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

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Added by Gusler on 10-15-2001

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Ratings: 80 |  Reviews: 55
Reviews by BrewMaster:
Photo of BrewMaster
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with no freshness date to be found into a standard pint glass. The color is a cloudy brown color with orange edges as the light passes through. Creamy brown head that thins to swirls of bubbles.

The flavor is roasty and sweet with floral happiness. A bit of burnt toast sits on the sides of the tongue with crisp malt flavors. This beer is very drinkable and an excellent choice for large gatherings. I had this beer and it was a good beer to serve when you have a lot of different palates to please.

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Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Kind of a amber/brown hybrid here low on the hops that are more noticable in the nose subdued but noticable big fruity esters and juicy fruit packe flavors.Brown sugar notes are quite big up front on the palate with a drying earthy finish.Anunderlying dark cola flavor becomes more prevelant as I drink more it is quite a sociable ale Iam guessing quite low in alcohol nothing to blow you away but I dont think it was intended to by any means.

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Photo of InfernoBoss
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of punkhim
2/5  rDev -43.2%

Photo of cokes
3.17/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

More brown than amber. A tanned bronze without much head.
Juxtaposed nose of caramel nougat and pine needles.
Begins with a rye notion, dense and bready with wavering spiciness. Migrates toward grainier places as this continues. Sweetens considerably with brown sugar and caramel. Remains sweetish, grain-laden and toasty through the remainder. A minor influx of piney bitterness appears at the close.
Medium body with moderate carbonation. This is semi-agreeable, boring amber/brown ale. Neither the malt or hop structure has much allure.
Ok, at best.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A slightly hazy, very dark and reddish copper body rests gently beneath a short head of ivory colored foam. It drops shortly to an average collar, but leaves some nice splashes and spots of lace. The nose offers a blend of yeasty fruitiness, some dark caramel malt, and a sprig of piney hops. It's delicately zesty in the mouth with a very fine, median carbonation. The flavor picks up where the aroma leaves off, and adds a firm bitterness and more hop flavor into the mix. It finishes dry with some gently lingering malt, fruit and hop. This beer won a silver medal at the 1996 Great American Beer Festival in the English-style brown ale category. And although there is a certain depth to its malt character, I really don't see it as a brown ale. But on the other hand, it's much more than a pale ale. A hybrid, perhaps? Interesting and enjoyable!

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
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 hooliganlife
3.92/5  rDev +11.4%
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 Larrydoherty
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of bditty187
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ruby-brown in hue, kind of murky, influences of orange as well, no animation was noticed in the liquid. The head was beige in color; at the summit the foam reached one finger in height, it quickly faded to a soapy cap. Subsequent lacing was almost zilch. In the glass it looks ordinary but kind of mucked up. The nose is interesting. The label on the bottle proclaims it won the Silver Medal at the GABF in ’96 for the English Brown Ale category. So what has changed since ’96? Is it the definition of an EBA? Or has this recipe changed because this is far too hoppy for the style. Malt starts the bouquet, sweet and caramel with a good base. Butterscotch. It is a little yeasty too, both fruity and doughy. At the back, enters the hops, hints of citrus but definitely piney. Odd. Inviting if I ignore the style… I love Brown Ales so I am disappointed in once sense. The palate is interesting, as the malt is pleasant at times but, overall, too mushy. Caramel is nice. Faint butterscotch (while maybe not intentional) is okay. Bready qualities like fresh dough, yeasty too. Fruitiness is prevalent with flavors like raisins and some nondescript chocolaty dark fruit. I like it. Hops are at the back, kind of raw, misplaced, leafy and piney. This beer is really a hybrid of a Brown Ale and an American Amber. It works; still it is not a standout. Aftertaste is sweet and tacky. It needs food. I think this beer would work well with burgers and whatnot; I won’t bother with it as a standalone beverage. But that’s just me. Medium in body, it does have some bulk, the carbonation is moderately low, and the mouthfeel is doable but noting special. Sure, this beer is drinkable. I don’t find it to be a great drink; I could quaff it again. In conclusion however, this beer is not an English Brown Ale, so ignore the labeling. I purchased one bottle of this beer in Brookfield, WI because I never heard of this brewery before. Decent.

