austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 15, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Absolutely magnificent!!! I have no idea why I took so long to taste this brew, but I’ll certainly have more given how great it was. Quite possibly one of the best IPAs I’ve ever had. Certainly in the English, not American, vein of IPAs. Delicious malts and nice flavoring hops all come together! Yumm.
SDquaffer (18) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 6, 2002
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
Aroma intriguing, almost a bit winey--like madiera but not sharply hoppy like my favorite IPA’s. Well bittered but mildly so. Toasted malt balanced and understated, fading to a nicely bitter hop reminder.
rlhubley99 (36) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 1, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Although I enjoyed this beer, I am not so sure it represents the IPA style so much. It was a good beer, and in fact was very easy to drink. Very little head, hazy golden color. I agree with Discofish, something was missing from this IPA.
madsberg (10608) - Søborg, DENMARK - SEP 28, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2003 Finally I found this in Denmark. Amber colour and a medium lasting head. Theres hops all over the brew. Yummy. Flavour is hoppy and malty. Its wellbalanced and smooth. Nice bitterness in the aftertaste
Discofish (152) - USA - SEP 27, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Something was missing from this IPA.
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - SEP 23, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of grains and some grassy. flowery hops. Malty, toasty flavor up front with a hop flavor that matches the aroma. Good bitterness. Very good traditional English IPA.
morebier4me (140) - New York, USA - SEP 23, 2002
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
savitska (163) - Smyrna, Georgia, USA - SEP 23, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A wonderful citrusy aroma, a pleasing malt-balanced body and a traditionally dry finish.
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 (9997) - 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?