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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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
luttonm (2170) - Belgrade, SERBIA - NOV 9, 2013
Draft at ’On Tap’ in Columbus Circle Whole Foods. Dark smooth brown. Pretty, proper ale. Mild amber roast malts, good fruity hop backbone. Smooth and refined. Only slightest ’amber’ sour in back, great hops. Nice ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ericular (572) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 7, 2013
Pours a deep brown copper with nice had and great lacing. Aroma is sweet with a mix of bready caramel malts and floral hops. Taste is sweet bread malts, into a medium bitter middle, then a nice bready aftertaste with some residual sweetness and underlying bitterness. Balanced and tasty. An ideal West Coast session ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
VsXsV (2182) - Linköping, SWEDEN - NOV 7, 2013
Draught. Clear deep copper liquid with medium off-white head. Aroma of citrus, toffee, bread, pine, marmalade, sweet malt, candy and caramel. Taste is light sweet and light to medium bitter with notes of citrus, bread, biscuit, toffee and caramel. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Quite nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cards04 (1639) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 4, 2013
A really solid answer ale. Nice bright citrus aromas along with toasted bread malts. Flavors are rye malt and bitter citrus rind. A nice offering from ballast point.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nuffield (3666) - 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 (2401) - 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 (1711) - 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 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NikkTwist (1538) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2014 Draft at Farmers Cabinet in Oct 2013 then againat Milkboy in July 2014. Hazy orange brown pour. Large off-white that reduces to a thin ring then disappears completely. Red plums. Toast. Burnt blood oranges. Medium malts. Juicy. Surprisingly full bodied, though not overly complex. Nice dry spicy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mathieuc (1183) - 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!

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