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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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
hayduke (3560) - Eureka, California, USA - JUN 4, 2012
From a 16 oz draft pour at The Local Beer BAr in Eureka, CA. I struggled some with this one. It came in the glass a hazy amber with an off white head. Medium in body. Bland in mouthfeel. The flavor was mostly malts, with some nuts and a hint of citrus. The finish tailed off and there was not much there. Overall, a pretty ordinary effort, and the 16 oz glass seemed pretty big by the time I was finished.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crit (3483) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 6, 2003
Deep amber,lasting off white head.Great malt nose.Good light smooth malt flavor. A session beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheEpeeist (3465) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2007
12 oz bottle. Halfway-clear brown with active carb and a long lasting pillowy tan head. Tiny bits in the bottom. Sweet spruce and musty brown sugar. Sour lemon candies with an interesting buzzy carb that numbs. Grassy hop bitterness mellows into dough. Medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
alexanderj (3382) - Branson, Missouri, USA - MAR 28, 2013
Bottle; poured a clear orange/copper type color with not much head. Aroma of caramel, toasted bread, and fruit. Mouthfeel was a bit fizzy, but not too bad. Alot of caramel and toast, some fruit. Not amazing, but solid.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Terminus (3316) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - APR 24, 2007
WTF? this beer was awful! for a fairly highly rated amber, it was definately not the same beer. it was definately oxidized, but i could tell that this beer would suck when fresh. pours dark copper with a small fizzy tan head. nose is green apples all the way-infection! this is just awful. 2 sips and drain pour!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 18, 2011
12oz bottle, purchased at the brewery. Drank plenty of this in the last month or so; finally getting around to rating it. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a creamy, off-white head; fine-bubbled lacing. Cereal notes, light caramel, and a nice mineral and citrus bitterness on the perimeter, still allowing that malt character to show through. Medium body; moderate CO2; a really nice, toasty malt character comes through here, with modest accompanying notes of caramel and tea; lively in the mouth, with a soft surrounding of hops and a pleasantly dry, toasty finish. Just a delicious, hugely drinkable amber. Always happy to find this on tap or in bottles while traveling outside of North Bay.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - AUG 11, 2008
12-Mar-08 (12 oz bottle: Purchased 10-Feb-08 for $1.99 at City Beer in San Francisco, CA) This is a nicely balanced amber ale for fans of West Coast brews. The malt is caramely, toasty and lightly grainy, but only mildly sweet. Solid balance is provided by somewhat floral, moderately bitter hops. Even more impressive is the hoppy aroma, so fresh and aromatic, the beer smells dry-hopped, although the malty component is lacking the presence and character it has in the flavor. Medium-bodied from start to finish with a crisp, clean finish. Hazy, deep copper in color with half an inch of off-white head settling to a wide, bubbly ring. Some patchy lacing on the glass. A solid amber ale all around.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gorbalev (2990) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 30, 2005
On tap, Zeitgeist, San Francisco. Dark orange / brown, small tight white head. Slightly sweet aroma. Taste is sweet malt - unbalanced and too much. Over the top amber that doesn’t come off right. Flavour present, just not in a great way. No hops. More drinkable than I made it out to e, I just didn’t really enjoy it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BOLTZ7555 (2932) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 14, 2013
Crimson pour with a small eggshell head. Caramel, toffee, brown sugar and a touch of citrusy hops. Pretty run of the mill amber. Nothing offensive but won’t get another.

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