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Palmetto Amber - Palmetto Brewing Company

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Ratings: 158
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 15.56%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | 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.

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Photo of kimcgolf


3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at a bar in Charleston. Poured to a bright copper color with decent off-white head that lingers thru mid glass and then slowly disippates to leave good lacing. Nose was malty, with earth scents and toasted nuts. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and the flavor picked up the roasted nuts and malty sweetness.

A nice smooth finish of medium duration.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2008 02:51:19 | More by kimcgolf
Photo of brdc


4.05/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2008 22:29:11 | More by brdc
Photo of GreenThumb


3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Was served this in a rooftop bar near the Waterfront.
This beer has a good amber flavor with typical low-key malt flavors. Aftertaste is malty and light.

Mouth feel is average for amber/pilsners.

I had never heard of this beer until I honeymooned in Charleston, S.C. and would suggest it / try it again if I can find it in Houston.

This was a very drinkable beer (I had 3) and goes well on a hot afternoon with spicy food and sandwiches.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2008 20:38:41 | More by GreenThumb
Photo of glid02


3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2008 21:33:08 | More by glid02
Photo of brewmudgeon


3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

deep orange brown, decent lacing
smell is sort of a rusty caramel
taste is like the smell, plus a mineral water flavor and relatively firm bitterness
mouthfeel is slightly on the watery side, but acceptable
would be very easy to put a few of these away. each sip suggests that another be taken.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2008 00:50:25 | More by brewmudgeon
Photo of nem2006


3.08/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2008 21:56:39 | More by nem2006
Photo of Onenote81

North Carolina

2.78/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a dark red color with just a slight rim of lacing around the top. Smell was floral, and a little charred scent. Taste was not there for me. Smooth and crisp, but I wasn't finding the flavors that I usually look for in a good red/amber. Some charred flavor to go with the smell; some hops. Finish was bitter, but clean.

Was an ok brew, but not one I'd necessarily recommend.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2008 17:07:45 | More by Onenote81
Photo of ZimZamZoom

West Virginia

3.05/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another one thanks to BA dmamiano.

Nice amber color with a good thick tan head. A few streams of bubbles streaking up from the bottom of the pint glass. Fairly clear but seems to have a slight haze. Lacing is evident.

Aroma is a bit syrupy, some roasted malt and a bright citrus hop presence. Taste also has a thick syrupy nature. Almost extract-like IMO. There is some roasty dark malt notes and noticeable flowery hops but it's all in the background to the burt caramel taste.

Thick and not very carbonated. Not an impressive brew, but sure it's drinkable and much better than the alternative that the masses have accepted.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2008 17:58:04 | More by ZimZamZoom
Photo of dmamiano

West Virginia

2.78/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First tasting was on the beach at Hilton Head so I was hoping atmosphere wasnt going to sway my review...and it didnt.
Poured a medium amber with virtually no head or lacing to speak of.
Smells was very sweet in the malt department reminding me of candy.
Taste seemed a bit too sweet as well. Cloying and thick are two words I think of when drinking this....not a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2008 21:54:56 | More by dmamiano
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2008 22:30:45 | More by Gavage
Photo of dnichols


3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed a bottle, poured into a pint glass, at a fine dining establishment in Charleston, SC.

A: It poured a reddish-brown body with a modes off-white head consisting of dense sticky bubbles. The head lingered and supported sparce but lasting lacing down the side of the glass.

S: The aroama of sweet toasted malts dominated. There were some spicy hops odors but those smells were well hidden.

T: The flavor of sweet toasted malts dominated but as the beer warmed the fruit characteristics came to the front (plums, peaches). On the back side there were bits of bitter hop spiciness that lingered into the aftertaste.

M: It had a light to medium body with active levels of carbonation and a dry finish with a slightly bitter aftertaste.

D: It was a nice well balanced and refreshing amber. Its flavors were interesting and it had a low ABV making it a decent session beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2008 17:11:56 | More by dnichols
Photo of blackie


3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: pours a low khaki head that shows average retention, beer is a medium amber in color

s: moderately sweet amber and caramel malts with a papery, nondescript hop aroma, a touch earthy, toasted malt stands out and brings a nice counter to the caramel

m: smooth, medium carbonation and body

t: moderately sweet caramel malts tempered with a lightly toasty flavor, lightly hopped with a light bitterness

d: my favorite of the line, pretty enjoyable

single bottle purchased at Whole Foods in Mt. Pleasant and brought back to NC

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2008 04:30:37 | More by blackie
Photo of MuenchenerKindl


3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2008 04:41:25 | More by MuenchenerKindl
Photo of champ103


3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is another good beer from Palmetto. Kind of a musky, but malty aroma with some hops for balance. Caramel and biscuit malt dominate with a touch of hops. A good creamy mouthfeel and an easy to drink beer. All in all a very good beer, but I think I like their pale ale better. Though you can't go wrong sitting on the beach in South Carolina drinking one of these.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2008 15:10:35 | More by champ103
Photo of John1985


3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on my trip to Charleston, it came out ice cold, pretty flat, no head & low carbonation. The ale was red/brown and no distinct aroma. Taste was fairly refreshing w/ decent bitterness to offset the malt. Aftertaste was watery with mild hops in the finish. Overall this was a passable amber (I had two pints) but I was underwhelmed. I not sure the restaurant I was at gave it justice.

