SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another winner from the Samuel Smith brewery. Nice light brown color, with some reddish color as well. Nice malt presence, reminds me of a nut brown slightly with some good grain malt. I really liked the strong hop finish which isn’t too bad, but adds a lot of flavor at the end. One to drink repeatedly.
pilsnerrogge (2355) - Finspång, SWEDEN - JUN 25, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Whisky coloured. Somewhat roasty flavour. Long-lasting bitterness.
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Okay, as a primer, I got to try this on tap in Lincoln, England after having it in a bottle in the U.S. before. I definately enjoyed the tap version better. It had a wonderful light tan color and decent head. The overall flavor was quite good. Would definately try again if I could find it in London.
NeroFiddled (105) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 19, 2002
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very nice English pale ale. Possibly bigger than the standard interpretation; but refined for American standards. Extremely nice malt character backed with a good amount of hop character (Goldings?) and bitterness. Cheers!
MrRomero (1973) - Nolanville, USA - JUN 18, 2002
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very good pale ale. One of my favorites.
crdic (105) - California, USA - JUN 15, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This ale’s head is not very strong, and almost completely disappeared within a few minutes -- despite which, its aroma is decently strong, and quite pleasant. I like the middling-dark amber color of this beer. Its flavor is fine, very nutty, not overly sweet; actually a bit darker in quality than I was expecting. It finishes a little on the hoppy side, but not too much so. This is a very good pale ale. I liked it, and I’m not usually a fan of pale ales.
cathcacr (622) - Oregon, USA - JUN 15, 2002
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
An English Pale, so it’s going to be more sweet and watery-feeling than an American Pale. I detected some kind of nutty or caramely sweetness in this that doesn’t come out as well as in Bass or Whitbread. Orange-Amber color, solid head and decent retention. But, true to the clear bottle, there was just a bit too much skunk in this to not be distracting and make this a bit disappointing. Merits right around a 3 out of 5, though I allow that a non-skunked bottle might be better. Still, Smith deserves some points knocked off as long as it keeps putting its vulnerable brews in the clear bottles.
GiddyBoy (115) - USA - JUN 8, 2002
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Heavy bite on the front and back end. I thought it was a bit bitter, but had solid flavor. It is rather strong for a pale. Not bad overall. I plan to try other Smith offerings.
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - JUN 4, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not bad, but when other Sam Smith’s stuff has been stellar - I was very disappointed with this.
Indra (2536) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUN 3, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Noble hop aroma. Rather nice medium orangey-red color, with a lush, small-bubbled head and effervescence. Very nice buttery malt flavors here, complimented equally by a great blend of British hops. Incredible lacing. Very soft bodied for the style, extra smooth palate, with a satisfying hop finish. Amazing balance and interplay of flavors. This is certainly one of my favorite Pale Ales.