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

bottled
common

on tap
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RATINGS: 1465   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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClarkVV (3891) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 20, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2006 Has a small white/off white head and a huge golden/amber color, with some bright orange tinges. Begins very flavorful. Hops abound along with a nice sweet malt flavor that mixes right in. The hops are just enough up front and then relax a bit while a wonderful even and sweet, but not overly caramelly sweet, malt sets in. There is perfect carbonation in the bottle. I can taste a variety of flavors. Nuts, grains, oranges, and of course hops. This is not knock your socks off IPA however, which is a nice change from some one-sided, all hops IPA’s. I dont see how people can complain about the relative less hoppy taste here. It hits right away and is fresh and complex. Just because this beer is not hops, hops, hops, extra hops and more hops, makes it better in my book. It has a nice round dry finish, but the beer has plenty of flavor before drying out and has lots of character. Clean crisp aroma, with even a bit of yeast and some piney/sugary notes.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CapFlu (4459) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 17, 2003
(550ml bottle) Great mahogany-orange body and a thin, white head. Aroma of malt with slight floral hops. Great, strong, tart hops balance the mild malt. Mid-palate bitterness carries into finish. Good stuff!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 16, 2003
A very nice english IPA, big malty toasty nose. The hop to malt balance was actually quite good with both coming off strong. The colour is a dark gold and very little head coming off. Carbonation levels are low. There is a very nice malty character to this beer with toasted accents being more pronounced.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jek803 (41) - USA - JUL 16, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2003 I wasn't blow away by this ale. It did pour a nice amber with a head that quickly settled...good lacing most of the way down. Aroma and taste were good, very drinkable, with a dry, hoppy finish. Good, but not up to other SS offerings.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 14, 2003
550 mL bottle served in a pint glass. Deep amber color with a quickly diminishing white head. Hazy and big looking. Not too much carbonation. Citrusy hops on the nose, but not extremely so. Significant malt profile (bread caramel) and yeast as well. Has a brown sugar / maple / raisin note in the taste. I wonder if this bottle has sat for a while because it is very subtle in the presentation of hops. Good malt balance. Oily feel, flat carbonation. Moderately sweet, moderately bitter throughout. Best IPA I've ever had (I guess I'm an British IPA fan if I had to choose).

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
EricTheRed (82) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - JUL 13, 2003
really nice, sweet, tangy, hoppy but not ridiculously, typical SSmith quality brew.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vector (163) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 8, 2003
Not as hoppy as other IPA's I've had, actually pretty mild in comparison to most. Good flavor complexity, mouthfeel, and balance as is typical among Samuel Smith's beers.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 7, 2003
550ml bottle - Color is a glowing clear light amber with a frothy off-white, two finger high head that goes nowhere. Looser big bubbles pop and crumble very slowly and leaves lots of stringy lace. Smell is a nice mellow and clean floral, piney hop aroma. Notes of light peach and banana with a sweet caramel backing. Taste is a perfect copy of the smell with a smooth easy start of flowers, the middle hits a nice piney juicyness thats quite mellow and finishes with a lovely hint of lingering hop bitterness and dryness. Perfectly balanced caramel malts playing inbetween keeping this brew superbly mellowing and clean. Feel is a good medium body and slight creamyness throughout with a nice lingering finish. Nothing overwhelming in this perfect English Style IPA. Its not a U.S. monster but you can see where those come from, got to respect that....ehh hopheads? Its not a in your face IPA, but it is a slap with one of those fancy white gloves. Dignified, unexpected, and well done.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - JUL 7, 2003
I was surprised by the bottle on this beer. Most Sam Smith's brews I've seen have clear bottles, but this was bottled brown. Aroma is typical of Sam Smith's - average hops, nice malt, and you could tell it's an IPA. Flavor is a nice medium. It's not as strong as other IPAs I've had, but where it lacks, it makes up in mouthfeel. This beer is very silky smooth - quite a delite!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrinkingbuddyD (129) - Warsaw, New York, USA - JUL 6, 2003
A solid example of an english IPA. Light brown color with a wonderful hoppy aroma. Nice malty flavor with a mild hopping. Noting too bold or crazy, but very drinkalbe.


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