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RATINGS: 730   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - OCT 6, 2007
Bottle. Dishwatery, copper color with an ivory head. Grainy malt aroma with some citrusy hop notes. Malt forward but bitter as well. Very British in style with an obvious American hop presence.

2.5
   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 didnít like this much but itís 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnnyJ (4913) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 21, 2007
Pours a clear, dark brown/red with a nice head. Aroma of fruit, sweet nutty malt, hops. Flavors of piney hops, citrus, nuts, malt, and a bit of metallic taste which seems to be standard for ESBs.

4
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
shakespeare33 (203) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 16, 2007
22 oz bottle. pours a very deep red with a cloud head. has a deep almost musty aroma but at the same time appealing. My initial reaction to the taste is that of an intense inviting, sharp biting ale(very much full bodied) I enjoy the taste and the hops mix-in well with each other.. Good robust ale!!

3.6
   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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kyzr (1154) - 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.

3.7
   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.
Iím 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 Iím rater #139, that probably wonít change any time soon.

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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Charlzm (246) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 10, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2007 Bottled, opened on 9/10/07. Beer welled up and out of bottle immediately upon opening at refrigerator temperature. Pours dark, clear amber with lively carbonation and modest head which soon shrinks to proper thin skin of foam atop beerís surface. Aroma is strong malt balanced with resiny hop notes. Flavor is very hoppy for an amber ale with citrus bitterness dominant over the malt. Mouthfeel is smooth and a touch creamy. Finish is a lasting hop bitterness with a hint of astringency that lasts a long time. A good beer, to be sure, but not what I was expecting from an amber ale.

3.7
   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.


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