Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - SEP 3, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Goldish-amber color. Nice hoppy aroma. Has hints of banana, mellow malts in the taste. Nicely balanced, not too complex,smooth. Good change from an American IPA.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - SEP 3, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear, amber yellow color with white, medium sized head. Slightly hoppy, malty aroma with a touch of sweetness. Flavor is slightly hoppy, with a malt finish, but a little thin and watery. Overall it's not a particulalry complex or interesting brew, but it's smooth and pretty well balanced.
egajdzis (5509) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a cloudy orange reddish color with a small white head. It had an aroma of sweet fruit, alcohol, to be honest, it smelled like a mixed drink (Bacardi Limon and Sprite to be exact). It had a dry mellow hop taste that was not over the top, and it seemed to be balanced very well. However I don't think that this is my style of IPA, I guess I am a hop head.
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Hoppy but not overpoweringly so. Better than Stone's IPA, that's for sure.
TheBeerGod (5465) - 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 (2120) - 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 (5393) - 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 (603) - 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.