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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hildigöltur (5103) - København, DENMARK - JAN 29, 2007
Bottled. Slightly hazy amber coloured. Fruity and malty aroma with nutty notes. Fruity and hoppy flavour with a dry and bitter finish. Notes of tea. Fresh and pleasant. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 8, 2007
Possibly one of the best out there. Pure copper pour with heavy caramel and malt aromas. The toffee is prevalent in the taste, but comes with a nice blend of malt, caramel, and vanilla flavors. Hoppy/citrus quality which seems to borrow from an XPA or a California pale. Not as bitter as the traditional ESB, but very, very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - DEC 1, 2006
Pours a dense amber color w/ medium semi creamy froth. Aroma is perfumed citrus and carameled malt. Medium nectar w/ ample residual effers. Citrus rind upfront w/ a moderate malty backbone. Grapefruit and mild caramel are the primary flavors. Big citrus bittering on the finish. Overall: this is a big amber, nothing mellow here. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (4654) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 21, 2006
How can this be classified as an ESB, but then win awards like it says on the side for best American Amber ale?? Smells fairly decent. Taste is pretty hoppy, with some faint metal caramel taste at the end. Not real heavy or complex, but pretty nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 15, 2006
On growler. Spumous, off-white head; creamy fluff. Luxurious rings and sheets of lace. Clear, amber body. Malty aroma with honey and caramel highlighting, yeast, alcoholic hops, fruity and citrusy, a touch of dark bread. Mouth is medium, lightly wet, lightly carbonated, lightly dry. Malty flavor with pollen, sugar, grapefruit rind, pine--rather bitter. Long bitter aftertaste, with underlying malts that provide a protective shield over the tongue, while still allowing the bitterness through.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 25, 2006
Courtesy of a fine Mystery beer swap participant. Aroma is a blend of spicy/citric hops and rich caramel. Body is orange.brown and holds a fluffy white head about a finger thick and mostly lasting. flavor matches the aroma...spicy/citrus hops with caramel malts beneath. Nice sweet/bitter interplay. Finish leaves sweet caramel malt playing ont he tongue with muted notes of pine intermingled.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
realale420 (399) - west covina, California, USA - SEP 17, 2006
12oz bottle poured a clear amber color with an off white head. Aroma was citrus hops and a nice sweet caramel with some notes of fruit from the yeast. The taste had a great citrus bitterness with a good malt backing. I would consider this one more of an American Amber than a Bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 14, 2006
Yet another good bottle from Zug4abby. Thanks again! Pours a deep copper with an off white head. Nice color. Nice citrus hop aroma, like an IPA. For an amber, this is hoppy, which is ok by me. Toffee and nutty malt flavors nicely offset by the spicy and herbal hops. Bitter finish with some fruitiness sneaking out. West coast bitterness meets English style maltiness. This is more like a pale or IPA to me. But damn good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5109) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - AUG 5, 2006
I really enjoyed this brew, but thought it was more of an IPA than an ESB. However, I have not been exposed to very many hoppy bitters. The body was dark amber colored with a light khaki colored head. The aroma was chocolate and grapefruit with some pine. The taste was dry chocolate with some wood. There was also a decent dry finish. This was interesting and would make a nice session beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (6785) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 29, 2006
On tap at Ballast Point. This copper ale poured with a medium off-white head. The malt flavors are very well blended, but are a bit overwhelmed by the hops. Overall, this was a very; satisfying brew.

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