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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1503   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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."


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hildigöltur (5103) - København, DENMARK - MAY 16, 2003
Amber coloured. Great flowery hop aroma. Very hoppy but also quite malty flavour. Long bitter finish. Well balanced.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 15, 2003
Amber body, quickly diminishing head. Smells very malty and slightly sweet. Heavy alcohol presence, bready finish. Smooth. Not really very hoppy, especially for an IPA, but it's a very drinkable beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
notalush (4948) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 15, 2003
OK, so I'm pretty sure that extremely hoppy american microbrewed IPAs have pretty much ruined me for English beers like this, even though they originated the style. As far as my expectations in the hop department, they naturally aren't met. But I was expecting that. I'm gradually learning to leave certain expectations aside in situations like this, and when I did for this I found the beer to be quite enjoyable. Rusty orage color with a nice hop aroma - flavor is quite a nice balance of bitterness and sweetness - very decent malt presense to counter the hops - malts hang around in the finish much stronger and longer than the hops do, which is usually quite the opposite in my IPA experience. Very enjoyable - good warm weather brew.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (15060) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 14, 2003
Amber color. Beautiful hoppy aroma. Good body structure, quite malty, boldly bitter, a bit metallic. Long strong final, quite aromatic, just a bit long infusion. Interesting IPA, rare for England.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 4, 2003
Pours medium orange-copper w/ just the right amount of foam. Fairly fresh, floral, minty nose yet earthy. Nice firm feel. Very smooth malty flavour w/ notes of honey, orange, wood & licorice. Earthy bitter finish. Nice structure.

1.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
Cobra (1100) - - MAY 4, 2003
I couldn't even finish the bottle on this one. It came in an 18 oz. brown bottle, one of the few that comes from merry old England in a dark bottle. The hops were just plain sour on this one. Too much bitterness for my liking, and I really do like IPA's. Overpowering aromas of stale hops. Maybe I got a bad bottle, but at over $5.00 each, it's a risk I'm not willing to take anymore.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAR 27, 2003
i've removed the title IPA from my mind before drinking this knowing it won't stack up. Orange/Amber color. minimal head thats a tope color. mellow nose. light sweetish malt, becoming a bit toasted as the hops kick in. finish is piney, mildly acidic. true many apa's have more hops but this is exceptionally balanced and drinkable.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 26, 2003
Copper colored with an off-white head. Aroma is earthy and hoppy, but not too hoppy. Slightly sweet and malty. Not a bad beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
orangelazarus (53) - USA - MAR 25, 2003
A slightly vinous pleasant nose, good carbonation, very nice bitterness, not very complex, but pretty tasty. The bitterness gets a little unpleasant if you don't space out your sipping.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rmalloy (199) - los angeles, California, USA - MAR 25, 2003
An elegant ale, not at all like the massively-hopped IPA's in the RateBeer top 50. Slightly sweet, slightly bitter, but very flavorul. The hops are more tasty than bitter. Pleasant balanced maltiness. This proves a beer doesn't have to be overwhelming to be great.


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