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

bottled
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on tap
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1509   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."


3.7
   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.

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 (1306) - 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


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