TheBeerGod (5184) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 25, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This was actually sweeter than I expected. I imagined it to be more of the hoppier variety of IPA. This poured a medium brown with a nice tan head. The nose was sweet and malted with a lighter hop character. Finished well for an IPA and was smooth without the standard bitterness.
ross (2075) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - AUG 24, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
a bold rich ipa. not bad, not the best ipa ive ever had, but certainly worth the money. pours with a thick golden color head.
Suttree (5073) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 23, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pretty copper color, white head and a bready, peppery aroma. subtle malt flavor and a sharp hop bite. Is this the most "American" English IPA?
EKGoldings (526) - Radford, Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2003
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2003 Bottle, no best before date. Pours amber with modest head and slight haze. Smell is dried prunes, hay and honey. Taste has vinous quality, with moderate malt character and medium hopping. Nice finish of dry fruit and malt. Really doesn't fit the IPA style that well at 5% and the relatively low hopping levels. I'm talking traditional IPAs as made by Hodgson, Bass, Allsop etc. with 80+ IBUs and OGs above 1060. As a pale ale I would rate it higher as it is a nice complex, very British ale. I expect the Yorkshire Squares are responsible for the relatively complex flavors here. I really like this beer, but I knocked it down because this simply isn't an IPA.
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 12, 2003
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear medium amber colour with a small white head. Mild hops with hint of fruity nectar and smoked cured meat aroma. Medium thin body. The first half second or so of the medium hoppy bitter flavour is OK but then it rapidly vanishes to a bland nothing. Harshish medium bitter aftertaste. Disappointing, my least favourite Sam Smiths. Perhaps more research is requried.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - AUG 11, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep ruby amber with GREAT lacing and little head. Light hop aroma with dark fruit and sweet british hop notes. Caramel and light hop flavors, less bitterness than an American PAle Ale. I can't believe this is a historic IPA recreation. Slightly bitter and buttery finish, not too bad for an IPA. I really like these british IPAs but they should be in a differnt category, not very comparable to an american IPA.
Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - AUG 10, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark blond with a medium creamy head. Hop and floral aroma. Short malty floral taste with a dry chalky finish.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden-amber hue with a sudsy white head and lively carbonation. A very distinct fragrance including aromas of berries and honeysuckle. Fruit and malt flavors plus a nice bitter finish that lingers. This beer has class.
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 8, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2003 Faint hop/Malt aroma(Very "english" smellin')These english beers almost have a wine like quality to them I can't quite put my ol' factory on.Pours out a orange/golden w/ decent head/good lace.This one tastes malty sweet w/ enough hops to make it a pale ale but an IPA?How could this one survive the journey to India?Anyway...Very smooth beer(a bit watery almost)Samuel Smith would sell way more beer if they sold at least 6 packs for the god-awful prices they charge for 4-pks!(8.79 w/ tax!!!)Dry finish(decent)
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Franky, i was dissapointed at first, but it does at least have the nice hoppy complex. Still the beer was a tad on the watery side.