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Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Tadcaster, England
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 1623   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Pasteurised bottles only.
"Samuel Smith's India Ale is characterized by the colour of a golden sunset, a refined maltiness and an emphasis on the aroma and flavour from Britain's best hop gardens."


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jine (903) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - OCT 13, 2004
Been waiting to try this crazily labelled IPA. Pretty good, could be a tiny bit hoppier.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sixpackcharley (19) - barclay, Texas, USA - OCT 10, 2004
A good overall IPA- Could have a little more hops, but I am biased. Clear appearance and a thin coppery color bless your glass as you pour this rewarding ale. The world of IPA’s is quite competitive, but this one holds it’s own near the top.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 6, 2004
Pours a beautiful gold/brown color with a thick, frothy head that hangs around until you’re done drinking. Floral/herbal hop aroma. Smoooooth mouthfeel, full of bitter hops with an excellent malt counterbalance. Pleasant, bitter finish. More, please.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TerryR (390) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2004
Beautiful orange with an off-white head that lasts forever. Aroma is hops and sweet malt. Medium bodied. Hops, pine needles and lots of malt in the flavor. Slightly bitter finish. Very well balanced for an IPA. A well made beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 29, 2004
I liked this one for its hops and balance. Actually used half the bottle to simmer chili with (please don’t shoot me--I thought it would balance the palate well, and it did). Mean brown-amber color, appearance tilts to a 4/5 because of the intricate bottle which I love. A bit of a sweet finish? Nicely wrought.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2004
Great pour! Nice golden brown color and a thick foamy head. Nice hops...but doesn’t overpower you. A bit bitter, but not in a bad way. A bit lighter of an IPA than I traditionally like...but a great beer none the less.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - SEP 26, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2004 This is a hell of an IPA. Perhaps Samuel Smith's best beer. Also, the first one I have had that is not in the stereotypical clear glass. This one was brown, maybe they are learning something. Brown copper beady with beautiful thick frothy white head. Very sweet and vinuous. Hops, of course, are evident, but not painfully so. This truly is a mild IPA and could become a session beer easily. This is a smooth and easy to drink beer.A new favorite.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
obisbeer (568) - Barcelona, SPAIN - SEP 24, 2004
Rich golden orange, with thick white head. Nice light hops, and malt nose with light fruit. medium weight with lightly bitter finish. Malt, Light pine, light fruit all show on the palate. Well made with no flaws, great beer!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - SEP 24, 2004
Slightly hazed copper body with a thick off white head. Aroma of classic English hops and a sweet malty note as well. One of the maltiest IPA’s Iv’e had but only due to my high consumption of hoppy California IPA’s. This is actually fairly well balanced. Flavor runs sweet and malty. The body is nice and smooth and fairly full. There is a metallic note in the finish and slight bitterness is nice. Overall a decent English IPA for a bottled beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - SEP 23, 2004
Mild floral hop aroma over a amber body with a tall ivory head. Malty start to the taste with a good hop mild bittered finish with a fruitiness to the aftertaste, great balance. Medium bodied and crisp. Alright IPA, but i’m to big a fan of big hopped IPAs to really like this beer.


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