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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1465   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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"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."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
akinm (282) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 29, 2003
I always need to remind myself that american and english IPAs are very different. what i dont need to remind myself is that they are both really good when done right and this beer was done just right. english hops produce floral aromas and flavors. the typical diacetyl of english beers is present in the nose and the flavor balancing well with the high levels of hop bitterness. the malt and diacetyl do a great job of supporting the hops and keeping them from getting bitter in a scary way. an excellent example of an english IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 25, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2004 OK, so it's not my type of an IPA but for England, it's not too bad. A bit malty and too light with the hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - JAN 24, 2003
Was put off by the nose at first. Fermenting fruit is almost overbearing leaving just enough room for a winey malt charactor. Thin tight head on top of a honeyed body. Lots of malt with a fair amounts of nutty brit hops. Interesting mouthfeel with a smooth texture and a low voltage tingle almost mineraly. Finish is lightly bready and mild vinous malts with a pleasant drying fadeing into fruit and nuts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JAN 18, 2003
Dark honey color. Slightly sweet aroma. Decent head. Some sweeter-fruity tones that I wouldn't have expected from an IPA. Overall though it was merely very good, not outstanding.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 18, 2003
A very sweet beginning, but overall it was too fruity for my tastes, I love IPAs but I think I prefer the Oatmeal Stout to this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 17, 2003
Hoppy, malt aroma, with a hint of caramel. Deep amber, with a medium sized head. Malt, nutty flavour, and a nice bitter aftertaste. Very pleasant mouthfeel, well balanced. The usually good work of Samuel Smith's!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (7855) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 15, 2003
Medium amber color. First smells are very sweet like spices in the air. Taste begins sweet, hops and spice. Last tastes are like drinking apple juice. I"m not sure if I particularly like this, so I"ll have to re-rate after I finish the bottle. Leaves my mouth feeling slightly dry (a good thing), tasting those nice hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (4626) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2003
Orange in colour, faint hoppy smell. Good full taste, with a little citrus and hoppy flavour!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
stubemeister99 (1) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2003 does not count
Amazing IPA. Great appearance, smooth, balanced flavor. Another great Samuel Smiths beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 6, 2003
Orange amber color with a medium thick head and lots of lace left behind. Sweet lemony hop aroma with a malty background. sweet hoppy flavor with lemon accents and a strong dry hoppy finish. A great IPA. Medium bodied and dry.

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