Beer Review: Ballast Point|California Amber

Beer Name State Beer Type ABV IBU Bottle, Draft, Can
California Amber California Amber Ale 5.5% 55 Bottle

Ballast Point California Amber

Brewery Description

Ballast Point – 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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This beer has a nice copper/amber color to it when you pour it in the glass. It is a bit murky, but nothing to write home about if you’re really looking for that type of beer.

The main flavor of this beer is a malty body, with deep caramel flavors. That caramel really carries this beer, making it a pretty decent Amber Ale in my opinion. Because it is from California, I would be remised to not note a subtle citrus hops in there. I also could pick up a strong floral scent and taste, maybe pine? Whatever it was, it created a great balance between all of the flavors packed into this beer. Definitely an American-styled Amber Ale from these flavors and scents. The more I continue to drink it, the more I am noticing a biscuit-like flavor as well that is quite nice.


Overall, I would give it a 3.5 stars out of 5, just slightly above the average. I am a tough grader though when it comes to my beers, but this I feel is accurate. Not my favorite Amber Ale, but also not my least favorite as well. Pretty solid. Would drink it again, as I encourage you to do the same! Cheers!

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