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

bottled
common

on tap
available

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RATINGS: 1477   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."


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - JUL 29, 2002
The aroma is full of citrus and hops bitterness. The taste is strong with hops, but not as strong as some American IPAís Iíve had. Feels very crisp and refreshing on the tongue. This is probably my favorite IPA (although Iím not really a fan of IPAís anyway). Small head...golden/orange color with tons of carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crdic (105) - California, USA - JUL 28, 2002
This is a very good English IPA. The hops are quite strong, but balanced and smoothed by malt and the nuttiness characteristic of Sam Smithís ales. I recommend it highly.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 26, 2002
Im not a huge fan of IPAís, but this one is very good. Nice touch of sweetness and maltieness that compliments the hops well. Very chewy, something I dont look for in an IPA, but after this I will start to.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JUL 25, 2002
Okay, as usual, the Samuel Smithís are great, good or at least descent. This beer poured a cooper gold color with an off white head that left little lace. The aroma was of hops, malt and caramel. The taste was of hops, malt, caramel and butterscotch. The finish was of hops and caramel, but slightly bitter. A good beer, but I think I prefer my IPAs(personally)to be a little less sweet.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kumite56 (471) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - JUL 15, 2002
Beautiful coppery color. Off white moderate head. Medium bodied standard IPA. Although hopps are definately present as you would anticipate the beer is a little thin albeit well balanced for an IPA

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dominion (78) - charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 15, 2002
Solid overall nice golded color, milder taste than I expected a very good beer

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - JUL 14, 2002
Fine malty/fruity/yeasty aroma. Color a clear gold-amber with a big rocky off-white head that displays both staying power and healthy lace..very handsome indeed. Flavor showcases a combination of malt and mellow hoppiness in fine balance. Finish is similarly balanced combination of malt sweetness, hop tang and dryness from bitters. Body is medium-full---a nice, substantial feel to it--in contrast to the watery quality of many IPAs on this side of the Atlantic. This is a well-constructed brew--all the elements are assertive but work well in concert. Very satisfying.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 6, 2002
Creamy head, a little watery, crisp hop aroma, not as much hop bitterness as I would expect from an IPA.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsradcliffe99 (6) - USA - JUL 2, 2002 does not count
Not as good as the Sweetwater IPA but good. Nice floral with good hops and a slight bitterness at the end. Again, I havenít found a Sam Smith that I didnít like yet.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bov (9443) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 24, 2002
clear amber colour, big creamy head, beautiful lace, very hoppy, caramel, floral, smooth and full-bodied with a robust bitterness, long dry bitter finish - well-structured, beautiful brew


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