El Toro Poppy Jasper | El Toro Brewing Co.

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El Toro Poppy JasperEl Toro Poppy Jasper

Brewed by:
El Toro Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 55 | Ratings: 80
Photo of ocelot2500
3.1/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear copper color with a white head that leaves a ring of lacing.

Smells of toasted malts with a touch of citric hops, but quite faint.

Tastes of the toasted malts and citrus, but the flavors feel muted. Sweet caramel and toasted bread notes lead off. This gives way to some citrus hops along with an earthy spiciness. Everything feels underdone and could use an extra kick.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, it doesn't jump out at me and say this is even a pretty good beer. Again everything feels muted, and while there is nothing that turns me off to it, I can't see myself drinking another one.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.71/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Off the tap with one finger of head on a cloudy, dark straw colored body.
The aroma is citrusy and honey, pretty nice.
The taste is mildly sweet with a hop spicy middle.
It's smooth with moderate carbonation.
Here's a good beer with some unique flavors and still an everyday drinker.

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Photo of mactrail
3.01/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Quite handsome brew in the Duvel tulip with the coppery color and sudsy foam. Adequate carbonation. Watery body with some spritziness on the tongue. A whiff of caramel in the smell.

Light maltiness and slightly caramelized, which seems to cover the flavors. Modest hoppy bitterness for the aftertaste. This one has been around for nearly 15 years, and it might have been considered a good beer once. A little winey, a hint of overripe fruit, and more caramel. Drinkable, but so underwhelming I'm pouring out the rest. This tastes like something Bayhawk would concoct. From the 12 oz can bought at AJ's Fine Foods in Chandler.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap the the Crepe Place in Santa Cruz, CA. On to the beer:

Rather murky looking at first glance. With proper lighting, a much more attractive reddish brown color shines. Topping it off is an incredible display of cream and lace. The nose has an earthy aroma, and a subtle note of straight up hops. There is extra complexity in the taste than its aroma, though it doesn't neccessarily add to a better score in the category. Earthy notes strike, then some toffee, A snap of pine hits , as does vague citrus, solidifying the hoppy aspect of the beer. It's medum bodied with modest carbonation, and a mildly bitter and earthy flavor linger in the aftertaste.

This is a solid amber ale to wet the appetite. Warrants a try.

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Photo of Gavage
3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a clear amber color with a 1" head that falls to a spotty foam pretty quickly.

Smell: a little caramel and fruit sweetness are the lone flavors picked up by the nose.

Taste: a slightly grainy malt profile with caramel, ripe red apples, a hint of nuts, and a nice bitterness. Well balanced overall.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp to start, a bit smoother at the finish.

Overall: a very easy to quaff amber ale with a nice flavor profile. You won't be blown away here, but this is a solid version of the style.

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

12 oz single from "Lifesource" Salem Oregon. $1.45 By the label can see this one has been around for a while. Semi hazy dark amber ale with a really nice looking light tan head..thats is thick and creamy. Very toffee/ Scottish fudge like nose..this attracts me!Butterscotch,cream and toffee mm mm mmm. f\Taste is similar but with a nice toasted edge to it..i like. Nice smooth semi-thick body make this a really easy drinking beer. I thought this a very nice uber malty amber.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a amber brown in color with reddish highlights and a halqf finger of head leaving a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: there was lots of malty sweetness upfront on the nose alongside citrusy floral hippy aromas but with hints of nuttiness and candi sugar.

T: sweetness from the malts dominated the taste but had citrusy, very mild hoppy flavor and slighht fruit notes.

M: the brew was light to medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, citrusy, floral, mild fruity, and slight nutty finish.

D: poppy Jasper was pretty sessionable due to the light body and flavors but was a decent amber beer. Very glad to have tried three variations of it.

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Photo of Spikester
3.94/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brownish amber with plenty of haze. Modest cream white head fades quickly. Good amount of lacing. Aroma is sweet and grainy. Taste is sweet with a rich hop presence. Hops weave in and out and finish is medium dry bitterness. No abv listed I would guess it is about 5%. No date on bottle and I think this is a bit over the hill. Good Amber would like to have a fresh one sometime.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at Beer Revolution. Pours a dark amber with a head that fades a little too quickly, but leaves some decent lacing. Smells somewhat grainy and a tad sweet. The taste also strikes one right away as grainy, followed by some floral and earthy hops. The mouthfeel is creamy with a bitter finish. Not too bad- but it just gets lost in the sea of options out there.

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Photo of jneiswender
2.52/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this beer on tap at Toronado's in San Fransisco. Served cool in a pint glass.

A-White thin head, reddish amber body

S-Some fruity smells

T-Fruity, strawberry, hop bitter end


D-Okay...little too fruity. I would drink something else if give some decent choices.

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Photo of taigor
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into regular pint glass.

