wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - APR 11, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a beautiful orange with a nice tan head. Aroma is yeast, caramel and hops. The flavor is slightly sweet roasted malt; caramel and fruit. The finish is more dry than bitter with the pine bitterness not showing up until the aftertaste. Beautifully balanced. A nice beer.
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - APR 7, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2004 Very slightly hazy medium amber with a medium off white head. Nice aroma of cookie dough, citrus, caramel, grass, and herbs. Medium watery body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Bittersweet flavor of caramel, citrus, orange rind, and hay with a pleasing hop bitterness. Another Sam Smiths with a slightly metallic quality. It is very nice to finally see one of their brews in a brown bottle. Good.
BeerandBlues2 (10775) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 6, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber with a medium off-white head. Aroma of malt and hops. Bitter flavor with a hint of light molasses. Fizzy palate.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - APR 1, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear, bronze/golden; ginormous head is rocky and lumpy and lasts forever. Really a pleasure to see! The aromas are subtle compared to many American IPAs. There is no big burst of obstructive hops, rather, the beer seems to focus on nicely balanced maltiness that rings of caramel, butterscotch, pear, mmmmm!!! There is a slight red bell pepper sweetness that sings quality and richness. The finish is both sweet and dry with a bitter closing bite. Very nice beer from Sam Smiths. I was surprised to realize that I had not had it until today.
aracauna (3252) - Georgia, USA - APR 1, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a pale copper and not a lot of head, but it could be the soft pour. I tasted this blind and thought it tasted very English even though it was part of a IPA blind tasting. Very pleasant light caramel malt flavor. The hops are low but noticeable and it's fairly dry. There's a bit of apple peel in the flavor that gives it a bit of character and makes it stand out..
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - MAR 27, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice brew. Pours a beautiful red amber with an off-white head. Has a malty aroma with some hop presence. The flavor is really good and balanced but the hoppy oooomph and alcohol content that I'm used to in US IPAs isn't there. This is definitely more in the British style of IPAs. However, this is still a great, well-balanced ale. Like all Samuel Smith's quality brews, this is recommended.
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAR 26, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear orange in color with a tan head. Really good. Enjoyable beer. Malty and hoppy. Full bodied. Big in malt flavor.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - MAR 26, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
I have a thingy for this one. Clear orange yellow with a tan head. Subtle hoppy and musty aroma. Patate is smooth and creamy. Big malt laiden with hop bitterness. Malt and bitterness linger. This is another Englis IPA that I tend to like more than most others. YUM.
Hansen (7603) - Assentoft, DENMARK - MAR 21, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fine ipa. Light yellow, ok head. Nice hop, flower and bitterness. Malty to lift the bitterness.
0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAR 19, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fair appearance: honey colored, small particals, cloudy; offwhite head with very poor lacing. Aroma of clover honey and apples and also of "England" style hops, common to Bass & C, etc. Flavor was nice, dominant apple flavor with the English hops and a bitter separate from the apple flavor. Not overly complex or exciting, but well balanced and very pleasing. Nice mouthfeel with medium body and nicely foamy-creamy carbonation. Aftertaste is apples, but predominantly that separate bitter and I appreciate the separateness of the apples and bitter. Overall very easy drinking, very pleasant, medium and quickly diminishing head that left no lacing(!!!), but a nice beer. It's worthy of a 15 or so. =p