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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pepsican (1520) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - JAN 6, 2008
Pours a red amber with a nice white head. Hops, malts, and honey in the nose. Taste is earthy hops, honey, caramel malts, bread, and grapefruit. Nicely carbonated, very smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - JAN 5, 2008
12 oz. glass glass bottle- color of deep amber, with a decent off white colored head - nose of mild hops, melon, malt, and some resin – taste of dirty hops, , and - body is medium, ang slightly oily, and with medium carbonation – aftertaste of resin, dirty hops, and is short

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2008
650 ml. brown bottle, no freshness date, sampled in a pint glass. Poured a clear reddish copper with a nice sized beige head of creamy foam. Beneath the head is a steady stream of carbonation. Pleasant smelling nose of toasted biscuits and honey husky grains, oily pine, citrus and peppery spices. Mildly crisp moderate body, dry and soft feeling in the palate. The hops are restrained, but prevalent in the taste. Oily grapefruit peels, pine resins and herbaceous leafs all vying to stick to the tongue’s taste buds. Underlining the hops are sweet malty flavors of toasted honey grains and lightly roasted caramel. A light yeast fruitiness becomes quite citric towards the end. Finishes with a dry toasted breadiness and a lingering peppery hop spiciness. A first rate American Amber Ale, malty with that California hoppiness makes this a very sessional beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Odeed (1796) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 28, 2007
(bonus brew from weeheavysd)orange/red body with a pretty big light brown head.aroma is of seltzer water,caramel malts,and a tiny bit of citrus hops.flavor is much of the same with the malts really shinning through.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kyzr (1153) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - DEC 27, 2007
Amber bottle pour with an off-white head. Citrus and caramel nose. Flavor is slightly sweet with caramilzed sugars, with a nice hoppy bite to it. Medium body with somewhat hoppy finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 14, 2007
12oz bottle: Pours a transparent orange amber with a wispy-lacing froth of off-white head. Aroma of lightly sweet and toasted caramel malts with some resiny grapefruity hoppy notes. Body starts fairly full with a nice, earthy caramel biscuity sweetness along with a crisp, English hoppy bitterness toward a balanced bittersweet finish. Very drinkable and true to style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2007
Good looking beer, pouring a reddish copper body with a lofty eggshell head that perpetrates some heavy lacing. Nice spicy aroma, the PNW hops shining through with grapefruit, pine, and white pepper along with a rich toffee maltiness. The sweet malts begin the flavor, but a solid hoppy bitterness steals the show, the grapefruit and pine lasting long into the finish.
I’m really not sure why this is listed as a Premium Bitter/ESB. Seems like a hoppy American Amber Ale to me, as well as the brewer and the 2002 World Cup folk. But, since I’m rater #139, that probably won’t change any time soon.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - NOV 26, 2007
650 ml bottle from local liquor store. Pours a rich reddish-copper color with a big sudsy off-white head that lasts forever and leaves plenty of lacing. The aroma is moderate in strength with caramel and malts. The flavor is rich with malts, set prominently in a biter hops backdrop. Other flavors I detect are citrus, pine, toffee and walnuts. The mouthfeel is full and creamy with lively carbonation. The finish is long, dry and biter. Overall: This is the best example of the style "Premium Biter" I have tried to date. Recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nolankowal (937) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2007
Transparent red-orange pour with a yellowed off white head. Aroma of caramel maly, light earthy hops, brown sugar and light spice. Flavors of brown sugar, light honey, caramel, and earthy hops. Medium body, sweet/malty witha malty/bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
Wulfstan (509) - California, USA - NOV 13, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2007 I didn’t like this much but it’s ok. It is red amber with a thick, light tan head that lasts a little while. The aroma is wheat, honey, citrusy hops, and dust. The taste is malty, fruity, bitter before becoming a bit sweet, with faint flowery hops, a hint of toffee. It then leaves a very bitter, dry aftertaste with a strong hoppy pine aftertaste lingering long past its welcome. The hop bitterness gets more prominent as one drinks more. It is somewhat similar to Lagunitas Censored (one of my favourites) in appearance and flavours, but more hoppy, rough, and much more bitter.

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