willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - APR 1, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear, bronze/golden; ginormous head is rocky and lumpy and lasts forever. Really a pleasure to see! The aromas are subtle compared to many American IPAs. There is no big burst of obstructive hops, rather, the beer seems to focus on nicely balanced maltiness that rings of caramel, butterscotch, pear, mmmmm!!! There is a slight red bell pepper sweetness that sings quality and richness. The finish is both sweet and dry with a bitter closing bite. Very nice beer from Sam Smiths. I was surprised to realize that I had not had it until today.
aracauna (3539) - Georgia, USA - APR 1, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a pale copper and not a lot of head, but it could be the soft pour. I tasted this blind and thought it tasted very English even though it was part of a IPA blind tasting. Very pleasant light caramel malt flavor. The hops are low but noticeable and it's fairly dry. There's a bit of apple peel in the flavor that gives it a bit of character and makes it stand out..
jasonp (1577) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - MAR 27, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice brew. Pours a beautiful red amber with an off-white head. Has a malty aroma with some hop presence. The flavor is really good and balanced but the hoppy oooomph and alcohol content that I'm used to in US IPAs isn't there. This is definitely more in the British style of IPAs. However, this is still a great, well-balanced ale. Like all Samuel Smith's quality brews, this is recommended.
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAR 26, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear orange in color with a tan head. Really good. Enjoyable beer. Malty and hoppy. Full bodied. Big in malt flavor.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - MAR 26, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
I have a thingy for this one. Clear orange yellow with a tan head. Subtle hoppy and musty aroma. Patate is smooth and creamy. Big malt laiden with hop bitterness. Malt and bitterness linger. This is another Englis IPA that I tend to like more than most others. YUM.
Hansen (8524) - Assentoft, DENMARK - MAR 21, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fine ipa. Light yellow, ok head. Nice hop, flower and bitterness. Malty to lift the bitterness.
0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAR 19, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fair appearance: honey colored, small particals, cloudy; offwhite head with very poor lacing. Aroma of clover honey and apples and also of "England" style hops, common to Bass & C, etc. Flavor was nice, dominant apple flavor with the English hops and a bitter separate from the apple flavor. Not overly complex or exciting, but well balanced and very pleasing. Nice mouthfeel with medium body and nicely foamy-creamy carbonation. Aftertaste is apples, but predominantly that separate bitter and I appreciate the separateness of the apples and bitter. Overall very easy drinking, very pleasant, medium and quickly diminishing head that left no lacing(!!!), but a nice beer. It's worthy of a 15 or so. =p
Dorwart (2562) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 19, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dense creamy head. Hops aroma become more pronounced as the beer warms. Also a note of citrus (orange) in there. Color is golden orange with ok carbonation. Flavor is creamy and smooth. Good helping of malt and not a very pronounced hop flavor. Finish is dry and slightly bitter and leaves a thin coating in the mouth. An ok IPA but a little week in the hops department.
hotdogs (13) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2004
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2004 poured with a moderate head, tight bubbles. it is a reddish amber color, very clear. at first pour i got pine, raspberries, some sort of thick sticky berry like juniper, it smelled jammy. then once it was a little warmer it smelled exactly like those little jam filled raspberry candies you get for free at resturants. a little wierd. anyway.
taste= sticky and sweet, rolled over with mild bittering hops, finish is tasty and floral. much of the aroma is in the flavor, with raspberry being quite heavy. finish was mildly malty but mostly dry.
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 13, 2004
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Soft amber colour. Thick frothy head, good lacing. Aroma of hops with a bit of malt in the background.This beer has a great balance, nice hops (not too much) some malt, good carbonation, good dry finish.