Palmetto Amber - Palmetto Brewing Company

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Ratings: 216
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.53%
Wants: 1
Gots: 21 | FT: 1
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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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-30-2002

A complex malt character is balanced with just the right amount of hops, resulting in a clean full flavored beer.
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Ratings: 216 | Reviews: 94
Photo of brentk56
4.32/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Reddish-brown body with a neat little head and some lacing.

Smell: Nice caramel malt on the nose.

Taste: Very nicely balanced. Caramel sweetness tempered by bitter hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a nice level of carbonation.

Drinkability: This is one solid American Amber. It's refreshing a very nicely balanced. Splendid work from Palmetto.

Photo of paulisme
4.32/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My favorite local brew, made right down the road in Charleston, SC. Sticky Finger's in Summerville claims I'm the reason they still carry this brew, as I drink it every time I come in. Pours a deep brown color with a small but lasting head. Aroma and taste have a distinct chocolate flavor. Finishes better than it starts as the aftertaste really comes to life. I love supporting local brews, and this one makes it very easy to do so. If you find yourself in the Charleston area, you must pick this one up.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.28/5  rDev +24.4%
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

Photo of UncleFlip
4.27/5  rDev +24.1%
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
-UF

Photo of JISurfer
4.2/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have lived in Charleston for quite sometime, but never tried this one. Finally I broke down and gave it a shot. I was very suprised!
I has a very pretty deep amber color, with a little bit of a creamy white head. The stayed around a while, so I liked that. The taste was very rich with a hoopy taste, mixed with a hint of citrus fruit. Left a nice feel in the mouth. I definately will be back for more!

Photo of tavernjef
4.13/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautifully coppered in color, super cloudy and rich looking with a small off-white head of big bubbly foam, faded leaving some small spotty lace. Smell is a nicely roasty/toasty sweet caramel malt with a nice fruity backing of peach with a chocolate-chip cookie dough note, nice. Taste is more of the same mirrored from the aroma, its roasty sweet caramel malt with a slight hop twinge of fruity notation. Nothing stands out to much, but whats there is very balanced. Solid caramel flavors abound and a very slight tanged bitterness, not bad, could use a bit more zing in the flavor dept. No complaints though, its solid. Feel too, is solid, of medium bodyment, a bit chewy and one hell of a smoothness throughout. Pretty decent amber, and a pleasant surprise -
thanks to Loki for the bottles - looks like he's been busy sending out the Carolina brews to all us Midwest folks and who knows who else.

Photo of therica
4.12/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I absolutely love this stuff! It's nearly impossible to find, I've discovered, unless you happen to be in downtown Charleston SC or apparently now up into the Hilton Head area.

A= Head-- nice creamy small-bubbled with lots of nice lacing. The lacing was so nice that it literally left layer-rings down the side of the glass stein as the beer was consumed.

Taste and aroma-- very interesting-- I'm not sure whether it was because of the palmetto shown on the label or not, but the first thing that came to mind in the aroma and also the taste was something along the line of pine or palm-leaves. Not coconut-- no no no. Maybe exotic pine with some fruity undertones. It's actually probably the nice choice of hops and roasted sweet-malts. The hops are very apparent but not IPA-biting, just a nice appropriate bitterness balanced by the sweetness of the malts and possibly some very small amount of honey or similar.

Mouth and aftertaste= very balanced, nice combo of lightly burnt with mild hops-bitters and residual swetness yet slight astringency.

It's very drinkable with meals, by itself, or whenever. The carbonation is good, a bit high on my list but then again the carbonation really seems to clear off one's palate and add to the absorbed-taste. On an empty stomach, you can get a few good belches out of a bottle of this stuff, with its own interesting aftertaste, as well (!!!). Some beers in this category will give me a real nasty acid-belch experience, and others will clear out my sinuses and singe the hair in my nostrils. Not this one. So-- don't miss out on the other half of the fun, belching this stuff!

This is a somewhat unique beer experience, I think-- unusual, one that I'd love to keep on-hand in small quantities, for those "tired of the usual" days.

Photo of SheepNutz
4.07/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep amber color (duh!) with one finger of large bubble head that dies off fairly quick. There is a little bit of lacing. The smell is fairly malty, some sweetness, maybe a touch of slightly roasted malt. Just a little bit of hops too. The taste is fairly sweet at first, some sweet cherry almost, but not for long. The hops dominate the finish of this beer. A nice juicy hop profile. The mouthfeel is very thick for the style, and remains smooth. The drinkability is good as well. Another nice one from Palmetto!

