Reid (2033) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 20, 2003
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
One of the excellent Sam Smith beers I had yet to taste.
Comes in the Sam Smith 550 cl CLEAR bottle of course..with the White rose of Yorkshire prominent on the label.
After pouring into my British Imperial pint mug the beer looks nice crystal clear darkish brown with a rather large frothy off white head..good lacing.
Oh man..this does not smell to good..I detetct a little skunk! I had heard this was a problem with Smiths beers but this is the first time I have had it happen.
The taste is not too badly affected by the skunkiness though..so maybe it was just slightly skunked?Its a well balanced pale ale to be sure malts preedominate..but the hops are ever present underneath.Not a great falvour though.
rather average mouthfeel.
Its drinkable..but I would rather have an American Pale..this is below my expectations for Sam Smith.
wnp22 (685) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 18, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tasted in Toronto from LCBO. Reddish / borwn / copper colour, clear appearance. Very thin but persistent light white head. Sweet malty scent with a spicy balance. Slight caramel hint in the aroma. Taste is initially bitter, with a balance of malty sweetness and spice in the end.
Cartoonkhaki (1221) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 16, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber with large puffy beige head. Decent hoppy aroma fruity. Hoppy flavour slight metalic notes slight caramel notes. Dry bitter. Quite enjoyable.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 6, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich, bright amber. Finger of beige foam. Fruity (orange, cherry), earthy (hopsack?), spicy, caramel aroma. Medium, slightly resiny feel. Buttery, toffee & caramel flavour which is also spicy & fruity (green apples). Finish is earthy & moderately hoppy. Nicely balanced.
auto (163) - California, USA - NOV 4, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
nutty smell, light brown colour. taste of fruits right after swallowing the liquid beverage. took forever to get the damn bottle cap off! fuck you bottle cap!
jerohen (2058) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - NOV 2, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear brown coloured, sparkling. Weak nose. Hoppy, bitter flavour. Very nice easy to drink beer.
Darkover (1524) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 28, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber color with a big beige head. Malt aroma. Flavor of malt, nuts and mild hops.
GermanBrews76 (679) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 27, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
orange/copper body, dense, off white head. fruity and aloral with some carmel. same old familiar sammy smithnose. malty sweet. flavor holds well for the clean mouthfeel. a solid session ale
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 22, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle pours a clear amber with a loose and tall off white head; very little lace. The aroma is slightly floral and a touch fruity. The flavor is rather long lived that starts out malty sweet and finishes hoppy dry with a touch of sour in the middle - not sure I like the progression. The body is quite light. Overall, this is OK, but I will not go out of my way to seek it out.
imdownthepub (11135) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 9, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled, Pasteurised. Brown amber beer with short lasting head. Sweet malty beer, toffeelike, fruity, carbonated. Pleasant bitter finish though boiled tinny.