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RATINGS: 136   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   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.


4.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
StickMonkey (2) - MH, California, USA - NOV 19, 2006 does not count
Moderate hop level. Very clean and smooth. Nothing bitter in the taste. Very slight hint of malt/smoke taste. One of the best examples of the style

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 9, 2006
Thanks to Irishboy for this. It is the 4th El Toro I have rated (all from Irishboy) and all have been very good. This one pours a darkish amber with a fair sized lasting head. Also some thick lacing. Malt flavors with just a little sour touch. Overall a very good beer.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
bhensonb (11528) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 7, 2006
Aroma of malt with some citrus. Browny amber color with light tan head - substantial head. Starts with malt, hint of sour, and that typical American brown ale taste, but a lite version. Some hop comes through at the end, but this is not a pale ale. A slightly hoppy amber, with brown ale nuttiness.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
unclemattie (4263) - Georgia, USA - NOV 6, 2006
Bottle from IrishBoy. Hazy reddish amber in color. Amazing tan head, huge lacing. Breesia says it looks like a jasper rock. She’s such a smart kid. Sweet malt, slightly rich flavor, with a wonderful rich grapefruity hop finish. This brewery has great things, Thanks again Irishboy!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2006
Pour is clear amber with a thin tan head...generic citric aroma...slightly sweet fruity flavors with grapefruit bitterness in the end...

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (6860) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 25, 2006
Draft. Rich dark amber beer with a nice off-white head. Low fruity/cocoa aroma. Fruity flavor (berry/citrus) with backing darker malts - cocoa and slight roast. Good clean flavor that’s more interesting than most ambers.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IrishBoy (3888) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 17, 2006
Bottle from Whestchester Liquorsl Nose of fruit (banana and berries) and caramel maltll rusty colored with a small beige head that laces the glass sides; flavor is of caramel and hops with a nice bitter hop finish.with

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
beastiefan2k (2525) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - SEP 5, 2006
Bottle courtesy of Irishboy, thanks for one of the many West Coast brews. Pours with a large head in a tulip glass. Aroma is present - all hoppy grassy with orange citrus aspects. Mouthfeel is a bit slimey. Taste is like an expired hop. Low bitterness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 21, 2006
Beautiful, translucent and honey brown in color with a thick, whipped tan fluffed head riding one inch tall. Aroma greets us with concord jam, rhubarb pie crust, raspberry pastries and danish assortments, sugar infused juniper and boysenberry cherry sweetness. Flavor holds on to that rhubarb and engrains an amaretto and hazelnut roasted quality. Red currant and boysenberry team for a cherry fruited character. A touch of squeezable plastic toys backdoors it. Raspberry kernels may be the spawn of said poppy seed. Chalky nuttiness infuses with the palate and melds a bigger, medium-boding body than bargained for. Well-attuned bitterness is quietly present, as is the amaretto butter cream. Elderberry and red raspberry cream affirm the amber sweet treat has ended. Thanks for the bottle, tpkenned!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (10216) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 21, 2006
Bottle poured a clear dark amber with a small tan head. Aromas of carmel, biscuits and a hint of fruitiness. Palate was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of sweet malt, carmel, a bit of berry like fruitiness and ahint of some spiciness with a crisp lightly sweet finish.


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