Photo of brdc
4.05/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks azurelimits for this one. Small capped bottle poured into a pint glass.

Slightly hazy orange, nice well sized off-white head, good retention and moderate amount of lacing.
Maltier aroma, caramel dominates and is quite pleasant; some fruitiness, minimal hops.
Medium bodied, fuller than the average; this solid example of the style is predominantly malty and caramelized, with a modest hoppy bite; grainy flavors; some fruitiness. Certainly not very complex, but very flavorful.
A very nice session beer.

Photo of DanielMB
4/5  rDev +16.3%

This is a pretty good beer to drink. If you're down here in Charleston where it's brewed (like I am), it's particularly refreshing. It has a very toasty and even biscuity flavor, similar to Fat Tire, but maybe even better. It certainly hits the spot in this heat.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from nothertimber, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him.
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a thin but foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a decent lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of tea, caramelized malt and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is malty with flavors of tea, nuts, caramel, a hint of citrus and a touch of hops. Despite the substantial malt character, it’s not very sweet. It’s also got some bitterness, but not the type of bitterness you get from hops. It’s more the type of bitterness from an ESB.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not very filling, it seems like it’s very sessionable even though personally I may tend to reach for something with a bit more kick to it.

Photo of ChuckMartel
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This stuff is good. I was really surprised. I wasn't expecting much from a beer from semitropical Charleston, SC. But I cracked open a bottle and pour it into a pint glass anyway.

Appearance: Dark caramel coloration. Very little carbonation or head under normal pouring conditions.

Smell: Ummm smells good. Just enough hops w/o being overpowering. Not too flowery. Slight positive bitterness. Just right.

Taste: Full-bodied. No taste overpowers the others. Balanced. See "smell" above.

Mouthfeel: Thankfully it doesn't have a thin taste. Thankfully the brewer didn't see a need to make it heavy. It has the right amount of body to be substantial but not overpowering. It might use a bit more carbonation but it's pretty good.

Drinkability: Goes well with any meal. It has a high "quaffability" quotient. Two thumbs up.

Photo of kmpitz2
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a reddish amber color with minimal head that stays to cover the top of the beer. The nose is nutty roasted malts, almost a weak caramel flavored coffee smell. The taste is a bit of a caramel and a bit of roasted nuts. There is a hint of hop on the finish and a sweet aftertaste. I dig it. There is a nice thickness in this one and a carb to balance it out. I am glad to have tried this beer, but I think if you want to try this brewery, go for the porter.

Photo of beernbbq
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good example of the American Amber Style. Nicely malted body, pleasantly hopped. I assume their may be some cold-fermentation involved as it is not heavy on the fruity-esters I associate with Ale styles. An all-around good beer that is readily available in most Charleston establishments.

Photo of sponberg
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Photo of ppoitras
3.97/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a minimal 1/4" beige head over the amber brew. Head fades to a layer of bubbles, with scant lacing as well. Aroma is of medium malts. Flavor is nice and full of grain husks to start, wiht a lightly fruity hops character. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both nice, this one is a quick empty. Enjoyable amber here.

Photo of ncvbc
3.97/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber, almost toward the red side. Decent white head that fades somewhat quickly. Smell is sweet and malty. Brown sugar and a biscuity essence with hints of caramel. Nice caramel flavor and also some chocolate in there, though just enough to appreciate it. Hops aren't doing much but giving this a little bitterness in the end, which is actually nice for a change. Nice and crisp with a close to medium body. A refreshing brew that truly surprised me. I'll probably spread this around as extras in trades from time to time as I think this local offering should get some more exposure.

Photo of MSchae1017
3.97/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was tasted in a Pint Glass from the bottle.

The beer pours a dull amber color with a sizeable head and good retention. It has a great hop and malt smells. It tastes basically like it smells but you can also detect some sweetness. It has a good body and good carbonation. Does not feel watery at all. This is a fantastic session beer! Check this out some good stuff can come out of South Carolina

Photo of Gavage
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours an amber color with a one finger head that lasts. A spot or two of lace sticks to the glass.

Smell: malt and fruit sweetness rises easily from the glass.

Taste: nice caramel malt profile. Red apples, red grapes, and some hint of earthiness are nicely balanced with some mellow bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp at the start and smooth towards the finish. Relatively short aftertaste.

