EKGoldings (664) - Radford, Virginia, USA - AUG 17, 2003
On Tap at Microfestivus. Pours reddish amber with nice frothy head. Aroma of English hops and fruit, taste is excellent with some malt, caramel, hops and slight sweetness. A nice change from the abundant Cascades/Centennial laden APAs. Libeerian (209) - Garner, North Carolina, USA - AUG 14, 2003
Malty aroma with no hops! Cloudy and gold. The flavor is a delicious blend of malts and hops but its no IPA, the bitterness is way too low. JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - AUG 8, 2003
Golden-red body with a very nice, fluffy white head. Smell is of floral hops and not very strong. Taste is a good mix of fruity hops (peach, apple) that turn grapefruit bitter as the taste finishes. The hops definitely shine on the palate but there is also a nice malt presence to add depth to the flavor. Solid beer, right on par with the style. hopnpop (73) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2003
A super British style IPA. No cascade hops to be found here! Consequently, a bit different tasting that what I am normally accustomed, but oversll an outstanding brew. TheBeerGod (6224) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2005 Nice bronze body on this one with a creamy light tan head. Smell is of a very weak or watery hop and malt character. Fortunately the taste is much better. Sticky hoppy mouthfeel compliments the piny and bitter hop laden body. Slight metallic taste tries to push itself to the front. The aftertaste is a little bitter due to the hops but this is still a decent beer. I would like to try this on draft some place.
Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUN 4, 2003
Nothing remarkable about the smell, decent appearance, nice for the style. As pictured to the left. Initial taste was vegetal and cooked, like overdone broccoli. I was somewhat surprised as it actually improved considerably as it warmed up. I was expecting the opposite to occur. The last bit was actually rather satisfying. Will need to re-rate this at some point in time. hopscotch (11101) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 3, 2003
Lovely, deep amber brew. Crystal clear with a small, fizzy, khaki-colored head. Quickly and fully dissipating with no lacework.
The nose holds lots of caramel, milk chocolate, vanilla, toasted cashews and light citrus fruit.
Excellent flavor! Caramel, alcohol, cocoa and plum up front. Great, moderately bitter and lightly pungent (buttermilk) hop presence on the backside.
Full-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation. Lengthy, bitter, astringent, chewy finish with a woodsy, wet, hay-laden flavor at the wee end. Damn fine, underrated IPA! wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 18, 2003
Thin head--hoppy nose. NOt much else on aroma. Too dark for style. Fuggles hop flavor prevalent. Crisp finish. sloth (2906) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2003
Quiet intro.Rocky off white head, some laceing.Hazy light copper color.Fruity malty nose with some bready notes also.Thats it, its down hill from here.Noticeable astringency and some metallic flavors.Finish is dry leaving the metallic flavors on the sides of the tongue and sides of yer mouth.Med/thin body.A little cardboardy also.Oh well! Finished the bottle, against my better judgement. document (36) - USA - FEB 8, 2003
Poor, very poor. I drank a Stone IPA, then a homebrewed wheat beer, and then this. I don't know if I can finish the drink. A thick, foul malt. There's a bit of hop, jumping about, but it's the malt that kills the beer. Thoroughly unpleasant. It sticks in your sinus, cloyingly, and tastes skunked, but by design. Displays perfectly the difference between a good beer and a mediocre -- no, awful -- beer. To those who define this 'English,' I've just come back from England and not come close to a beer so frightful. Drink this and drink newky brown with a hop flower.