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 (1013) - 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 (590) - 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 (1275) - 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.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 3, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy amber with a smaller lid of tan bubbles that cling to the glass forming a sheet of lace. Light malt and sweet nut aroma. Deep malt flavors with a nice balance of english hops. Slightly floral, fruity and nutty. A very fine pale.
Nate (3740) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Kind of weak aroma. Rounded malty sweetness and nice touch of hops. Very little head and no lacing. Reddish orange-amber and bit hazy. Medium carb and light watery body. Good amount of hops but not bitter in taste, light sweetness. Kind of watery flavor. Has a decent finish and light sweet nutty after, but also sort of stale. Perhaps this bottle has been sitting around too long, but I expected a little more from SS.
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2003
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This would be a much better beer if it was not in clear bottles. It has a skunky aroma that just ruins all of the good things about this. It has a nice brown ale look, good clinging head. Soft carbonation. I would love to try this on tap.
SilkTork (5231) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2003
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2003 Often seem as a world classic and potentially the beer to have most influenced American Pale Ale. When Britain was ruling the waves with Pale Ale, Tadcaster in Yorkshire was seen as a rival to Burton. Of the brothers Smith the upstart John got bought out and now brews mass market kegged crap, while the older brother's brewery remains independent and traditional. Sam Smith's concentrates on bottled beers having got into that market quite early. Even though they don't bottle condition, the beers always taste fresh, complex and well balanced - a testament to their well established skill and experience in this area. This is a fairly dry and serious brew though it is livened by a hint of caramel up front which then returns in the finish along with lightly buttered malt loaf. In between the beer is dominated by the dry, dusty but soft hops. A complex and tasty brew with a long, gradually changing finish that ends with those hops again. The structure is quite extraordinary moving as it does from malt to hops to malt and then back to hops like a rhyming couplet. My criticism is that despite this movement the overall impression is of the hops - the malt only gets a brief opportunity to display its character, and at no significant point do the hops actually blend with the malt to form an intriguing balance. The on-off on-off display is interesting, but the malt bit is merely ok, and is gone so quickly that there is no time to explore for any depths, while the hops bit is very good, but lacks a malt body to put it into context.
Oristo (67) - Orinda, California, USA - JAN 22, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice tan head. Slow to dissipate. Great bronze color and good strong malty nose. Big malt flavor. Roasty and biscuity. English style hops but not as hoppy as many of our American Pale Ales. A great drink, even out of a bottle that's probably been in transit longer than I want to think about.