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RATINGS: 138   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.3
illidurit (2341) - San Francisco, 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.

3.7
troopie (2341) - 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.

3.8
ration (2238) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 11, 2012
Pours clear copper with a medium head. Aroma hops, crystal malts. Smooth finish. Not Bad.

2.9
popery (2170) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 25, 2010
Sweet with some complexity of flavor that gets lost in the overwhelming caramel. I didn’t hate this beer, but I struggled with its lack of balance. There is plenty of malt in the flavor and aroma with some lightly roasted notes that I wish were a bit stronger. The abv isn’t high enough for the beer to be syrupy or horribly sweet but it tended in that direction for me. The mouthfeel is fine with appropriate carbonation.

3.6
ross (2146) - 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
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.

2.9
JFGrind (2047) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2003
Tried the "Poppy" on draft at the North Star in North Beach SFO. Crisp Amber with a bit of bitterness. Beer had a thin head but a great amber color and fine taste. Definitely a West Coast style Amber Ale.

2.9
Foxbush (2029) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 26, 2013
Sample at the Brewpub The amber ale poured clear dark amber with a white head and lacing. The aroma was of caramel and toasted malts. The ale was balance between a sweetness and floral hops. The ale had medium body with average carbonation. The finish was clean with smooth tones of caramel malts.

3.7
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 21, 2006
Beautiful, translucent and honey brown in color with a thick, whipped tan fluffed head riding one inch tall. Aroma greets us with concord jam, rhubarb pie crust, raspberry pastries and danish assortments, sugar infused juniper and boysenberry cherry sweetness. Flavor holds on to that rhubarb and engrains an amaretto and hazelnut roasted quality. Red currant and boysenberry team for a cherry fruited character. A touch of squeezable plastic toys backdoors it. Raspberry kernels may be the spawn of said poppy seed. Chalky nuttiness infuses with the palate and melds a bigger, medium-boding body than bargained for. Well-attuned bitterness is quietly present, as is the amaretto butter cream. Elderberry and red raspberry cream affirm the amber sweet treat has ended. Thanks for the bottle, tpkenned!

3.1
pinkzambia (1931) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 17, 2010
Tap @ Parrish Publick House: Clear amber color. Aroma of malts, celery and butter. Creamy flavor with a clean finish. A little mustiness in the aftertaste. Ok.


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