haddon90 (1603) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - MAR 2, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
An average IPA. Clear orange color, could have been deeper. Nice white head. Could use some more hops. I thought it was a little weak for an IPA. Most likely won't order this again.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2006 Dark orange color with a small white head. Typical English pale ale with an earthy hop character. The Sam Smith yeast is present throughout the taste. A dirty earthy hop taste lingers in the backend.
Malakin (469) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 28, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very english tasting, could use more hops. Samuel Smiths brews seem to all share a lot of flavour, was hoping this one would stand out a little more.
Hangover (1104) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - FEB 27, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice dark golden color with a lasting, frothy off white head. Malty, sweet aroma, with a nice touch of hops. Taste is... wonderful. The malts are apparent quickly, creamy and smooth, but fade into a clean, earthy hop finish. Pleasant bitter finish. For an IPA this ranks up there as one of my favorites.
heemer77 (5242) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - FEB 27, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is the best IPA I have had yet. The style still has yet to win me over. A gorgeous light copper color. This was out of the bottle and had a small white head. Relatively light on the hops and slightly bready in the taste. This comes with a neat floral and peach scent.
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 18, 2004
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A wonderful IPA. I'm glad I chose this for my 300th rating. Smooth, hoppy, pleasantly bitter and well balanced. Nice golden color with a white, lasting head. I will definately buy this again.
BeerSurfer (27) - Powell, Ohio, USA - FEB 16, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle) Amber color. Tan, 1/4" thick head that lasts. Light lacing. Super aroma of malt and hops- sweet. Smooth but bitter flavor, pleasant aftertaste of caramel. Creamier, with less bite than I expected, but good mouthfeel. Very balanced overall.
TChrome (1448) - Bedford, Texas, USA - FEB 14, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very nice looking ale pouring copper in color with a good egg white head with good retention. They start to lose me on the aroma. Some aroma of hops, but significant malt presence as well. Reminds me of the good marzens in aroma. Flavor comes through with some decent hop bitterness, nice bit of malt sweetness also. Not the mammoth hop assault I have come to expect from IPAs, however a nice well made ale, none the less.
sphinx (11) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - FEB 9, 2004
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I really couldn't smell the aroma, which is better than it having a horrible smell, so I gave it a 5. It is a dark strawberry blonde color, with a beige head that crusted over before it dissipated - but that may be because the pint glass was too cold. I am not sure what the difference is between an India Ale and an India Pale Ale, but this had an earthier, maltier taste than the IPAs I am used to. I like it. It paired nicely with my spinach pizza and I would drink it again. However, I would like to try another India Ale first, just to compare.
freekyp (1839) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 3, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep amber with slight bubbly head. Strong malty nose with floral overtones. Well-balanced with bready malt mixing well with fruity hoppiness. Bitterness is strong, but not overbearing. Finish is malty.