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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.


3.2
   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 I’m surprised how much better the dry-hopped version is at the brewpub.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2006
Pour is clear amber with a thin tan head...generic citric aroma...slightly sweet fruity flavors with grapefruit bitterness in the end...

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 13, 2009
On tap at Zeitgeist, San Francisco, 27th March 09, with Phyllis. Hazy darkish amber. Toffee malt flavour, decent.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - AUG 22, 2008
Slightly darker amber color. Aroma is earth, grain, grass, toast, bread. Medium to light bodied, quite drinkable and clean. Nicely put together, but nothing makes it stand out... but then again it’s an amber so whatever.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
troopie (2291) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - JUN 6, 2010
Bottle. Poured a dark orange brown with a thick lasting white head. Malty aroma, Malty flavour, but not as sweet as one would expect from the label. A lekker hop tinge and a lasting all over the tongue finish.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcr (2221) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - NOV 22, 2005
Thought this was above average when it came to flavor for an amber ale. Aroma of malts — breads, earth, leather and yeast. The flavor was all malt with a slight bitterness and slightly tart aftertaste. Thin body with nice carbonated mouthfeel.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joet (2220) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JAN 16, 2002
This is a good beer to sit with. Very good presentation with a copper head, mild aromas of malt and vine, with a surprising and explosive flavor of apples, carmel. This finishes long and bitter. One of the smaller but better breweries in Central/Northern California.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
illidurit (2172) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAR 21, 2009
Poured into a pint glass. Clear reddish brown with a sticky beige head. Tangy citrus aroma with bready brown malts. Flavor is toasted wheat bread with orangey hops, maybe some caramel. Rather light. Mouthfeel is average in every way. Drinkable but boring.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ross (2100) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUL 31, 2006
Bottle from Richard (Irishboy) Thanks! Pours out a cloudy red / orange color without much of a head. Taste is sweet and malty, little caramel, some hops. Pretty refreshing. A nice local beer from CA that isnt from one of the really well known breweries. Thanks Richard!

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 1, 2009
Pours a clear orange colour with a thin white head. Aroma is really nice with plenty of berry fruit on the nose. Sweet apple taste, something similar to a cider taste. A brown ale? I totally would not have guessed it.


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