Recently, I redeemed a Father’s Day gift certificate for lunch at the Wishing Well. As I had opted for a Shame Burger, I needed a bigger beer to compensate for all of the meat. To that end, from the extensive beer menu, I selected a beer from Ballast Point. Having had the Ballast Point Yellowtail on a trip to San Diego, I was somewhat familiar with the brewery and felt that the Calico Amber Ale would be a good pairing. This beer did not disappoint. From the Ballast Point site:
“Inspired by traditional English ESBs, our Calico Amber Ale is as American as it could be. A rich complexity comes from four types of malt—but it’s those distinct American hops that offer a crisp bitterness and unique floral aroma.
To round out our traditional-English-yet-very-American Amber Ale, we use a proprietary yeast to develop a fruity, Madeira-like richness. Try one today, and find out what a gold medal beer tastes like! ”
I found the Calico Amber Ale to have the following characteristics.
- Appearance: Clear amber. Little foam and lacing.
- Aroma: Sweet malt with a hint of fruit and nut.
- Taste: Crisp, clean with a nice if slightly bitter finish.
- ABV: 5.5%
I thought the Calico Amber Ale provided a good balance in flavor with the scrapple cheeseburger and was quite refreshing. Having had two beers from their lineup, I am intrigued to try more from Ballast Point.