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

bottled
common

on tap
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1508   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."


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 7, 2003
550ml bottle - Color is a glowing clear light amber with a frothy off-white, two finger high head that goes nowhere. Looser big bubbles pop and crumble very slowly and leaves lots of stringy lace. Smell is a nice mellow and clean floral, piney hop aroma. Notes of light peach and banana with a sweet caramel backing. Taste is a perfect copy of the smell with a smooth easy start of flowers, the middle hits a nice piney juicyness thats quite mellow and finishes with a lovely hint of lingering hop bitterness and dryness. Perfectly balanced caramel malts playing inbetween keeping this brew superbly mellowing and clean. Feel is a good medium body and slight creamyness throughout with a nice lingering finish. Nothing overwhelming in this perfect English Style IPA. Its not a U.S. monster but you can see where those come from, got to respect that....ehh hopheads? Its not a in your face IPA, but it is a slap with one of those fancy white gloves. Dignified, unexpected, and well done.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - JUL 7, 2003
I was surprised by the bottle on this beer. Most Sam Smith's brews I've seen have clear bottles, but this was bottled brown. Aroma is typical of Sam Smith's - average hops, nice malt, and you could tell it's an IPA. Flavor is a nice medium. It's not as strong as other IPAs I've had, but where it lacks, it makes up in mouthfeel. This beer is very silky smooth - quite a delite!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrinkingbuddyD (129) - Warsaw, New York, USA - JUL 6, 2003
A solid example of an english IPA. Light brown color with a wonderful hoppy aroma. Nice malty flavor with a mild hopping. Noting too bold or crazy, but very drinkalbe.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Publican (16) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 3, 2003
Gold colour with thick white head(from fermentation in slate Yorkshire squares). Malt and hop aroma, metalic bitterness with a bitter finish. My favorite English IPA

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2003
From the Sharp Edge European Beer Fest:I thougth this was very good (for an IPA). It sat well with other beers and was not offensivly hoppy like the american IPA's. Something i would have again.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 29, 2003
Orange-brown color. Sweet malt and hop aroma. Pretty mild, malt start and hoppy finish. Decent IPA

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
maxwellplum (54) - USA - JUN 28, 2003
Very nice IPA, just the perfect bitter bite to it. Fluffy head, although short-lived. A nice drinkable (repeatedly) IPA.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
shintriad (700) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 27, 2003
UPDATED: APR 26, 2007 Orange/copper colour, big head that doesn’t really last, nice estery, fruity and malty smell, warm nutty flavours with a hint of dark chocolate. Nice bite to it, with a very balanced bitterness and a pleasant lingering aftertaste. I shared it with a friend, but I think I’ll keep it to myself next time. Nice bottle, too.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 27, 2003
copper colour, fluffy white head. malt, celery and herby hops on the nose. fruity, nutty and mildly spicy flavours. big bitterness with good malt to back it up. a great example of an english ipa.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mds (2240) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 23, 2003
Wow, very nice! Pours an amber red colour...short lasting fluffy head. fruit aroma. wonderful hop taste. wildly bitter finish. I love it!


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