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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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stephen (308) - California, USA - JAN 7, 2003
Amber, medium head and well carbonated. Served a little cold at the brewery. Mild hoppiness and malt flavors with a very clean smooth bitterness. Clean finish. Session.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 12/20
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 1, 2005
Golden Caramel in color. Faint hoppy aroma. Whispy white head. Subtle flavor with a strong tang of hops. It’s a little thin and watery for my tastes, though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fuyajo (229) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 25, 2004
Little head and slightly floral aroma. Moderately hoppy flavor with a slight pleasent finish. Good overall beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
brstp (201) - - SEP 26, 2007
On tap at City Beer Store in SF. Very nice orange-tinted hazy brown, no head was poured. Aroma is clean and crisp (not necessarily in a good way) with a little cucumber and nutty funk. Thin mouthfeel, fast-disappearing taste of bread, grass and malt. Good to try but wouldn’t get it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Unibonger (163) - Mount Shasta, California, USA - JAN 31, 2010
Tap. Pours a medium amber with light head with light retention. Slightly fruity, sweet aroma. Flavors reminiscent of iced tea and almost a tiny hint of vanilla ice cream (but not so much as to make it like a flavored brew). Medium body & carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Uriel (146) - San Jose, California, USA - MAR 8, 2004
One of my favorite beers. It has a flavor that is distinct among amber ales. The hops level is just right, and does not become overpowering if you're eating while enjoying this brew. It has a lovely deep caramel color.

   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SirTom (89) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 17, 2004
Malty and spicy. Nice flavour for a lower % alcohol brew. I thought the % was much higher than 5.3, or it was just really good. Recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sarie99 (50) - San Francisco, Alabama, USA - JAN 12, 2003
Malty aroma and flavor with some bitterness. Fairly crisp and clean.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thelandstander (45) - Davis, California, USA - NOV 7, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2005 Nice yeast and grapefruit aroma. Good reddish brown color. A fruity bouquet of flavors + a hint of cloves. Pleasant bitterness coupled with a good mouth feel. Nice finish. All these make a pretty damn good ale.

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