SoylentBlack (123) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUL 24, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beautiful color. Not really the best representation of a pale ale. Aroma is off... Flavor doesn't have enough bitter...
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2003
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Beer pours (in Chimay glass) a dark red-brown with thin, off-white head that disapates quickly to nothing. Aroma is of clean, freshly manufactured rubber, skunk spray, and straw. Flavor is a slight hop with straw and wood burn ending. Easy enough to drink, but nothing to get excited about. Sampled at 71 degrees Fahrenheit.
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JUL 22, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Got this in a boxed set--the box protected the beer since the clear bottle couldn't. I kept it in the dark at home, so it wasn't skunked. Slightly fruity aroma. Light brown color with hints of orange. Head faded quickly. Nicely balanced malt and hops. As it warmed up, it took on hints of brandy.
haddon90 (1561) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - JUL 20, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is my first English Pale Ale so I guess I should say I'm not the biggest fan of them. It had a sort of fruit flavor to it. Nice pour and a good head with a lovely aroma. But I guess I wasn't as happy as I hoped to be.
ivan9856 (189) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 9, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This ale pours clear and copper in color with a decent rocky beige head that mostly disappeared in a quick fashion. Still, some of the head lasted the entire glass, and there was some nice lacing produced by the pint (+) bottle. The nose of this medium-bodied ale is mostly caramel malt with some floral or fruit influences. The initial flavor in is quite sweet. I noted hints of honey and banana mid-palate along with the expected roasted malt flavor. The finish is relatively short, with a hop flavor that does not quite balance out the initial malty sweetness. I like a more bitter ale, so I think I would have preferred a stronger hop flavor. I also found a hint of alcohol in the back end of the palette. Overall, I enjoyed this ale, and Samuel Smith's makes some fine products. However, I prefer the brewery’s Brown Ale and Taddy Porter.
fly (1429) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - JUL 5, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The price and clear bottle keeps me from drinking this all the time. I do enjoy it. Been a long time. This brew is in a superior class IMO. One that shows that you can do great things without overwhelming. A great balanace in malt and hops with a breeze from the north country making me wish I could take a closer look at those Yorkshire squares.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - JUN 29, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice malty aroma. Good malt backbone through out with just a subtle bitterness to balance the beer. Finishes slightly to the malty side. A very enjoyable pale ale.
DerBiermeister (586) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JUN 27, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2004 The taste is mild, unoffending, shy, timid, and quiet. This is a delightful pale ale and one of the most enjoyable I’ve had.
DrinkingbuddyD (129) - Warsaw, New York, USA - JUN 25, 2003
2.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Clear bottle = bad. The first thing i noticed about this was its strong skunky aroma. Had a brownish orange color and an impressive foamy tan head. Slight sweet and tangy flavor, but very overpowered with a skunkiness. Although it was thorougly masked with skunk, I did notice a very nutty flavor coming through. I am going to have to give this a poor rating for now. Once again: clear bottle = bad.
drewcifer85710 (158) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - JUN 24, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Well, I don't have a lot to say. This is certainly a pale ale. Actually pretty damn tasty and nicely balanced, but there's just nothing interesing going at all here. Beautiful deep gold/amber color. Sweet with fruity tones; dry finish.