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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1632   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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - APR 7, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2004 Very slightly hazy medium amber with a medium off white head. Nice aroma of cookie dough, citrus, caramel, grass, and herbs. Medium watery body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Bittersweet flavor of caramel, citrus, orange rind, and hay with a pleasing hop bitterness. Another Sam Smiths with a slightly metallic quality. It is very nice to finally see one of their brews in a brown bottle. Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (12048) - Escondido, California, USA - APR 6, 2004
Amber with a medium off-white head. Aroma of malt and hops. Bitter flavor with a hint of light molasses. Fizzy palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - APR 1, 2004
Pours clear, bronze/golden; ginormous head is rocky and lumpy and lasts forever. Really a pleasure to see! The aromas are subtle compared to many American IPAs. There is no big burst of obstructive hops, rather, the beer seems to focus on nicely balanced maltiness that rings of caramel, butterscotch, pear, mmmmm!!! There is a slight red bell pepper sweetness that sings quality and richness. The finish is both sweet and dry with a bitter closing bite. Very nice beer from Sam Smiths. I was surprised to realize that I had not had it until today.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
aracauna (3495) - Georgia, USA - APR 1, 2004
Pours a pale copper and not a lot of head, but it could be the soft pour. I tasted this blind and thought it tasted very English even though it was part of a IPA blind tasting. Very pleasant light caramel malt flavor. The hops are low but noticeable and it's fairly dry. There's a bit of apple peel in the flavor that gives it a bit of character and makes it stand out..

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