RATINGS: 811   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckeyeBoy (6544) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 6, 2009
Bottle Pours out a dark amber topped with a small sand head. Aroma of rich malts, light nuts, and dusty wood. Taste of bread malts, light sweetness and citrus hop bitterness on the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thegreenrooster (4146) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 4, 2009
Pour is a dark brown with a small white head. Aroma is a caramel malts with a nice hoppyness to it. Flavor is even better with some bread and toasted nuts followed with a decent hop. Finish leaves some pine hops on the tounge. A very flavorful amber ale.

   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
keidjxz (183) - Fullerton, California, USA - NOV 30, 2009
Bottle. Amber brown pour with a minimal head. The aroma is sweet with a grassy and earthy hop aspect. The tastes is fairly bitter without being overpowering and it lingers a little as it slowly dies away.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kimcgolf (872) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - NOV 14, 2009
Poured a ruby-orange with thick off white head that lingered thru most of the glass and left great lacing. Nose was a pleasnt mix of malty dark fruit, toasted nuts and honey with a hint of hopy citrus fruit. Mouthfeel was full, slightly tingly and almost chewy, and the taste picked up the flavors of the nose perfectly. Rounded off to a long, pleasant finish with a great aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - OCT 31, 2009
UPDATED: APR 12, 2010 355 mL. Pours a slightly hazy orangish/deep amber with a two/three finger tan head, rocky head that has excellent retention and lacing. Aroma is stale DIPA- lots of strawberry cheesecake, stale piney hops, bits of toffee. Taste is very malty but well balanced with subtle English/German hops- lots of strawberry, light fruits, light caramel. I can tell that fresh and on tap this would rock, but for now I would say it is mediocre.

Re-rate 4/12/10: From 22oz courtesy of wavers1. Pours a clear amber with a superb off-white head that leaves a donut in the middle of insane rocky retention and leaves massive lace. Very nice aroma of perfume, floral hops, some rye character. Taste is dry hops, rye toast, piney hops, dry bitterness. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BroSpud (2112) - , Massachusetts, USA - OCT 25, 2009
12oz bottle. Pours a dark, hazy amber. Good taste of caramel and citrus.The hops show up in the end. A well done amber.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Svesse (8006) - Hsselby, SWEDEN - OCT 5, 2009
(Bottle, Stockholm Beer Festival, 26 Sep 2009) Dark amber colour with frothy, beige head. Fruity, malty nose with notes of orange, caramel and grainy malt. Malty, fruity taste with toasty grain, orange and spicy, slightly piney hops in the finish. Generous bitterness. Medium body, with balanced sweetness and a solid malt structure. Well balanced and tasty beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brewski519 (644) - Morrisville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 4, 2009
Tasted at World Beer Festival in Duham NC - poured an amber color with a decent head - aroma of malt, toffee, and a note of hops. Taste is malty with toffee and caramel and light hops. Pretty tasty amber ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
CapFlu (5103) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 27, 2009
(Draft) Sampled at GCBF 2009 in Victoria on September 9, 2009. Wow - some decent hops on this amber... yet, there is something lurking below that stinks. Yikes! Milky and buttery. Not a favourite. 6/3/4/2/10

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