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RATINGS: 659   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
chrisafari (100) - Orange, California, USA - SEP 11, 2008
On Cask at Stone World Brewing Bistro and Gardens. Aroma of roasted and carmel malts, with a balance of hops. Pours opaque and deep amber/red/brown, nice full off-white head. Retention is good. Flavor begins with nice smooth roasted malt and finishes with a nice hoppy (pine/roasted nuts) throat. Very nice lacing. Medium body. Drinkability is medium-high, every sip begs you to take another. Really nice on cask. Throughout there is a nice balance between the malt and the hops, neither is too overpowering. Very well done Amber Ale, should be rated higher!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Someister (17) - USA - FEB 6, 2011
Color is a beautiful amber, borderlining ruby red. The aroma is caramel, malts, and spicy hop character. Great balance with a sweet, lingering finish. Excellent amber ale, easily one of the best I have had.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - AUG 24, 2002
Nice aroma with definate hop authority but an underlying sweetness that I cant place. Big mouthfeel with hops biting first and the malts coming through to level everything out. San Diego is becoming quite the beer hot spot. Easy drinking ESB.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
relwin (20) - Cardiff, California, USA - DEC 11, 2002
Very good body, rich malt taste. A fine ESB on tap locally.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SDalkoholic (2124) - 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. I’m like a fish with bait cuz now im hooked on Ballast Points fine amber ale.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
JoeyBeerBelly (34) - New York, USA - JUL 5, 2009
Fresh citrus hop aroma in this clear, (truly) amber ale. The head is off-white and on the smaller size but after it thinned to a light layer it still left a good deal of lacing. The beer is very well balanced with bitter citrus being somewhat subdued by a solid roasted malt back bone.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
elguapo47 (13) - California, USA - DEC 3, 2009
12 oz. bottle Aroma- Moderate maltiness, pick up some toasted caramel, citrus hop nose. Appearance- nice, clear copper color. half inch of foamy off white head. decent retention and lacing. Taste- slightly bitter up front, a bit of toasty breadiness on the sides. balanced, crisp finish. Palate- medium body, nice carbonation. Overall, a nice amber with good flavor and balance. hop profile offers a step up on the typical sweet versions of the style. Serving type: bottle

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 20, 2010
Bottle (in NZ). Pours a hazy orange-amber with a frothy orangish head. Doesn’t look classically good, but looks good all the same. Resiny hop nose with citrus and pine - this is from the West Coast all right - tied in nicely with caramel in the malt. The flavour doesn’t disappoint either - though doesn’t quite have the same kick as the aroma. The palate is in fact surprisingly smooth, with the malt dominating much more - an interesting contradiction. Just a touch of dryness in the finish. The type of beer you wish you could have on hand regularly.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Chronoflash (76) - New York, USA - MAY 14, 2010
Poured from a twelve ounce into a tulip, she’s a moderately hazy brown brew, with a large two-inch khaki head with a long life and moderately dense lacing. Aroma is malty sweet caramel with some toastiness. The hop aroma is overall subdued, but generally resinous until the head falls, when light spiciness is evident. One swig and it’s obvious that she’s a deeply malty brew: Like caramel and toffee poured over granola. The hop taste is very low (some citrusy spiciness), though the bitterness is mild in the middle and moderate in the finish. It’s all well masked by the malt. She doesn’t weigh too much on the palate, but I’d say a couple notches below thin syrup--about moderate body. An impressive amber ale, not for hopheads (for flavor or aroma), but a well balanced malty-bitter ratio for the style, tending towards malty. Mmm, caramel in beer form.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rejtable (1223) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 11, 2013
Nice! Pours brown/amber with lots head lots head. Nose is a bit tobacco and toffee. Notes of fruit, English tea, some cereal nd tons of earthy bitterness. Full body with lively bitterness and a balanced dry finish. Lively carbonation. Great beer!


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