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Beer Review – Ballast Point Calico Amber Ale

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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.

9 replies »

  1. The Sculpin is excellent. I’ve had it from both cask and bottle. They had it on tap at a bar I was at last night, but I instead opted for an Oskar Blues Gordon and Smuttynose IPA on cask.


    • The Monger can have his Stone and I’ll take Ballast Point. I have had a couple of their line-up and I haven’t been disappointed.


      • FYI… The Alemonger is a HUGE Ballast Point fan. Even made a pilgrimage to their brewery during his last trip to San Diego. Can you say Indra Kunindra?


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