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RATINGS: 775   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SamGamgee (2452) - 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 (11469) - 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 (2686) - 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 (2117) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rastacouere (6166) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 3, 2008
Objectively speaking: Earthy/caramelly, rather standard US amber ale.
I like: Fine citrusy hop notions, but not limited to that, also well integrated toasty and earthy nuances. Orangey, almost juicy palate with pleasant tea reminiscent inclinations.
I dislike: Not as aromatic as I’d hoped from a Ballast Point. Rather dull lean palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dorwart (2491) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 1, 2008
Nice thick 1 inch high head of fine bubbles. Frothy on top. Nice hops bitterness in the aroma with lots of flowers, caramel malts and roasted grains. Nice dark copper brown in color. Bitter flavor with lots of roastyness, grapefruit rind and some oranges. Hops more or less dominate this brew. Not balanced very well. Finishes bitter and dry. An ok amber ale if you like really hoppy beers.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammy (10572) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 29, 2008
At Mondiale 2008. Neutral malt aroma. Amber with little foam head. Creamy mouthfeel, bitterness is in the aftertaste. Above average carbonation. Lacey. The malt profile is interesting, there is some dark malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wetherel (1856) - Cupertino, California, USA - MAY 28, 2008
On tap at home brew mart. Amber color. Some mild hop aroma. Decent amber ale. No off flavors. Pretty drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2008
Bottle. Pretty nice aroma, sweet, fairly rich malt, toffee, fruity, bittering/floral hops in the background. Flavor was ok, same balance of largely sweet malt with the bittering hops holding things together, but sort of died out as the glass went down. Not bad, and I must say I probably would have rated this higher had I had it as a two ounce sample...

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