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

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RATINGS: 1553   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 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 (512) - 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 (4407) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2003
Standard ale appearance with a standard hopped aroma. The flavour again is basically hopped. Overall a standard hopped ale.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2003
butterscotch golden orange, clear, with a delicate snowy head blanketing the roof of the beer, like a fire-lit cabin out on the wintry english moors. richly aromatic with caramel sauce on oatmeal cookies, orange merging with woody notes. (i had a polished bamboo flute that smelled like this--i couldn't play it worth a damn, but i sure liked the smell). the beer i played like a virtuouso, tho very up tempo-- it's too good for the evening's first beer, because thirst (and evaporation) caused it to vanish before it's many nuances were named and recorded. the lightly sweet, nutty malts plot with the grapefruit hops to ride a gentle inconspicuous carbonation to glide along every known shortcut to thirst quenching. even in thier haste, they make a lot of friends on the way. ultra-session, ultra-pleasure, and great thanks to ultaspank!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - SEP 29, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2003 Great red body with off white head. not too hoppy compared to many of the other IPA's out there.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 27, 2003
Pours a nice amber hue with small head leaving fair lacing. Malty sweetness and floral hops in the nose. Nice caramel flavors that blend very will into a hoppy finish. Tangy palate.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrewEd (182) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - SEP 25, 2003
Hoppy nose with a mild malt presence. Not the overpowering hops of many American micros, but still a goodly amount. Very well balanced with caramel malt to offset the bitterness. One of the best IPA's I've had.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slushy (28) - Niagara Falls, New York, USA - SEP 25, 2003
Slightly amber with an off white head, nice lacing. Flowery in the nose. Floral taste on the tongue, average bitterness. Nice English style IPA.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 20, 2003
The colour of »a golden sunset« which (apparantly) is reddish amber. Nice white head and fine lacing. Decent hoppy nose. Initially sweet and flowery taste followed by the trademark dry, bitter finish. Not as powerful as the best American IPAs, but nice and well balanced.


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