papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - AUG 14, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2004 Light for an IPA. Honey sweet. Low on hop bitterness and only 5% ABV. Over rated and over priced, but quite drinkable.
Racegoer (353) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - AUG 13, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lacking the Hops of most American IPA’s that I have come to enjoy. IPAs are increasingly becoming more my favorite type of beer, I prefer more hops, than this one has. That being said it still is good , might want to use this beer to wean Budweiser lovers away from drinking such swill.
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - AUG 13, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
American IPA’s have truly spoiled (or perhaps ’demolished’ as in the case of Bells Two-Hearted) my enjoyment of British IPA’s. Knowing this, I tried to approach this rating with an extreme objectivity ... picture Homer Simpson chanting the mantra, ’don’t think about hops, don’t think about hops.’ The commercial description calls the maltiness ’restrained’ ... I can’t quite agree with that. I thought that maltiness was quite assertive, perhaps a supporting actor to the hops, but one that receives a heck of a lot of screen time. The hops shine through and are quite perceptible. Overall, this is a balanced IPA ... now, back to that Bell’s Two Hearted...
JB99 (27) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 10, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A nice balanced taste of hops and malt. Not as hoppy as most IPA’s but a very good beer.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - JUL 29, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma is full of citrus and hops bitterness. The taste is strong with hops, but not as strong as some American IPA’s I’ve had. Feels very crisp and refreshing on the tongue. This is probably my favorite IPA (although I’m not really a fan of IPA’s anyway). Small head...golden/orange color with tons of carbonation.
crdic (105) - California, USA - JUL 28, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a very good English IPA. The hops are quite strong, but balanced and smoothed by malt and the nuttiness characteristic of Sam Smith’s ales. I recommend it highly.
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 (471) - 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