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RATINGS: 133   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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3.2
skoisirius (1908) - Earth, Washington, USA - SEP 21, 2009
Tap in Cali sometime last year. Orangish pour. Lightly hopped and fruity aroma. Flavor is much of the same. Medium body. Fruits up front, light hops towards the back. Nice touches of sweet malts throughout. Decent beer.

3
Odeed (1806) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 22, 2006
(FREE BOTTLE FROM IRISHBOY)poured an expected amber body with a nice head.flavor and aroma were a mix of seltzer water,and caramel malts.

3.2
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2004
Copper with a beige head. Aroma was non-descript. Couldn’t really identify anything as predominating. Very subtle. Moderate carbonation and a medium body. Flavor was a pleasant bitterness and was somewhat refreshing. Nothing remarkable or impressive. Just a decent beer.

3.3
rmussman (1701) - California, USA - AUG 14, 2010
Sampled on draught. Pours really nice, has a crispness to its aroma. Drinks really nice, full of caramel. Don’t taste the malts too strong, but really refreshing.

3.4
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - APR 17, 2008
(Bottle via trade with <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?UserID=3 target=blank>IrishBoy, thanks Richard!) Pours slightly hazy reddish-amber. Five fingers of lightly amberish off-white head recede to a foamy rocky cap. Aroma of caramel, vanilla and pine. Mouthfeel is smooth and shows a nice bit of heft for the style. Very lightly prickly. Flavor is a good dose of both malt and hops - light-medium bitterness overlays some caramel and vanilla maltiness. Lightly piney with a good pinch of bitterness through the finish. Good.

3.2
igneous1 (1538) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JAN 22, 2005
as amber as amber gets, clear, creamy almond colored head, aroma is of very mild citrus hops, fairly sweet nose. flavor is moderately sweet, hops are more dominant in the flavor. thanks mitch!

3
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - NOV 2, 2010
12 oz bottle from Bier Stein. Pours light amber with a gigantic fluffy white head and a lot of blotchy lacing. Aroma of caramel, biscuit, very light floral hops. Tasted very thin with caramel, floral hops, biscuit and some astringency. Not a very good beer at all.

3.4
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 17, 2010
Pours a medium orange with tan tint, nose is weak, hint of grain, taste Is fairly bland, too grainy and no real caramel or body

3.5
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - JUL 10, 2008
Draft at City Pub. Dark amber pour. Aroma is sweet fruity malt. The flavor is the same; pretty decent with some light roast as well. Good amber.

3.6
heykevin (1287) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - MAR 28, 2002
I thought this was a pretty unique beer. Nice brown ale maltiness when the beer first finds you tongue, but then pow, your tongue is enveloped by a real nice hoppy blast. A unique and tasty beer.


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