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Palmetto Amber | Palmetto Brewing Company

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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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Photo of kylehay2004
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
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 nmann08
3.07/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
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 BEERchitect
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Marvelously malty and with enough citrusy hops to take the edge off of its sweetness, the American amber ale of Palmetto Brewing is a comforting ale that's built for long conversation with good company, American pizza, burgers and dogs. With this, the Americanized red ale is an all-purpose taste.

Appearing on the reddish side of amber, hints of brown and bronze carry threads of bolder color. Its frothy off-white cap blankets the nose with rich malt sweetness seeming of caramel, toffee, toast, roasting peanut and the light baking sear of pie crust. Much of the same rolls onto the tongue as the sweet malty taste is savory of toast, nuttiness and caramelized sweetness.

With the beer's malting influence remaining moderately strong, sweet and savory, the pacific northwest hops won't be denied. A balance of orange peel, grapefruit and fine grassiness offers a herbal and citrusy counterpoint to the rolling sweetness. Trailing with a growing bitterness, a toasted peppercorn finish comes with a firm earthy brightness of mulled pine needle and spicy grassiness.

Medium-bodied from start to finish, the lingering sweetness keeps the session savory and focused on the sweetness. While trending mildly toasty-dry, the hops, alcohol and sharpening grains balance enough of the sweetness to allow a drinkable, refreshing and crisp taste, albeit malty.

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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 chinchill
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
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 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 nickfl
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
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 smcolw
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

What is an Amber Ale anyway? After having the Palmetto Pale Ale, this seems to be the same beer. It has a darker color--Deep amber, clear. Modest head leaving little lace. Malty smell. This is a more bitter beer on the tongue than most Ambers. Has the body of skim milk.

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Photo of ZEB89
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of woodychandler
3.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Soft, light tan head that began to dissipate during the pour. Color was a slightly hazy medium amber. Nose had an interesting sweetness to it, like coconut and maple syrup. I must be losing my mind. Mouthfeel was medium with a slightly hoppy bite on the tongue. Finish had a dark cocoa taste. In an amber?! I must be out of my mind, but that's my story and I'm sticking to it. Defy me, I dare you!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dusky orange brimming with superfine particles. There's nothing amber about this amber ale except the highlights along the bottom edge of the glass. The attractive crown of ecru foam slowly melts into a rounded mound of cream, leaving jagged fingers of lace behind.

The nose is balanced, as befits the style. Actually, the more I sniff, the more I think malt dominates. There's some orange fruit, but not a whole lot of hoppiness. My guess is that German varieties, possibly English, are in use.

Palmetto Amber is good beer, even if it favors the maltier aspects of its personality at the expense of the hoppier aspects. There's a fair amount of barley present, with a fresh cereal grain flavor that I'm enjoying. It's anything but sweet, however, and would make a great session beer as a result.

The hops do an effective job, both of countering and accenting the malt, even if they don't stake out any territory of their own. They're most apparent on the finish and are contributing more and more as I get deeper into the bottle. The flavor is still orange fruity, although not in a biting, citric way.

The mouthfeel is good because it's on the full side for the style. Too many amber ales are too light in the mouth to suit me. The carbonation is mild-mannered, but effective.

Palmetto Amber stays well within the style guidelines and keeps the bells and whistles to a minimum. The best word that I can think of to describe it is 'solid'. It may not be a head turner, but it is a head nodder. As I drink the final few ounces, I find myself nodding my head slowly up and down, thinking "yesiree, Palmetto Brewing Company knows what good beer is all about". Thanks to WOLFGANG for this bottle of what must be a South Carolina staple.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.31/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of WoodBrew
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm trying this at Capt'n Woodys on Hilton Head island. It poured a clear amber with white head with no lace. The scent had hints of caramel malt. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it was a solid beer.

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Photo of thatoneguymike
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of VeganUndead
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.86/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, pure amber color, big, lush white head...perfect fit for the style.
Aroma, soft, yet sensual, mild hop aromatics, herbal, lightly fruity, just nice enough.
Taste: very decent. Bit of a coppery feel. Smmoth and tasty, lightly hoppy, amiable and mild, leading to high on the drinkability charts. Matches well against many an amber i've encountered. Very tasty, rich and warm, and malty, too.Damn, but I'm liking this, and i think it stacks up well against the many popular amber out there.
Me, I need more from the hop department, but this is awfully righteous for what it is!

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Photo of Cynic-ale
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of sendbeer
2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of redfox405
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of Gavage
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.31/5  rDev -4.1%
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 wrightst
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of avalon07
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy copper, tawny, orange-ish color with a decent beige head. Sweet malty and light grainy aroma. Grainy malt flavor with a light spiciness. Light-medium bodied with a light harsh finish.

Average Amber Ale at best. Not one I'd bother to pick up again.

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Palmetto Amber from Palmetto Brewing Company
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