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RATINGS: 135   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bgburdman9 (857) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2007
Poured a cloudy brownish amber color. Aroma was slightly fruity and caramel maltiness. Flavor was really smooth and easy to drink. Pretty tastey amber.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JUL 29, 2005
On tap at the Boom Boom Club S.F. Amber with a short head. Aroma was moderately hoppy, not much going on. Medium bodied and not anything exciting about the flavor. Some lightly raosted malts and a faint toffy flavor is about all.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - APR 19, 2003
Dark amber bordering on chestnut brown. Decent head retention. Very nutty/malty aroma. Wow! Full bodied with a lush mouthfeel. Very full malty flavor with enough bitterness to cut the sweetness perfectly. Very enjoyable brew.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
brianprentiss (670) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 19, 2008
Kind of a grassy amber with soury hops. Not a great beer but mildly drinkable. Their IPA is much better. Bottle from Ledger Liquors Berkeley

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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RickTStiles (660) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 5, 2010
pours dark amber with a thick off white head and some nice lacing. aroma is a bit corney and sour but with nice hop notes. taste is hoppy with a hint of sweetness. a slight vegetable character. finish is malty.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rayOfBeer (652) - El Cerrito, California, USA - SEP 5, 2008
Poured from bottle a hazy light caramel brown with a small off-white head. Aroma is malt, light roasted grain, molasses, sweet caramel and a mild fruitiness. Flavor is dry with powdery roasted grain, malt and a slight nuttiness. The aroma sells something sweeter that the flavor didn’t deliver. That kind of threw me off. The body is slightly watery but very drinkable and light. It would be easy to down a few of these. Overall a good food beer, but not all that memorable.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dodgrblu (562) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 24, 2013
On tap at Jupiter in Berkeley, lots of caramel here, reads scotch. Dark amber color.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 15, 2003
UPDATED: APR 5, 2004 Gets points for being far superior to other insipid American beers calling themselves "Amber Ales". This one is nicely bittered, with refreshing American hop aroma. Gingerbready malt. Great session beer.

3.8
   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.


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