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Photo of Quealym
4.56/5  rDev +29.5%

Photo of Troyone
3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a medium iced tea color with an amber/copper hue, minimal off white head, and some carb action.

Difficult to smell the caramel malt and citrus hops.

Moderately acidic, lightly bitter, and wet staw taste with lots of grapefruit hops.

Medium bodied, dry almost watery texture, average carbonation, and a strong metallic and moderately astringent finish.

The wet straw taste and strong grapwfruit metallic finish would limit my session.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Although the bottle states that this beer won a silver medal at the Great American Beer Festival as an English Brown Ale, I have to disagree and say that it comes across to me more as an amber ale. Although this beer pours dark amber, it lacks the nutty, chocolate, or even roasted malt flavors that I've detected in brown ales. The malt flavors instead suggest caramel and sweetbreads, with the hops balancing the sweet malts pretty well. I don't mind a sweeter tasting session ale as long as it finishes dry. This a medium bodied beer, but is very much a session ale, with a not so bitter, but dry finish -- so it's okay with me.

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Photo of GJonesy
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Rzzzzz
2.82/5  rDev -19.9%
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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Photo of Spikester
3.94/5  rDev +11.9%
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 Topher78
2.5/5  rDev -29%

Photo of ocelot2500
3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
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 bcm119
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep hazy amber with a thin white lace. Smells of fruit bread and sweet esters. Mild, bready malt up front with some dried apricot esters on a soft, medium-thin body. Hops are subtle and barely balance the sweetish malts with a leafy tea-like bitterness. Finishes quite dry with a gentle hop aftertaste. Highly drinkable, reminiscent of Boont Amber.

A nicely made English style ale; I could imagine this being very tasty on cask. Perfect balance with a lot of finesse, but just a little too thin.

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Photo of Gusler
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer presents a medium to deep amber color on the pour, the head is substantial in size, bubbly in texture and the color an off white, the lace forms a sheet to cover the glass from view. Malt dominates the nose, crisp and citrus like tones noticed, sweet as is the start and the top average or middling in feel. Finish is perfectly hopped, fair to moderate carbonation and a dry aftertaste, a good drinking beer, one I order on a somewhat regular basis from beer on the wall, got a 12 pack of different beers on the way woo-hoo.

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Photo of Zorro
2.54/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy brown ale with not much of a head.

Smell is sweet and fruity with a bit of pine and tea in the scent.

Taste is dry and malty with a strong caramel flavor. Fruitiness does not show up in the actual flavor. Just a bland ale flavor here, disappointing the scent held promise of a good beer.

Mouthfeel is blah whatever.

Drinkability is Blah. I will finish the glass but I won't be drinking this again.

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Photo of ibbjamin
3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
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 sweethome
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep amber color, a bit of ruby red. Rocky head is quite substantial. Subdued nose, a bit of nuts, but not much more.

Medium mouthfeel. Fills out the palate just enough for session beer. Sweet, bready malts. A touch of candied nuts. Carmel. Spicy hop finish with a very late arriving bitterness.

Finishes nicely with fairly long sweetness holding in there.

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Photo of jneiswender
2.52/5  rDev -28.4%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from rayjay courtesy of Secret Santa 2007, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, maple, nuts, some fruit and a little hops.

T: The taste starts with a malty breadiness and then some sweet flavors of maple, fruit and caramel come in, but it doesn’t overdo the sweetness. There’s a decent hops presence that provides a good balance. The malt character overall is hearty but on the thin side for the style. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style. This is a good beer to drink for a long time if you’re in the mood for the style but looking for something lighter than most brown ales.

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El Toro Poppy Jasper from El Toro Brewing Co.
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