grat (432) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 23, 2004
The only brew from these guys I think that’s worth drinking. A really interesting IPA. Pours a lovely copper color with a decent head that lingers. Nose is of caramel, curry (no really its in there man I know it) ginger, lemongrass and hops hops hops. On the tongue all of these are more adeptly represented. Mouthfeel is excellent. good brew
grat jtw (1163) - farmington, Michigan, USA - JUN 5, 2004
this is a really soft beer. floral hops in the aroma, tons of lacing on the glass. fruity hops, sort of pineapple-ish and citrusy. surprisingly smooth and easy-drinking for an IPA. DanielBrown (4502) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2004
Bottle from Stirchley Wines and Spirits, Birmingham. Orangey brown, with a reasonable white head. Smelss fruity and slightly spicy. Fresh, fruity taste, orange, pineapple, with a hoppy, grapefruit finish, which is bitter and dry. Medium soft mouthfeel, getting firmer towards the end. East drinking, very palatable. If this is a typically UK IPA, then I definitely prefer this to Fullers’ version. BennyTicklez (621) - USA - MAY 13, 2004
Pours amber/light brown with a big head. This beer is well done. Not too hoppy, but the hops are still very present. Another great offering from Sam Smith. Sammy (12205) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 12, 2004
British style bitter IPA. I liked it but younger mates wanted more wallop and even less bite, which was soft. Foamy pour. Amber with oil residue and clinging lace. Lemon citrus with mid-sip Apple spice and orange pekoe tea throughout and the latter as the aftertaste. Nice aroma.
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 11, 2004
Quite hoppy, herbal aroma (initially thought it was Goldings but now I think it’s mostly Fuggles) with some caramel and quite a bit of tinned fruit salad coming through as it warms. Flavour starts quite malty, almost too sweet and even a touch worty but is then balanced very nicely by a good, solid bitterness. Really good stuff - probably the best English-made, English-style IPA I’ve had.
joshpiledean (316) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 8, 2004
Poured a cloudy gold, with little head. Nose is amazing! Fruity and spicy, slight tinge of alcohol. Even flavor but a little light on the hops compared other IPA’s I’ve had. Nice brew. grant60 (185) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 3, 2004
passionfruit and caramel aroma. golden brown and almost red colour, with a slightly off white head. same flavours as the aroma, plus the tinyist smokey flavour. the perfect beer. everything is well balanced. motelpogo (7704) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 2, 2004
now this is what i call an ipa. plenty of butterscotch and caramel in the aroma well balanced by some stonefruit yeast character and a rasping, but not over-the-top, lingering, dry finish beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 30, 2004
Copper color, bordering on red. Aroma of mostly caramel malt and really shy hops. Again, the hops is really shy in flavor but the caramel explodes on the tastebuds followed by a slightly bitter finish. A truly english version of the IPA.