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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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3.6
heykevin (1281) - 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.

3.6
Crit (4049) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 6, 2003
Deep amber,lasting off white head.Great malt nose.Good light smooth malt flavor. A session beer

3.6
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 15, 2003
UPDATED: APR 5, 2004 Gets points for being far superior to other insipid American beers calling themselves "Amber Ales". This one is nicely bittered, with refreshing American hop aroma. Gingerbready malt. Great session beer.

3.6
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 5, 2006
On tap at Rickenbacher’s bar in San Francisco. Pours dark amber with a creamy milky off-white head that is super thick. This was served to me in an ice-cold frozen glass, so it only had a faint hop/berry floral aroma. Thick walls of ringed lacing remain powerfully encircling the walls of the glass like the cartilage of trachea. The beer becomes more aromatic as it warms. Has a rich thick malt body. Has a hearty hop palate with a good tongue bitterness to the finish. Super smooth and easy to quaff. This is way more flavorful than a typical "Amber Ale." Much closer to a hoppy pale ale a la Sierra Nevada. This is the bar with the motorcyles and Tiffany lamps.

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!

3.6
Ratman197 (15216) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 21, 2006
Bottle poured a clear dark amber with a small tan head. Aromas of carmel, biscuits and a hint of fruitiness. Palate was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of sweet malt, carmel, a bit of berry like fruitiness and ahint of some spiciness with a crisp lightly sweet finish.

3.6
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 9, 2006
Thanks to Irishboy for this. It is the 4th El Toro I have rated (all from Irishboy) and all have been very good. This one pours a darkish amber with a fair sized lasting head. Also some thick lacing. Malt flavors with just a little sour touch. Overall a very good beer.

3.6
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2007
12 oz bottle. Halfway-clear brown with active carb and a long lasting pillowy tan head. Tiny bits in the bottom. Sweet spruce and musty brown sugar. Sour lemon candies with an interesting buzzy carb that numbs. Grassy hop bitterness mellows into dough. Medium body.

3.6
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUL 8, 2008
Bottle. Pours a ruby body with little head. A good amount of sharp floral hoppiness, some spicy citrus. Sweet malt is shadowed by the floral hops. Little etoh to be detected.

3.6
joeneugs (6371) - Livermore, California, USA - AUG 3, 2009
Pours dark amber with a small off white head. Hoppy aroma with fruit basket and spicy caramel/toffee malts. The flavor is caramel malty and fruit. Very plummy with a strong hop bitterness in the end. A nice beer.


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