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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nuffield (3658) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 28, 2013
This definitely doesn’t taste representative of ambers. It has a big hop load, and the malts are your traditional vegetal mess of murky left-overs. So, the question is: are all the other ambers not following the proper recipe, or is this amber actually just a different beer (APA perhaps) with a label that says amber? Bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - OCT 27, 2013
Great example off an under-loved style, that always gets unfairly compared to American pale ale. This has more body, more caramel malt richness, and more lingering hop bitterness. And lots of C-hop goodness in the aroma and taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmagnus87 (2376) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2013
Bottle sampled at a tasting event. From notes. Bitter with grassy and citrus hops. Decent caramel malt backbone. Not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Minderbinder (1680) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 21, 2013
Bottle 355ml. Pours clear brown/dark amber with almost no head (light beige). Minimal lacing. Aroma is of molasses, bread, dark fruits, licorice, malt. Taste is of english hops, sugar, malt, caramel, bitterness, some citrus. Palate: Light-medium body. Decent balance. Overall: Nice malt features. Bottle is a tad older than best before date, but nothing crazy. Enjoyable. Not very drinkable, but OK.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
NikkTwist (1519) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2013
Draft at Farmers Cabinet. Red copper pour that starts with a generous foamy off-white head. Surprisingly full palate. Quite decent. Plums galore. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mathieuc (1146) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 17, 2013
Pours a slightly hazy red with a medium offwhite head that leaves great lacing. Aroma is "barleywine-ish", sweet and hoppy. Some floral and earthy notes here and there (felt woody, even). Taste is medium bitter and moderately sweet. Flavors of brown sugar and vegetal (dried grass). Light bodied, lightly carbonated. Texture is oily. Not bad but maybe a little old as I just noticed the "Enjoy By 03/05/13" on the label. Still a fair one!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Frahmo (248) - Idaho, USA - OCT 15, 2013
Poured a dark brown with a single finger of light brown head. Great malt taste, with a bitter hoppy finish. Not my favorite, but well done anyways.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DCLawyer (1358) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - OCT 14, 2013
Bottle->Willi Becher. Amber with medium frothy lite tan head. Aroma and taste are caramel malt, floral hops. Quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Atom (1281) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 11, 2013
12oz bottle pours a clear dark amber with a medium kaki head. Aroma caramel malts and fruits. Taste of toasted and caramel malts, fruits, nutty, slight citrus, a little hop bitterness on the finish. Better than most Ambers I suppose.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmohno (1046) - Iowa, USA - OCT 7, 2013
Last of a sixer Ive had a while. I remember the aroma being more vivid as this one is just some mineral and a light caramel sweetness. Color is a nice reddish copper fairly clear without pouring the sediment. Taste is carmel,a little nutty,toffee,fullish body,light roast,a piney finish with dark caramels. Good strongish bitterness.Kinda chewy-maltylike.Thought it had a candylike oatmeal cookie like thing to it before.

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