Palmetto Amber | Palmetto Brewing Company

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Palmetto AmberPalmetto Amber

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Palmetto Brewing Company
South Carolina, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-30-2002

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Ratings: 255 |  Reviews: 105
Photo of rtrasr
5/5  rDev +44.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

Photo of brentk56
4.32/5  rDev +25.2%
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.

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Photo of paulisme
4.32/5  rDev +25.2%
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.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.28/5  rDev +24.1%
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

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Photo of UncleFlip
4.27/5  rDev +23.8%
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

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4.25/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of mkanne3616
4.23/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of JISurfer
4.2/5  rDev +21.7%
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!

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Photo of tavernjef
4.13/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

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Photo of therica
4.12/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

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4.07/5  rDev +18%
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!

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Photo of brdc
4.05/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

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4.04/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Hattie
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of DanielMB
4/5  rDev +15.9%

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 TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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Photo of bendukes86
4/5  rDev +15.9%

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of NAGamecock
4/5  rDev +15.9%

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of Adamostella
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of ChuckMartel
4/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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Palmetto Amber from Palmetto Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.45 out of 5 with 255 ratings
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