akinm (282) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 29, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I always need to remind myself that american and english IPAs are very different. what i dont need to remind myself is that they are both really good when done right and this beer was done just right. english hops produce floral aromas and flavors. the typical diacetyl of english beers is present in the nose and the flavor balancing well with the high levels of hop bitterness. the malt and diacetyl do a great job of supporting the hops and keeping them from getting bitter in a scary way. an excellent example of an english IPA.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 25, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2004 OK, so it's not my type of an IPA but for England, it's not too bad. A bit malty and too light with the hops.
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - JAN 24, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Was put off by the nose at first. Fermenting fruit is almost overbearing leaving just enough room for a winey malt charactor. Thin tight head on top of a honeyed body. Lots of malt with a fair amounts of nutty brit hops. Interesting mouthfeel with a smooth texture and a low voltage tingle almost mineraly. Finish is lightly bready and mild vinous malts with a pleasant drying fadeing into fruit and nuts.
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JAN 18, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark honey color. Slightly sweet aroma. Decent head. Some sweeter-fruity tones that I wouldn't have expected from an IPA. Overall though it was merely very good, not outstanding.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 18, 2003
3.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
A very sweet beginning, but overall it was too fruity for my tastes, I love IPAs but I think I prefer the Oatmeal Stout to this one.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 17, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hoppy, malt aroma, with a hint of caramel. Deep amber, with a medium sized head. Malt, nutty flavour, and a nice bitter aftertaste. Very pleasant mouthfeel, well balanced. The usually good work of Samuel Smith's!
3fourths (7855) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 15, 2003
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium amber color. First smells are very sweet like spices in the air. Taste begins sweet, hops and spice. Last tastes are like drinking apple juice. I"m not sure if I particularly like this, so I"ll have to re-rate after I finish the bottle. Leaves my mouth feeling slightly dry (a good thing), tasting those nice hops.
jgb9348 (4626) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orange in colour, faint hoppy smell. Good full taste, with a little citrus and hoppy flavour!
stubemeister99 (1) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2003 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amazing IPA. Great appearance, smooth, balanced flavor. Another great Samuel Smiths beer.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 6, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange amber color with a medium thick head and lots of lace left behind. Sweet lemony hop aroma with a malty background. sweet hoppy flavor with lemon accents and a strong dry hoppy finish. A great IPA. Medium bodied and dry.