RATINGS: 806   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JMerritt (1941) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - SEP 14, 2009
Sampled at 2009 Bruegala. I was looking forward to trying this highly rated Amber. Poured cloudy dark amber-orange with a small yet frothy off-white head. Giant caramel and toffee nose with some light roast. Moderately sweet flavor, a touch dry with bittersweet chocolate and moderate grain. Very dry finish with notes of pumpernickel bread. Did not disappoint.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Narnad (1518) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - SEP 14, 2009
Bruegala 2009 sampling - Pours a clear amber color with a small white head that leaves good lacing on top. Aroma is a heavy toffee, toasted, roasted and slightly burn malt note with a nice lemon and floral hops note with a sweet toffee ending. Flavor has a note of chocolate and coca powder with a pronounced caramel sweetness. Med. body with a very creamy texture but finishes pretty dry. Overall one of the better amber ales I have had in my rating history.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
biznizness (1128) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 8, 2009
Bottle. Totally solid amber ale. Again, not exactly what I would expect out of San Diego, being a somewhat well balanced beer (compared to say, Levitation, with a higher than usual hop dosage). Another thumbs up from the Point.

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2009
I thought this beer was great. Mild body and a smooth brew start to finish. My first taste of Ballast Point, cant wait to try more.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radagast83 (7515) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - SEP 7, 2009
12 oz bottle. Pours a redish-amber color with a small white head. Aroma is malty, with nuts, toastedness, citrus hops, floral notes. No complaints - not bad.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 5, 2009
Bottle in the rake. Alround rating: Caramale, caramalt, typical amber ale malty character, bit of pepperyness and fairly drinkable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - SEP 3, 2009
Pours a deeper amber with a medium creamy off white head that left some lacing. Aroma of rich caramel malt, nuts, some toffee, toasted malt, orange and other citrusy hop notes along with a touch of floral notes. Flavor of caramel, toasted malt, honey roasted peanuts, pine, some citrus and moderate hop bitterness. A very well brewed amber ale.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2009
A Mes rate. Bottle thanks to Tom.
Bright red amber with a very short-lived off white head. Fruity slightly tart hops with some faint medicinal notes. Bitter but sugary. Faint card. Nothing special.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smashteroid (262) - Alabama, USA - AUG 26, 2009
Served cold from tap at brewery. Amber ale, described by the bartender as unlike any other amber shes ever consumed. Full-bodied, nice caramel malt notes and a bit spicy.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 22, 2009
Bottle from The Green Room. Pours copper and -- wait, it was a pool hall. I drank it out of the damn bottle. Im sure it was amber or copper or whatever and had a nice little head. Smells like a hoppy amber. Quite sweet malt profile, and a slightly syrupy palate. Very bitter. Not bad, but certainly not my favorite style.


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