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RATINGS: 713   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - OCT 6, 2007
Bottle. Dishwatery, copper color with an ivory head. Grainy malt aroma with some citrusy hop notes. Malt forward but bitter as well. Very British in style with an obvious American hop presence.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnnyJ (4773) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 21, 2007
Pours a clear, dark brown/red with a nice head. Aroma of fruit, sweet nutty malt, hops. Flavors of piney hops, citrus, nuts, malt, and a bit of metallic taste which seems to be standard for ESBs.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Charlzm (246) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 10, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2007 Bottled, opened on 9/10/07. Beer welled up and out of bottle immediately upon opening at refrigerator temperature. Pours dark, clear amber with lively carbonation and modest head which soon shrinks to proper thin skin of foam atop beer’s surface. Aroma is strong malt balanced with resiny hop notes. Flavor is very hoppy for an amber ale with citrus bitterness dominant over the malt. Mouthfeel is smooth and a touch creamy. Finish is a lasting hop bitterness with a hint of astringency that lasts a long time. A good beer, to be sure, but not what I was expecting from an amber ale.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Bottle. A very pretty nose of floral hops and roasted malt. Pours a rich amber with a rocky off-white head. Excellent head retention. Excellent balance on the palate. Decent amount of grassy hops and sweetly roasted malt with neither being excessive. Medium to full bodied. Fairly creamy. Like other offering from this brewery, it is rock solid.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 12/01/2005
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewery

clear dark amber, fine beige head, sweet nutty malt aroma with a hint of chocolate, solid hop flavor on a well balanced cqrmel malt base, nice lingering bitter finish

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.3/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **+/4

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IrishBoy (3922) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 31, 2007
Bomber from Bottle Barn; nose of grassy hops with some toffee; copper with a medium beige head; flavor is nice light hop bitterness with some background caramel. Nice Bitter!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Canadianlush (169) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 20, 2007
One of the better one’s I sampled on my trip to San Diego. Poured a robust amber color with good head. Strong aroma and taste. Very hoppy with strong flavor of roasted malts. A good choice.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ratman197 (10678) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 18, 2007
Bottle poured a clear reddish amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of carmel, tasted malt and a hint of fruitiness. Palate was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of toasted malt, carmel and a hint of cocoa with a smooth bitter finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - JUL 14, 2007
Draft at San Clemente Pizza Port. This tasted more like an amber ale than an ESB to me. There wasn’t much flavor besides the normal dull caramel malt in most amber ales.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
alexanderj (3381) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JUL 14, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2009 Rerate. sampled at Obriens, same general impressions. (For the style this was good; I’m just not a huge fan of the style. Poured a reddish amber; aroma of toffee and slight citrus hops. Flavor was about the same; dry finish.)


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