mockerboy (52) - Kansas, USA - OCT 15, 2004
A copper ale with an earthy hop and malt aroma. Some caramel makes an appearance up front before becoming increasingly dry and minerally. A crisp, biscuity maltiness and moderate hop bitterness lead into the dry finish. exquicorp (7) - USA - OCT 8, 2004 does not count
A nice beer. Not the cask finished museum ale that I was looking for. I like that Sam Smith is still independent so I would give it bonus points if I could JoeMcPhee (10137) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 6, 2004
500 ml clear glass bottle. Light brown beer with a hint of orange and a thick tan-coloured head that lasts and lasts. Damn clear glass, aroma is slightly skunky, caramel malt, citrus, and some piney hops. Flavour is not bad, malty caramel/toffee backbone, spicy hops. Finish is slightly metallic. I’m sure this would be better from a tap, but for now, it’s the worst I’ve had from this brewery. BeerandBlues2 (14027) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 2, 2004
Clear brown with a small tan head. Aromas of malt, nuts, and caramel. Flavor is initially sweet and then bitter on the end. Palate is medium and warm. IndianaRed (5127) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 26, 2004
Bottle Pours a medium dark nutty brown with a nice full creamy beige head. Very nice sweet nutty aroma. Brown sugar and molassas as well. Flavor is not as sweet as the aroma hinted. Nutty and woody, easy on the hops. Nice malt presence. Very low on the carbonation, and a nice soft feel. Dry almost chalky finish and no real hops aftertaste. Not Bad
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - SEP 19, 2004
Standard clear bottle reveals its beautiful brown color. Huge head. Smooth tasting, maybe a little too light. Still, another good beer from the fine people of Sam Smith. Kevin (2217) - Montana, USA - SEP 18, 2004
bottle, beautiful brown that is easily seen through, a nice sustaining light tan head. nice aroma that grabs my attention of alcohol and bitter earth. taste is mild and enjoyable. very nice bitter flavor that leaves a slight metallic taste on my tongue but it is not that unpleasant. i really like the flavor of this one. the understated malt is present throughout and it allows for the bitterness to come through well. i was pleasantly surprised by this pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 11, 2004
12 oz bottle. Sam Smith was one of the first "good" beers that I moved toward 20 years ago. Now, I figure I’ll try to knock out a few ratebeer ratings: surprisingly dry and bitter - I was expecting more malt flavor - good malt presence in the palate, but dry. Bitter finish, no floral hops here. wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 6, 2004
Bottle. Amber color with fizzy tan head. Mild hops in aroma. Flavor is malty, but has some hop kick in the middlle--I’m guessing fuggles. Also has a overly sweet taste initially that is slightly unpleasant. Overall, decent, but not that remarkable. Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 29, 2004
Pours a huge, and well-retained creamy head, with a pale amber color. Aroma is soft, slightly floral, faint fruitiness, some citrus, but very mellow in the hop department. Overall, a sweetish palate, practically nil on the bitterness scale.
Light texture, very easy mouthfeel, lacks some substance. Doesn’t need any really, for the purposes of this style. It’s a pub ale, with not so much flavor to take your attention from the football or the darts. Slightly coppery, tangy taste, a little buttery.
My least favorite Samuel Smith’s beer, just too mild and pale for my taste, although perfect for what it tries to be. I compare all "pale ales", sometimes unfavorably, against hoppier American craftbrew versions.