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RATINGS: 786   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, 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (39991) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2008
From tap at San Clemente. Pours deep golden orange with a lacing white head. Solid hoppy and light wooden aroma. Flavour dry and breadish yet with a nice hoppy flavour on top. Dense malty finish with a lingering hoppy spiced finish with a nice dry bitterness into the far finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Stuntgibbon (2) - , California, USA - AUG 4, 2008 does not count
A subdued, lightly foamy head atop a classic looking amber/brown pour. A touch more citrus or even a tiny bit more sour than your average amber beer. Aroma isn’t very strong, but does smell good when you get close to it. A very smooth and flavorful amber, without quite as much as malty sweetness as others in the category. Not too sweet, not too bitter. A fine balance. Highly recommended amber, and another fine ale from Ballast Point.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 31, 2008
12oz bottle. Pours amber in color with full foamy tan head. Aroma citrus hops and light malt. Taste is bitter, grapefruit and citrus hops with bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BiddleBrau (1130) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2008
Pours a brown/amber with dense tan head. Aroma is citrus and of pine hops with slight malt presence. Hop flavor is less citrus and more ‘piney’ and more bitter than I was expecting. Malt profile is there supporting the bitterness and helps temper a lingering aftertaste. Well balanced and complex for an American Amber. Nice job to Jack and the boys at Home Brew Mart.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
aleyin (14) - Murrieta, California, USA - JUL 27, 2008
22 oz bottle. Not a real pronounced aroma, Amber with creamy colored head. Good malt/hops balance. Citrus, caramel with a light to medium hoppy bitterness rebound that reminds a bit of IPA’s. My first Ballast Point taste. They’ve quite a rep and I want to discover why.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Palidor19 (3145) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JUL 22, 2008
Not much to talk about, medium malts with some concentration of hops. it gives of a off flavor vibe.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
nick76 (4370) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 22, 2008
The aroma is piny with citrus and caramel. The appearance is amber with a large tan head. The flavor is astringent and malty with plenty of hops. The palate is thin. Overall it’s average.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JUL 18, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2008 22 oz. Clear copper amber in color with a nice off white fluffy head that left a nice lacing on the glass. Hoppy citrusy malty aroma. Caramel notes. Piney earthy, grassy hops. Malty caramel floral hoppy flavor. Full bodied. Finish is bitter. Sweet tasting. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 15, 2008
Dark clear amber, creamy off white head. Toasty pink grapefruit and earthy aromas warm to lighter notes of chocolate black tea and caramel. Earthed grapefruit flavors and kisses of pine balance well on notes of sweet toasted caramel grains. Light to medium bodied, light carbonation, soft bittersweet finish. Easy to put a few of these away…

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 15, 2008
120z bottle. The aroma was of light grapefruity hops, caramel, and toffee. Poured a clear dark orange color. The head was thick, rocky, and off white with good retention and lacing. Good looking beer. Medium bodied and slightly sweet without any significant hop bitterness. Spicy malt flavors came out up front with some brown sugar and flowery hops. Distinct graham cracker and some caramel emerged at the end. Solid amber. There’s a good chance that even a casual beer drinker would like this one.

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