RATINGS: 819   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, 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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jamesthebrit (421) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 14, 2013
A: This beer isn’t amber at all! It’s like reddish orange. Nice head too it. I was very impressed when pouring this beer, perhaps partly due to low expectations for an appearance S: Smells surprisingly hoppy. T: Definitely more hoppy than what I was expecting but I’m not complaining. A very wet mouthfeel (this makes sense right?) really compliments the high hop content. A kick of malt in the finish, which is very smooth. Really great taste, and for the style, an amazing taste. Some slight citrus notes. P: Medium body and very wet on the palate. Carbonation is a little aggressive but not too bad. Overall this is a great beer. I picked it up solely because it had a fish on it, and I was not disappointed. Probably the most solid amber ale I’ve ever had.

BeerdedDave (1707) - Beckley, USA - JUN 14, 2017
amber color; caramel malt and floral hop aroma; caramel malt with piney, floral hops; bready, caramel malt notes

hershiser2 (3267) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 2, 2017
Draft Taproom 6/1/17. Pours red. Somewhat fruity aroma, along with citrus and caramel. Flavor is cardboard, roasted malt, caramel. Kinda bland, IMO.

bdleedahl (444) - , Saskatchewan, CANADA - APR 28, 2017
Nicely not overhopped like crazy. My taste buds would like still a bit less hops, but it seems perfectly brewed to what their going for. Clearly, since this beer wins a lot of awards. Ballast pt SD. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

GuideDogSaint (1502) - Xiamen, CHINA - APR 13, 2017
355ml bottle at True Bearing Alehouse, Xiamen. Pours clear red brown with an off white head. Aroma of hops with toffee and malt. Some sweetness with a bitter finish.

colui72 (1033) - HONG KONG - APR 10, 2017
Pours translucent copper, medium cream head and sticky lacing. Aroma of ripe fruits, dates and caramel. Smooth to the palate, with strong fruits, dates, caramel, toffee, with a long dry-bitter finish. Softly carbonated, absolutely tasty and enjoyable, great session ale.

kajser27 (1807) - Zagreb, CROATIA - MAR 14, 2017
Clear, amber-red colored, small beige head. Aroma is of malt and some caramel, orange hard candy, fruity and some floral notes. Taste is medium sweet malt, caramel, biscuit, some orange candy, some fruity and floral hops, medium bitterness. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, oily. Most of the hops gave up by this time...

josanguapo (1686) - SPAIN - FEB 9, 2017
From Beergium. In Teku glass. After dinner. Full of delicious toffee toasted notes. It demonstrates that this isnt a style I dislike but a style with lots of bad examples around

davidezdonz (505) - Hong Kong, HONG KONG - FEB 7, 2017
A 12 fl oz bottle with a Julian bottled on date of 16321, meaning that it was bottled on 16th November 2016. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass. It poured a clear dark copper colour with an orange-reddish hue and a slightly less than two finger cream head that had great retention and left some nice lacing. Aroma were a touch light but there’s caramel malt and pine with hints of fruit and herbs. Taste is exactly what I expected from the aroma with sweet caramel malt, toffee, pine and fruit with a bitter finish. Medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall a decent amber ale that I’d drink again, but not sure I’d want to pay for it.

john44 (3101) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2017
Draft Half Pint at White Horse, Parsons Green, London in Aug 2010 - As "Ballast Point Calico Amber Ale" - Deep Reddish Amber in colour. Aromatic; malty and floral notes. Very Malty; toffee, caramel, toasty malts, vanilla, hint of chocolate. Fruity; citrus-orange and grapefruit. Hoppy; spicy peppery hops. Sweet malty fruity throughout leading to a dry bitter finish. Nice beer! (2010-08)

Cimbasso (892) - - JAN 14, 2017
A delicious, rich ESB with notes of Madeira, fruitcake and dried fruit. Good bitter finish with earthy, woody hints. Highly drinkable!

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