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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: 1538   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."


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darkover (1524) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2003
Dark orange color with a medium head. Weak hop and malt aroma. Sweet malty bready flavor. Dry finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
elsberry (87) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 27, 2003
Nice thick head, with a creamy taste. A little light on the hops for my taste, definately less true to the original than I would have expected given the roots of the IPA. A good 'starter IPA' for the uninitiated IPA drinker. I liked it a lot, but think that the micros are probably closer to an original IPA with their hop content, and have spoiled me with the heavy hops.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Braudog (5949) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 23, 2003
Quintessential IPA, the way I think it probably originated. Orange-amber hues with solid head. Floral nose and wonderfully balanced hoppy flourish in the flavors, without being overpowering, like some of our American "IPAs". Outstanding beer all around.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
xmandax (130) - Astoria, New York, USA - FEB 22, 2003
impressive. beautiful orange pour with a thick, long-lasting head. creamy taste, with a subtle hop and a sweet aftertaste. great brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK (4811) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 16, 2003
Light copper color. Thin cream colored head that stays around for awhile, and laces the glass as you drink it. Slightly acidic smell. First taste on the tongue is a little sour, aftertaste is slightly bitter. Taste of alcohol is noticeable but not overdone. Good beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RobBestwick (631) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 16, 2003
hoppy nose, moderate frothy head gradually disipating, well laced, dark copper hue, hops dominate initially followed by balancing malts, this ale is complex and enjoyable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2003
Well hopped nose with citrus hints. Copper hue with a decent head. Mainly hopped taste with a floral aftertaste. Good IPA.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2003
This is a good IPA. Nice balance of hops and malt. Medium hop flavor. This IPA finishes smooth, creamy, and slightly bitter.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WabashMan (1016) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2003 Nice medium copper color and a decent fluffy white head start this IPA from Sam Smith. Nose is nice, and features a good malt presence. Flavor is also quite nice, with good malt character. Defitinely a standard among English IPAs, and always a good choice!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jpfrog (130) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 6, 2003
An overall average beer for Sammy Smith. Nice malts that add a sweetness to the beer to balance the hops. It is somewhat delicate for the style of beer and doesn't really go out on a limb at all. Nice hop nose with an average hop flavor.


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