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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1636   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - APR 18, 2004
Amber color with a white head. The taste is a nice pattern of hops, with a wellbalanced malty taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - APR 16, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2006 Golden-amber with small head. Nicely hopped, little caramel maltiness, cardboard. Used to like this - now I find it mediocre.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - APR 15, 2004
Copper color, firm and creamy head. Nice aroma of caramelly malt with some softer hops, slightly fruity. Well balanced flavor of butterscotch, malt, and some mild hops on the end. Pretty flavorful. A little lighter of a palate. If you're looking for a hophead's treat, this is not your beer, but it was very nice and well balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
civforprez (229) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2004
It pours copper, but a bright copper in good light. Small but reasonable head. Good aroma with mild hop smell. Tastes much like most other English IPAs, with much less hop flavor than American IPAs. Better, I remember, on tap in England.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
punkeedo (498) - Covington, Louisiana, USA - APR 14, 2004
I don't generally head out to buy my favorite pale ale, but that was because I'd never had Samuel Smith's India Ale. Granted, I probably wont' go looking for this one on a regular basis, it wasn't bad. Looked great, smelled of hops and alcohol (slightly). Overall tasted great, but left a bit of a bitter palate. Not a bad beer. Check it out. I wouldn't have more than one, though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DerBiermeister (586) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - APR 14, 2004
If I were in India, I'd like to drink this. I don't generally like pale ale, but I like this one. The aroma is hoppy, its appearance a light but full golden with sudsy foamy headiness. Its palate is hoppy and smooth with a slightly rough finish. My overall impression is favourable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 12, 2004
Deep orange with creamy head. Medium floral hop aroma. Profound roasted malt flavour followed with citric elements and by a rounded and elegant, not sharp bitterness. Complemented by a thickish texture. This is great stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 12, 2004
One of the better IPAs I have had, which is expected from Samuel Smith. The flavors mix well. Sweet with moderate bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (9267) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 11, 2004
Pale amber ale with a rocky white head and some thin lacing. Rich caramel/vanilla malty aroma with a substantially spicy aroma and some citrus as well. Flavour is rich sweet malt, cinnamon and other warm spices. Has a good long finish with spice, grapefruit, juniper and a long subtle bitterness. A very well-balanced and tasty brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - APR 11, 2004
Pours a beautiful orange with a nice tan head. Aroma is yeast, caramel and hops. The flavor is slightly sweet roasted malt; caramel and fruit. The finish is more dry than bitter with the pine bitterness not showing up until the aftertaste. Beautifully balanced. A nice beer.

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