RATINGS: 817   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, its the American hops that give this ale a distinct bite and floral aroma that have earned it just about every major beer medal.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
humulushound (244) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 10, 2010
This is an excellent amber all. Deep red-amber with a lacy, tenacious head. Big fruity esters and candy floss in the nose, biscuity malt and roasty caramel. Taste reminisces on the aroma with fruity, candy and some citrus notes with a warming, balanced finish. Body is that of a bigger beer. Excellent stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2010
bottle. deep yellow pour with a tiny white head.... crisp citrus and light fruit notes over the nose... not much hop presence. German malts as well on the nose... medium body with apricot and other light fruit... crisp clean sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerman6686 (6588) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2010
This poured an amber color with an off white head. Aroma was bready, malty, and some citrusy hop notes. Flavor was a nice balance between malt and hops, nothing to impressive here but pretty decent for the style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
yemenmocha (659) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - FEB 24, 2010
Pours copper to orange with some slight haze and generous white head. Nose is mostly citrus with some caramel too. On the palate the caramel comes through as well as some dark, sweeter malty flavors. Hops balance it out though, but to me they remain in the background. Theres a complex malt sweetness in this ale. Great, smooth mouthfeel and easy drinking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 14, 2010
Bomber. Pours a hazy amber/copper body with a large creamy off white head. Good lacing. Aroma is nice floral hoppy, toasted caramel and some cereal notes. Flavor has a great balance of sweet malts with a nice hoppy bitter finish. Full bodied, long lasting flavor. Solid amber!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
can8ianben (1519) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2010
Smoky red color with a pleasant hoppy aroma. This beer was sampled part way through a pretty heavy beer day, so my memory is a little hazy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kassner (1630) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2010
Nice dark amber avery nice lacing some fragrant malts and hops finish if just a lttle on the dry side.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LinusStick (3399) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2010
A nice amber ale. Aroma was weak. Couldnt pick up much other than some roasted malt and grass. Pour was a beautiful dark amber...great color...with a thin off white ring for a head that left quickly. Taste was very malty with a hint of ginger ale in the aftertaste. As it warms a nice hoppiness comes out. Strong carbonation. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
cheap (5704) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2010
Well, I can see from the beginning why this rates high on this site. Big floral hop aroma and the first taste is all hops, in IPA form. Way off style, IMHO. Also, seems like the alky content is much more than 5% if you go by flavor. Forward bitter malts in there too. Long bitter IPA finish, way too much for this lager lover.

   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. Doesnt 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 doesnt disappoint either - though doesnt 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.

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