A - Poured clear amber brown with medium head that quickly dissipated leaving average lacing around the edges of the glass.

S - Sweet roast malts with hints of apple and apricots.

T - Just like smell it is slightly sweet upfront with malts and caramel taste dominating afterwards with a nutty finish.

M - Medium bodied with average carbonation.

D - Very enjoyable ale. Would love to have more in the future.

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.92/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Maggie o grearys

Pour was a light amber. Light creamy head that had light retention and nice lacing.

lots of floral hops with a sweet candy malt.

Nice light sweet amber flavor with a dominating floral hop presence.

Light body with a mild carbonation. Light sweetness left behind.

The scores for this were lower than I would have thought. I found this to be a fun amber with a nice hoppy flavor. Very easy to drink. I would buy this again for sure.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled this on Friday night at The Crepe Place in Santa Cruz, CA. The following review is written from notes.

Served in a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Clear, deep crimson-amber body with a short, loose, off-white head on top. Head decays to a halo after a short while, and holds that form for the duration of the session. No lacing.

Smell: Caramel malt, dough, sweet red berries (like pie filling), and toasted grains. Smells medium-bodied and sweet. Nothing remarkable, but certainly decent.

Taste: Loads of whole grains, red berry pie filling, caramel, floral hops, mild pine, and pancakes. Finish was dominated by lemony hops/esters and yeast.

Mouthfeel: This is a pretty full-bodied amber. Feels malty and prickly, and leaves the mouth moderately warm and dry.

Drinkability: I had no problem finishing this pint, but a little more pizazz from this beer would have been nice. Good, but forgettable.

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

This is a nice ale with definite light English character to it and very consistent slightly complex character if a bit sweet.

It has a huge, out of control head, off white and steadily shrinking to a fairly large, rocky, foamy top that lasts for a while before slowly shrinking to a thin foamy top. It leaves some decent lace. The body is light reddish amber, faintly hazy.

The aroma is toasted whole wheat bread, hints of grapefruit, orange, eath, caramel, butterscotch (light but very clear), yeast and mineral.

The taste is fruity with a slight wine quality, fresh plums, raisins, lightly toasted grain and yeastiness, light caramel, with butterscotch becoming present near the finish. It has light sweetness with light peppery-leafy bitterness not quite strong enough to balance the sweetness, leaving it generally slightly on the sweet side before and after the finish, with the finish briefly being more balanced and dry. It has lingering aftertaste of light, sweet butterscotch and toasted grain with light leafy bitterness with faint hint of citrus. It's almost crips, but tends to be a bit soft and smooth, not oily or watery. The flavour is consistent throughout.

It's good, very drinkable, but a bit sweet.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.67/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This arrived with a finger of foaming, bubbling light-tan head with decent retention. I have heard some in the biz say that the days of Ambers are past, but this made me sit up and take notice. Nose had a light malty sweetness underlain by some hops but not enough of either to be obtrusive. Color was a slightly hazy amber (duh!). Mouthfeel was medium with pleasantly light sweet taste on the tongue. Finish was mild, tasty and refreshing. This is how much I liked it - I drank two (2) (!) while sitting at the Fly Bar in SF.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 12 ounce bottle poured into a standard shaker "pint" glass. The ale appears a deep amber color with about a finger of quickly fading off white foam. Nose and flavor are of caramelized, toasted grains, earthy, bitter hops, a hint of citrus, and some nutty notes. Medium in both body and carbonation. Worth a try.

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Photo of RunDWP
3.36/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the brew pub, and picked up a six-pack as well. Pretty solid brown ale if you ask me.

I'm looking at my nearly finished brew in my tulip glass, and there's plenty of sticky lacing on the glass, with a small pool of dark orange brew at the bottom. Faint nutty aroma from the brew. The brew is a little nutty, a little earthy, with a little sourness that seems a little off-style. Some grassiness to the slight hops background. Brew seems a little thin, but it works pretty well as a drinkable session beer.

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Photo of illidurit
3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Clear reddish brown with a sticky beige head. Tangy citrus aroma with bready brown malts. Flavor is toasted wheat bread with orangey hops, maybe some caramel. Rather light. Mouthfeel is average in every way. Drinkable but boring.

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Photo of lhaqq
4.15/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark amber body with a sticky white head that leaves great lacing.
S: Strong smells of dark tea (earl grey) and honey.
T: Some of the honey carries over into the taste. But a lot more nuts in the flavor. Smells like I'll be drinking an IPA, but tastes more like a Newcastle. A hint of smoke but not much.
M: Good; medium bodied and not too much or too little flavor.
D: Definitely represents the style well in terms of taste, though I was a bit surprised after smelling it.

