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Ballast Point Calico Amber Ale - Guajillo Pepper

Ballast Point Calico Amber Ale - Guajillo Pepper
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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.26/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
badhack (315) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 13, 2014
I love guajillo so I had to try this. Tap Takeover for SF beer week at Original Gravity. Pours a darker amber color. First thing I noticed was the smell of the smoky, roasted, earthy guajillo peppers. Tasting revealed a mild (both in flavor and spice) that made this an interesting drink. Too spicy to be refreshing. Earthy and vegetal,

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BMan1113VR (7858) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 29, 2012
On tap at the Old Grove Location. Pours with a clear copper hued body with a small tan head. Aromas are earthy, green and vegital with further notes of caramel and black pepper spice. Flavors are vegital, peppery, caramel, pencil shavings. Medium esters. Flavors are dominated by dried peppers. Lively bubbles, medium bodied.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SDalkoholic (2146) - Linda Vista, California, USA - OCT 31, 2012
On tap at Home Brew Mart location: Aroma is mild and doesnít smell any different than the original calico but does have a fresher scent of hops and thatís probably due to it being fresh from the draught. The flavor is bitter and somehow blander than I remember a regular bottle of calico but there is a nice malty balance while a minimal amount of the guajillio comes through.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dbarnold (1126) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - SEP 13, 2012
Sample in the tasting room...itís a funky slightly peppered amber...itís more roasted than spicy, light body refreshing. Still has the malt and slight roast from the regular amber and itís augmented heavily by the roasted pepper flavor. Itís weird, very interested, and pretty tasty.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
bu11zeye (11942) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 13, 2012
(Draught) Pours an amber-brown body with a medium off-white head. Aroma of peppers, vegetal, and caramel. Flavor of caramel, earth, and chile peppers.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnnyJ (4362) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 7, 2012
Draft at OBriens. Amber pour with a slight haze and off white head. Meaty peppers, vegtable, a bit of sweetness, and some bready malt. This addition certainly makes the beer more interesting. Reminiscent of a meat and bean chili. Not so hot.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crossovert (7410) - Illinois, USA - JUL 28, 2012
Love the smokiness and slight heat that the peppers lent this otherwise middle of the road ale.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lagunitasfan (1313) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 21, 2012
On tap at the Old Grove location. Golden pale pour with small white head. Nose is a bowl of freshly picked earthy jalapeŮos. Iíd say guajillos, but Iíve never smelled a fresh bowl of those. The anticipation is one spicy brew. Yep. Taste is exactly the same. Spicy and sharp. Earthy and clean with a lot of pepper bite. Wahoo with Thai chili and lime was not overpowering. This is.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jredmond (5341) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUL 10, 2012
Draft at ballast point with Linh. Pours a hazy dark amber with nice white lacing. Aroma is very muted pepper. Mouthfeel is smooth with notes of fresh sweet veggie peppers. I love the subtlety of the pepper here and how is compliments the sweet malts of the calico amber. Ballast points nails another interesting pepper beer.


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