belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - NOV 7, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good hop aroma. Nice malt body and bitterness. Not overpowering. A good example of a true English IPA.
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - NOV 5, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2004 Poured a slightly cloudy amber with a thin, white head. Smooth and hoppy taste. Silky mouthfeel. Hop bitterness in the finish, a bit unpleasant at first, but it grows on you. A good beer. Not big on IPAs, but this one is excellent. Another fine Samuel Smith brew.
bob32256 (171) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - NOV 5, 2003
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
nice color and smell; dark, cloudy amber with a thin head; the initial taste is OK, but the finish is too bitter for me
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 2, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Pours a amber color with a medium, lasting, frothy head. One of my favorites from Samuel Smith.
jerohen (2029) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - OCT 28, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2012 Clear deep golden coloured, large lasting head. Hoppy and fruity aroma. Smooth hopbitter flavour, bitter finish. Excellent drinkability. Very nice brew.
skortila (4602) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - OCT 28, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hoppy, sweet aroma. Clear, amber coloured with a lasting, frothy head. Quite a bitter taste, hoppy and sweet. Some herbal notes. well balanced ale. Hopbitter finish.
caesar (5298) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - OCT 28, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear orange color, medium head. Bitter hop aroma, bit spicy and fruity. Very bitter taste, some caramel malts, bit herbal. Bitter finish.
1more4dessert (330) - Upstate, New York, USA - OCT 21, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
for a British version, this is about as good as the style gets. Earthy English hops and substantial malt. Not too buttery.
MartinT (8024) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 20, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rose water seasoning orangey hops...Someone forgot to wash the hops though, I think some earth appears in the back...Pine cones are slowly divulged in a highly comfortable, standard weekend garment...Afflation is an unknown concept here, but tradition is still well served...
Rastacouere (6136) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 20, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The body is amber and wears a medium white head with average stickiness. Aroma is of mild english hops, but with good malt character. The texture is mild, medium body. It shows a good flavour balance with shy notes of flowers and oak, but the aftertaste had a little unpleasant note on its bitterness, almost cardboardish. (I was hard-judging that day). There's just not much to be said about that beer. It's conservative, well done in every department, but absolutely nothing to stand out and that's what I'll remember.