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RATINGS: 800   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
A rich, copper ale with a case full of gold medals.
Our California Amber 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 20, 2010
Bottle (in NZ). Pours a hazy orange-amber with a frothy orangish head. Doesnít 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 doesnít disappoint either - though doesnít 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.

   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, sheís 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 itís obvious that sheís 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. Itís all well masked by the malt. She doesnít weigh too much on the palate, but Iíd 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jamesthebrit (416) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 14, 2013
A: This beer isnít amber at all! Itís like reddish orange. Nice head too it. I was very impressed when pouring this beer, perhaps partly due to low expectations for an appearance S: Smells surprisingly hoppy. T: Definitely more hoppy than what I was expecting but Iím not complaining. A very wet mouthfeel (this makes sense right?) really compliments the high hop content. A kick of malt in the finish, which is very smooth. Really great taste, and for the style, an amazing taste. Some slight citrus notes. P: Medium body and very wet on the palate. Carbonation is a little aggressive but not too bad. Overall this is a great beer. I picked it up solely because it had a fish on it, and I was not disappointed. Probably the most solid amber ale Iíve ever had.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rejtable (2323) - 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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shoulderbroken (3831) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 30, 2013
Tap at CBM Awajicho. Dark amber colour, golden head. Aroma is lightly spicy, bit of funk, light cat pee, citrus, nice and hoppy. Taste is great, somewhere between a brown ale spiciness and citrusy ipa. Bit of sour cream and chive, grapefruit. Really nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Chadski4 (170) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 16, 2014
Subtle but nice floral aroma with light caramel in the background. Average size head but quite pillowy. Perfect balance of biscuity malts and clean lemony flavors. My favorite amber to date.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackafholmes (1000) - - JUL 24, 2015
Bottle from brewdog online. Copper red with small white head. Aroma is rich with malts and honey and fruity with grapefruit. Taste is sweet and bitter. Full bodied with medium carbonation. Nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
puboflyons (3123) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 26, 2016
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Copper, amber, heady pour. Rich malt and caramel sweetness on the nose. Medium to above medium body. Bold malt sweetness in the taste with a mild bitterness to finish it off. True to the ESB style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Wolfenkopf (193) - Villa Park, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2016
The aroma is pretty active. Itís like malt and hops, but thereís a sweet fruit note in there, too. Oranges? Apricots? The head leaves much behind on the glass. The brew is a little darker amber than most ambers. The taste is quite alive with hops, orange peels, and grapefruit. Very vibrant and enjoyable. The palate is well treated. The carbonation doesnít slap you around and the aftertaste is minimal. This is a fantastic session brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerowulf (91) - , Indiana, USA - AUG 6, 2016
Bottle into English pint. Smooth malt mouthfeel with a slight hop bitterness, then continue yes to finish smooth. Light lacing. Aroma of raisins. One of the better ambers Iíve had.

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