mcnealc31 (258) - Elida, Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2013
Very clear for an ale. Aroma is mostly toasted malt and butterscotch candy. The butterscotch flavor carries through, blending with grassy hops. Very smooth. There is a hint of lemon in the finish. And that classic English hard water, as well.
Overall, I thought this was fine. Definitely not bad, but I don’t think I’ll be getting a craving for it again. Just didn’t have enough flavor for me. AGGarcia44 (18) - - MAR 20, 2013
fruity esters dominate the aroma with hints of floral hops and UK base malt. Head retention is not great, white foam at beginning. Malty background that shines in the finish. finish is medium dry. floral/earthy/light fruit hop flavor without much bitterness. ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2013
Reviewed 2/18/13. 355 ml bottle into a nonic pint glass.
A: Pours a golden amber color with a mild yeast haze. The head is a one and a half finger eggshell shade. It doesn’t retain itself in a fantastic manner, but I love the lacing that’s left on the glass.
S: There is a lot of semi-sweet caramel featured in the aroma, alongside touches of butterscotch and toffee. It doesn’t seem to feature much in the way of hops; if they’re here, then they seem to be merely used as a ballast against the malt sweetness. Still, it’s a pleasant aroma featuring a slight mineral touch ever-so-prevalent in many Samuel Smith offerings.
T: Initial flavors of butterscotch, caramel, and toffee give way to some stone fruit esters in the midpalate and a semi-dry, vaguely hoppy finish. There’s also a mild finishing astringency on the palate, nothing that’s remotely harsh, however. Some of the fruity esters here (like cherry and apricot) help give a cherry pie quality to it. While not horribly complex, I could see myself drinking a few bottles in a sitting - which is always a great thing.
M: It features a pleasing dryness on the back end to counteract the slightly sweet linger. It also has that ’hard water’ feel I expect from this brewery; a clean lightness that creates a very drinkable offering.
O: Very solid. I admit I didn’t expect it to be this good, seeing as I don’t usually gravitate towards the style. If it had a bit more depth, it would be incredible; as it stands right now it’s simply very good.
mtwhitney (168) - Maui, Hawaii, USA - MAR 8, 2013
Normally I do not buy anything labeled “organic” because the whole “organic “ food movement is way overhyped and is quite frankly somewhat of a scam. However, because it is Samuel Smith’s I gave it a try. I was pleased at how smooth and balanced this beer is. Not too hoppy. Perfect for those who don’t want their ale to taste like Pine-Sol. Patrickctenchi (6811) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - FEB 28, 2013
Pours nearly clear amber-gold with a tall, frothy, white head.
Sweet, floral nose....fruit and honey.
Taste is sweet, malty, citrus...slightly bready.
Minimal, but smotth bittering.
Majin (256) - West Des Moines, Iowa, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Bottle pours hazy orange with a medium white head. Soft floral nose. Flavor is toast and crackers with nice citrus and floral hops.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone boozedude (2229) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - FEB 23, 2013
hazy orangish pour with white head... caramel malty aroma, taste is kinda weird... not a fan, wont drink again, eww bottleforager (3211) - Gray, Maine, USA - FEB 19, 2013
Pours a rich copper color with good clarity and a three finger eggshell foam. On the nose it has nice round toasted maltiness with touches of citrus and honey. The palate is smooth and well balanced with a honeyed sweetness playing well off the roasted toasted malts, citrus hints and trace bitterness that draws out the finish. JennyJam (54) - Oceanside, California, USA - FEB 16, 2013
Pours hazy, golden-yellow with nice dense head. Aroma is earthy with banana and bready malts. Taste is balanced with a medium body, a bit flat, not much carbonation. Bitter almost slinky,flat aftertaste. Pretty easy to drink but not much flavor. bartlebier (4216) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - JAN 27, 2013
3x355 ml bottles, Bierpost.de - Pours relatively foamless and yet fizzy, somewhat underwhelming body. Earthy, indeed "organic" aromas of autumn fruits, medium body, musty spicy-floral hops and a lot of vivid "culture" going on here (BB was 31.08.2012) - would almost be tempted to call this a pale ale/British saison mix - like all quality brews, takes a while to educate the taste buds, but well worth it!