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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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 21, 2008
In short: Lots of earthy caramel, lots of floral and citrusy hops hops. Good beer. Amber Ale? Whatever. Barley Wine Light to me.
How: Bottle 22oz, cool bonus from kegbear, thanks a lot Craig. Consumed fresh a few weeks after receiving it
The look: Partly cloudy redish-amber body topped by a medium beige head with low retention
In long: Nose is tree roots and caramel. For a so-called Amber Ale the body is surprisingly full, almost decadent. Lots of caramelized malts with strong earthy notes. Finish has a whole lot of floral hops that I didnt detect on the nose. Earthy tree roots from start to finish along with strong citrusy notes. This would almost qualify as a Barley-Wine Light if such a thing existed. But a Barley Wine Light makes as much sense as a wooden fireplace.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 13, 2008
Thanks to Dkachur for this! Pours opaque and deep amber/red/brown, nice full off-white head with very nice lacing. Aroma of roasted and carmel malts, with a balance of hops. Flavor begins with nice smooth roasted malt and finishes with a nice hoppy (pine/roasted nuts) Light to medium bodied. Throughout there is a nice balance between the malt and the hops, neither is too overpowering.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Christian (13080) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 11, 2008
Amber with a small white head. Weak aroma of bready malt and citrus hops. Dry fruity flavour with balanced malts and hops.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (26674) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 25, 2008
Bottle at EBF 2008. Cloudy amber coloured with a small white head. Fruity aroma of malts, caramel and hops. Fruity flavour of caramel, liquorice and hops with notes of pine needles. Hoppy finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Grovlam (4208) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 23, 2008
[EBF @ Copenhagen, September 2008] Bottle. Average creamy beige head that mostly lasted. Good display of lacework. Aroma of toffee, dusty grain like, good solid hoppy feel. Medium bodied with a soft carbonation and mild dry texture. Moderated bitter and sweet flavor well balanced. Mild bitter dry finish with a malty touch.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 22, 2008
Pours a clear reddish amber color with a medium, fluffy, tan head. Nice aroma of earthy malt, carame, some fruityness and a shy hops presence. The hops is more vigorous in the mouth, providing a floral, citrusy flavor, and the earthy malt, caramel and fruits are also there, there’s mild bitterness in the end. The body is light to medium and the carbonation is gentle. This is a fairly interesting amber ale.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 22, 2008
Bottle at EBF - white labs. Clear amber - offwhite head. Caramel, resin, nutty, sweetness, nice bitterness, herring, nice malty body, cookie, bisquit, roasted. Very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
saxo (17224) - Hjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 22, 2008
Sample at EBF Copenhagen. Nice head with good duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are hops, malt and caramel.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - SEP 22, 2008
Bottle from Canal’s in Lawrenceville. Nearly clear rich copper supporting a small but sturdy light khaki head. With eyes closed you might mistake the aroma for that of an IPA because of the piney notes. Lots of toffee and caramel with some spicy whte pepper flavors. A little thin. Snappy finish with a brisk hoppy kick.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thewolf (12274) - Kolding, DENMARK - SEP 20, 2008
Bottle @ EBF, 2008, Carlsberg.
Pours a nice, red amber with a small, creamy, off-white head. Aroma has pine, caramel and cauliflower (?). Pretty dry, okay mouthfeel. Flavour starts off sweet, and has a long, bitter, dry aftertaste.


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