Braudog (5623) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - FEB 25, 2003
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Flagship beer, in my opinion. Prototype brown hue with a quality head on the pour. Wonderful malty nose. Nutty, rich malt flavors are perfectly balanced with just right amount of bitter edge. Outstanding ale.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - FEB 19, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smells nutty, tastes the same. Dry with slightly acrid finish. I love the description, "good beer is a product of the soil." I hope this is referring to the hops and grains. However, since this is an English brew, perhaps it is referring to the heart and soul, as well as years of love and hard work that went into perfecting the craft.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - FEB 18, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a clear rosy amber with only a few medium tracings of head. Tantilizing malt aroma with subdued hop undertones. At first touch to the mouth the beer gets a bit "fresh" with you and then lays off. Translated, that means the hops are at first fairly aggressive and then recede to the understated, dry, British, "Red Dwarf", quirky humor thing. Finish leaves quite a bit to desire: very not complex and astringent.
kumite56 (469) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - FEB 17, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Decent beer. Medium off-white mostly diminishing head. Mod lacing and a rich amber color. Medium bodied with good mouthfeel. Decent malt presence with a dry / hoppy finish.
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was once my favorite beer and it is still quite nice, though there are several I now prefer. Nice classic floral European hoppiness and plenty of it, instead of overwhelming fruity American hops. I have, of course, come to prefer American hops, so I would sooner have a Hop Devil, a Ruination, or a Sierra Nevada Celebration. ... especially given Smith's prices! Beautiful color, beautiful hoppy malty nose.
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great nose, fresh and hoppy. Pours in a rich ruby colour with a small but lasting head that leaves good lacing. The taste dry and fantastically hoppy, not much malt here! Is it too hoppy is the question. A great ale either way.
WabashMan (1012) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2003
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice flavor and color. A pale I truly enjoy at almost any time. A very nice beer.
RobBestwick (583) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 8, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
refreshing hoppy nose, rich ruby hue with no head, hops, hops and more hops with only traces of malt, a very interesting ale but the balance of hops and malt is maybe biased too much towards the hops.... still an above average ale
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - FEB 7, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Head stays around for a long time, lots of lacing on the glass. Like others reviews have said, very nice mouthfeel, the carbonation is very smooth and soft. I can't really taste the hops, maybe my palate is ruined by too many APA's. I don't really care for the aftertaste, the one I'm having is slighly metallic.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 5, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Classic in appearance. Malty aroma, somewhat bitter taste and finish. Soft mouthfeel.