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Palmetto Amber - Palmetto Brewing Company

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Ratings: 182
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 15.32%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Palmetto Brewing Company visit their website
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A complex malt character is balanced with just the right amount of hops, resulting in a clean full flavored beer.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-30-2002)
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Reviews by jmw4437:
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2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

jmw4437, Mar 11, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep cloudy amber/copper red with a small thin head that dissipated quickly. A nice deep caramel nose with an odd sour funk to it. A bit of ctirus and some grains as well.

Caramel maltiness along with some fruity, nutty tones as well. Good biterness on the back of the palate and a nice and chewy body.

Creamy, full body with ample carbonation goes down smooth. I could have a few of these in one sitting. I think this bottle may be a bit past its prime and hopefully I'll have a chance to try this one again sometime.

orbitalr0x, Dec 20, 2004
Photo of markmo
4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

markmo, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of sponberg
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice medium deep amber with an offwhite head that reminds me of a yeast dough - plenty of bubbles. Aroma is slightly yeasty/biscuity with distant earthy hops.

So smooth - a cracker-topped-with-caramel, biscuity toasty-sweet maltiness with a bit of nuttiness, with an earthy hop flavor and a decent, balanced bitterness. Faint dry cocoa notes in the finish, but mostly more of the same. Mouthfeel is in proportion to the flavor - not huge, not thin, merely solid. Drinkability is very high as there are just no off flavors to tire of. Nothing about this beer is *wow* - just a very drinkable, tastebud pleasing amber.

And it goes INSANELY well with a pound of sweet, fresh, Edisto Beach shrimp.

sponberg, Sep 23, 2004
Photo of nem2006
3.08/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had in a bottle at the Charleston Place Hotel in Charleston, SC. Poured an amber color with a slight head that faded shortly after pouring. There was carbonation visible on the side of the glass.

The smell was slightly sweet with a heavier hop note to it. But nothing really out of the ordinary for an amber.

Sat heavy on the tongue. Started sweet and then finished with a typical amber finish. The bitterness lingered.

nem2006, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of ChaseBacon
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

ChaseBacon, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of Cynic-ale
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Cynic-ale, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of jminch
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

jminch, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of glid02
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this on-tap at a random place on Folly Beach in Charleston.

Pours a solid clear amber color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. Head dissipates into a wispy layer of bubbles on top and a medium-sized ring around the glass. Lacing is decent.

Smells pretty good. A nice floral aroma with sweet and bready malts.

Tastes a little more malty than it smells. The sweet malt taste is the main contributor, but there is also a bit of a bready flavor. The hops don't really make an appearance until the bitter taste at the end.

Mouthfeel is good. It actually goes down very smoothly but it could have just a little more thickness.

Drinkability is good. This is a solid amber that goes down easily.

Overall I thought this was a solid beer. Nothing exceptional, but a good local offering.

glid02, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of RichardMNixon
3/5  rDev -13.3%

RichardMNixon, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of IntriqKen
4.33/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Oldirtysurfer sent me a sample of each of the beers this brewer makes and I have not been disappointed. I think they produce great, classic brews. Thanks, man.
Poured a moderate golden dark amber with a full white head that melts slowly to top covering sticky white lacing which appears to last the entire drink.
Aroma is only lightly amber malt....very soft and subtle.
Taste is lightly sweet amber malt with a little toasted taste to it, followed with very nice citrus hop bittering. This one is really well balanced. Flavor evolves rather than gets taken over by the hops.
Mouthfeel is good for style and aftertaste is clean and drying.
Another great one from Palmetto

IntriqKen, Oct 24, 2006
Photo of whitekiboko
2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

whitekiboko, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of KenC
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

KenC, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of BamfBacon
3/5  rDev -13.3%

BamfBacon, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of gshoes3
2.25/5  rDev -35%

gshoes3, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of bcseda
3/5  rDev -13.3%

bcseda, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of hyoung41
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

hyoung41, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of avisong
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

avisong, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of Jon
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ah, the lone Charleston brewery's flagship brew. This one pours a hazy amber color with a miniscule head that vanishes all too quickly. Aroma is rather grainy, with some pronounced caramel malt and a hint of bittering hops. First sip is rather sweet with big notes of the caramel malt. Taste shifts more to the bitter side toward mid-glass. Overall, a fairly well-balanced amber. Somewhat grainy mouthfeel with a dry finish make this one just better than average in the mouthfeel/drinkability departments. A fresh local brew that's a great find on tap, where it's a whole different beer. Seems to be the case with most Palmetto products.

Jon, Nov 08, 2002
Photo of ordybill
3.24/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Palmetto Amber poured in a pint glass, had great color and a very inviting aroma. the taste was stronger than anticipated for this amber. It had a very strong aftertaste that I would characterize this beer as a sipping beer vice the "cold one" after cutting the grass. Once you took the first sip you could tell this was a well crafted brew. After the third sip the initial strength of the brew became very palatable. This would be a great beer to have with a dinner.

ordybill, Jul 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

skm, Dec 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

BklynTerp, May 23, 2013
Photo of bditty187
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy, dark unpolished bronze in hue with coppery-amber highlight; I like the color. The head, at the highest point, was only a half finger tall. Head retention was pour; it quickly faded to a skinny collar. There was some spotty subsequent lacing. On the whole, the appearance is respectable.

At first, the nose smelled like rotten watermelon rinds. Needless to say this was off-putting. After a few more whiffs I could smell some caramel malt with a kiss of toffee. After even more time passed the rotten aspect of the watermelon rinds dissipated and it just smelled like watermelon rinds. There were also hints of orange. Not much hop characteristics. The nose became decent after awhile. I hope that “rotten” smell is not found in the taste. I guess it is time I take a sip and find out.

The palate is very agreeable. Thank god I didn’t taste any watermelon. I really like the succulent caramel malt notes, pleasantly sweet with a smattering of biscuit. Lightly flowery and fruity notes too. Moderate bitterness with a faint earthiness; more hop bit would have been nice. While the palate is simple I like it. I can’t ask for much more in the style. It is a fairly solid Amber Ale, IMO… I like Fat Tire more though.

Medium in body, moderate carbonation but natural feeling; the mouthfeel is quite agreeable and it fits this beer well.

If the nose didn’t start off so poorly I’d have a more positive opinion; as is, it is decent. There are so many beers on the market like this one it is hard to get excited about. I am jaded. I bet this would be a good beer for a BBQ or to crossover a BMC drinker with. Thank you timtheenchanta for the enjoyable South Carolina brew! Worth a try.

bditty187, Feb 15, 2006
Photo of UncleFlip
4.3/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mental note: do not review while watching the documentary "The Aristocrats". You WILL have to clean your monitor. :)

Moderate off white head tops a honey coloured liquid with peach overtones. Just a bit hazy. Head falls somewhat quickly.

Smell is malty and fruity, with just a slight hoppy hint.

Taste is sort of a pungent maltiness, with a slightly smoky undertone. Has a brown sugary sort of quality near the end. Not bad!

(At this point in the film, Sarah Silverman jokingly says she was raped by Joe Franklin.)

Medium liquid, with carbonation that's just SLIGHTLY higher than I'd like.

Very drinkable. The flavour is agreeable, and the carbonation is not so much that it puts me off. I rather like this one, and sometimes wish I could get it here in Bama.

Be well

UncleFlip, Feb 13, 2006
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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

needMIbeerinMD, Sep 23, 2014
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Palmetto Amber from Palmetto Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.