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Palmetto Amber - Palmetto Brewing Company

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Palmetto AmberPalmetto Amber

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94 Reviews
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Reviews: 94
Hads: 228
Avg: 3.54
pDev: 22.32%
Wants: 1
Gots: 27 | 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:
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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Photo of BWH3
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Too watery and not enough malt sweetness to compensate for the bitterness from the red malts and the added hops.

I'm a firm believer that this style needs the right water source to soften the rough edges and make it a beer for the masses

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.31/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Caramel, sweet grain malt and a wisp of bittering hops. Pretty standard amber. Not much flavor, easy drinking. Lower carbonation drives the drinkability.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This delivers a nice Irish Red like flavor of kilned grains, nutty pecan, roasted barley and toasted bread. I get a bit of caramel malt and a very low bitterness. This is how I like my amber ales though it has a very light thin feel.

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Photo of chinchill
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a snifter.
This is a solid, but quite average and unremarkable amber ale, It does lean a tiny bit towards the hoppier and less sweet side of the amber ale.spectrum. Even the appearance is average in terms of color, head, and clarity.

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Photo of djack8617
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lives up to the amber title. Poured into a flute. Head quickly dissipates leaving a ring of foam around the mouth of the glass.

Nothing overwhelming about the smell...perhaps a trace of ginger?

Taste the predominately hoppy with a bitter aftertaste, crisp yet not overly enjoyable.

Always good to try something new, but would not be a regular drink for me.

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Photo of ppvora
3.11/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured into a lager glass from a chilled 12 oz. bottle.

Dark golden color more like a brown with gold streaks in it. Very little head. Lots of bubbles sticking to the sides, with little aeration.

Aroma of malts and sugar and molasses. Faint aroma of hops/flowers.

Taste: Despite the strong aroma of sugar and molasses, the beer has no sweetness to it. Straight and narrow malts and barley. Some lingering bitterness but not a hoppy bitterness.

More bitterness toward the end and in the mouthfeel.

Definitely unlike any beer I've had. Added to my repertory, but not sure I would seek it out.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nearly clear amber with a nice garnet hue. World class head volume, lacing and retention.

Very light nose of malt and a hint of herbal hops.

Heavy light body that has moments of a smooth texture. Slightly above normal carbonation with a nice bit of effervescence in the middle and a solid burst in the finish.

The flavor profile is intense, slightly complex and somewhat balanced. It begins with moderate herbal hop flavor over a weak sweetness that falls short of providing balance or complexity. The middle effervesces into a mild herbal bitterness. The finish is a slow herbal bitterness fade that is somewhat dry. If only it had tasted as good as it looked.

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Photo of breakingbland
3.72/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark golden brown. It has a promising malty aroma (but with virtually no hops), but the taste is that of an undistinguished amber. Not bad but not notable. Wanted to try this local beer since we just arrived here in SC.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark Amber/lite brown with thin off white head;sweet malt nose; lite malt flavor to start, dry slightly bitter finish; lite mouthfeel; overall,dry band-aid with undercurrent of malt flavors.

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Photo of tkelley
3.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a spiegelau glass.

A - copper clear body with foamy white head. Good retention and lacing. Lots of visible carbonation.

N - perhaps a bit stale. Good malt character, caramel and bread. A little kind of earthy hops.

T - pretty tasty. Light hop character, nothing too overpowering. Mostly it's a rich malty taste though.

M - smooth. Good aftertaste.

O - nicely drinkable beer. Good enough. Cheers.

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Photo of DanielMB
4/5  rDev +13%

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.

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Photo of ordybill
3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of ferios
1.46/5  rDev -58.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Although this beer does look nice in a glass, like a typical amber beer, it's looks do nothing for the taste. The smell should have clued me into something being off but I drank the beer anyway. Upon first taste it is harsh and acidic. As I drank more the harsh overly hoppy flavor seemed to get worse. This has to be the worst beer I have ever tasted, and I have had some bad beers. Luckily I got a pint for free. I would have been very upset had I had to pay for it. Never again...

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Photo of zac16125
3.16/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass
no bottled on date

A: Pours a crystal clear amber with 2 fingers width of tan colored head. Head dissipates down at a moderate, to a thin film that remains throughout the drink. Lots of honeycomb lacing.

S: Some sweet and some almost smokey malts. Some adjunty- type aromas. Not much many characters at all.

T: Follows the nose in that the malt bill is the dominant player. Theres a burnt grass/herbaceous character. Some hops come out in the flavor, but not a lot. Just some subtle bitterness.

M/D: Medium body, appropriate carbonation, drinkability is average.

