Palmetto Amber | Palmetto Brewing Company

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Palmetto AmberPalmetto Amber

Brewed by:
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 Holland
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: clear dark amber/light brownish red with thin off-white head, leaving a very tiny lacing and layer on top of fine bubbles. I like that look ++.

S: smells like pale malt and bread and some banana. Maybe a bit of bitter hops.

T: heavy on the malts, not a whole lot else there. It doesn't have the complexity that the smell has. Solid, but not spectacular.

M: heavy carbonation, but not too heavy for the style. It's smooth like an amber and the carbonation pulls out the crispness. Light to medium body, not too sticky in the mouth but enough to allow the malt to stick.

O: decent beer - if they were on tap I'd get it, but it's not spectacular. I picked up a single 12 oz for around $1.50 at the Beer Exchange in Charleston.

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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 pzrhsau
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Sandy orangish color that almost reminds me of a sunrise orange. Nice lace of head that sticks to the glass.
S: Nice tangy acidic aroma. Sweet with hints of citrus and sweet malt.
T: Nice sweetly tangy fruit flavor that combines well with the bitterness of the hops. The beer also balances out by finishing with a great toasty malt flavor.
D/M: Very crisp and drinkable. Lightly carbonated and not too overpowering on the palate. Good session beer.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.92/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had from a bottle at Hymans Seafood in Charleston.
Kind of a dark color for an amber. In fact it's only amber when held up to the light. Small 1/4" head from a slow pour but good retention.
Different aroma than what I'm used too with the latest ambers. More malty, sweet but not overdone. Kinda smells like sweet tea. I like it.
This is what I would consider a classic amber. Certainly in a different category than Big Hoppy Monster and Nugget Nectar. Very mild on the hops but a good beer neverless. Very balanced and easy to drink. Mouthfeel is medium to full. Good session beer to drink with a meal.

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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 CampusCrew
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance: copperish brown, not much haed retention

smell: some sweet breads and sublte caramel aroma

taste: some sublte caramel notes, low hop presence

mouthfeel: light to medium bodied

drinkability: a solid local beer but nothing to go crazy about. Wish I could have found the porter around while I visited there.

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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 BottleOfPills
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

My vacation beer purchased from Publix on Folly Beach...

How fitting..

A - 3.5 good, kind of a reddish caramel cover, I poured mine in a non traditional beer drinking glass - you know those only available glasses at the condo your staying in... It had a mild carbonation that left a small head that quickly dissapated. Didn't bother me as I still thought it appeared above average. Thus it's good.

S - the smell is sweet... it's good but not great, guess that makes it average.

T - taste is also good or I should say average, It's hoppiness isn't too strong for my taste buds, but yet it's stronger than what I normally go for. Plus there's a lack of "something" that normally would keep my interest in a hoppy beer. This something differs from beer to beer, and I'm going to write it off as it simply lacks originality of flavor. Good not great. Thus average.

M - mouthfeel is good. The appearent mild carbonation is just that, appearence, as this beer hides it's carbonation well but maintains it even better. The mouthfeel is crisp and tingly, very good..

D - drinkability is 3.5.. I say this because I like the way it feels but not so much the taste. Clear as mud?

Very good beer that's average to me but I think others may like it more... It wants to be a pounder I think but is a little harsh... yet it's not as original for a true beer drinkers beer.

Course I could just be intoxicated and rambling on my vacation....

Thank You Sir, I'll have another.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Off the tap at the Charleston airport waiting to go home from vacation with my Russian bombshell (it was a bittersweet beer...) this one was a dusky amber color. The one-finger, off-white head did not retain very well but the lacing was consistent. The aroma was pleasant and balanced as on would expect of the style, solid cereal malt presence and some floral hops to balance but it definitely was sweet. The flavors were quite balanced with lots of caramel malt, some earthy malt and an appropriate amount of hops to balance. The mouthfeel was good, the body light/medium and the carbonation good. A very good session beer but by no means 'deep'.

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Photo of movingtrain
3.76/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On vacation on at Hilton Head...drinking this from a 12 ounce bottle poured into a Piraat glass (what I brought with me).

Pours a dark amber color with about a half finger head. After sitting a bit, the head has settled down. With some swirling, some good carbonation stands out...actually looks like a copper-yellow color.

Smells bitter...maybe lemon zest, hoppy citrus in the background, biscuit notes up front, maybe some light honey notes in the a field full of clovers.

Taste is light, biscuity, malty, bready...good hop character in the background creating the perfect bitterness. I am surprised by this one. The bottle says only, "Amber" on it, but it tastes very similar to a good bitter. Some good floral notes here...light and refreshing.

Overall, I'm pretty impressed with this one. A lot of flavor here, and finely bitter. I really am enjoying this local South Carolina brew...check this one out, and drink it cold.

