RATINGS: 819   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   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, it’s 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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3.5
Maverick34 (3206) - New York, USA - JUL 27, 2009
Draft at ginger man. It was a light brown. Sessionable. Nice maltiness and some hops.

3.5
oh6gdx (26482) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 24, 2009
[email protected], Tampere. Amber colour, mediumsized beige creamy head. Some lace. Aroma is caramel malts, grass, toffee and some mild spicyness. Flavour is quite much the same. The spicyness is dominating though. Nice wooden and grassy aftertaste.

2.7
JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 22, 2009
Deep amber pour with a thick sticky white head. The aroma is fairly sweet. A touch of earthy/fruity hops and a fairly prominent note of diacetyl. Kind of dirty smelling with a bit of rotting orange peel in there as well. Meh... these guys can do so much better.

3.7
JoeTheYounger (1183) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - JUL 18, 2009
Pours a nice clear dark amber color with a thick foamy head. Aroma is a bit sweet with a little soapiness and hops. Malty taste with nice hop balance. Beautiful, well balanced beer.

3.4
italianjohn (3108) - 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

3
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 doesn’t 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).

3.3
fidelis83 (2395) - 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.

4.2
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.

3.7
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!

3.6
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.


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