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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: 1477   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."


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
stubemeister99 (1) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2003 does not count
Amazing IPA. Great appearance, smooth, balanced flavor. Another great Samuel Smiths beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 6, 2003
Orange amber color with a medium thick head and lots of lace left behind. Sweet lemony hop aroma with a malty background. sweet hoppy flavor with lemon accents and a strong dry hoppy finish. A great IPA. Medium bodied and dry.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crit (3334) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 2, 2003
Cloudy pale amber,lasting off white head.Small plentiful bead. Light hop nose. Metallic hop flavor?a bit off?

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
proc (342) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2002
What a balanced IPA. This brewery has yet to disappoint me. What quality beer they produce. Pours out to a dark, golden amber with a slight head. Nose is hops and malt, which is rather unique to get that malt profile/aroma from an IPA. Taste is that of a wonderfully balanced beer. Yes, there are hops here as there should be with an IPA, but the malt presence is undeniable and delicious. A true session IPA if there ever was one.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
msutequilaman (84) - Troy, Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2002
Very nice caramel color with an off white head, which lasted quite a while. Tasted smooth and a bit sweet, not cloying, just very refreshing. Medium-bodied. A very nice ale from a great brewery.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (5470) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2002
Wonderful malty aroma - but a little bit disaponted as the flavor does not quite match up to it. Still, an overall good IPA - not as hoppy as the USís West Coast brewers have to ofer which is a nice change. Nice copper-clear appearance - active frothy pour with good lacing. Just the right amount of bitterness. Have not had a bad Sam Smithís yet.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jpknight22 (171) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 17, 2002
Probably my third or fourth favorite Sammy Smithís to date behind the Oatmeal Stout... I donít like ales typically because of their acidic properties, but this one was off the hook. Refreshing flavor with a controlled amount of bitterness, and completely smooth all the way down

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
omhper (19318) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - DEC 16, 2002
Bottled. Reddish amber with rich head. Flower aroma. Malty, dry and really hoppy. It also has that unmistakable Samuel Smith house character that Iíve loved since I first learned about British ales.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - DEC 10, 2002
Copper colored with a large Off white head, this is a smooth, easy to drink IPA. Not as hoppy as some of its American counterparts, but quite tasty. Another good Samuel Smith ale.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
RedTickBeer (39) - Gainesville, Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2002
Amazing. The king of English-style IPAs. This is my favortite styles of beer, and this one is no exception. Doesnít have the over the top hops of the West Coast IPAS, but itís not hops deficent by any means. Good and clean bitterness throughout. I prefer the West Coast style but this is the best of the best in the English style. Donít ask, just drink.


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