Palmetto Amber | Palmetto Brewing Company

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Palmetto AmberPalmetto Amber

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Palmetto Brewing Company
South Carolina, United States | website

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 +6%
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 metter98
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
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 brentk56
4.32/5  rDev +22.7%
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 nickfl
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
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 chinchill
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
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 +13.6%
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 smcolw
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
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 woodychandler
3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
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 feloniousmonk
3.86/5  rDev +9.7%
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 Gavage
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
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 weeare138
3.92/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a copper toned amber with a small white cap that slowly fades into a mild collar. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, biscuits, herbs, cut wood, and grassy hops.
Taste is of the aromas with some Vienna malt flavors that carry a smooth grainy vanilla flavor found in many German Marzen beers.
Mouthfeel is smooth, sugary, and lightly bitter with hops clinging to the end.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a minimal 1/4" beige head over the amber brew. Head fades to a layer of bubbles, with scant lacing as well. Aroma is of medium malts. Flavor is nice and full of grain husks to start, wiht a lightly fruity hops character. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both nice, this one is a quick empty. Enjoyable amber here.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.31/5  rDev -6%
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 avalon07
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
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 -10.5%
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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Photo of jmdrpi
3.34/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle, no date

Amber in color, foamy white head. Nutty malt aroma. Slightly sweet taste. Malt dominated, minimal hop flavor. Thin to medium bodied.

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Photo of glid02
3.72/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of champ103
3.82/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of ZAP
3.89/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love the nose on this beer...sweet sugar and sweet malt...soem caramel as well.....pours a cloudy amber...a little head on top...body is about right...if I'm getting picky just a RCH thin but I'm getting picky now...a creamy, smooth texture in the mouth...flavor begins all malt....but not overdone...a nice caramel flavor takes the forefront...amazingly some hops jump out of nowhere on the herbal, spicy close that I like in my Red Ales....I tell you what....I didn't know what to expect from this beer but I am of the better Red Ales I've tried...lacks the depth of character of say Kalamazoo's but is enjoyable in its own way...a good solid everyday beer...thanks to Loki(Kipp) for the first of six from the Carolina's (Nothing could be finer than some beer from Carolina)

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Photo of Suds
3.12/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've had this beer on several trips to Charleston. The brew's aroma is appealing with an appetizing hoppiness. Unfortunately, beyond the smell, the beer is ordinary. Light body, and the finish could be more bitter. On the other had, it’s not an undrinkable beer, and has potential to be a good session brew.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a COAST Willi. Poured a copperish yellow-orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacingthroughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, caramel, caramel hop, earth hop, and subtle powdered chocolate. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, earth hop, subtle chocolate, caramel, and caramel hop. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. For the style this really wasn't a bad brew. However, nothing really stood out too much on this one though which was rather unfortunate. The chocolate note going on in this one was interesting, but just not enough to take it to a new level. Worth trying at least once if you get the chance but that's about it.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.13/5  rDev +17.3%
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 DavoleBomb
3.19/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a snifter.

2.75 A: Mildly hazed orange amber color. Less than one finger of frothy beige head. Retention is below average and just a few wisps of lacing are left.

3.0 S: Sweet caramel and graininess. Not quite clean as there's some breadiness in there. Light mineral component. It's okay, but it needs more malt in there.

3.25 T: Like the nose, lots of caramel and graininess. Bready base with hints of mineral. Mild bitterness. Grassy hops. Better than the taste, but still mediocre.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lightly creamy and smooth.

3.25 D: It's okay, but nothing I would pick up again.

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Photo of blackie
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
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

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