DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 17, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hoppy, malt aroma, with a hint of caramel. Deep amber, with a medium sized head. Malt, nutty flavour, and a nice bitter aftertaste. Very pleasant mouthfeel, well balanced. The usually good work of Samuel Smith's!
3fourths (8801) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 15, 2003
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium amber color. First smells are very sweet like spices in the air. Taste begins sweet, hops and spice. Last tastes are like drinking apple juice. I"m not sure if I particularly like this, so I"ll have to re-rate after I finish the bottle. Leaves my mouth feeling slightly dry (a good thing), tasting those nice hops.
jgb9348 (5233) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orange in colour, faint hoppy smell. Good full taste, with a little citrus and hoppy flavour!
stubemeister99 (1) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2003 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amazing IPA. Great appearance, smooth, balanced flavor. Another great Samuel Smiths beer.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 6, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange amber color with a medium thick head and lots of lace left behind. Sweet lemony hop aroma with a malty background. sweet hoppy flavor with lemon accents and a strong dry hoppy finish. A great IPA. Medium bodied and dry.
Crit (3642) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 2, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cloudy pale amber,lasting off white head.Small plentiful bead. Light hop nose. Metallic hop flavor?a bit off?
proc (342) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
What a balanced IPA. This brewery has yet to disappoint me. What quality beer they produce. Pours out to a dark, golden amber with a slight head. Nose is hops and malt, which is rather unique to get that malt profile/aroma from an IPA. Taste is that of a wonderfully balanced beer. Yes, there are hops here as there should be with an IPA, but the malt presence is undeniable and delicious. A true session IPA if there ever was one.
msutequilaman (84) - Troy, Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very nice caramel color with an off white head, which lasted quite a while. Tasted smooth and a bit sweet, not cloying, just very refreshing. Medium-bodied. A very nice ale from a great brewery.
PorterPounder (6536) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2002
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Wonderful malty aroma - but a little bit disaponted as the flavor does not quite match up to it. Still, an overall good IPA - not as hoppy as the US’s West Coast brewers have to ofer which is a nice change. Nice copper-clear appearance - active frothy pour with good lacing. Just the right amount of bitterness. Have not had a bad Sam Smith’s yet.
jpknight22 (171) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 17, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Probably my third or fourth favorite Sammy Smith’s to date behind the Oatmeal Stout... I don’t like ales typically because of their acidic properties, but this one was off the hook. Refreshing flavor with a controlled amount of bitterness, and completely smooth all the way down