Darkover (1524) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark orange color with a medium head. Weak hop and malt aroma. Sweet malty bready flavor. Dry finish.
elsberry (87) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 27, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice thick head, with a creamy taste. A little light on the hops for my taste, definately less true to the original than I would have expected given the roots of the IPA. A good 'starter IPA' for the uninitiated IPA drinker. I liked it a lot, but think that the micros are probably closer to an original IPA with their hop content, and have spoiled me with the heavy hops.
Braudog (5949) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 23, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Quintessential IPA, the way I think it probably originated. Orange-amber hues with solid head. Floral nose and wonderfully balanced hoppy flourish in the flavors, without being overpowering, like some of our American "IPAs". Outstanding beer all around.
xmandax (130) - Astoria, New York, USA - FEB 22, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
impressive. beautiful orange pour with a thick, long-lasting head. creamy taste, with a subtle hop and a sweet aftertaste. great brew.
JK (4811) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 16, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light copper color. Thin cream colored head that stays around for awhile, and laces the glass as you drink it. Slightly acidic smell. First taste on the tongue is a little sour, aftertaste is slightly bitter. Taste of alcohol is noticeable but not overdone. Good beer.
RobBestwick (631) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 16, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
hoppy nose, moderate frothy head gradually disipating, well laced, dark copper hue, hops dominate initially followed by balancing malts, this ale is complex and enjoyable.
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Well hopped nose with citrus hints. Copper hue with a decent head. Mainly hopped taste with a floral aftertaste. Good IPA.
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a good IPA. Nice balance of hops and malt. Medium hop flavor. This IPA finishes smooth, creamy, and slightly bitter.
WabashMan (1016) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2003 Nice medium copper color and a decent fluffy white head start this IPA from Sam Smith. Nose is nice, and features a good malt presence. Flavor is also quite nice, with good malt character. Defitinely a standard among English IPAs, and always a good choice!
jpfrog (130) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 6, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
An overall average beer for Sammy Smith. Nice malts that add a sweetness to the beer to balance the hops. It is somewhat delicate for the style of beer and doesn't really go out on a limb at all. Nice hop nose with an average hop flavor.