PanMarek (460) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2016 ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Clear, dark yellow with moderate, beige foam. Toffee hops dominate the nose with grassy hops and a little spice. Medium body, light fizz, slightly watery but with a dry finish.
rjplumer (1110) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 5, 2015
Has a butter toffee like aroma. Soft hazy cinnamon colored body. Just a light pencil line thick head. The butter toffee carries over on the taste too. Has slippery mouth feeling. Fairly clean finish and goes down smooth. A fairly simple but respectable brew. Closs_the_man (9) - Bluffton, South Carolina, USA - AUG 29, 2015 does not count
High drinkability, decent taste, not great alone, but pretty good with food.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone obguthr (6443) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - FEB 14, 2015
Buttery honey, tart lemon, butterscotch nose. Hazy amber, thick head. Honey and butterscotch. Lemongrass finish. Medium body, smooth, soft carbonation. Sweet with a slightly bitter end. Rich and malty but with a bit of diacetyl. HarryPlopper (57) - - JAN 8, 2015
Nice smooth pale ale. Not too bitter, smooth mouth feel. Copper color. Banana scent and taste, some spice notes.
Erzengel (8894) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - JAN 3, 2015
* Old rating from 2010. Mild-weiches, leicht malziges Bier. Sehr mild, fruchtig, lecker! slowrunner77 (12147) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 17, 2014
"now that’s the stuff. sam smith’s organics are all a fragrant, fresh, and flavorful shot in the arm for lighter beers. usually when i crave a lighter beer, it’ll be one of these, just don’t expect more than a nice session ale eduardovl (1454) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2014 330ml bottle served in a tulip glass.
A: Pours a beautiful and clear amber/copper color forming a medium, solid and thin bubbled beige head. Medium to low retention and lots of spotty soapy lacings left in the glass
S: Strong toffee and caramel malts in the upfront. Notes of brown sugar and brown bread. Great flowery hops. English character
T: Strong caramel malts and sweet grains upfront. Notes of toffee, brown sugar, citrus hops. A bit fruity too, with some notes of grapes and plums. Mild hops bitterness: herby and a bit citrus (Again, strong British hops character). In overall, a dry but smooth beer in the mouth
M: Light body. Medium carbonation. A bit sticky and molasses with a malty and mold bitter aftertaste
O: Good drinkability. Very refreshing beer. Strong British personality. World class British Pale Ale
[ BA Review @ 4/19/2010 ] Oldschool_Mike (368) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 27, 2014
Bottle to pint glass. Aroma very mild stone fruit and caramel. Nice deep amber colour. Taste is mild stone fruit and hops with a touch of caramel sweetness. Very good beer.
-- rated via 'Find A Beer' for Blackberry 10 Darkmagus82 (2302) - - AUG 17, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 12-11-12
Poured from bottle into pint glass
Appearance – Pours a lightly hazed light orange amber color with a two finger white head. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to give a nice level of lacing.
Smell- Wow. I was not expecting the huge fruit aroma that was in this one. An apple aroma mixed with some peach and pear are big and bold. Mixed with these are hints of caramel as well as a light bready smell.
Taste – The taste begins with a bready and fruity sweet flavor. The fruit flavor is initially of a peach and apricot flavor, but transitions to a more apple flavor as the taste advances further. Upfront there is also a caramel sweetness that soon gets overwhelmed by the apple. Toward the end the flavor has a malty and cider like taste. A light bitter citrus and herbal flavor come to the taste at the very end with it slightly leveling out some of the sweetness.
Mouthfeel - The body of the beer is on the slightly thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the average side. While the carbonation level is average, it consists of tiny little bubbles that seem to tingle the tongue. This when combined with the slightly creamier body, is wonderful for the fruit flavors of the brew.
Overall – This beer has a fabulous nose and feel. The taste is not quite up to the former two but is still rather good. One to try if you have the chance.