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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1618   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 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LiamPatrick16 (124) - Montgomery, New York, USA - AUG 27, 2004
light body golden hint of brown good sized head. lacing. hoppy light slightly slightly thick consistancy, bubbles throughout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thegreenrooster (3860) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 20, 2004
Pours a nice copper out of the bottle. Aroma is very earthy and malty. Flavor is hoppy but not over the top. Its a very mild and laid back hoppyness. Lots of spicy bitterness at the end as well. A nice mild brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Frank (3846) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2004
Itís my understanding that more often than not when a British beer is labeled IPA itís simply an indicator that it has higher alcohol than an ordinary bitter. It is not, as you might expect, an indicator that the beer inside is actually made in the India Pale Ale style. In fact, the hopping rates of the much hoppier IPAís as are common in the States are much more similar to traditional IPA than to something like Sam Smithís India Ale which indeed is not an IPA at all but rather a strong bitter or an EPA (though the ones in made in the States use different hops). I would assume that itís still categorized as such because as soon as our friendly, hardworking administrators at RateBeer changed it to its proper style category, they would receive thousand of emails from people who donít understand what Iíve said so far in this paragraph. Anyway...

Pours a glowing gold amber, crystal clear with a fine white head that leaves just a few dobs of lace here and there. Nose is mild with just a hint of hops an malt. Body is smooth with gentle but slightly fizzy carbonation. Notes of toffee and earth along with a decent dose of bitterness in the finish. Quaffable but hardly stunning.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 10, 2004
Copper brown with medium frothy white head. Overall, lots of earth aroma and flavor, malty, somewhat musty, oil, with a balanced hop bitterness and spicy bite, at times with a caramel sweetness. Pretty good overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 7, 2004
Golden copper color...smells very floral and hoppy...taste is much smoother than the smell...very crisp warm finish...a good IPA...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gachupines (1216) - USA - AUG 6, 2004
Good hop presence, but not as much as in a typical American IPA. Well balanced between the hops and malt. Presence of some spices, but it goes down easily. Quite enjoyable IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JUL 30, 2004
Nice dark golden color,small white head light lacing.Malty aroma with a light hop presence.Nice malt taste upfront then a nice transition to hops mild spiciness and faint citrus.The after taste is faint but it has a malty side with a mild hop presence with the finish being fleeting and somewhat dry. These British IPAs need to have their own category because they donít compare (IMO) to the better American examples. That doesnít make them bad, I just donít consider them in the same class. A nice brew nonetheless and well worth trying.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
henrik (48) - Ňrhus, DENMARK - JUL 28, 2004
Smells like an IPA, hops and small white flowers. Not much hops in the flavour for an IPA, but what there is, is nicely balanced with the malt. Very pleasant and long lasting finish - makes you want to keep on drinking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rhapsouldize (174) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2004
Pours a medium amber with a thin white nose. Sweet, mildly wheaty aroma. Well-balanced and crisp, but not as hoppy as a run-of-the-mill IPA. Much maltier than I had expected. Overall, pretty good, but not as good as I had expected.

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