Palmetto Amber Ale

This beer is one that I had at the Crazy Crab in Hilton Head. One of their locations is in the middle of Harbour Town, which is where we stayed. I remember going to Hilton Head as a child and enjoying it. As an adult, I found it incredibly boring. I hate relaxing on vacation and I need things to do (which by the way, drives Valentina nuts) and this place was not for me. Other than eating and shopping and golf, there was pretty much nothing to do. But, at least I got to give this beer a shot.


ABV: 5.5%

Style: American Amber/Red Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This American amber ale is handcrafted by meticulously
combining seven different malts to produce a toasted, nutty malt profile. Our medium bodied beer is balanced by a clean hop finish producing what is a flavorful and refreshing complement to your meal.”

Random: This uses Victory, Caramel and Biscuit malts.

The brew poured with a one finger, cream-colored head. It dissipated quickly and only left a little bit of lacing on the glass. The body was an amber color and had high carbonation visible. The nose was filled with malt and toasted brown bread. I kept trying to pick up other scents and couldn’t find much. The taste had only a smidgen more complexity than the nose. It had the same toasted brown bread along with some mild nuttiness. There was also a caramel characteristic that came along for the ride. The body was thick for the style, but had plenty of carbonation to cut the thickness. It had a lengthy finish with caramel malt and nuttiness. This beer was drinkable, but overly simplistic. Even though I can’t get it up here, I won’t be giving this one another shot.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Palmetto Seas The Day IPA

Our first night in Hilton Head, we ended up at a seafood restaurant called Poseidon. It got positive reviews and I was craving tuna. Unfortunately, they sat us in the middle of the children’s area, which tends to really irritate my mother. This beer is their house beer, so since I was never going to get the chance to try it again, I gave it a shot.


ABV: 4.7%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: This beer was made specifically for the Poseidon restaurant by Palmetto Brewing Company. There is literally no other information about this beer online.

Random: Hilton Head is just about as expensive as Jersey, which is saying something.

This beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly, but left limited lacing on the glass. The body was a dark amber color and clear. There was a lot of carbonation visible on the beer. The first thing that struck me about the nose was how incredibly sweet it was for an IPA. There was a lot of caramel malt and almost a honey quality to it, but the hops came through quickly to save the scent. It had some grass and earthy notes to it. The taste was a bit of a letdown, but given the nose, it didn’t surprise me. The hops came through first as wet grass and some dirt. It went into the same malt that was on the nose with caramel and toffee and was a bit too sweet for my liking. Luckily, the body was quite light and had a lot of carbonation. The finish was quick and sweet with caramel. I wasn’t a big fan of this beer and it seemed a bit odd to me to have the “house beer” at a seafood joint be something on the sweeter side. But, it was easy to throw back and I did finish. I won’t be going back to this beer.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0