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

bottled
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RATINGS: 1557   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsquire (3738) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - SEP 17, 2003
Light amber color with nice fluffy white head and sticky lace. Floral, pine hop nose. Less sweet than the PNW IPAs but still lots of malt with a strong body. Bitter orange rind hop bitterness well balanced with the malt. Very solid IPA, but my palate has been trained to the bigger, hoppier ones.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
carboloader (674) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 17, 2003
This one is definitely not for hop-lovers in the American tradition. Pours amber yellow with a medium sized tan head that quickly disspates. Some lacing. Aroma to me is like cheap beer, not much hops and some malt. Flavor is dry and malty with a very long bitter finish. Slight metallic aftertaste. Not too sweet, which is refreshing in an IPA. However, to me this tastes more like a lager. I tend to prefer strong hop varieties and this is definitely not that. Also has mild alcohol content for an IPA.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aggie80 (790) - Michigan, USA - SEP 16, 2003
This is probably the best IPA I've encountered. Great head and lacing, good color and all around good drnking.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bluevegie (3067) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 16, 2003
Quite like this beer it has good head, colour and lacing but the important thing ,the taste,was very good!Good blend of malt and hops.Cheers!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - SEP 9, 2003
Lots of head, clear amber pour. Aroma is very floral. Malty and hoppy, defintely not an American IPA, it was missing something I just couldn't put my finger on. Had that slightly metallic taste that I've found before in Sam Smith beers (besides the Oatmeal Stout.) Maybe I just don't like the water they use?

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 6, 2003
Clear amber colour with a big creamy head and nice lacing, very hoppy, caramel, floral, smooth and full-bodied. A nice robust bitterness, long dry bitter finish. Very well balanced.


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