This amber ale poured with a medium to thick head, which was somewhat tan in color. Beer color is amber/copper, and the beer is very clear. The aroma has a little citrus/piney note to it, some caramel-like sweetness, and a fruity/floral note as well. Very interesting aroma. The taste has good malt, which transitions to some bitterness - more bitterness than you usually get in an amber ale. I am also getting a floral note at the finish. Very little aftertaste - just a little bitter. The Ballast Point web site says this beer was inspired by traditional English ESBs, and I think the malty and hoppy flavor profile fits that better than what most people think of as an amber ale. Very enjoyable.
Ballast Point Brewing Company
San Diego, California