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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1542   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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"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."

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - JUN 16, 2003
Brownish amber color with little head or carbonation. Has a molasses aroma, not very hoppy and a strange gassy smell that is not encouraging. The taste is more of the same and this one is clearly over the hill. There are a lot of bad things that can happen to a beer after it leaves the brewery that are not necessarily the fault of the producer, but the least they could do would be to put a bottling date on this stuff, so a person might have some idea what they're getting into. I might try it again sometime, I don't know, but the only reason I'm rating it now is to say what I just got done saying.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
guzzler67 (1538) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUN 6, 2003
Nice copper color, but a reserved nose even after it warmed up a bit. Most distinguishing thing about the taste was the emphasis on the malts. Compared to American IPA's, the hops were just barely noticable. Acidic afteraste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BBB63 (6368) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 5, 2003
Amber colored with large but quickly diminishing head, good lacing however, thin to medium-bodied. The unique white wine like aroma with a light bread malt hint. Less hoppy than some aggressive American versions, but a good balance between sweet and bitter. A good clean finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - JUN 4, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2003 Well, it could be worse. Perhaps the least hoppy IPA I have ever had. The flavor is sourish with vague malt and sharp acrid hops. The aroma is good, with a nice spicy caramel sent. It looks quite delicous. Color is "right on" and head is initially pleasing, but disipates and soon leave the beverage rather flat. Don't think I'll dish out the cash for this confusing brew again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JUN 1, 2003
Cloudy, golden-amber body with a very full whitish head. Bubbles are avg./below avg looking. Smells of wheat, hops, acid and vegetables. Not very pleasing. Taste was equally disappointing and not as hoppy as I would expect for a supposed IPA (not sure this is one?). Aftertaste was reminiscent of grapefruit and wet grass. Leaves a lingering bitterness behind, though not a good bitter. I wouldnt recommend this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 26, 2003
Yet again, Samuel Smith scores good marks from me with the India Ale. This beer has a mahogany appearance, and a wonderful balance between hops and malt in the taste. The India Ale is not overly bitter or dry for an IPA. I will have to buy this beer again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - MAY 21, 2003
An IPA that definitely emphasizes a balance of malt and hops. This one pours an amber and orange color with a medium white foamy head that dissipated quickly enough and left the typical white sheath. The aroma is filled with hops, but also a fruity grapefruit and some caramel malt..very sweet smelling. The taste is heavily malty upfront...caramelly..big time!!! Peaches and cream taste here...really sweet for an IPA then that typical but pleasant English bitterness that you look for in the finish. Mild to weak carbonation. Overall a pleasant drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - MAY 18, 2003
Very bitter. Hoppy and also malty. Pretty well-balanced. A little too bitter for me. Not a bad brew though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldGrowth (2850) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - MAY 17, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2003 Bottle: Good nose, typical english, Fruity. Orange amber color. Bittersweet with a little hop zing to it. A little thin but hangs on your tounge for a while with the bitter finish.

   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.

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