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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1632   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dreamboat (186) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 24, 2004
Aroma of hop and touch of maltiness. Pours a big, slightly brown head, over a clear, pale brown, lightly carbonated beer. Quite a big body which help to balance the mountain of hops that have been put in. Some astringency present.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
becksgenius (110) - Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2004
Orange color, as you would expect a lot of hops, compared to non-india ale brews. would go very good with a spicy meal, but not reccomended as a stand alone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
frankR (144) - Davis, California, USA - JAN 23, 2004
Kind of disappointing after tasting the Stouts. Not terrible, but far from great. Doesn't have that characteristic pine hops as the great IPAs.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 20, 2004
NOt a bad looking beer...pretty orange color with a nice full head that was very determined to stick around. Good rendition of the English style IPA...Good hop character I'm just spoiled on the American rendition although this is probably more authentic

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
auto (163) - California, USA - JAN 17, 2004
light brown colored body. off-white color head. light toffeeish smell. a pretty good ipa, not great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JMerritt (1940) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2004
Redish-amber, crystal clear, with a massive head. Lacing is clingy and quite grand. Flowery citrus aroma with lemony crispness and sweet sugar cookie. Flavor is rather malt-dominated, which is strikingly different than the suped-up American IPAs I'm used to. Hop bitterness is there, but it is subdued and serves as background music, especially in the beginning. Oily texture, and moderately thin.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maltdog (621) - Colorado, USA - JAN 12, 2004
Lazy bubbles swim in a hazy pumpkin-orange or honey colored beer. The eggshell head is restrained but persistent. Unexpectedly Belgian aroma- sugar, perfume, candied orange or lemon, violets, spicy with a sweetish-earthy quality reminiscent of wet leaves. Dry and crisp, very minerally (slate? seltzer water?), woody, spicy, and the barest citrus character. There's also a green-leafy flavor, like a hardwood forest or maybe woodruff. Very dry finish, tannic like apple peels, with some aspirin-like bitterness. Drier, spicier, and less hopped than American IPAs. In a blind tasting, I would have guessed this to be a biere de garde.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 9, 2004
Sparkling orange-amber body with a very nice creamy white head. The lace clings to the glass in sheets. Big sweet fruit aroma with lots of herbal and flowery hops. The flavor is quite floral with lots of sweetness provided by a healthy dose of hops. Medium body with medium-light bitterness in the finish. A decent beer, it definitely carries the Samuel Smith flavor banner.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpringsLicker (3438) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 8, 2004
This is more reserved than an American IPA. Some may say it is more traditional, yet the English IPA's are not all that they were (British tastes have changed). A good beer nonetheless. Copper with a rich head, more malt than hops. Hops are English all the way. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2004
Pours a nice copper color with big head and great lace. Smells pleasant, some nice hops in there. Tastes very mellow. I'm used to PNW IPAs and this isn't nearly as bitter. Definately no Cascade hops in here, but it's a good thing. It's quite citrusy. Mouthfeel is full with plenty of carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good as well.

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