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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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 11, 2005
Clean balanced amber with definite caramel and crytal malt. some residual sweetness with a toffee finish. Mild hop presence with some grass.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - JUL 29, 2005
Bottle poured a dark red amber with a thick head and lacing. Sweet malt and nitty aroma. flavor is malt,hops and tobaco with a hopy malt finish.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - JAN 27, 2007
Bottle from Irishboy. Thanks Richard. The score seems a bit high for this. I am not a big fan of Amber Ale’s and this is right up there with the so-so brews in thie style. Some hops and some funk but..

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2005
meh... this was o.k. i got a lot of grapefruit flavors in this one. amber with light head. bitter end. o.k. not fab.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 18, 2004
dark amber with a medium sized medium lasting white frothy head. The nose is malty with chalk in the nose and the taste is nearly the same. The finish is malty but this is just so plain and boreing.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 6, 2005
Very good amber ale. Smooth with the expected carmel malt, but this one had enough hops to wake you up and take full attention. Medium bodied, mellow, easy drinking. Very good.

2.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
mnmike (1047) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 7, 2013
Amber beer that drips of caramel and cocoa which is a strange target for this style.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - FEB 3, 2005
Pours a dark amber, nice off white head. Aroma of "mellow malt" and a little hoppy kick. Flavor is very malty, sweet, with a hoppy kick. A nice brown!. Thanks to Beerguy101 for this one!

3.4
   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.

3.9
   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.


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