Drinkability: easy to drink session beer. When looking for a decent local beer in the Carolina's - this one is worth picking up.

Photo of wcudwight
3.92/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had from a bottle at Hymans Seafood in Charleston.
Kind of a dark color for an amber. In fact it's only amber when held up to the light. Small 1/4" head from a slow pour but good retention.
Different aroma than what I'm used too with the latest ambers. More malty, sweet but not overdone. Kinda smells like sweet tea. I like it.
This is what I would consider a classic amber. Certainly in a different category than Big Hoppy Monster and Nugget Nectar. Very mild on the hops but a good beer neverless. Very balanced and easy to drink. Mouthfeel is medium to full. Good session beer to drink with a meal.

Photo of weeare138
3.92/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a copper toned amber with a small white cap that slowly fades into a mild collar. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, biscuits, herbs, cut wood, and grassy hops.
Taste is of the aromas with some Vienna malt flavors that carry a smooth grainy vanilla flavor found in many German Marzen beers.
Mouthfeel is smooth, sugary, and lightly bitter with hops clinging to the end.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.92/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dispensed from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Minimal head formation and minmal lacing. I did reuse a glass, after rinsing and drying, which may explain lack of head formation, so I blame myself for that, not the brewer.

Aroma is nice and toasty. Toasted malts and a nice doughy aroma. Some nice caramel malts as well. A nice nose to this beer am I am surprised, I must say. A slight hop presence but nothing noteworthy.

A pleasant tast as well. It has a nice caramel flavor and pretty big on the biscuity flavors as well. I really like that quality in an amber so I was pleased here. A slight touch of chocolate and some hop bitterness in the finish.

Overall a nice effort from Palmetto. I was always a little wary about trying their beers but I will seek out their others in the near future. Hopefully, they will compare to this one. A nice beer.

Photo of ZAP
3.89/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love the nose on this beer...sweet sugar and sweet malt...soem caramel as well.....pours a cloudy amber...a little head on top...body is about right...if I'm getting picky just a RCH thin but I'm getting picky now...a creamy, smooth texture in the mouth...flavor begins all malt....but not overdone...a nice caramel flavor takes the forefront...amazingly some hops jump out of nowhere on the finish...an herbal, spicy close that I like in my Red Ales....I tell you what....I didn't know what to expect from this beer but I am impressed...one of the better Red Ales I've tried...lacks the depth of character of say Kalamazoo's but is enjoyable in its own way...a good solid everyday beer...thanks to Loki(Kipp) for the first of six from the Carolina's (Nothing could be finer than some beer from Carolina)

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is a semi cloudy amber with orange hues and good carbonation. The head is about 2 fingers, of white and gives way to very nice lace.

The smell is ok mild roasty malt just lightly hopped.

The taste is good, very nice roasted caramel with a milk chocolate not. I like the roasty quality very much.

The mouthfeel is good nice carbonation and a good medium body.

The drinkability is very good, I would love to got more. Very much worth seeking out.

Prosit, MK

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dusky orange brimming with superfine particles. There's nothing amber about this amber ale except the highlights along the bottom edge of the glass. The attractive crown of ecru foam slowly melts into a rounded mound of cream, leaving jagged fingers of lace behind.

The nose is balanced, as befits the style. Actually, the more I sniff, the more I think malt dominates. There's some orange fruit, but not a whole lot of hoppiness. My guess is that German varieties, possibly English, are in use.

Palmetto Amber is good beer, even if it favors the maltier aspects of its personality at the expense of the hoppier aspects. There's a fair amount of barley present, with a fresh cereal grain flavor that I'm enjoying. It's anything but sweet, however, and would make a great session beer as a result.

The hops do an effective job, both of countering and accenting the malt, even if they don't stake out any territory of their own. They're most apparent on the finish and are contributing more and more as I get deeper into the bottle. The flavor is still orange fruity, although not in a biting, citric way.

The mouthfeel is good because it's on the full side for the style. Too many amber ales are too light in the mouth to suit me. The carbonation is mild-mannered, but effective.

Palmetto Amber stays well within the style guidelines and keeps the bells and whistles to a minimum. The best word that I can think of to describe it is 'solid'. It may not be a head turner, but it is a head nodder. As I drink the final few ounces, I find myself nodding my head slowly up and down, thinking "yesiree, Palmetto Brewing Company knows what good beer is all about". Thanks to WOLFGANG for this bottle of what must be a South Carolina staple.

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Palmetto Amber from Palmetto Brewing Company
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