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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.48/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
Our authentic English-style amber ale with a unique character that comes from a special blend of five hop varieties and the use of imported English malts. Our most assertively hoppy brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2005
very good ipa, better than average. Nice full nose with a dry crisp finish. Hops are everywhere with this beer. I loved to try it on tap.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2005
Huge firm foamy white head over a rich amber beer. Looks perfect. Hoppy malty nose announces a hoppy malty toffee beer. Is this a Hop Devil ... no, it has the same Cascade Orange taste to the hops, but without the pine tar. Good balance. A bit diminutive — funny word to use for an IPA, except when comparing it to a Hop Devil. Maybe balance is not a good thing? Anyway, tastes great, easy to drink, good long bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (10601) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 12, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2005 On tap at the pub... Sparkling clear, yellow ale with a creamy, white head. Good lacing. The aroma and flavor are very fruity. Some lemon and floral notes in the nose. The flavor is much the same. Well-balanced. Medium-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Short, crisp, dry finish. Very nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 8, 2005
Looks great and appetizing - frothy, lush head over a perfectly golden-orange body. The aroma is pleasantly light and hoppy, and somewhat floral. The flavor starts with a nice burst of hops filling my mouth, almost as if I bit into one, but it finishes fairly thin compared to other IPA’s. The finish allows for hops to linger for while, which I love! Overall, its a decent beer and enjoyable, although not as interesting as other Southampton beers I’ve had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 29, 2006
Draught pint at Public House 4/27/06. Pours a bright copper/orange color with a white foamy head. Nose is crisp hops and light caramel malt. Flavors of crisp clean hops, caramel malts. Palate is very crisp and tingly with a great bitter finish that really wakes you up.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (5781) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 5, 2006
Multiple draught pints on 4/28 and 4/26/06 at SHPH
Full white head sits placidly atop a deep bronze-golden body, medium-high to high clarity, with plenty of bubbles rising. Lacing is low to moderate.
Very pungent and sharp hops shoot right up the nose. A combination of dry herbs, zesty lemongrass and dry tangerine fruitiness. Almost spicy, you might say, and really opens up the nostrils, allowing the light pale malts to drift lazily in to the mix, adding minimal sweetness, light graininess and a touch of sourdough even. Low yeast apparency, though still quite fresh and noticeable (light nuttiness), with a growing warm honey sweetness that never interrupts the hops, but still provides enough balance. Overall, it’s much on the dry side.
Doughy, almost chewy and minimally sweet pale malts provide mostly texture upon sipping, while the hops are decidedly less bitter and striking in flavor than they are in aroma, yet no loss of flavor, as lemons, curacao oranges, strong grass and herbs all play about as the zesty carbonation tingles and sets the palate alive with dry hop flavor and a rather crisp finish. Fortunately, some malt sweetness emerges, again, mostly pale malt sugars producing a bit of honey and dough. Medium to medium-light body and could use some malt depth to cut the rather monotonous simple sugar/honey note, but the hops are elegant and bold, without being overdone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - JUN 20, 2004
Tap at the Blind Tiger. Golden and clear with a white head. Hoppy aroma. Nice hop malt flavor balance. This is a nice session beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUL 31, 2005
Tap at SPH. Golden color with a thin white head. Light citrus and earthy aroma on top of caramel. Flavor of malt quickly goes to a big citrus flavor with a big bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2005
Draft at Sippin by the River ’05. Another knockout brew by the Publick House. Smashing IPA, gotta take a drive ou there one of these days.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 17, 2006
Earthy, peppery hop aroma, with hints of biscuit and caramel. Copper color. Fresh, lush, grassy, earthy hop character supported by a killer body. Nice beer, of course, it’s from Southampton.

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