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

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RATINGS: 1552   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."


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5359) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2011 I really had higher hopes for this one, and while not bad I was fairly disappointed. +++ Sampled from a 16 oz brown bottle this beer pours a golden-amber color with a large foamy beige head that lingered and produced excellent lacing. The aroma was tart and bitter with light grapefruit and pine elements. The flavor was sweetish and tangy with bitter fruity and perfumey hops. There is a light toasted caramel undertone. The finish was long, bitter and had notes of pine and spruce. Medium body. Decent.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crockett (1031) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 7, 2004
Now, this beer is quite under-rated. It's not an American style, hop crazed style. Not that I find that in anyway of lesser quality. It's an English version. Pours Amber/Honey, clear. Carries a longlasting laced head. Quite creamy. Aroma is medium hoppy with roast. Smooth soft mouth feel accented by even hop bitterness. Sweet malts round out a malty finish. Very nice and round. Flavour is beautiful lots of milky caramel. It, however, could stand to be more bitter.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jde123 (767) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 5, 2004
This beer pours with a great sized head, very frothy, lots of bubbles. Rose colored body...looks pretty good. Pleasant sweet aroma (lot's of hops) kind of like kiwi and an as of yet unidentified citrus. The mouthfeel is completely different than I though it would be, it is very rich and smooth...goes down nicely with a slightly bitter finish. THis is a very tasty beer, can definately taste the abundant hops; nice maltiness, overall great! Perfect level of hops for an India Ale.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oli (108) - DENMARK - MAR 2, 2004
This was an enjoyable beer.Nice and malty with a little bitter aftertaste.It had a lovely smooth palate.Very drinkable indeed.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
haddon90 (1561) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - MAR 2, 2004
An average IPA. Clear orange color, could have been deeper. Nice white head. Could use some more hops. I thought it was a little weak for an IPA. Most likely won't order this again.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2006 Dark orange color with a small white head. Typical English pale ale with an earthy hop character. The Sam Smith yeast is present throughout the taste. A dirty earthy hop taste lingers in the backend.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Malakin (469) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 28, 2004
Very english tasting, could use more hops. Samuel Smiths brews seem to all share a lot of flavour, was hoping this one would stand out a little more.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hangover (1091) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - FEB 27, 2004
Nice dark golden color with a lasting, frothy off white head. Malty, sweet aroma, with a nice touch of hops. Taste is... wonderful. The malts are apparent quickly, creamy and smooth, but fade into a clean, earthy hop finish. Pleasant bitter finish. For an IPA this ranks up there as one of my favorites.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5167) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - FEB 27, 2004
This is the best IPA I have had yet. The style still has yet to win me over. A gorgeous light copper color. This was out of the bottle and had a small white head. Relatively light on the hops and slightly bready in the taste. This comes with a neat floral and peach scent.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 18, 2004
A wonderful IPA. I'm glad I chose this for my 300th rating. Smooth, hoppy, pleasantly bitter and well balanced. Nice golden color with a white, lasting head. I will definately buy this again.


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