DanielBrown (4381) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Stirchley Wines and Spirits, Birmingham. Orangey brown, with a reasonable white head. Smelss fruity and slightly spicy. Fresh, fruity taste, orange, pineapple, with a hoppy, grapefruit finish, which is bitter and dry. Medium soft mouthfeel, getting firmer towards the end. East drinking, very palatable. If this is a typically UK IPA, then I definitely prefer this to Fullersí version.
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - MAY 13, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours amber/light brown with a big head. This beer is well done. Not too hoppy, but the hops are still very present. Another great offering from Sam Smith.
Sammy (11176) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 12, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
British style bitter IPA. I liked it but younger mates wanted more wallop and even less bite, which was soft. Foamy pour. Amber with oil residue and clinging lace. Lemon citrus with mid-sip Apple spice and orange pekoe tea throughout and the latter as the aftertaste. Nice aroma.
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 11, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Quite hoppy, herbal aroma (initially thought it was Goldings but now I think itís mostly Fuggles) with some caramel and quite a bit of tinned fruit salad coming through as it warms. Flavour starts quite malty, almost too sweet and even a touch worty but is then balanced very nicely by a good, solid bitterness. Really good stuff - probably the best English-made, English-style IPA Iíve had.
joshpiledean (316) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 8, 2004
3.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a cloudy gold, with little head. Nose is amazing! Fruity and spicy, slight tinge of alcohol. Even flavor but a little light on the hops compared other IPAís Iíve had. Nice brew.
grant60 (185) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 3, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
passionfruit and caramel aroma. golden brown and almost red colour, with a slightly off white head. same flavours as the aroma, plus the tinyist smokey flavour. the perfect beer. everything is well balanced.
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 2, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
now this is what i call an ipa. plenty of butterscotch and caramel in the aroma well balanced by some stonefruit yeast character and a rasping, but not over-the-top, lingering, dry finish
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 30, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper color, bordering on red. Aroma of mostly caramel malt and really shy hops. Again, the hops is really shy in flavor but the caramel explodes on the tastebuds followed by a slightly bitter finish. A truly english version of the IPA.
DrunkenLooser (22) - Frankfort, Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A little mild compared to American IPA's. Good malty taste. Nice amber color with frothy head.
Skip (206) - Indiana, USA - APR 19, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Coppery-red color, which is correctly described on the label. Good hops flavor and aroma (no surprise in an IPA), but not as sharp in hops in either case as is the norm with the style. head retention is fair with some lace forming on the sides of your glass. For those who do not like the high hops content of most IPAs, this might be a brew that could be appreciated with its better overall balance.