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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1538   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
legion242 (2306) - Richardson, Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2003
Very delicate for the style I thought. Pleasent enough nose with a great flowery backbone. Not bad at all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 4, 2003
Amber color with a smaller off white head. English malt, light oak, light herb and hint of alcohol in the aroma. Do not drink this one either cold or cool. The flaovrs in this one do not really come out until the liquid is near room temperature. Flavors of light caramel yield to a sharp hops finish that wander to a light nutty after glow. I have been way to impatient with this one in past and have typically guzzled this down cold an missed some of the inter qualities of this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2003
This the IPA I would drink, not my favorite style but this one is an excellant example of what it should be. Not the overhopped American versions that so many fall in love with, I would recomend this

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
akinm (282) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 29, 2003
I always need to remind myself that american and english IPAs are very different. what i dont need to remind myself is that they are both really good when done right and this beer was done just right. english hops produce floral aromas and flavors. the typical diacetyl of english beers is present in the nose and the flavor balancing well with the high levels of hop bitterness. the malt and diacetyl do a great job of supporting the hops and keeping them from getting bitter in a scary way. an excellent example of an english IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 25, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2004 OK, so it's not my type of an IPA but for England, it's not too bad. A bit malty and too light with the hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - JAN 24, 2003
Was put off by the nose at first. Fermenting fruit is almost overbearing leaving just enough room for a winey malt charactor. Thin tight head on top of a honeyed body. Lots of malt with a fair amounts of nutty brit hops. Interesting mouthfeel with a smooth texture and a low voltage tingle almost mineraly. Finish is lightly bready and mild vinous malts with a pleasant drying fadeing into fruit and nuts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JAN 18, 2003
Dark honey color. Slightly sweet aroma. Decent head. Some sweeter-fruity tones that I wouldn't have expected from an IPA. Overall though it was merely very good, not outstanding.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 18, 2003
A very sweet beginning, but overall it was too fruity for my tastes, I love IPAs but I think I prefer the Oatmeal Stout to this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 17, 2003
Hoppy, malt aroma, with a hint of caramel. Deep amber, with a medium sized head. Malt, nutty flavour, and a nice bitter aftertaste. Very pleasant mouthfeel, well balanced. The usually good work of Samuel Smith's!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (8382) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 15, 2003
Medium amber color. First smells are very sweet like spices in the air. Taste begins sweet, hops and spice. Last tastes are like drinking apple juice. I"m not sure if I particularly like this, so I"ll have to re-rate after I finish the bottle. Leaves my mouth feeling slightly dry (a good thing), tasting those nice hops.

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