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Calico Copper Amber Ale by Ballast Point Brewing Company
American Amber / Red Ale
5.00 % ABV

Review by tavernjef on 09/03/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 10 16 4 8 2010
Perfect amber color with a smeared glare to its body. Soft ivory cap of medium stature rises up from a vigorous pour out of the bomber. Keeps a big bubbly surface at the edges and lacing sticks in thick cob webbing patterns.

Very fresh, clean, and dry dominant aroma for an Amber. Nicely displayed woodish dry, cardboard fluffed hops with a twist of toasted and sweetly redolent malting. Very light noting to dried citrus peels creep ever so delicately underneath the main, dry wood profile.

Taste has an easy start with a simple red malt front. Light and sweet with just a hint of fruityness. Turns quickly to a sturdy wood character of tastes and dryness of leaves, dirt, and dried wood. A tenderized bitterness of scorched and super dried up grapefruit pith and orange skins tantlize within the woody stuff. Always keeps just the lightest play of sweetish/fruity malts underneath the wood flavors, thus, helping it from becoming fully puckering in the dryness department. But damn this stuff has one big dryness about it.

Feel is fairly broad and boldly set within a medium heft. Lively but soothing carbonation and definately dry all over the place. It has a good amount of that, no doubt. A bit one dimensional with the dry tones, therefore a tad tiresome after a while of drinking. Still one keeper of an Amber. Solid and dry.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Oxymoron on 08/26/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
70 3 8 14 3 7 2009
Calico, the cat of the sea? Pours a crystal clear, copper color with amber hues through out. A fizzy white head did last through most of the tasting or at least hid to the edge of the glass and ok lacing.

The nose has more of an amber ale appeal (vs red) with sweet caramel aroma. Some minor grainy notes as well but more balanced with some yeasty and hop notes. A distinct citrus aroma with orange and tangerine. Some yeasty notes as well, with a light phenolic aroma. Some peppery notes as well.

The taste is limited in taste. The malt is particular with some candy like caramel flavors. Some bready and doughy like flavors and some chalky notes in the finish. The citrus comes out nicely though with a great citrus/orange finish. Mostly finishing hops not much bitterness but not much in the body either. The yeast is much cleaner versus the nose. Some minor phenols, rose peddles specifically but still nice.

The body is light to moderate with some wispy notes. Would like a bit more depth. Very light and easy to drink. Overall I would have like some more depth on the malt side and balance with the great hop flavor.

Served In: Bottle

Review by Tip Top on 01/01/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 9 17 4 8 0
A - Nice copper red body with a decent amount of bubbles rising to the top. Clean and clear. Head has that thick, mashed potato look on the top and is tan in color and about one inch thick. Good retention and very nice sticky lacing.

S - Fruity and sweet. Caramel malts combine nicely with some strawberry sweetness. Leafy green hop presence sort of hidden in the background.

T - Nice and malty smooth. Light caramel malts combine with some breadiness. Some fruity sweetness with a light strawberry taste. Leafy hops come in towards the end to provide just a bit of bitterness.

M - Medium bodied and very smooth carbonation.

D - Very nice amber here. Beauty to look at. I am so happy Ballast Point has made it to Minnesota.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Kegergator on 11/21/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 3 8 16 4 7 0
Nice clear deep amber color. Very good brew. Strong hop flavors abound in this one. Very drinkable brew.

Served In: Pint Glass

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