jazz88 (2625) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 1, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. An earthy brown color with a light foamy tan head. A strong grainy and earth malt aroma. Smooth and malty flavor.
Boutip (5266) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 29, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pourred a light brown brew with a nice head with short retention span. Floral aroma coming out of my glass is wonderful. Taste is bit sour with great hops balance. Body is medium. Overall, this is an above average english pale ale.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear caramel color, nice white head. Mild floral hop aroma. Taste is a little weak but well balanced. Average english style pale.
dwyerpg (4918) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 25, 2003
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Kind of a bland flavor, with a shot-like finish, as my brother describes it. Overall, the worst samuel smith's i've had.
beastdog75 (363) - Brick, New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2003
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another good beer from Sam Smith. A good, drinkable pale ale that would be even better if on tap or served from a brown bottle. Has notes of caramel and buttery toffee. Hop presence is on the stonger side of things, and the bitterness lingers for quite awhile. Even though it was slightly skunky, it didn't carry into the flavor too much.
Hangover (1094) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - DEC 14, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours an opaque reddish-brown with a large head which recedes slowly and left some nice lace. Came in one of those holiday boxes so it's not skunked. Malty and fruity aroma... similar taste, just a slight touch of hops at the end. Smooth finish. These guys make some good beer.
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - DEC 11, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Tawyn brew with little or now head. Old school flavour, big on the fermented fruits and malts, not so big on the hope. Decent bite and structure on the palate.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 11, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
55 cL bottle, pint glass, 55 degrees F. Tall, creamy, off-white head is well lasting and sits on a clear brown-red body. Cookie, molasses malt (M); flowery hops (L); raisin and toffee aromas. Rich aroma is quite pleasant. Flavor shows hints of staleness and has a grainy aspect not present in the aroma. Lightly sweet, lightly acidic flavor becomes a lightly sweet, lightly bitter, moderately acidic, lightly unclean finish. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. The bottom line is: s'alright.
hopscotch (10198) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2003
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Sparkling clear and as copper-colored as a shiny, new penny.
My bottle must have been a touch lightstruck as the nose was of skunk and citrus fruit. Thin flavor with a watery palate. Well-bittered flavor carries over into a lightly bitter finish. Not one of Sam Smith's best efforts. Switch to brown bottles, please?
GregClow (3012) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 27, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Got this in a sealed Samuel Smith's gift pack, so I was able to keep it out of the light and therefore avoided the skunkiness that others have been plagued with. Rich amber colour with a small off-white head. Great earthy nose with caramel and malt notes. Fruity flavour, somewhat tart, with nice hop bitterness in the finish. Very well balanced and satisfying.