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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (12836) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 14, 2009
Bottle. Pours clear amber with an average, frothy, light brown head, mostly lasting with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (toasted grain, caramel, bread), average hops (flowers), average yeast (fresh leather, warm dough) with notes of pear, date, apple, and light brown sugar. Medium bodied, sticky texture, lively carbonation, and a bitter finish. Average duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IMtheOptimator (1167) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - JAN 9, 2009
Poured an effervescent amber with a fizzy off-white head. Aroma of some faint grapefruit and lemon citrus with some grassy hops thrown in. Taste is lightly sweet toffee with some notes of grassy hops and some earthy pine bitterness, with just a touch of alcoholic character to round it out. Easy drinking amber ale, though I would have liked it to be a bit more assertive... atlhough I know thats not the point of an amber. Oh well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2009
Reviewed 12/29/2008 (bottle): Pours a nice clear brown colored body, fizzy. Big creamy off-white heap, good lacing, lasting. Some alcohol in the nose, some flowery maltiness. Dusty and musty too. Carbonated palate. Malty nutty taste. Dusty too. Some hoppiness, grapefruit. Some sweet spiciness. A little tastier as it warms more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrDavid (957) - Johnson, Vermont, USA - JAN 6, 2009
Bottle. Semi-sweet fruity aroma. Reddish amber body, very small head. Taste has some citrus, plus plenty of malt. Pleasingly soft bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - DEC 31, 2008
12 oz bottle. Lightly hazed amber, thin beige head. Orangey - tangerine hop nose, a bit earthy. Sweet caramel flavor is quickly replaced with grapefruit and orange citrus, some white pepper notes, lightly nutty. Pretty damn pleasant session brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (10048) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 30, 2008
Dark amber brown. Hazy. Khaki coloured head showing great retention and early lace. Rich nutty caramel aroma with fruity hop accents. Chewy toffee malt in abundance giving way to deliciously balanced fruity aromatic hops and a solid bitter finish. Terrificly balanced and very tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
emacgee (4661) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2008
Pours a copper amber with a thick creamy offwhite head. The nose is sweet, caramel, mild hop profile, sour malt character. The flavor is malty with a mild spicy hop character, sweet, caramel. The palate has a mild spicy bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (7591) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2014 Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy/creamy, light brown, mostly lasting. Body is hazy dark amber. Aroma is moderately malty (cookie, caramel), moderately to heavily hoppy (apricot, grapefruit, resin), trace yeast (dough), with notes of black tea and dried mango. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter. Medium to full body, velvety/creamy texture, lively carbonation. A surprisingly rich, meaty beer for only being 5.5%...big mouthfeel and quite flavorful. Big tropical fruit nose but with lots of juicy, rich malt and enticing black tea notes as well. Not really the type of beer I get excited about, and maybe just a touch aggressive, but for the style this is very, very solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (4056) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 27, 2008
This is a tasty amber. I dont have any problems with it all. Rich, chewy malts amongst piney hops. Much better than I expected and one of the better brews I have tried from Ballast Point.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - DEC 20, 2008
Light tan head minimal lace suprisingly dark amber Wet woody aroma a Big grainy flavor nice bitter throughout. Toasted sunflower seed Nothing too sweet. Nice tingle on the tongue. Bitter syrup at the end. Very satisfying. Great hardy all around beer One of my new favorites.

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