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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1504   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."


3.7
   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 (2029) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
skortila (4602) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - OCT 28, 2003
Hoppy, sweet aroma. Clear, amber coloured with a lasting, frothy head. Quite a bitter taste, hoppy and sweet. Some herbal notes. well balanced ale. Hopbitter finish.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
caesar (5298) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - OCT 28, 2003
Clear orange color, medium head. Bitter hop aroma, bit spicy and fruity. Very bitter taste, some caramel malts, bit herbal. Bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
1more4dessert (330) - Upstate, New York, USA - OCT 21, 2003
for a British version, this is about as good as the style gets. Earthy English hops and substantial malt. Not too buttery.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (8024) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 20, 2003
Rose water seasoning orangey hops...Someone forgot to wash the hops though, I think some earth appears in the back...Pine cones are slowly divulged in a highly comfortable, standard weekend garment...Afflation is an unknown concept here, but tradition is still well served...

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rastacouere (6136) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 20, 2003
The body is amber and wears a medium white head with average stickiness. Aroma is of mild english hops, but with good malt character. The texture is mild, medium body. It shows a good flavour balance with shy notes of flowers and oak, but the aftertaste had a little unpleasant note on its bitterness, almost cardboardish. (I was hard-judging that day). There's just not much to be said about that beer. It's conservative, well done in every department, but absolutely nothing to stand out and that's what I'll remember.


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