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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.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bg (1) - Menlo Park, California, USA - APR 10, 2007 does not count
A true amber. Wonderful, nutty, rich, sweet, malty flavor, light hops. Much better on tap!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - DEC 19, 2001
This one is caramel and cream from the get go. There is huge caramel in the nose and a buttery-sweet, caramel and toffee maltiness in the taste that is edged nicely with the hops (mild Goldings, I’m guessing), so it doesn’t get obtrusive or cloying. A very nice beer, though I’m with you guys - if you’re used to microbrewed American browns you’ll be a bit suprised by the ’amber’ feel to this beer. Perhaps if we gave Oakes one he’d tell us this is more like the way Brits do brown.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TAR (2488) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5280) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 21, 2002
Medium amber color, medium head. Roasted malts, medium hops. Medium hopped amber ale. Some malt sweetness. Good balance. Matly yet with a good hop bite. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
unclemattie (4182) - Georgia, USA - NOV 6, 2006
Bottle from IrishBoy. Hazy reddish amber in color. Amazing tan head, huge lacing. Breesia says it looks like a jasper rock. She’s such a smart kid. Sweet malt, slightly rich flavor, with a wonderful rich grapefruity hop finish. This brewery has great things, Thanks again Irishboy!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jake65 (2613) - 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.

3.8
   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.

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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SirTom (88) - 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.


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