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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, itís 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 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3046) - Tennessee, USA - APR 29, 2005
This pours a clear deep amber body with a big sticky off white head. Nutty malt aroma. Sweet malt flavor balanced, with hops playing a minor role in this one. Well done and very enjoyable brew! Thanks to Foolish_Mortal for sending this one!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 10, 2005
On tap at the Yard House in San Diego. Amber color, good white head, no aroma. Light in body and crisp. Tongue tingling. Light in sweetness, low hops. Very mild.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DYCSoccer17 (3226) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 9, 2005
Bottle - Mildly orange citrus hopped aroma to start, fading into a Belgian yeast banana aroma. Mild caramel roasted notes are also detected. Transparent amber/red color with a small fizzy light yellow head. Roasty malts early turning buttery and caramelly to finish. Slight bitterness and a touch of DMS are noted. Has promise, but the finish just doesnt meld together.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FoolishMortal (987) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 7, 2005
Pours a deep orange amber. Big white head, nice lingering. Excellent malty aromatics tinged with hop sharpness accentuating. Full fizzy mouthfeel, crisp palate despite large malt character. Smooth yet complex malt flavors, hinting at various fruits and grains. Bold hop counterpoint, with fruiter notes in the nose, and more spicy acrid flavors in the finish. Excellent ESB, but as it warms the malt flavors bleed into the nose and finish to a greater extent, disrupting the balance.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjg74 (2459) - La Mesa, California, USA - JAN 25, 2005
Pours a reddish/copper sort of color. Aroma is quite malty with a bit of hops present. Has a malty flavor up front with a hint of sweetness. Turns bitter and a few hops show up at the back end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TAR (2410) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2005
Brilliant copper. Whipped foam yields gobs of webby lacework. Beautifully blended aroma of vibrantly citrusy hops and jellied malts. Soft, creamy body. Opens with an exquisitely tender hop profile, but sharply tinged with medicinal sweetness. Stiffly grainy and toasted, yet with just enough tropical fruit softness to soften brisk malt blow. Malt husks and sweet nutty malt flavors culminate at the center and disperse the juicy hop flavors. Less bright and hoppy finish is surrounded by burnt toffee and overly firm graininess. Onslaught of bready malt richness prevails after the finish to absorb some of the harsher malt textures. Good, but would certainly benefit from a more focused hop backbone to thwart the "unspentness" of the malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sloth (2399) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - NOV 14, 2004
Small tan head, good retention with a fair amount of lace. Clear amber/red hued ale. Spicey, malty nose, sorta nutty. Medium body, somewhat silky. Light sweet maltiness, caramel notes and a hint of butterscotch. Lightly hopped, but right. An almost dry finish. A nice easy drinkin amber. Thanks to sdbruboy for the trade.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SDalkoholic (2089) - Linda Vista, California, USA - SEP 19, 2004
Dark reddish-amber with a small minimized head. Perfect blend of citrus and hint of vanilla or extract. Not a creamy palate but a smooth refreshign one that has me enjoying every sip. Iím like a fish with bait cuz now im hooked on Ballast Points fine amber ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - AUG 10, 2004
beer pours a very pretty amber under a billlowy white head, with a tint of orange. nose a nice combination of spicy hops and toasted malts-a nice change from the usual American Amber citrus bomb. the hops come through more in the flavor, with a spicy and lightly citric tang backed up with a sweet, toasty malt body. mouthfeel is reasonably crisp (the hops dry up the malt nicely), and the balnce makes for good drinkability.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Suttree (4902) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 1, 2004
Cloudy brown, thin sandy head. hoppy, vegetable aroma. slightly woodsy hop flavors up front, then malty, bready base. Some caramel and toffee flavors, but then a hoppy, dry finish. Thanks to Drunkasaskunk for this trade.

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