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

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RATINGS: 1531   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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."


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 14, 2003
550 mL bottle served in a pint glass. Deep amber color with a quickly diminishing white head. Hazy and big looking. Not too much carbonation. Citrusy hops on the nose, but not extremely so. Significant malt profile (bread caramel) and yeast as well. Has a brown sugar / maple / raisin note in the taste. I wonder if this bottle has sat for a while because it is very subtle in the presentation of hops. Good malt balance. Oily feel, flat carbonation. Moderately sweet, moderately bitter throughout. Best IPA I've ever had (I guess I'm an British IPA fan if I had to choose).

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
EricTheRed (82) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - JUL 13, 2003
really nice, sweet, tangy, hoppy but not ridiculously, typical SSmith quality brew.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vector (163) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 8, 2003
Not as hoppy as other IPA's I've had, actually pretty mild in comparison to most. Good flavor complexity, mouthfeel, and balance as is typical among Samuel Smith's beers.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 7, 2003
550ml bottle - Color is a glowing clear light amber with a frothy off-white, two finger high head that goes nowhere. Looser big bubbles pop and crumble very slowly and leaves lots of stringy lace. Smell is a nice mellow and clean floral, piney hop aroma. Notes of light peach and banana with a sweet caramel backing. Taste is a perfect copy of the smell with a smooth easy start of flowers, the middle hits a nice piney juicyness thats quite mellow and finishes with a lovely hint of lingering hop bitterness and dryness. Perfectly balanced caramel malts playing inbetween keeping this brew superbly mellowing and clean. Feel is a good medium body and slight creamyness throughout with a nice lingering finish. Nothing overwhelming in this perfect English Style IPA. Its not a U.S. monster but you can see where those come from, got to respect that....ehh hopheads? Its not a in your face IPA, but it is a slap with one of those fancy white gloves. Dignified, unexpected, and well done.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - JUL 7, 2003
I was surprised by the bottle on this beer. Most Sam Smith's brews I've seen have clear bottles, but this was bottled brown. Aroma is typical of Sam Smith's - average hops, nice malt, and you could tell it's an IPA. Flavor is a nice medium. It's not as strong as other IPAs I've had, but where it lacks, it makes up in mouthfeel. This beer is very silky smooth - quite a delite!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrinkingbuddyD (129) - Warsaw, New York, USA - JUL 6, 2003
A solid example of an english IPA. Light brown color with a wonderful hoppy aroma. Nice malty flavor with a mild hopping. Noting too bold or crazy, but very drinkalbe.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Publican (16) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 3, 2003
Gold colour with thick white head(from fermentation in slate Yorkshire squares). Malt and hop aroma, metalic bitterness with a bitter finish. My favorite English IPA

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2003
From the Sharp Edge European Beer Fest:I thougth this was very good (for an IPA). It sat well with other beers and was not offensivly hoppy like the american IPA's. Something i would have again.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 29, 2003
Orange-brown color. Sweet malt and hop aroma. Pretty mild, malt start and hoppy finish. Decent IPA

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
maxwellplum (54) - USA - JUN 28, 2003
Very nice IPA, just the perfect bitter bite to it. Fluffy head, although short-lived. A nice drinkable (repeatedly) IPA.


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