RATINGS: 811   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, 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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3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
emacgee (4652) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (7476) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (4051) - 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.

4.1
   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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nearbeer (5076) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 16, 2008
12 oz. Ruby-amber with a lasting half-inch of cream. Aroma of cedary resin, caramel, and orange. Flavor is the same with some tea leaf and toasted pecan as well. Medium-heavy body is smoothly carbonated, lightly hop-tingly and dry.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2008
Pours a dark amber color from the tap at the brewery. Sweet with sugar on the aroma and loaded with hops in the flavor. Would be solid with food.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (5679) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 1, 2008
Pours deep, clear amber into a shaker. Off-white head quickly recedes to skim surface. Malt and mild pine aromas. Sweet pine and resin upfront. Full-bodied with a lasting grapefruit finish. Very nicely balanced throughout.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yngwie (16711) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 29, 2008
Bottle, 22oz, at the European Beer Festival, Copenhagen. A clear, copper beer with a small off-white to beige head. Caramel, fruityness and citrusy hops in the aroma. The flavor is on the hoppy side with caramel sweetness to balance it. Somehow dryish, and a finish with caramel and lots of hops. Another pleasant amber, but it fails to bring out the great enthusiasm. (080912)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (6522) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 1, 2008
bottle, nut brown color with frothy tan head that fades, aroma of hops, caramel and some fruit, flavors of sweet caramel, grapefruit,pine, and lemon, and a bitter malt finish

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - OCT 30, 2008
Crystal clear copper color with a tan head. Good caramel sweet aroma with floral hop. Medium body. Rich caramel sweet flavor with earthy spices, and a tasty floral hop bite in the finish. Nice amber here.


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