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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Reviews: 101 | Ratings: 245
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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Photo of dnichols
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed a bottle, poured into a pint glass, at a fine dining establishment in Charleston, SC.

A: It poured a reddish-brown body with a modes off-white head consisting of dense sticky bubbles. The head lingered and supported sparce but lasting lacing down the side of the glass.

S: The aroama of sweet toasted malts dominated. There were some spicy hops odors but those smells were well hidden.

T: The flavor of sweet toasted malts dominated but as the beer warmed the fruit characteristics came to the front (plums, peaches). On the back side there were bits of bitter hop spiciness that lingered into the aftertaste.

M: It had a light to medium body with active levels of carbonation and a dry finish with a slightly bitter aftertaste.

D: It was a nice well balanced and refreshing amber. Its flavors were interesting and it had a low ABV making it a decent session beer.

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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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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is a semi cloudy amber with orange hues and good carbonation. The head is about 2 fingers, of white and gives way to very nice lace.

The smell is ok mild roasty malt just lightly hopped.

The taste is good, very nice roasted caramel with a milk chocolate not. I like the roasty quality very much.

The mouthfeel is good nice carbonation and a good medium body.

The drinkability is very good, I would love to got more. Very much worth seeking out.

Prosit, MK

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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 John1985
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on my trip to Charleston, it came out ice cold, pretty flat, no head & low carbonation. The ale was red/brown and no distinct aroma. Taste was fairly refreshing w/ decent bitterness to offset the malt. Aftertaste was watery with mild hops in the finish. Overall this was a passable amber (I had two pints) but I was underwhelmed. I not sure the restaurant I was at gave it justice.

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Photo of grumpygerman
1.27/5  rDev -63.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Where ever I go, I pick up beer from local breweries. I bought a six pack from a freezer in a well frequented gas station around exit 33 on I-95.

The first thing that hit me was a distinct cotton candy taste. Way too sweet for any beer style, I would know of. The caramel malt lingered for a while to get washed away by sourness and a bitter (not hoppy, just bitter) aftertaste. I assumed the bottle cap hadn't sealed correctly and discarded the beer as spoiled. I carefully smelled the second bottle and got hit by sour cotton candy. I poured the beer to see if it is cloudy or somehow off color but it poured nice. I had another sip but had to fight just to swallow.

Reading the other reviews I am not sure if I got a bad batch or a six pack close to being spoiled. What I bought and tried consuming was the worst beer I ever had and believe me, I had my fair share of first batch home brews.

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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 Baileyuk
2.72/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Drank it from a bottle in Shem Creek, SC. It was okay, I had heard from others from the Midwest who I met in SC that it was not good. I really wanted there Pale Ale but they did not have it. The general taste was good but there was a slight unsatisfying taste that was hard to place. A little bit bitter. It was a little bit like an end of the road batch but not bad enough to be off. The sad part about it is that the underlying taste was good just a bad delivery.

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

Pours a deep amber, almost toward the red side. Decent white head that fades somewhat quickly. Smell is sweet and malty. Brown sugar and a biscuity essence with hints of caramel. Nice caramel flavor and also some chocolate in there, though just enough to appreciate it. Hops aren't doing much but giving this a little bitterness in the end, which is actually nice for a change. Nice and crisp with a close to medium body. A refreshing brew that truly surprised me. I'll probably spread this around as extras in trades from time to time as I think this local offering should get some more exposure.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.82/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this was an eye opener. Lately if I try an "amber" beer I find I'm usually left wanting something more. As a fan of less hoppy beers this one stepped up and was really malty tasty in all the right ways for an amber brew.

A - rich dark amber with a large white head
S - rich malts swirling with a biscuit moderating undertone.
T - nice robust honey, caramel and biscuit malts swirl with a touch of hops for balance. Lightly sweet without crossing into cloying.
M - light to medium bodied, nicely carbonated.
D - paired with a steak tip and blue cheese salad. It worked quite well IMO. I would definitely have another one of these.

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Photo of
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle, courtesy of bobbyc881

Clear, brown with orange highlights liquid. Medium sized, creamy light brown head.

Scents of molasses and grass. Cherries. Roast notes.

More sweet than bitter. Biscuity. Molasses with a bit of chocolate. Herbal and spicy at the finish, maybe pepper -- fairly mild.

Medium in body. Low to medium carbonation. Very refreshing.

Overall, I like it. A "sweet" amber. Quite the contrast to the Duck-Rabbitt Amber I drank before it.

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Photo of Braudog
3.34/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle at a Charleston tavern; poured reddish amber with a bit of a sticky tan head. Not much of an aroma to speak of, but the beer presents a decent malty body and a well-carameled character. Decent metallic-hoppy bite at the finish. Good welcome to South Carolina. (#2810, 4/21/2007)

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

reddish and cloudy, a little lace around the glass and a very thin head.

smells balanced, malty alternates with hoppy characters

tastes of straight hops, a slight malty finish

has a distinct bitterness, not incredibly balanced feel.

Not a fantastic beer, this is alot more hoppy than I expected

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Photo of paulisme
4.32/5  rDev +22.7%
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 SaCkErZ9
3.92/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dispensed from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Minimal head formation and minmal lacing. I did reuse a glass, after rinsing and drying, which may explain lack of head formation, so I blame myself for that, not the brewer.

Aroma is nice and toasty. Toasted malts and a nice doughy aroma. Some nice caramel malts as well. A nice nose to this beer am I am surprised, I must say. A slight hop presence but nothing noteworthy.

A pleasant tast as well. It has a nice caramel flavor and pretty big on the biscuity flavors as well. I really like that quality in an amber so I was pleased here. A slight touch of chocolate and some hop bitterness in the finish.

Overall a nice effort from Palmetto. I was always a little wary about trying their beers but I will seek out their others in the near future. Hopefully, they will compare to this one. A nice beer.

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

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass a dark amber color very little head with some lacing. Smells of sweet malt and grassy hops. Taste leans a bit more to the hops but a nice balance. Mouth feel is between light to medium body. A good beer I could see myself ordering if it was local.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.28/5  rDev +21.6%
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 lackenhauser
3.76/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Middle of the road brown in color. More a deep amber then a brown. Good tannish head on top. Mellow sort of hop/malt aroma-nothing is too prominant or overpowering. Nice flavor-good blend between the hop bite and malt flavors. More pronounced flavor overall then some ambers. Good body. Drank this all week whether in bottle or on draft and its a solid beer all around. Nice to roll into town and find a local brew you can stick with right off the bat.

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Photo of ellisdee97
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a light clear brownish amber in color, with a light wispy white head and plenty of carbonation bubbles rising within. Good head retention and sticky thick lacing.

S: Musty deep malt. Chocolate with a slight alcohol nip, clean sweet hop bite. Some light caramel notes.

T: Deep robust malt, smokey, chocolate and light caramel. Toasted oats with a quick hop bite and a slight alcohol finish. Slight metallic taste as it warms.

M: Light and musky up front, with a clean dry finish. Nice carbonation as well.

D: Decent beer. Not as well balanced as I personally prefer, but very light and easy to throw back as long as you don't let it warm up to room temp.

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Photo of ChuckMartel
4/5  rDev +13.6%
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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Photo of thaichile
2.38/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle. Pours a deep amber with a slight head. Yeast and hops on the nose. Thick with malts and bitterness as well as a caramel sweetness. Not enough hops to balance the malts. Not the most enjoyable amber for sure. Thanks derrickt007 for the bottle.

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