RATINGS: 815   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
italianjohn (3028) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2009
Pours a nice darker amber with tan head sweet citrus aroma very sweet smell ..... sweet malty citrus and caramel taste with a balanced hop bitter finish ... this is an excellent beer very sessionable

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - JUL 14, 2009
Cask at Rattle n Hum: Deep amber pour with a fading bubbly head. Very fruity aroma with some apparent esters & berry-like suggestions. Residual sugars are apparent as well with notes of honey and raisiny hints. Very fruity flavor as well- the yeast doesnt seem that clean. Has notes of dark fruit, quite a bit of maltose giving a fig character. Way less hoppy and dry than I expected. Not bitter enough. (Perhaps this cask was in poor condition).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fidelis83 (2294) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - JUL 10, 2009
Pours dark copper-amber with a 1 finger chunky tan head that has great retention and leaves decent lacing. Aroma is citrus, herbal, toast, caramel, rich grainy malt, a little thick crusted french bread and chocolate chip cookie dough. Flavor is caramel, toasted grain, mellow citrus, a little chocolate, just a little cardboard, some roast like notes, bread and tea. Finish is slightly bitter citrus, grainy and herbal notes. Palate is light to medium bodied with a fine carbonation, a slightly syrupy entry and dry finish. Pretty good for an amber.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
JoeyBeerBelly (34) - New York, USA - JUL 5, 2009
Fresh citrus hop aroma in this clear, (truly) amber ale. The head is off-white and on the smaller size but after it thinned to a light layer it still left a good deal of lacing. The beer is very well balanced with bitter citrus being somewhat subdued by a solid roasted malt back bone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbill (3616) - Laurel, New York, USA - JUL 2, 2009
From a growler filled at Big Z Beverages. Pours a clear reddish amber (more red than amber actually) with a moderate-large tan head that lasted until mid-glass and left partial lace. Pleasant aroma of malt, orange and grapefruit. The flavor is malt with just a bit of sweetness and molasses followed by a solid dose of grapefruit fruit flavor as well as moderate grapefruit bitterness. Medium bodied. Sessionable and enjoyable!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
junon (430) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - JUN 29, 2009
Dayum. Chocolate? Its what I get at all levels. Definitely full bodied. Appearance is...brandy wine. I get a honey not in the bouquet. Taste has a herbal finish. This beer delivers in all areas. Exciting beer. My favourite so far from Ballast Point.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 24, 2009
Pours reddish/brown with an off white thin head. Smells of caramel, some sugary hints, roses, some sweet citrus. Tastes of sweet malt, tangerines, some hints of citrussy tartness on the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Capa (3076) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - JUN 20, 2009
Crystal clear ruby colored wirha thin, off white head. Aroma is rather sweet with plenty of sugar and pleasant citrus. Flavor very similar. Sweet sugary malts, citrus, light lemon, and the smallest amount of caramel I would ever comment on. Clean and refreshing but not all that exciting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
keepersj12 (3084) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 13, 2009
A very tasty ale. Pours dark amber with a nice fluffy head. Aroma is sweet molasses and dried fruit. Taste is sweet to start with the hops coming in the end. Very nice hoppy aftertaste. Dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - JUN 13, 2009
Very enjoyable beer and good flavors, body, and strength considering its only 5%. A good session beer. Creamy hops and brown sugar aromas. Brown opaque color with some density. Flavors are hoppy with red roasted flavors and some cream and cheese. Palate is creamy and rich enough. Light but rich and well balanced. Tasty.

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