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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 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (13438) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - AUG 16, 2006
via trade with IrishBoy - Pours a deep amber color with a small off white head. Aroma of caramel malt. Flavor is sweet caramel malt. Very little hop presence. A smooth medium body beer. Nice. Thanks Richard.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUL 31, 2006
Bottle from Richard (Irishboy) Thanks! Pours out a cloudy red / orange color without much of a head. Taste is sweet and malty, little caramel, some hops. Pretty refreshing. A nice local beer from CA that isnt from one of the really well known breweries. Thanks Richard!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Odeed (1799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 22, 2006
(FREE BOTTLE FROM IRISHBOY)poured an expected amber body with a nice head.flavor and aroma were a mix of seltzer water,and caramel malts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 22, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2007 Draft. Clear copper color with off white head that laced the glass. Biscuity malt flavor with a nice flowery hop flavor accented by tangy spices. This one sat for a while and was better warm than cold.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AZeagle (11) - Cave Creek, Arizona, USA - JUN 12, 2006
Bottle. Lots of malt aroma and flavor, very drinkable. Poured a deep amber color, nice head. Very subtle hop finish. All in all a very nice beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nixter (11) - Oakland, California, USA - MAY 29, 2006
on tap. This is a terrific session beer. It has a medium body and a warm, almost comforting malt profile. There is a slight spiciness from the hops as well as pleasant floral aroma and clean bitterness. Smoothe, drinkable and tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nahthan (129) - Oakland, California, USA - MAY 29, 2006
On Tap at Piaci’s in Fort Bragg. I hadn’t had this in at least 5 years, and I was pleasantly surprised to taste it again. Nice balanced American amber ale. Good hop flavor, nice sweetness. A little creaminess, and a little fruitiness from the ester profile. A brisish yeast strain, I suspect? A little darker color in the glass than I had expected. Tasty, drinkable, enjoyable. Thanks Geno!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 5, 2006
On tap at Rickenbacher’s bar in San Francisco. Pours dark amber with a creamy milky off-white head that is super thick. This was served to me in an ice-cold frozen glass, so it only had a faint hop/berry floral aroma. Thick walls of ringed lacing remain powerfully encircling the walls of the glass like the cartilage of trachea. The beer becomes more aromatic as it warms. Has a rich thick malt body. Has a hearty hop palate with a good tongue bitterness to the finish. Super smooth and easy to quaff. This is way more flavorful than a typical "Amber Ale." Much closer to a hoppy pale ale a la Sierra Nevada. This is the bar with the motorcyles and Tiffany lamps.

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