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RATINGS: 133   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   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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3.7
KUEric (977) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 17, 2014
A dark dark amber-copper beer with a minimal off white head. Flavor is heavy on wheat and grass. A fair amount of bitterness, some undertones of toasted malts.

3.4
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 15, 2001
Mellow with a piney/citrusy hop twang that to me overides the underlying malt flavor. Some malt sweetness and nutty flavor emerges once warm but the hop flavor still pervails. Nice brew, just not as 'brown ale' as I'd liked it be.

3.9
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.

3.3
bgburdman9 (865) - columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2007
Poured a cloudy brownish amber color. Aroma was slightly fruity and caramel maltiness. Flavor was really smooth and easy to drink. Pretty tastey amber.

3.1
RickTStiles (826) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 5, 2010
pours dark amber with a thick off white head and some nice lacing. aroma is a bit corney and sour but with nice hop notes. taste is hoppy with a hint of sweetness. a slight vegetable character. finish is malty.

2.9
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JUL 29, 2005
On tap at the Boom Boom Club S.F. Amber with a short head. Aroma was moderately hoppy, not much going on. Medium bodied and not anything exciting about the flavor. Some lightly raosted malts and a faint toffy flavor is about all.

3.5
Dodgrblu (753) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 24, 2013
On tap at Jupiter in Berkeley, lots of caramel here, reads scotch. Dark amber color.

3.8
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.

3.2
brianprentiss (702) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 19, 2008
Kind of a grassy amber with soury hops. Not a great beer but mildly drinkable. Their IPA is much better. Bottle from Ledger Liquors Berkeley

3.4
rayOfBeer (674) - El Cerrito, California, USA - SEP 5, 2008
Poured from bottle a hazy light caramel brown with a small off-white head. Aroma is malt, light roasted grain, molasses, sweet caramel and a mild fruitiness. Flavor is dry with powdery roasted grain, malt and a slight nuttiness. The aroma sells something sweeter that the flavor didn’t deliver. That kind of threw me off. The body is slightly watery but very drinkable and light. It would be easy to down a few of these. Overall a good food beer, but not all that memorable.


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