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

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RATINGS: 1482   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
egajdzis (5336) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2003
Poured a cloudy orange reddish color with a small white head. It had an aroma of sweet fruit, alcohol, to be honest, it smelled like a mixed drink (Bacardi Limon and Sprite to be exact). It had a dry mellow hop taste that was not over the top, and it seemed to be balanced very well. However I don't think that this is my style of IPA, I guess I am a hop head.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2003
Hoppy but not overpoweringly so. Better than Stone's IPA, that's for sure.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5249) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 25, 2003
This was actually sweeter than I expected. I imagined it to be more of the hoppier variety of IPA. This poured a medium brown with a nice tan head. The nose was sweet and malted with a lighter hop character. Finished well for an IPA and was smooth without the standard bitterness.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ross (2088) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - AUG 24, 2003
a bold rich ipa. not bad, not the best ipa ive ever had, but certainly worth the money. pours with a thick golden color head.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (5142) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 23, 2003
Pretty copper color, white head and a bready, peppery aroma. subtle malt flavor and a sharp hop bite. Is this the most "American" English IPA?

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EKGoldings (526) - Radford, Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2003 Bottle, no best before date. Pours amber with modest head and slight haze. Smell is dried prunes, hay and honey. Taste has vinous quality, with moderate malt character and medium hopping. Nice finish of dry fruit and malt. Really doesn't fit the IPA style that well at 5% and the relatively low hopping levels. I'm talking traditional IPAs as made by Hodgson, Bass, Allsop etc. with 80+ IBUs and OGs above 1060. As a pale ale I would rate it higher as it is a nice complex, very British ale. I expect the Yorkshire Squares are responsible for the relatively complex flavors here. I really like this beer, but I knocked it down because this simply isn't an IPA.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 12, 2003
Clear medium amber colour with a small white head. Mild hops with hint of fruity nectar and smoked cured meat aroma. Medium thin body. The first half second or so of the medium hoppy bitter flavour is OK but then it rapidly vanishes to a bland nothing. Harshish medium bitter aftertaste. Disappointing, my least favourite Sam Smiths. Perhaps more research is requried.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - AUG 11, 2003
Deep ruby amber with GREAT lacing and little head. Light hop aroma with dark fruit and sweet british hop notes. Caramel and light hop flavors, less bitterness than an American PAle Ale. I can't believe this is a historic IPA recreation. Slightly bitter and buttery finish, not too bad for an IPA. I really like these british IPAs but they should be in a differnt category, not very comparable to an american IPA.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - AUG 10, 2003
Dark blond with a medium creamy head. Hop and floral aroma. Short malty floral taste with a dry chalky finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2003
Golden-amber hue with a sudsy white head and lively carbonation. A very distinct fragrance including aromas of berries and honeysuckle. Fruit and malt flavors plus a nice bitter finish that lingers. This beer has class.


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