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2008 11:19:03 | More by John1985
Photo of grumpygerman


1.25/5  rDev -64%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Where ever I go, I pick up beer from local breweries. I bought a six pack from a freezer in a well frequented gas station around exit 33 on I-95.

The first thing that hit me was a distinct cotton candy taste. Way too sweet for any beer style, I would know of. The caramel malt lingered for a while to get washed away by sourness and a bitter (not hoppy, just bitter) aftertaste. I assumed the bottle cap hadn't sealed correctly and discarded the beer as spoiled. I carefully smelled the second bottle and got hit by sour cotton candy. I poured the beer to see if it is cloudy or somehow off color but it poured nice. I had another sip but had to fight just to swallow.

Reading the other reviews I am not sure if I got a bad batch or a six pack close to being spoiled. What I bought and tried consuming was the worst beer I ever had and believe me, I had my fair share of first batch home brews.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2008 14:50:46 | More by grumpygerman
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a mug. Had a rich amber color and fairly thick consistency. Not much head or lacing, though.

There was a very hoppy, malty scent with this one. Not bad, not exceptional.

The taste had a nice bite to it. Hops, malt and some coffee flavoring. Solid.

This beer had an okay amount of carbonation. Could've used a little more in my estimation.

Overall, not a bad beer. It didn't blow me away, but it was definitely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2008 15:26:31 | More by avalon07
Photo of Baileyuk


2.7/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Drank it from a bottle in Shem Creek, SC. It was okay, I had heard from others from the Midwest who I met in SC that it was not good. I really wanted there Pale Ale but they did not have it. The general taste was good but there was a slight unsatisfying taste that was hard to place. A little bit bitter. It was a little bit like an end of the road batch but not bad enough to be off. The sad part about it is that the underlying taste was good just a bad delivery.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2008 22:55:36 | More by Baileyuk
Photo of ncvbc

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2007 03:27:47 | More by ncvbc
Photo of barleywinebrewer

New Hampshire

3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this was an eye opener. Lately if I try an "amber" beer I find I'm usually left wanting something more. As a fan of less hoppy beers this one stepped up and was really malty tasty in all the right ways for an amber brew.

A - rich dark amber with a large white head
S - rich malts swirling with a biscuit moderating undertone.
T - nice robust honey, caramel and biscuit malts swirl with a touch of hops for balance. Lightly sweet without crossing into cloying.
M - light to medium bodied, nicely carbonated.
D - paired with a steak tip and blue cheese salad. It worked quite well IMO. I would definitely have another one of these.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2007 19:13:53 | More by barleywinebrewer
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3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle, courtesy of bobbyc881

Clear, brown with orange highlights liquid. Medium sized, creamy light brown head.

Scents of molasses and grass. Cherries. Roast notes.

More sweet than bitter. Biscuity. Molasses with a bit of chocolate. Herbal and spicy at the finish, maybe pepper -- fairly mild.

Medium in body. Low to medium carbonation. Very refreshing.

Overall, I like it. A "sweet" amber. Quite the contrast to the Duck-Rabbitt Amber I drank before it.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2007 15:10:30 | More by
Photo of Braudog


3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle at a Charleston tavern; poured reddish amber with a bit of a sticky tan head. Not much of an aroma to speak of, but the beer presents a decent malty body and a well-carameled character. Decent metallic-hoppy bite at the finish. Good welcome to South Carolina. (#2810, 4/21/2007)

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2007 22:18:10 | More by Braudog
Photo of afordney


3.1/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

reddish and cloudy, a little lace around the glass and a very thin head.

smells balanced, malty alternates with hoppy characters

tastes of straight hops, a slight malty finish

has a distinct bitterness, not incredibly balanced feel.

Not a fantastic beer, this is alot more hoppy than I expected

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2007 23:43:46 | More by afordney
Photo of paulisme

South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +24.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2007 05:37:37 | More by paulisme
Photo of SaCkErZ9


3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2006 00:32:41 | More by SaCkErZ9
Palmetto Amber from Palmetto Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.