ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 26, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Im not a huge fan of IPA’s, but this one is very good. Nice touch of sweetness and maltieness that compliments the hops well. Very chewy, something I dont look for in an IPA, but after this I will start to.
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JUL 25, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Okay, as usual, the Samuel Smith’s are great, good or at least descent. This beer poured a cooper gold color with an off white head that left little lace. The aroma was of hops, malt and caramel. The taste was of hops, malt, caramel and butterscotch. The finish was of hops and caramel, but slightly bitter. A good beer, but I think I prefer my IPAs(personally)to be a little less sweet.
kumite56 (468) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - JUL 15, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Beautiful coppery color. Off white moderate head. Medium bodied standard IPA. Although hopps are definately present as you would anticipate the beer is a little thin albeit well balanced for an IPA
dominion (78) - charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 15, 2002
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Solid overall nice golded color, milder taste than I expected a very good beer
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - JUL 14, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fine malty/fruity/yeasty aroma. Color a clear gold-amber with a big rocky off-white head that displays both staying power and healthy lace..very handsome indeed. Flavor showcases a combination of malt and mellow hoppiness in fine balance. Finish is similarly balanced combination of malt sweetness, hop tang and dryness from bitters. Body is medium-full---a nice, substantial feel to it--in contrast to the watery quality of many IPAs on this side of the Atlantic. This is a well-constructed brew--all the elements are assertive but work well in concert. Very satisfying.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 6, 2002
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Creamy head, a little watery, crisp hop aroma, not as much hop bitterness as I would expect from an IPA.
jsradcliffe99 (6) - USA - JUL 2, 2002 does not count
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not as good as the Sweetwater IPA but good. Nice floral with good hops and a slight bitterness at the end. Again, I haven’t found a Sam Smith that I didn’t like yet.
Bov (8989) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 24, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
clear amber colour, big creamy head, beautiful lace, very hoppy, caramel, floral, smooth and full-bodied with a robust bitterness, long dry bitter finish - well-structured, beautiful brew
radiomgb (2143) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 22, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber, bronze colour. White creamy head. Fruitness aroma. Rather on the mild side. I didn’t find that it had a lot of hops in it. Still very enjoyable.
leaparsons (7667) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 14, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
What first hits is the fantastic aroma - sweet and floral hops with a slight smokiness. More malty in taste than expected - not a bad thing, though. This is a flavoursome beer that is smooth and moreish.