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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: 1466   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."


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Discofish (152) - USA - SEP 27, 2002
Something was missing from this IPA.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - SEP 23, 2002
Aroma of grains and some grassy. flowery hops. Malty, toasty flavor up front with a hop flavor that matches the aroma. Good bitterness. Very good traditional English IPA.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
morebier4me (140) - New York, USA - SEP 23, 2002

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
savitska (163) - Smyrna, Georgia, USA - SEP 23, 2002
A wonderful citrusy aroma, a pleasing malt-balanced body and a traditionally dry finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aesir (130) - Tustin, California, USA - SEP 21, 2002
Fine beer, but I expect something more from Saumuel Smith. The edges are a little too rounded. Circular. Cylindrical. Moon shaped. HELL, SUN SHAPED!!!!!!!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (8783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 15, 2002
This beer rocks. The aroma is lightly malty and very floral with hints of caramel, peach. The alcohol also comes through in the nose. The color is a nice medium amber. The flavor is well balanced. Moderately sweet and bitter on the front side with a full, oily mouthfeel. Fizzy. The beer has a long, clean finish which is moderately bitter and lightly acidic. Very good beer. Probably as close to the original IPA as it gets. Hell, Sam Smith WAS brewing BEFORE refrigeration, wasn’t he?

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
morty99 (371) - Maryland, USA - SEP 15, 2002

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
jaymobrown (1644) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2002
Good amount of hops. Tasted like a bitter. Nice light brown color.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - SEP 8, 2002
Not very interesting. More like your average American Pale Ale. I expected much more...kind of disappointed. Bitter hop taste at the end was just noticable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nstal (237) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 4, 2002
After all the Sam Smith stouts i felt out of my element with this IPA. Well built beer, but doesn’t compare to the better ones out there.


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