We tried one of Ballast Point's IPA's a few weeks ago (we'll try their signature IPA in March) and found it ok....and just ok.
This brewery is trying to gain a foothold in our region so they've made a few of their beers available in the last few months...including this one.
Look-Copper in color with a nice foamy top.
Smell-Malty and mouth watering in the nose.
Taste-MMMMM, deliciously toasty malts are first on the lips.
Mouth-Those tasty malts I mentioned earlier are still present in the mouth. A tad (and I mean just a smidge) of bitterness in this medium bodied ale. If there is a disappointment, it's in the finish, which is a little watery.
Overall-I tasty brew. However, I'm not sure I'm picking a sixer of those over some other tried and true ambers. Ballast Point is gonna make their bones on their IPA...the review of that is next month.
About Calico Amber Ale:
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!