very nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - DEC 1, 2006
Pours a dense amber color w/ medium semi creamy froth. Aroma is perfumed citrus and carameled malt. Medium nectar w/ ample residual effers. Citrus rind upfront w/ a moderate malty backbone. Grapefruit and mild caramel are the primary flavors. Big citrus bittering on the finish. Overall: this is a big amber, nothing mellow here. Highly recommended.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (4629) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 21, 2006
How can this be classified as an ESB, but then win awards like it says on the side for best American Amber ale?? Smells fairly decent. Taste is pretty hoppy, with some faint metal caramel taste at the end. Not real heavy or complex, but pretty nice.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
0o9i (438) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 15, 2006
On growler. Spumous, off-white head; creamy fluff. Luxurious rings and sheets of lace. Clear, amber body. Malty aroma with honey and caramel highlighting, yeast, alcoholic hops, fruity and citrusy, a touch of dark bread. Mouth is medium, lightly wet, lightly carbonated, lightly dry. Malty flavor with pollen, sugar, grapefruit rind, pine--rather bitter. Long bitter aftertaste, with underlying malts that provide a protective shield over the tongue, while still allowing the bitterness through.


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