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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1480   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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."


3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
shorlin (640) - St. John’s, Newfoundland, CANADA - MAR 15, 2002
Nice looking beer, although a little light in colour. Super aroma, with nice floral hoppiness. The falvour doesn’t pay off though. It got a little better as it warmed up, or maybe that was just my impression after my senses were slightly loosened by the previous 525 mls. I would have liked it a little dryer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Flatline99 (36) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 14, 2002
I love Samuel Smith!!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bbooth (115) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAR 8, 2002
Amber color, Malty start with a slight bitter finish. Hop flavor and aroma are not very dominant. Seems to taste like most of the English IPAs I have had (nothing really stands out).

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Philosopher99 (24) - arnold, Maryland, USA - MAR 6, 2002
This beer is great! It might be a little light for some folks around here, but I think it’s just fine. The taste is multi-dimensional and unique.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (12446) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 1, 2002
Light bronze; minty, herbal, woody aroma; balanced palate with caramel and woody, rooty notes. Ingredients are quality, as is the construction, but it doesn’t grab you.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 25, 2002
Color of a golden sunset! That’s what the bottle claims anyway, i beg to differ. Nice fruity hop aroma. Soft mouthfeel, good carbo. Burnt hoppy taste. Nice beer, again, nothing special.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pjcoupe (105) - Perryton, Texas, USA - FEB 23, 2002
Veryb pleasant taste and aroma I rank it right behind a Pilsner Urquell and Ballantine ale.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
I.C.suds (189) - Da U.P. eh?, Michigan, USA - FEB 22, 2002
A perfect balance of malt to hops. A true english style IPA. I have yet to taste a better beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - FEB 21, 2002
An excellent flavor, mix of malts and hops, smooth and satisfying. Low in alcohol and hops for style. Still worth a try.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
OldJack99 (114) - USA - FEB 19, 2002
You’ll notice the smell immediately, I like to start the night with this or Sam’s Oatmeal Stout, I prefer the Ale, amber & smells of a nutty yet hoppy brew.


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