O: Meh. Not something Id probably buy again. Id drink if it were given to me though.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a COAST Willi. Poured a copperish yellow-orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacingthroughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, caramel, caramel hop, earth hop, and subtle powdered chocolate. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, earth hop, subtle chocolate, caramel, and caramel hop. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. For the style this really wasn't a bad brew. However, nothing really stood out too much on this one though which was rather unfortunate. The chocolate note going on in this one was interesting, but just not enough to take it to a new level. Worth trying at least once if you get the chance but that's about it.

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Photo of mntlover
3.34/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours a an amber color with a small tan head that falls to a ring pretty quick. Not much lace

Aroma is lightly toasted grain maybe hints of ripe fruits hints of toffee.

Taste like the nose toasted malts light caramel hints some ripe fruits. Pretty average bland amber ale nothing to call home about.

Mouthfeel is light side of medium sporting mellow carbonation.

Overall just a below par amber ale that many breweries go with.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured this 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This Amber Ale poured a orangish color, produced a cream colored thick head, average retention and above average lacing. The aroma of this ale contains mostly malted grain with a hint of citrus. Medium in body, this ale had a base malted cereal grain which gives way to a slight touch of orange citric flavor. There is a noticeable grassy hop finish. The mouthfeel of this amber ale is very nice, most amber ales are very light- but this example is one of the "fullest" I have sampled. Great session beer, worth a try!

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Photo of nickfl
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a clear, amber colored body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves only light lace.

S - Sweet toffee malt, some red apple, and a bit of caramel in the background.

T - Toffee and toasted grain up front. Some light fruit yeast character in the middle with a bit of herbal hop character. More toasted malt in the finish with moderate bitterness and a slightly metallic caramel character that lingers in the aftertaste.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Nicely malty character with a nicely balanced finish. My only complaint is the metallic taste in the finish, but even that is fairly mild and doesn't quite ruin the experience.

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Light copper body with some red tint. A one-finger light tan head that dissipates farily quickly leaving a bit of lacing.

Very prominent malt aroma that seems lightly roasted. A bit of earthy hops in the background.

The flavor is nearly porter-like. Roasted malt flavor that works well with just a touch of sweetness and some light hop notes in the background.

Light to medium texture in the mouthfeel and no notice of alcohol. Overall, a very drinkable amber that puts a little twist on the flavor with the darker malt. I like it.

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Photo of rwrk42
3.76/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black/amber reddish color with some nice head
Smell: Nice smell a caramel malt and a slight amount of hops
Taste: Nice taste with a good caramel malt flavor. Finishes nice with a good balance and just the right amount of hop bitterness.
A very good amber ale which I recommend

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Photo of brendaniel
2.68/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy amber with no head and very little lacing on top. Strong caramel malt aromas with some hints of nuts and mild sweetness. Taste is much the same - dark and amber malts, some candied sugar sweetness and some wood flavors as well. Body is light with a long malty finish. I was not overly impressed ... then again ... I am not a big amber fan either.

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Photo of Holland
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: clear dark amber/light brownish red with thin off-white head, leaving a very tiny lacing and layer on top of fine bubbles. I like that look ++.

S: smells like pale malt and bread and some banana. Maybe a bit of bitter hops.

T: heavy on the malts, not a whole lot else there. It doesn't have the complexity that the smell has. Solid, but not spectacular.

M: heavy carbonation, but not too heavy for the style. It's smooth like an amber and the carbonation pulls out the crispness. Light to medium body, not too sticky in the mouth but enough to allow the malt to stick.

O: decent beer - if they were on tap I'd get it, but it's not spectacular. I picked up a single 12 oz for around $1.50 at the Beer Exchange in Charleston.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Single finger very light brown head. Amber and touch of yellow. Clear.

S: Malty, touch of citrus but not much.

T: Very malty, a little tangy aftertaste. A little earthy. some caramel notes.

M: Light to medium body. Mild to moderate carbonation.

Overall: A pretty standard amber. Not my favorite genre.

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Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear amber in color and poured with a one and a half finger high off white head that slowly died down but lfet a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface for the entire duration. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of biscuity malts and citrusy hops in the nose.
T: The overall taste has a mild to moderate amount of bitterness from the hops and this is subdued from being overpowering from the underlying malts. There are some notes of caramel flavors and hints of sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and quite sessionable.

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Photo of pzrhsau
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Sandy orangish color that almost reminds me of a sunrise orange. Nice lace of head that sticks to the glass.
S: Nice tangy acidic aroma. Sweet with hints of citrus and sweet malt.
T: Nice sweetly tangy fruit flavor that combines well with the bitterness of the hops. The beer also balances out by finishing with a great toasty malt flavor.
D/M: Very crisp and drinkable. Lightly carbonated and not too overpowering on the palate. Good session beer.

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Palmetto Amber from Palmetto Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.