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Photo of FloppyDog
3.76/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass, clear copper brew has very little head that dissipates quickly.

The aroma is predominantly of caramel malt with a little bit of citrus hops coming through.

The hops come through much more in the taste, with hop bitterness up front with citrusy hop flavor and somewhat chewy caramel malt in the middle and finish. Carbonation is moderate to low.

Overall, very drinkable. I would definitely buy this again.

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Photo of beeragent
3.51/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Poured a nice medium amber, forming a good 1 inch off white head. Medium amounts of lace cover the glass.

S - The aroma is dominated by the sweet malts, with not much else coming through.

T - Once again, the malts dominate the taste, coating the palate with a sweet malt taste. No hop presence is noticeable. Simple yet tasteful.

M - Medium bodied with a smooth clean finish. Medium amount of carbonation throughout.

D - I'm not a huge fan of amber beers, but suprisingly this one had a decent flavor, and thick enough to make me remember I wasnt drinking a BMC product. Easily a sessionable beer, and one I will surely be missing.

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Photo of Ragingbull
3.64/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another Christmas gift of "dark, tasty beer" from my friend in South Carolina. Dark amber color with a loose frothy head. Active prickle bubbles. Nice nose that is well balanced between the hops and the malt. The flavor present with the hops forward, but a strong malt character comes charging behind, and pronto. Balanced flavor with a slight hoppy aftertaste. Nice thickness to the mouthfeel. The flavor is a little bit off from the characteristics that I am pulling from this beer. My friend claims it is because of the brackish water on the coast that they have to brew with. . . perhaps he is onto something as the characteristics and the flavor are a little disjointed. I didn't experience it with the Pale Ale so who knows. Caramel and spice notes are hidden in the flavor. Its a pretty drinkable beer, but I would go ahead and say that because of its lighter body and overall feel this is more of a warm weather beer, meant to be served cold. Perfect for South Carolina, but it was perhaps out of place up here in the Minnesota winter when I did this review.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.46/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at a bar in Charleston. Poured to a bright copper color with decent off-white head that lingers thru mid glass and then slowly disippates to leave good lacing. Nose was malty, with earth scents and toasted nuts. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and the flavor picked up the roasted nuts and malty sweetness.

A nice smooth finish of medium duration.

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Photo of brdc
4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
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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Photo of GreenThumb
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Was served this in a rooftop bar near the Waterfront.
This beer has a good amber flavor with typical low-key malt flavors. Aftertaste is malty and light.

Mouth feel is average for amber/pilsners.

I had never heard of this beer until I honeymooned in Charleston, S.C. and would suggest it / try it again if I can find it in Houston.

This was a very drinkable beer (I had 3) and goes well on a hot afternoon with spicy food and sandwiches.

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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 brewmudgeon
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

deep orange brown, decent lacing
smell is sort of a rusty caramel
taste is like the smell, plus a mineral water flavor and relatively firm bitterness
mouthfeel is slightly on the watery side, but acceptable
would be very easy to put a few of these away. each sip suggests that another be taken.

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Photo of nem2006
3.08/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had in a bottle at the Charleston Place Hotel in Charleston, SC. Poured an amber color with a slight head that faded shortly after pouring. There was carbonation visible on the side of the glass.

The smell was slightly sweet with a heavier hop note to it. But nothing really out of the ordinary for an amber.

Sat heavy on the tongue. Started sweet and then finished with a typical amber finish. The bitterness lingered.

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Photo of Onenote81
2.8/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a dark red color with just a slight rim of lacing around the top. Smell was floral, and a little charred scent. Taste was not there for me. Smooth and crisp, but I wasn't finding the flavors that I usually look for in a good red/amber. Some charred flavor to go with the smell; some hops. Finish was bitter, but clean.

Was an ok brew, but not one I'd necessarily recommend.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.06/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another one thanks to BA dmamiano.

Nice amber color with a good thick tan head. A few streams of bubbles streaking up from the bottom of the pint glass. Fairly clear but seems to have a slight haze. Lacing is evident.

Aroma is a bit syrupy, some roasted malt and a bright citrus hop presence. Taste also has a thick syrupy nature. Almost extract-like IMO. There is some roasty dark malt notes and noticeable flowery hops but it's all in the background to the burt caramel taste.

Thick and not very carbonated. Not an impressive brew, but sure it's drinkable and much better than the alternative that the masses have accepted.

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Photo of dmamiano
2.8/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First tasting was on the beach at Hilton Head so I was hoping atmosphere wasnt going to sway my review...and it didnt.
Poured a medium amber with virtually no head or lacing to speak of.
Smells was very sweet in the malt department reminding me of candy.
Taste seemed a bit too sweet as well. Cloying and thick are two words I think of when drinking this....not a very good beer.

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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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