Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 15, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a pretty standard amber with a nice frothy white head, leaving good amount of lace. Small malt nose with a little hop aroma. Big malt body starts the flavors and finishes with small hops. Nothing too significant.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - NOV 12, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a bit of a golden, almost a light brown color. A little tiny head, that tries to hang on but fails, and leaves some light lacing in its wake. A very mellow aroma, has a nicely balanced hop profile, with a sufficient malt backbone. Taste is slightly buttery, but has a nice clean mouthfeel, that is medium bodied and very drinkable. I prefer their ESB.
Reid (1876) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 11, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bought this in the beautiful 1pt.2.6 oz bottle!! Nice raised brown glass and a classy label.
Poured into the glass a nice tasty bright brown , very nice indeed..small head , which lingered down to the bottom of my glass.
Smell was not too strong//slighy toffee scent even a slight hint of coffee!
Good taste hits the spot! Iv'e had other IPAs with too much taste ..this is nice stays but doesnt linger to long.
Feels very good in the mouth.
Very drinkable indeed..if not too cold.
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 9, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2004 This is a good, big bodied beer with bitter hop flavors, but those flavors and the relative aromas are fairly subtle. Savory malts reign here. The kind of beer I hate to judge without trying it on cask somewhere across the pond.
rdog (10) - Hammond, Indiana, USA - NOV 8, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Its hard to know what what the original IPA's tasted like in the 1800's but since this is a faith full repoduction I would fight for the empire. It doesn't knock your socks off with hopps. I think its a great intro in IPA's. It's a very good brew.
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2004 Clear medium amber brown with a a medium rocky quickly diminishing off white head. Floral aroma of carmel, toast, dough, and honey with hints of orange and spice. Medium watery body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Flavor of caramel, butter, bread, and honey with hints of orange and spice. I enjoy hoppy American IPAs, but they can be a little fatiguing. I can drink nicely balanced English ones like this all night. Good.
Ungstrup (29223) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The aroma is a nice sweet malty and hoppy one. The color is amber and it has a beutiful head. The flavor is sweet and hoppy with notes of fruit and grass. It doesn't have bite enough for an IPA. The ends is more grassy, than it is bitter.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 6, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Copper/amber color, with some darker shades. Quite clear and no sediment. Decent sized head. Smells clean and muted for an IPA. Some hops present, lots of malt. Begins with a lightly bitter hops flavor, slightly floral, that quickly is overtaken by a big caramel malt flavor. This is a pretty decent malt flavor, quite fresh and very big. Hoping the hops will pick back up, but surprisingly, the beer finishes with a dry buttered-popcorn flavor with some ligering sweetness. This is where it departs from Sam Smith's IPA, which I felt is a better rendition. I want to rate this highly, as it has a great caramel malt feel to it, but where are the hops? I know the IPA has gone through a huge makeover since the original, adding tons more hops, but I have to believe that even the original IPA style, shipped to India, had more hops than this. After drinking a few more of these, the beer gets very boring, and the excessive butter sweet caramel flavor is all I am really tasting. I'm not saying they should turn this into Victory HopDevil, but at least give it a little more hops.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 2, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear light copper with a good-sized, frothy off-white head. Sweet caramel malty aroma leads into a nicely sweet, but well balanced with bitterness, smooth body. Finishes lightly sweet and crisp, a true version of the English style.
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2003
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Darker in color than most IPA's. Not at all like the BIG American IPA's. This, like most Fullers, is a quality beer, brewed with tradition and time tested recipies. If you go to England and get an IPA, this is what you will find. It is a nice change from a regular ale.