Aesir (130) - Tustin, California, USA - SEP 21, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fine beer, but I expect something more from Saumuel Smith. The edges are a little too rounded. Circular. Cylindrical. Moon shaped. HELL, SUN SHAPED!!!!!!!
hopscotch (9858) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 15, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer rocks.
The aroma is lightly malty and very floral with hints of caramel, peach. The alcohol also comes through in the nose. The color is a nice medium amber. The flavor is well balanced. Moderately sweet and bitter on the front side with a full, oily mouthfeel. Fizzy. The beer has a long, clean finish which is moderately bitter and lightly acidic. Very good beer. Probably as close to the original IPA as it gets. Hell, Sam Smith WAS brewing BEFORE refrigeration, wasn’t he?
morty99 (371) - Maryland, USA - SEP 15, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
jaymobrown (1703) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good amount of hops. Tasted like a bitter. Nice light brown color.
JoeM500 (1906) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - SEP 8, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not very interesting. More like your average American Pale Ale. I expected much more...kind of disappointed. Bitter hop taste at the end was just noticable.
nstal (237) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 4, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
After all the Sam Smith stouts i felt out of my element with this IPA. Well built beer, but doesn’t compare to the better ones out there.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Im with bro on this one...I didnt really know what to expect being so used to the west coast IPAs. Golden pale color with an eggshell head, hops were not as floral and crisp as with the WCIPAs....malty finish....not something Im used to, but not at all bad.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - SEP 2, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
It had occured to me the other day that I had never had this. I wasn’t that impressed by it, it seems quite weak compared with the IPAs that I’m used to, but maybe that’s because I’m used to stuff like Stone and Lagunitas, or even Sierra Nevada. Shows how things are different on the other side of the pond! Unexpectedly malty, I’ll stick to Sammy’s stouts instead.
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - AUG 29, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Excellent, great tasting ipa. Only thing is that at times it tastes a little weak...sometimes the hops disappear, others the malt...if you can explain that. But definitely another im adding to my repetoire. Dig that bottle.
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - AUG 19, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
a solid beer, nicely balanced caramel malt, and hops, nut as hoppy as I like but still quite nice