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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: 1495   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."


3.9
   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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Voivod (304) - Como, ITALY - MAR 23, 2003
Dark orange colour, huge head, persistent. The aroma is hoppy with floral hints. The flavour is very malty with light caramel traces. Good hoppy finish, not really bitter or heavy, but complex. A beer with a very balanced flavour, really pleasant.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
redlem (1301) - Ohio, USA - MAR 23, 2003
Light amber color with a large rocky off white head. Orange/pine aroma. Mild hops taste without the bitterness. Nice refreshing beer.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAR 21, 2003
Very English tasting, earthy, cedary, herbal hop character with caramel malt. A complex beer, but something about it leaves me unexcited. Venerable and unloveable.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
koatis (50) - Maryland, USA - MAR 18, 2003
Creamy head, nice coppery orange color. Has an almost syrupy maltiness (molasses?) and finishes with very light hops. It's a good IPA, but I prefer the more highly hopped American IPA's like HopDevil and Redhook

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thedm (4948) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAR 12, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2003 Upon opening this Ale, it immediately foamed up and overflowed the bottle. It had been sitting in the fridge for several days to cool it down. Needless to say it is highly carbonated. Its aroma is nice with a non-offensive smell. The carbonation lasts well into the sample. It is a medium amber color with a long lasting head mostly due to the continuous carbonation. The taste is mild with only a small initial flavor. It's after taste does last for a minute, but is well rounded in its flavor. GF gave it above average ratings 3.9 out of 5. She liked it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darkover (1517) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2003
Dark orange color with a medium head. Weak hop and malt aroma. Sweet malty bready flavor. Dry finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
elsberry (87) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 27, 2003
Nice thick head, with a creamy taste. A little light on the hops for my taste, definately less true to the original than I would have expected given the roots of the IPA. A good 'starter IPA' for the uninitiated IPA drinker. I liked it a lot, but think that the micros are probably closer to an original IPA with their hop content, and have spoiled me with the heavy hops.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Braudog (5832) - Glenville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2003
Quintessential IPA, the way I think it probably originated. Orange-amber hues with solid head. Floral nose and wonderfully balanced hoppy flourish in the flavors, without being overpowering, like some of our American "IPAs". Outstanding beer all around.


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