Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 27, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice amber hue with small head leaving fair lacing. Malty sweetness and floral hops in the nose. Nice caramel flavors that blend very will into a hoppy finish. Tangy palate.
BrewEd (182) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - SEP 25, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hoppy nose with a mild malt presence. Not the overpowering hops of many American micros, but still a goodly amount. Very well balanced with caramel malt to offset the bitterness. One of the best IPA's I've had.
slushy (28) - Niagara Falls, New York, USA - SEP 25, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly amber with an off white head, nice lacing. Flowery in the nose. Floral taste on the tongue, average bitterness. Nice English style IPA.
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 20, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The colour of »a golden sunset« which (apparantly) is reddish amber. Nice white head and fine lacing. Decent hoppy nose. Initially sweet and flowery taste followed by the trademark dry, bitter finish. Not as powerful as the best American IPAs, but nice and well balanced.
jsquire (3738) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - SEP 17, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light amber color with nice fluffy white head and sticky lace. Floral, pine hop nose. Less sweet than the PNW IPAs but still lots of malt with a strong body. Bitter orange rind hop bitterness well balanced with the malt. Very solid IPA, but my palate has been trained to the bigger, hoppier ones.
carboloader (674) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 17, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This one is definitely not for hop-lovers in the American tradition. Pours amber yellow with a medium sized tan head that quickly disspates. Some lacing. Aroma to me is like cheap beer, not much hops and some malt. Flavor is dry and malty with a very long bitter finish. Slight metallic aftertaste. Not too sweet, which is refreshing in an IPA. However, to me this tastes more like a lager. I tend to prefer strong hop varieties and this is definitely not that. Also has mild alcohol content for an IPA.
Aggie80 (790) - Michigan, USA - SEP 16, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is probably the best IPA I've encountered. Great head and lacing, good color and all around good drnking.
bluevegie (3067) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 16, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Quite like this beer it has good head, colour and lacing but the important thing ,the taste,was very good!Good blend of malt and hops.Cheers!
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - SEP 9, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lots of head, clear amber pour. Aroma is very floral. Malty and hoppy, defintely not an American IPA, it was missing something I just couldn't put my finger on. Had that slightly metallic taste that I've found before in Sam Smith beers (besides the Oatmeal Stout.) Maybe I just don't like the water they use?
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 6, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear amber colour with a big creamy head and nice lacing, very hoppy, caramel, floral, smooth and full-bodied. A nice robust bitterness, long dry bitter finish. Very well balanced.