kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - OCT 14, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours clear orange with a nice white head. Decent retention and light carbonation. Floral hop aroma, with a bit of fruitiness there and a *tiny* bit of green apples. Could do with a stronger aroma though, its pretty subtle. Very smooth initial mouthfeel, but the finish is medium-thin. Sweet caramel initial taste, followed by a bitter mid and final palate. Nice hop flavour on the finish and aftertaste. Little bit disappointing though overall. Its a bit bland. More like a bitter than an IPA IMO. Needs more bling.
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 9, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light brown to red. Offwhite head, 1/8th inch and falling. Smells like apple and pear peels. Very nice clean out of shower scent. Perhaps a tiny hint of apple in the flavor. Bitterness in the finish. Does taste like apple peels though. Very carbonated. Probably my least favorite overall of the Samuel Smith family which is a fantastic family of beers.
brownaler (481) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - OCT 8, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
An orange colored beer that deleops a medium white head. Has a hoppy presence in the front, and bitterness in the back, with a staleness troughout.
UNCCTF (514) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - OCT 8, 2003
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of hops came about as soon as the bottle was opened. Pure amber coloring, with lots of carbonation. Flavor is a little bit ordinary at first, but as the beer warms up a few nice fruity and sour characteristics start to come through. A nice IPA.
RichardGretton (4566) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Standard ale appearance with a standard hopped aroma. The flavour again is basically hopped. Overall a standard hopped ale.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
butterscotch golden orange, clear, with a delicate snowy head blanketing the roof of the beer, like a fire-lit cabin out on the wintry english moors. richly aromatic with caramel sauce on oatmeal cookies, orange merging with woody notes. (i had a polished bamboo flute that smelled like this--i couldn't play it worth a damn, but i sure liked the smell). the beer i played like a virtuouso, tho very up tempo-- it's too good for the evening's first beer, because thirst (and evaporation) caused it to vanish before it's many nuances were named and recorded. the lightly sweet, nutty malts plot with the grapefruit hops to ride a gentle inconspicuous carbonation to glide along every known shortcut to thirst quenching. even in thier haste, they make a lot of friends on the way. ultra-session, ultra-pleasure, and great thanks to ultaspank!
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - SEP 29, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2003 Great red body with off white head. not too hoppy compared to many of the other IPA's out there.
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.