dominion (78) - charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 15, 2002
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Solid overall nice golded color, milder taste than I expected a very good beer
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - JUL 14, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fine malty/fruity/yeasty aroma. Color a clear gold-amber with a big rocky off-white head that displays both staying power and healthy lace..very handsome indeed. Flavor showcases a combination of malt and mellow hoppiness in fine balance. Finish is similarly balanced combination of malt sweetness, hop tang and dryness from bitters. Body is medium-full---a nice, substantial feel to it--in contrast to the watery quality of many IPAs on this side of the Atlantic. This is a well-constructed brew--all the elements are assertive but work well in concert. Very satisfying.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 6, 2002
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Creamy head, a little watery, crisp hop aroma, not as much hop bitterness as I would expect from an IPA.
jsradcliffe99 (6) - USA - JUL 2, 2002 does not count
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not as good as the Sweetwater IPA but good. Nice floral with good hops and a slight bitterness at the end. Again, I havenít found a Sam Smith that I didnít like yet.
Bov (8829) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 24, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
clear amber colour, big creamy head, beautiful lace, very hoppy, caramel, floral, smooth and full-bodied with a robust bitterness, long dry bitter finish - well-structured, beautiful brew
radiomgb (2143) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 22, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber, bronze colour. White creamy head. Fruitness aroma. Rather on the mild side. I didnít find that it had a lot of hops in it. Still very enjoyable.
leaparsons (7495) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 14, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
What first hits is the fantastic aroma - sweet and floral hops with a slight smokiness. More malty in taste than expected - not a bad thing, though. This is a flavoursome beer that is smooth and moreish.
Schroppfy (2357) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUN 11, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Iím very positive about this, but as we had a discussion on thread a while back about the diff. between and English IPA and a american (especially west coast) IPA, so I knew what to expect. jca_lbiís comments are right on: chewy from the hops and malt, yet still subtle.
GPyott (67) - Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 10, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The guys at Samuel Smiths have brewing down to an art. I have yet to be disappointed by one of their beverages, and while their India Ale is no exception, it isnít perfect. The restricted malt and bold hops make for an unbalanced pale ale taste. It definitely has the PA finish, but it is lacking the ďsmokyĒ presence I am accustomed to. A great beer in itself, but not up to par with some of the more dominate West Coast IPAs.
HarmonKill-a-Brew (407) - Wilmar, Arkansas, USA - JUN 7, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I have been wanting to try this beer for quite some time. Hoppy but not over-done. Aroma was not as strong as in most American Pales, but the hops were sure there in the flavor. Good.