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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1557   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - NOV 30, 2002
Well, I completely missed the hops in this one. Aroma was nutty, more like a brown ale than an IPA. Strong malt backbone in the flavor, the samee nuttiness that was noticable in the aroma, and a somewhat sweet yet crisp ending. I liked it but then again I am not a "hop head" so the emphasis on the maly was diffrent than most IPAís that Iíve tried.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - NOV 28, 2002
Textbook IPA. There is something about Sam Smithís beers that I like, itís the buttery quality of all of the beers. Iím not sure what this is, I read it somewhere but I think the stones and the Burton water have something to do with it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ENTROPY (141) - Terra Bella, California, USA - NOV 24, 2002
I dont like this beer...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pivo (2632) - GERMANY - NOV 24, 2002
Fresh hops, floral and complex spicy nose. Orange-amber color and a low, foamy head. Quick profile that starts a little sweet but turns instantly to a bitter hop finish. Clean palette and a great interpretation of the style. Classy and laidback.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
YogiBeera (2545) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2002
Hoppy, malty and caramely aroma. Orange color with tones of red. Brussels lace. Spicey and malty, alcohol taste. Fullmouth.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2003 English hops have a problem showing through in the aroma over malts in all english beers, and its just a shame when its an IPA..I prefer American IPAs in every way, especially da west coast ones..but thats just the way I am..this beer is alright though..but its still way to malty for me, expecially for an IPA..I understand this is the way IPA's were back in the day..but there wasn't any electricity back then either...things change, People learn, things get better..American hops are grown..little more than a history lesson IMO

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RaginCajun (320) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 20, 2002
My bottle didnít seem to have much head; disappointing. Other than that, iím in complete agreement with other posts...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2641) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - NOV 15, 2002
Pale amber, large foamy head, good retention. Fruity aroma: pear oranges and banana. Strong fruity flavor with distinct herbal and floral hop flavors. Medium bitter finish. Excellent balance. A bit of an acidic harshness develops as it warms.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 14, 2002
Big herbal fruity aroma. Generous off white head. Beautiful ruby amber hue. Caramel malts, medium bodied, balanced beautifully in the finish by a firm hop presence. A classic IPA, one of the best.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DankbrewedDank (162) - East Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 6, 2002
Kina reminded me of Stone Pale Ale. Its not much of an IPA but a real decent pale.... The slight taste of hops was just a tease.... Now Im gonna go in my garage and get a real IPA. Bells 2 hearted.

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