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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1470   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 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bov (9320) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radiomgb (2225) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 22, 2002
Amber, bronze colour. White creamy head. Fruitness aroma. Rather on the mild side. I didnít find that it had a lot of hops in it. Still very enjoyable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
leaparsons (7988) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 14, 2002
What first hits is the fantastic aroma - sweet and floral hops with a slight smokiness. More malty in taste than expected - not a bad thing, though. This is a flavoursome beer that is smooth and moreish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUN 11, 2002
Iím very positive about this, but as we had a discussion on thread a while back about the diff. between and English IPA and a american (especially west coast) IPA, so I knew what to expect. jca_lbiís comments are right on: chewy from the hops and malt, yet still subtle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GPyott (67) - Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 10, 2002
The guys at Samuel Smiths have brewing down to an art. I have yet to be disappointed by one of their beverages, and while their India Ale is no exception, it isnít perfect. The restricted malt and bold hops make for an unbalanced pale ale taste. It definitely has the PA finish, but it is lacking the ďsmokyĒ presence I am accustomed to. A great beer in itself, but not up to par with some of the more dominate West Coast IPAs.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HarmonKill-a-Brew (407) - Wilmar, Arkansas, USA - JUN 7, 2002
I have been wanting to try this beer for quite some time. Hoppy but not over-done. Aroma was not as strong as in most American Pales, but the hops were sure there in the flavor. Good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
BruceLeroy (111) - North Dakota, USA - JUN 6, 2002
I was disapointed with this. It tasted very weak and watered down. Not much of a flavor to it. Some hoppiness, but not enough to get me excited. Nothing more than a bland WEAK ale. Very forgettable and Iím sorry I bought it. RERATE:Anybody who is fooled by the label and thinks this is anything other than ordinary watered down macro beer is sadly mistaken.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jcalbi (378) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 3, 2002
Copper/amber hue with a creamy smooth off-white head. Aroma of dried fruits. God this beer is smoooth! Grassy, flowery and very full mouthfeel. The hops give this beer a chewiness beyond the thick chewy malt taste. A top flight IPA.

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