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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1617   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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."

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
obisbeer (567) - 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!

   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 IPAís Ivíe had but only due to my high consumption of hoppy California IPAís. 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.

   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 iím to big a fan of big hopped IPAs to really like this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - SEP 16, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2008 [12 oz. bottle] Clear orange color with a very small white head. Very floral aroma with hints of malt and a slight fruity smell underneath it all. Malty and biscuity taste at the beginning that smoothly goes to a bitter hop backbone and a slightly caramel finish. Bitter aftertaste, but not as bitter as some other IPAís.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDalkoholic (2318) - Linda Vista, California, USA - SEP 14, 2004
A hard to see through beer and i like those kinds. Makes me feel better the ingredints arenít just alcohol and water. Nice hoppy aroma with a a soft touch of hops on the flavor. It seems every liquor store i go to they got the majority of Samuel Smith in the cooler.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pailhead (6273) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - SEP 7, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2004 Bottle: Aroma is flowery and malty/sweet (has somewhat of a light fruit punch smell). Pours a transparent orange with a small white head with good retention. Decent lacing. Sweet malty initial taste with some caramel. Finishes bitter, but not as bitter as expected. About 50/50 balance between malt(inital flavor) and hops(in the finish). Somewhat dry but does leave a little bitter aftertaste. I could see myself drinking this on a fairly regular basis if I wasn’t always looking for beers yet to be rated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrHoppsworth (47) - USA - SEP 5, 2004
A very nice IPA that isínt too strong.Has nice malts as well.Too bad itís sorta pricey,or I would drink this more often.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
apost8n8 (123) - USA - AUG 31, 2004
Wow. What a complex flavor. This is in a whole other league from what Iím used to.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 29, 2004
Color is a gorgeous ruby red, head is fine, full, and off-white in color. Aroma is overflowing with fruit: peach is on top, but we can also detect apricot, grapefruit, orange, citrus. Very sweet and inviting. So drink it already! DEliriously delicious! This is a terrifically well-rounded IPA: not too hoppy, with malt providing just enough support. Very little bitterness upon the palate, and surprising for an ale with an aroma so redolent with sweet,delightful fruitiness. On the tongue, more fruit flavors come through, too. Iím picking up cherries, and melons, and ggod gosh, itís gorgeous! Extreme drinkability! Some minimal bitterness comes through on the palate, but not to trouble the average beer drinker. An excellent introductory IPA. Me, I like mine much hoppier. A terrifically well-rounded brew, and very drinkable. Finish is simple, sweet, and ever-lasting. Another excellent Smith offering.

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