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RATINGS: 793   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
A rich, copper ale with a case full of gold medals.
Our California Amber 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - SEP 22, 2008
Bottle from Canal’s in Lawrenceville. Nearly clear rich copper supporting a small but sturdy light khaki head. With eyes closed you might mistake the aroma for that of an IPA because of the piney notes. Lots of toffee and caramel with some spicy whte pepper flavors. A little thin. Snappy finish with a brisk hoppy kick.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thewolf (12023) - Kolding, DENMARK - SEP 20, 2008
Bottle @ EBF, 2008, Carlsberg.
Pours a nice, red amber with a small, creamy, off-white head. Aroma has pine, caramel and cauliflower (?). Pretty dry, okay mouthfeel. Flavour starts off sweet, and has a long, bitter, dry aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dedollewaitor (15469) - Odense, DENMARK - SEP 20, 2008
Bottle at EBF: Pours golden amber with a white head. Lots of chewy malts. Caramel & buiscuit. Medium & smooth body. Nice amber!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beer5000 (5862) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 17, 2008
Bottle @ EBF 2008. Amber body with an off-white head. Aroma is malt, some caramel, peaches and grapefruit. Flavor is sweet malt, some caramel and a citrus fruity bitterness, exactly like the aroma. Nice, refreshing balanced, quaffable and almost to nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enjoyit (3754) - Vadum, DENMARK - SEP 16, 2008
Clear amber of color with a small beige head. An aroma with notes of caramel, hops and grapefruit. A flavor quite malty, grapefruits and hops. Nice one.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KimJohansen (10416) - 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.

   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?

   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!

   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.

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