NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours a red-amber with a thin head. Smells quite sweet, of berries and cherries, peaches, just plain fruity. Taste is clean clean clean. Clean malts, clean hops. Some fruits are there, a nice bitter finish. I can see why this better fits under ESB, but I don’t think that is really true. I’d say it is an IPA, simply because they’ve been doing it a lot longer than we have. A solid beer.
PullMeABeer (203) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 20, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
550ml Bottle. Pours a dark golden yellow, thin velvety head, and great lacing. I love the way the carbonation looks in Samuel Smith beers; I just seem to always notice it. Aroma is very light, pale malts, hints of light citrus and tea. I tell you, the flavor of this beer is very refreshing, fresh, and delicious, without being very strong at all. Very nice hints of tea and water down coffee, great malt balance, with a touch of something citrus-like that keeps it very fresh and light on the palate. Finishes very dry and smooth. A very subtlety flavor brew like this cries out to have a bad off taste in it. This beer did not, no skunkiness, not astringent metallic hoppiess. Great Brew!! "Its good."
P.S. Why can't they put all their beers in this dark brown bottle??????????
Enniskillen (2045) - Salinas, California, USA - OCT 14, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is fruity, sweet tea, and slight sweet hops. Copper color with thin head. Taste is like a sweet IPA, smooth, floral. Low hoppiness for an IPA, but plesant.
Jine (903) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - OCT 13, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Been waiting to try this crazily labelled IPA. Pretty good, could be a tiny bit hoppier.
sixpackcharley (19) - barclay, Texas, USA - OCT 10, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A good overall IPA- Could have a little more hops, but I am biased. Clear appearance and a thin coppery color bless your glass as you pour this rewarding ale. The world of IPA’s is quite competitive, but this one holds it’s own near the top.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 6, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a beautiful gold/brown color with a thick, frothy head that hangs around until you’re done drinking. Floral/herbal hop aroma. Smoooooth mouthfeel, full of bitter hops with an excellent malt counterbalance. Pleasant, bitter finish. More, please.
TerryR (391) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beautiful orange with an off-white head that lasts forever. Aroma is hops and sweet malt. Medium bodied. Hops, pine needles and lots of malt in the flavor. Slightly bitter finish. Very well balanced for an IPA. A well made beer.
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 29, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I liked this one for its hops and balance. Actually used half the bottle to simmer chili with (please don’t shoot me--I thought it would balance the palate well, and it did). Mean brown-amber color, appearance tilts to a 4/5 because of the intricate bottle which I love. A bit of a sweet finish? Nicely wrought.
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great pour! Nice golden brown color and a thick foamy head. Nice hops...but doesn’t overpower you. A bit bitter, but not in a bad way. A bit lighter of an IPA than I traditionally like...but a great beer none the less.
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - SEP 26, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2004 This is a hell of an IPA. Perhaps Samuel Smith's best beer. Also, the first one I have had that is not in the stereotypical clear glass. This one was brown, maybe they are learning something. Brown copper beady with beautiful thick frothy white head. Very sweet and vinuous. Hops, of course, are evident, but not painfully so. This truly is a mild IPA and could become a session beer easily. This is a smooth and easy to drink beer.A new favorite.