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Photo of khiasmus
3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby amber hue with soapy bubbles that dissipate to what looks like a peninsula jutting out over a choppy, bubbly lake. The clarity is excellent.
The aroma was unexpected... A rich depth of malt, hints of toast and sweetbread, honey-biscuit, even milk chocolate. Some hint of a sour that I can't put my finger on...
And then here it comes. My grandmother's canned cranberry sauce. That's it. Along with the buttered toast, the fruitcake, the biscuit... Cranberry sauce. Slide it out of the can, cut slices... serve. And as it warms both the flavour and the nose tend that way... almost to a lambic tinge.
Doesn't feel badly on the tongue, though the bitterness seems more cranberry than hop or grain. The tart swing adds a bit of zing to an otherwise slightly undercarbonated brew. Finish is clean and crisp, and the body is light. (dumpster!)
I could drink a good bit of this, and I'm not sure why. It's a strange brew, bipolar. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of popery
3.1/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

El Toro's Poppy Jasper Amber Ale has the strongest caramel malt flavor of any beer that I've tried. It's sweet with some complexity of flavor that gets lost in the overwhelming caramel. I didn't hate this beer, but I struggled with its lack of balance. There is plenty of malt in the flavor and aroma with some lightly roasted notes that I wish were a bit stronger. The abv isn't high enough for the beer to be syrupy or horribly sweet but it tended in that direction for me.

The beer is dark for an Amber Ale but light for an English Brown Ale, the two styles mentioned on the cluttered label. The beer really occupies a space between styles, making its review a bit of a challenge, not that I'm any expert in those styles but it's always nice to have a point of reference.

The mouthfeel is fine with appropriate carbonation. I can't say that I enjoyed drinking the beer. My reaction was probably more to the taste than anything else, but I felt a bit frustrated at the constant caramel that eventually started tasting a bit off. This beer certainly showcases caramel malt but fails to celebrate the flavor by providing complementing balance.

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Photo of rowew
1.63/5  rDev -53.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, label is very cluttered and looks a bit dated. Despite being labeled as an Amber it apparently won an award as a Brown back in 96. Picked up while I was in Gilroy because it was the only local beer I found at the supermarket.

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber with a loose head that fades quickly to a bit of lace.

Smell: Not a lot of aroma at all -just a bit of floral hops and some DMS.

Taste: Dominated by off flavors - seems like cooked vegetable and a bit of metallic.

Overall impression: This one was not good - several different people tried the six pack and no one finished the beer.

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Photo of SaucyA
3.66/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Standard Amber. Even tho it's listed both on the bottle and the website as an English Brown. 1 finger off-white head, relatively clear reddish-amber body. Good.

S - Caramel malt. Fruity yeast. Not really gettin any hop affect except MAYBE some underlying English hops. Mediocre.

T - Pretty much a malt bomb, but it works well. Nothing standout, but nothing offensive. I taste random malts, and to be honest, that's about it. Finishes quickly, with a nice little aftertaste.

M - Thinner body and high carbonation.

D - Pretty awesome drinkability. This one is gonna go down QUICK!

Notes: An extra from Lothore that proved to be pretty damned good. I'd pick this up from time to time if it were available, as it'd be a great converter for someone that's not really into beer. Definitely not a brew to overlook. It's safe to say that El Toro has a passing grade in my book.

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Photo of ibbjamin
3.13/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Paid about $7-8 for a 6 Pack of this from a small liquor store in Morgan Hill. Gingerly poured into a pint glass.

Small half inch light tan head. Dark brownish amber color. I can just barely see through the glass to the other side. Not heavily carbonated. Some lacing that dissipates in a matter of a couple of minutes.

A slightly spicy aroma with hints of caramel and cinnamon. The aroma is very mild.

Like the aroma, the taste is rather mild. Not very hoppy at all. The caramel aroma is not as prevalent in the taste. Watery finish. Quality ingredients used sparingly in this English Brown Ale.

Lightly carbonated, light bodied.

Very easy to drink. The ABV is not listed, but I would imagine it is pretty light.

I remember tasting this one on tap directly from the belly of the beast in Morgan Hill. I liked that pint better than this one indicating that freshness may be a factor. It is not the best brew by El Toro, but it certainly is one of their most common and popular. This beer won Silver Medal at the 1996 Great American Beer Festival for English-Style Brown Ale.

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Photo of Rzzzzz
2.82/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Last bottle of a sixpack originally purchased at a Bay Area BevMo couple of months ago. The first five were big fizzers so I did everything I could on this 6th one to control that. Delicate pour from an ice cold bottle yields a 2-inch head of rocky, sand colored foam. Aggressive carbonation is apparent through this beer's murky, amber body. Not an unpleasant sight.

Aroma is that of roasted malt with a hint of cinnamon. Nice malty flavor from the start but a slight medicinal bitterness offsets, and the carbonation is attacking my mouth like a pitbull. I would like to try this fresh from the brewpub some time, but I don't think I'll be buying any more sixpacks from BevMo.

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