jpknight22 (171) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 17, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Probably my third or fourth favorite Sammy Smithís to date behind the Oatmeal Stout... I donít like ales typically because of their acidic properties, but this one was off the hook. Refreshing flavor with a controlled amount of bitterness, and completely smooth all the way down
omhper (18324) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 16, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Reddish amber with rich head. Flower aroma. Malty, dry and really hoppy. It also has that unmistakable Samuel Smith house character that Iíve loved since I first learned about British ales.
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - DEC 10, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Copper colored with a large Off white head, this is a smooth, easy to drink IPA. Not as hoppy as some of its American counterparts, but quite tasty. Another good Samuel Smith ale.
RedTickBeer (39) - Gainesville, Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amazing. The king of English-style IPAs. This is my favortite styles of beer, and this one is no exception. Doesnít have the over the top hops of the West Coast IPAS, but itís not hops deficent by any means. Good and clean bitterness throughout. I prefer the West Coast style but this is the best of the best in the English style. Donít ask, just drink.
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - NOV 30, 2002
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Well, I completely missed the hops in this one. Aroma was nutty, more like a brown ale than an IPA. Strong malt backbone in the flavor, the samee nuttiness that was noticable in the aroma, and a somewhat sweet yet crisp ending. I liked it but then again I am not a "hop head" so the emphasis on the maly was diffrent than most IPAís that Iíve tried.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - NOV 28, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Textbook IPA. There is something about Sam Smithís beers that I like, itís the buttery quality of all of the beers. Iím not sure what this is, I read it somewhere but I think the stones and the Burton water have something to do with it.
ENTROPY (141) - Terra Bella, California, USA - NOV 24, 2002
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I dont like this beer...
pivo (2542) - GERMANY - NOV 24, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fresh hops, floral and complex spicy nose. Orange-amber color and a low, foamy head. Quick profile that starts a little sweet but turns instantly to a bitter hop finish. Clean palette and a great interpretation of the style. Classy and laidback.
YogiBeera (2435) - Hamburg, GERMANY - NOV 24, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hoppy, malty and caramely aroma. Orange color with tones of red. Brussels lace. Spicey and malty, alcohol taste. Fullmouth.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2002
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2003 English hops have a problem showing through in the aroma over malts in all english beers, and its just a shame when its an IPA..I prefer American IPAs in every way, especially da west coast ones..but thats just the way I am..this beer is alright though..but its still way to malty for me, expecially for an IPA..I understand this is the way IPA's were back in the day..but there wasn't any electricity back then either...things change, People learn, things get better..American hops are grown..little more than a history lesson IMO