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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 beerís 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.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 24, 2002
Nah. This reminds me of the pine needles I tasted in the Alba Scots Pine Ale. A bit like drinking a tree. I wonít say El Toro didnít try. Only that they didnít succeed. Much more of a pale ale than a brown ale (thereís no nuts here!).

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BOLTZ7555 (2799) - 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 wonít get another.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
iowaherkeye (2691) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - DEC 6, 2007
12oz bottle, no date. Thanks to Colin for this. Hazy red with brown highlights and a one finger beige head, fair retention. Aroma of toffee, light earth and citrus hops. Flavor adds a little bit of either stale malt or hops--I canít really tell which. There is still the toffee and light hops, Little bitterness in the semisweet caramel finish. Low carbonation with a medium thin body. Not too bad--not that great, either.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 12, 2001
Nice malty nose, dark amber color, moderately cardonated and a decent hop presence at the end. Close to a Marzen?, Octoberfest toasty maple sugar like tones, a good beer overall as with most of this brewers line.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jake65 (2616) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - DEC 9, 2006
Bottle: True amber color with a substantial foamy head and tons of lacing. Aroma is very strong with malts and some earthiness. Taste is full of malts with roastiness, caramel, citrus hops, fruitiness, and hints of sour. Very full of character and a great amber ale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 27, 2005
This one had an aroma of peanuts. Darker amber body with good tan head and lacing. Had a good mix of nuts and dry hops to it. Was a smooth and easy drinking beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shag (2603) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAR 29, 2005
I was quite impressed with this one. A dark amber color with a moderate head. A dark fruit filled aroma. I taste caramel, some oak, and cherries in there. Lots of dark malts and nuttiness. The mouthfeel is creamy and somewhat bitter. Poppy Whoopie! I really liked it!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jazz88 (2556) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 30, 2003
Tap. Malty and smooth with some caramel. An amber brown color with a laced tan head.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TAR (2495) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUL 27, 2002
Brew No. 874 Interesting aroma which includes phenols, caramel, hint of perfumey hops, and some woodiness. Perfect level of carbonation. Hazelnut and crystal malt flavors. Finishes with more phenolic notes and a wonderful malt structure. More like an amber ale/pale ale mix. Nevertheless, about as good as a beer in this style range can get.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - APR 12, 2009
12oz bottle. Darker red-amber with a lasting beige head. Mostly malty, nutty aroma with some almost tea-like darker crystal malt. There is also a somewhat odd doughy, yeast character that may be working with some not-quite-fresh hops to make an interesting though not necessarily bad aromatic aspect. The flavor is similar, with a medium malty sweetness and modest hops in the finish adding a lightly floral, bitter touch. Medium bodied with smooth carbonation. This is okay but not great, and Iím surprised how much better the dry-hopped version is at the brewpub.


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