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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1509   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."


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
skortila (4626) - 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 (5324) - 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 (8135) - 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 (6137) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - OCT 14, 2003
Pours clear orange with a nice white head. Decent retention and light carbonation. Floral hop aroma, with a bit of fruitiness there and a *tiny* bit of green apples. Could do with a stronger aroma though, its pretty subtle. Very smooth initial mouthfeel, but the finish is medium-thin. Sweet caramel initial taste, followed by a bitter mid and final palate. Nice hop flavour on the finish and aftertaste. Little bit disappointing though overall. Its a bit bland. More like a bitter than an IPA IMO. Needs more bling.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 9, 2003
Light brown to red. Offwhite head, 1/8th inch and falling. Smells like apple and pear peels. Very nice clean out of shower scent. Perhaps a tiny hint of apple in the flavor. Bitterness in the finish. Does taste like apple peels though. Very carbonated. Probably my least favorite overall of the Samuel Smith family which is a fantastic family of beers.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
brownaler (378) - Topsail Beach, North Carolina, USA - OCT 8, 2003
An orange colored beer that deleops a medium white head. Has a hoppy presence in the front, and bitterness in the back, with a staleness troughout.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UNCCTF (495) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - OCT 8, 2003
Aroma of hops came about as soon as the bottle was opened. Pure amber coloring, with lots of carbonation. Flavor is a little bit ordinary at first, but as the beer warms up a few nice fruity and sour characteristics start to come through. A nice IPA.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
RichardGretton (4296) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2003
Standard ale appearance with a standard hopped aroma. The flavour again is basically hopped. Overall a standard hopped ale.


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