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

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RATINGS: 1509   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."


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
SilkTork (5278) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2003
Bottle. Clear bronze. Pleasant fruity aroma - a hint of peaches? Mostly bland mouthfeel - a bit of roughness from the fizz rather than from any character. Pleasant fruit and hops. Fair doos, it's a decent quality ale with a lingering soft bitterness. Nice caramel notes floating around. Enjoyable.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 13, 2003
It smells perfumey. Definetly more flower in the nose than I expected. Lemon/citrus as well. The floweriness is there in the taste too. Bitter with a nice caramel aftertaste at the back of my tounge.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Reid (1949) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 20, 2003
OK another in the fine line of Samuel Smith products to grace the Reidrover household...comes in a BROWN bottle woo hoo!! THis beer has to be the best looking IPA ever..luscious dark honey brown ( colour of heather honey)..with an off white frothy head that sinks but never quite dissapears..excellent!! The aroma is a lovelly concoction of honey and hops its quite heady..i love it. now this tastes nothing like a classic PNW IPA ( which I am used to)..but it still is delicious..it has way more sweet malt on the front of the tongue the hopiness doesnt appear until later,,nice brown sugar,,dark chocolate..its very good. As with all Sam Smith products is excellent on the palate.. very drinkable "IPA"..if this is near the original..it looks like the new IPAs are over hopped..but i enjoyed this immensely.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
presario (4709) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 12, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2003 Light copper coloured with thick head and lacing. Light to moderate pine hop aroma. Deceiving hop flavour is more complex than it first appears. At times average and at times spicey. The sharpness fades but the lasting hop flavoured finish seems to grow with each taste. Started the bottle as a 3 but finished closer to a 4.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - NOV 12, 2003
Nice head out of bottle fades quickly. Very smooth and drinkable. Great flavor that blends into a very good drink. In my opinion, this offering deserves a higher score than it is getting. My next trip to Gomers (KC) will have a basket full of Samuel Smith beers.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - NOV 7, 2003
Good hop aroma. Nice malt body and bitterness. Not overpowering. A good example of a true English IPA.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - NOV 5, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2004 Poured a slightly cloudy amber with a thin, white head. Smooth and hoppy taste. Silky mouthfeel. Hop bitterness in the finish, a bit unpleasant at first, but it grows on you. A good beer. Not big on IPAs, but this one is excellent. Another fine Samuel Smith brew.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
bob32256 (171) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - NOV 5, 2003
nice color and smell; dark, cloudy amber with a thin head; the initial taste is OK, but the finish is too bitter for me

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 2, 2003
(Bottle) Pours a amber color with a medium, lasting, frothy head. One of my favorites from Samuel Smith.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jerohen (2032) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - OCT 28, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2012 Clear deep golden coloured, large lasting head. Hoppy and fruity aroma. Smooth hopbitter flavour, bitter finish. Excellent drinkability. Very nice brew.


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