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RATINGS: 138   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - MAR 28, 2002
I thought this was a pretty unique beer. Nice brown ale maltiness when the beer first finds you tongue, but then pow, your tongue is enveloped by a real nice hoppy blast. A unique and tasty beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
omhper (23320) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAR 26, 2002
Dark red amber. Subdued citric hop aroma. Relatively malty, clean, slightly spicy flavour, bitter finish. A very good beer that runs down far too easy leaving an empty bottle you wish would be full. Thanks PsychProf for sedning me this beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 25, 2002
Re-rating after several more samplings: Great aromatics come wafting up from this lovely pint. Full flavored but pleasntly spritzy body. Great toasted/fruity flavors that reminded me of Hale’s Pale Ale. Nice and hoppy, but extremely well balanced. A bit of chalky, almost soapiness comes sneaking in after a while, which lowers the score. Still a good one, though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joet (2534) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JAN 16, 2002
This is a good beer to sit with. Very good presentation with a copper head, mild aromas of malt and vine, with a surprising and explosive flavor of apples, carmel. This finishes long and bitter. One of the smaller but better breweries in Central/Northern California.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - DEC 19, 2001
This one is caramel and cream from the get go. There is huge caramel in the nose and a buttery-sweet, caramel and toffee maltiness in the taste that is edged nicely with the hops (mild Goldings, I’m guessing), so it doesn’t get obtrusive or cloying. A very nice beer, though I’m with you guys - if you’re used to microbrewed American browns you’ll be a bit suprised by the ’amber’ feel to this beer. Perhaps if we gave Oakes one he’d tell us this is more like the way Brits do brown.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 15, 2001
Mellow with a piney/citrusy hop twang that to me overides the underlying malt flavor. Some malt sweetness and nutty flavor emerges once warm but the hop flavor still pervails. Nice brew, just not as ’brown ale’ as I’d liked it be.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 12, 2001
Nice malty nose, dark amber color, moderately cardonated and a decent hop presence at the end. Close to a Marzen?, Octoberfest toasty maple sugar like tones, a good beer overall as with most of this brewers line.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
duggyfresh (3) - USA - AUG 19, 2001 does not count
Nice full hops flavor with great follow-through.

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