ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - APR 6, 2002
This fine brew was my introduction to India Pale Ale. Sweet Jesus!! This brew is
OUTSTANDING!!!! It pours a clear rusty orange. The large creamy bone colored head
is fully lasting with excellent lacing. The perfect nose is balanced and complex with hay,
molasses, caramel, flowers, herbs, orange, cheese, date, raisin, and spice. The rich
complex flavor is ungodly good, easily the most balanced beer I have sampled to date.
The long finish is biscuity with strong raisin and date tones. The palate is again perfect
with a medium soft creamy body, and a clean finish. I could drink gallons of this.
Curiously, this brew (which is easily the FRESHEST tasting Samuel Smith product I have
sampled so far) was the only one that came in a BROWN BOTTLE!!! All the others
came in a clear glass bottle...Coincidence? I think not. HELLO!! Is there anyone from
the Tadcastle Brewery listening?? Pigrat (1) - USA - DEC 23, 2010 does not count
One of the best IPA’s that I have ever drank ! Thick, foamy head last until the last drink. Great taste. Will get more of this for sure !
Joe_chicali (2) - Mexicali, MEXICO - SEP 14, 2012 does not count
great beer at a great price i really recommend it to everyone who love dark lager !!! CheerS!. :) I.C.suds (189) - Da U.P. eh?, Michigan, USA - FEB 22, 2002
A perfect balance of malt to hops. A true english style IPA. I have yet to taste a better beer. Mackeon (163) - - JUL 4, 2014
A shining example of the IPA style. Great mouthfeel, fantastic aroma, lovely palate, exquisite balance, absolutely the best hopping you’ll find in any beer, I can’t think of a better IPA, really. Should be obligatory study material for any aspiring brewer. And of course, the idiosyncratic labelling of the Smith brews is always a pleasure to behold.
vectorborne5 (9) - Washington, USA - FEB 2, 2013 does not count
One of the most well balanced IPAs available. Smooth yet complex flavors with a cleaner finish compared to many others. StuartC (74) - Lochgilphead, Argyll, SCOTLAND - FEB 26, 2015
Bottle from Fyne Wines, Argyll. Pours clear copper-orange with decent (and lasting) white head, slight fizz; Initial sweet caramel malt aromas with dry hay, turmeric & garam marsala spices and hints of root beer; Good body, not too light or too heavy, very smooth; Flavours follow aroma with more soft spices and subtle grapefruit bitterness, apricot and peach stone fruits. Lovely balance and flavours and drinkability, I cannot fault this beer as it exceeded my expectations many times over. Perfection? Almost! SanfordBrewer (1574) - Sanford, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2015
Great translucent orange with off-white head. Medium body and carbonation.
groovinhigh (170) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - APR 22, 2002
Aroma: clean toasty malt and citrus floral hops..
Taste: more amber malt character than expected or than i prefer, but still a great example with great history and balance.
This is what an English IPA should taste like. Hoppy, but unlike American IPA’s in that it doesn’t knock you over the head. My 1st choice in IPA’s. OldJack99 (114) - USA - FEB 19, 2002
You’ll notice the smell immediately, I like to start the night with this or Sam’s Oatmeal Stout, I prefer the Ale, amber & smells of a nutty yet hoppy brew.