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RATINGS: 688   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, 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.


4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUL 24, 2002
Rerate: Bumped to 4.6 in a head to head with Alesmith’s ESB, although the two are completely different animals. I go with my original comments re: the Cascades, but also the malt is deeper, richer, sweeter than I remember from before. Superb, if a bit out of style guidelines. I HIGHLY recommend this brewery, as does VENOM. Find at hitimewine.com...now! Original: 6/07/02: Hard to believe, but even better, IMO, than Alesmith’s ESB. More hoppy (at least more caascadey) than the latter, yet still very richly malty. But the killer, that gives it a 10 in aroma in my book, is the yeast addition. This is omething special, and I broke my cardinal rule, my prime directive...I only ordered one!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 25, 2008
For some reason I have never tried this beer before. What an awesome amber ale. Pours a nice reddish/brown color with a thin off-white head. Smells hoppy and spicy. Kind of a hoppy spiciness. That mix of grass and citrus, you know. Tastes very good, nice and hoppy but not too aggressive as to be offensive or anything. Nice warm malt flavors on the back of the tongue. Palate is super crisp, thin body and nice and dry on the finish. Good carbonation. This is one of the best amber’s I have ever had, if not the best. Definitely a beer you could sit down with and enjoy continuously for many, many hours.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
topher_78 (28) - California, USA - JAN 25, 2012
I poured this brew into a Becker Pint glass. I was treated to a perfect Amber hued brew that delivered about a fingers worth of khaki head that left impressively good lacing. I brought the glass to my nose and took in a deep whiff was greeted by aromas of toasted malt and pleasant hop notes. The flavors of toffee, caramel and toasted malt combined to make one of the most unique and inspiring beers I’ve tasted in a long time. When drank this brew has an almost chewy like mouth feel to it and lacks nothing in it’s character.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Swans (127) - FRANCE - OCT 14, 2012
Pours a brilliant red colour with a creamy white head. Nice aroma of biscuit, grass, bread and resins! Fat mouthfeel and a long balanced bitter end.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 22, 2005
This beer is a masterpiece! It pours a brilliant glowing amber with thick rocky head. Aroma is mildly muted but caramel apples and noble hops are shining through. The flavor melange gushes forth with aspects of melons, caramel, lemony hops. Lingering bitterness. Just spectacular! Many thanks to DarkElf - this is a great beer.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ads135 (3078) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JUN 4, 2013
This is one of the best amber ales I’ve had. Malty, caramelly base with some subtle citrus and other spicings. Sessionable.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
slsenior (49) - - NOV 24, 2013
Maybe the best amber ale that I have had; maybe a jib above Full Sail. Nice complex but smooth taste with a little bite.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - MAY 29, 2007
Nice radiant amber color with a creamy white head. Scents of citrus, pine and notes of honey. Not overbearing and just pleasant enough fits this aroma profile. Balanced flavor of hops with the smooth malt flavor nicley blended . Great character as it ends a little sweet and fruity. This beer just makes you wanting for more. Very appetizing and quaffable. The quest for the perfect amber ale just may end here.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Stuntgibbon (2) - , California, USA - AUG 4, 2008 does not count
A subdued, lightly foamy head atop a classic looking amber/brown pour. A touch more citrus or even a tiny bit more sour than your average amber beer. Aroma isn’t very strong, but does smell good when you get close to it. A very smooth and flavorful amber, without quite as much as malty sweetness as others in the category. Not too sweet, not too bitter. A fine balance. Highly recommended amber, and another fine ale from Ballast Point.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mystery_Tramp (29) - USA - JUL 18, 2011
Pours amber brown, slight haze, nice creamy head. Earthy hops in the nose mixed with grain, and caramel. Full flavors, spicy hops and grain come together perfectly, aggressive, finish with a sweet bread, hoppy afterbite. Perfect amber


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