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RATINGS: 138   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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Named after a precious for of quartz indigenous to only Morgan Hill, California, this classic dark ale is smooth and refreshing. Its dark color results from the use of caramel, higher kilned dark crystal and chocolate malt. The beer’s flavor is malty and fruity with a subtle roastiness. To finish Poppy Jasper is generously hopped with Galena, Cascade and Liberty hops for a perfectly balanced wonderfully complex character. Winner of the 1995 California Beer Festival Gold Medal; 1996 Great American Beer Festival Silver Medal.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Uriel (146) - San Jose, California, USA - MAR 8, 2004
One of my favorite beers. It has a flavor that is distinct among amber ales. The hops level is just right, and does not become overpowering if you're eating while enjoying this brew. It has a lovely deep caramel color.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 15, 2003
Pours a clear dark copper with a small off-white head. Light caramel malt and plenty of hops fill the aroma. Body is lightly sweet and full of western hops. Finishes dry and crisp with nice hop flavor. I wouldn't really consider this a brown ale, more of an amber mixed with an IPA.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 15, 2003
UPDATED: APR 5, 2004 Gets points for being far superior to other insipid American beers calling themselves "Amber Ales". This one is nicely bittered, with refreshing American hop aroma. Gingerbready malt. Great session beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCW (1278) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2003
Reddish brown color, translusent. Carmel and pine aroma. Flavor is balanced, I think taste some spice too, pepper maybe, anyway its a well balanced enjoyable beer. Thanks Jazz88!

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JFGrind (1987) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2003
Tried the "Poppy" on draft at the North Star in North Beach SFO. Crisp Amber with a bit of bitterness. Beer had a thin head but a great amber color and fine taste. Definitely a West Coast style Amber Ale.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - AUG 28, 2003
the aroma invited me in so much I almost inhaled this beer through my nose. very clean and refreshing. Malts and hops balance very well. Lacks a bit in flavor but still very good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - APR 19, 2003
Dark amber bordering on chestnut brown. Decent head retention. Very nutty/malty aroma. Wow! Full bodied with a lush mouthfeel. Very full malty flavor with enough bitterness to cut the sweetness perfectly. Very enjoyable brew.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jazz88 (2655) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 30, 2003
Tap. Malty and smooth with some caramel. An amber brown color with a laced tan head.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerhound (16) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 22, 2003
Had this on tap while vacationing in San Francisco. Nice amber color, weak head. Malt aroma very evident, whiff of Cascade hops. Very decent malt taste, nice bitterness from the hops. Great drinking beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sarie99 (50) - San Francisco, Alabama, USA - JAN 12, 2003
Malty aroma and flavor with some bitterness. Fairly crisp and clean.


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