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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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
semaj (1) - USA - JAN 22, 2007 does not count
I had this beer at a bar in San Francisco, it was hoppy and flavorful and I ordered a third. I really enjoyed it.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jake65 (3397) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - DEC 9, 2006
Bottle: True amber color with a substantial foamy head and tons of lacing. Aroma is very strong with malts and some earthiness. Taste is full of malts with roastiness, caramel, citrus hops, fruitiness, and hints of sour. Very full of character and a great amber ale.

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 (13984) - 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 (4358) - 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 (8506) - 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 (4096) - 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 (3509) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, 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.


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