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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1549   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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."


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hansen (7311) - Assentoft, DENMARK - MAR 21, 2004
Fine ipa. Light yellow, ok head. Nice hop, flower and bitterness. Malty to lift the bitterness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAR 19, 2004
Fair appearance: honey colored, small particals, cloudy; offwhite head with very poor lacing. Aroma of clover honey and apples and also of "England" style hops, common to Bass & C, etc. Flavor was nice, dominant apple flavor with the English hops and a bitter separate from the apple flavor. Not overly complex or exciting, but well balanced and very pleasing. Nice mouthfeel with medium body and nicely foamy-creamy carbonation. Aftertaste is apples, but predominantly that separate bitter and I appreciate the separateness of the apples and bitter. Overall very easy drinking, very pleasant, medium and quickly diminishing head that left no lacing(!!!), but a nice beer. It's worthy of a 15 or so. =p

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dorwart (2419) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 19, 2004
Dense creamy head. Hops aroma become more pronounced as the beer warms. Also a note of citrus (orange) in there. Color is golden orange with ok carbonation. Flavor is creamy and smooth. Good helping of malt and not a very pronounced hop flavor. Finish is dry and slightly bitter and leaves a thin coating in the mouth. An ok IPA but a little week in the hops department.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hotdogs (13) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2004 poured with a moderate head, tight bubbles. it is a reddish amber color, very clear. at first pour i got pine, raspberries, some sort of thick sticky berry like juniper, it smelled jammy. then once it was a little warmer it smelled exactly like those little jam filled raspberry candies you get for free at resturants. a little wierd. anyway. taste= sticky and sweet, rolled over with mild bittering hops, finish is tasty and floral. much of the aroma is in the flavor, with raspberry being quite heavy. finish was mildly malty but mostly dry.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 13, 2004
Soft amber colour. Thick frothy head, good lacing. Aroma of hops with a bit of malt in the background.This beer has a great balance, nice hops (not too much) some malt, good carbonation, good dry finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - MAR 13, 2004
poured a nice amber color with a thick white head with little lacing. Aroma was a mix of hops and almost a pine like aspect. Flavor was mostly hops. Not overly bitter and not under hops. The beer was missing a malt prenence. Over all the beer was good. Hmm i wonder if the brown bottle had something to do with that, you know.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fly (1425) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - MAR 12, 2004
Not welll aquianted with other British IPAs, just those we bastards brew on this side of the pond. I quite like this. One more in the "if it weren't SO expensive I would rink more often"

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5311) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2011 I really had higher hopes for this one, and while not bad I was fairly disappointed. +++ Sampled from a 16 oz brown bottle this beer pours a golden-amber color with a large foamy beige head that lingered and produced excellent lacing. The aroma was tart and bitter with light grapefruit and pine elements. The flavor was sweetish and tangy with bitter fruity and perfumey hops. There is a light toasted caramel undertone. The finish was long, bitter and had notes of pine and spruce. Medium body. Decent.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crockett (1029) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 7, 2004
Now, this beer is quite under-rated. It's not an American style, hop crazed style. Not that I find that in anyway of lesser quality. It's an English version. Pours Amber/Honey, clear. Carries a longlasting laced head. Quite creamy. Aroma is medium hoppy with roast. Smooth soft mouth feel accented by even hop bitterness. Sweet malts round out a malty finish. Very nice and round. Flavour is beautiful lots of milky caramel. It, however, could stand to be more bitter.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jde123 (766) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 5, 2004
This beer pours with a great sized head, very frothy, lots of bubbles. Rose colored body...looks pretty good. Pleasant sweet aroma (lot's of hops) kind of like kiwi and an as of yet unidentified citrus. The mouthfeel is completely different than I though it would be, it is very rich and smooth...goes down nicely with a slightly bitter finish. THis is a very tasty beer, can definately taste the abundant hops; nice maltiness, overall great! Perfect level of hops for an India Ale.


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