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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1639   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - AUG 3, 2003
Nice dark golden color,small white head light lacing.Malty aroma with a light hop presence.Nice malt taste upfront then a nice transition to hops mild spiciness and faint citrus.The after taste is faint but it has a malty side with a mild hop presence with the finish being fleeting and some what dry IMO.A nice brew and well worth trying.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Libeerian (209) - Garner, North Carolina, USA - JUL 23, 2003
Weak malty aroma. Clean English hop flavor and bitterness. A very good example of an English-style IPA as opposed to American examples of this style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnBarleycorn (537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 22, 2003
Boasting a deep golden brown, Samuel Smith’s IPA is the perfect colour for a pale ale. The head forms easily, and lacing traces down the glass for the entire ride. Sweet, sensuous smells of cherry and double-D melon escape the glass in a tantalizing foreplay. The taste is initially quite bitter, but in a balanced an inoffensive way. Toward the middle more sweetness emerges, with hints of lemon pudding and cherry. A long, bitter finish completes the act, while the memory lingers on. So good, getting up for another round is instinctive.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 22, 2003
Fantastic head on this one, tall and creamy. I'm used to American IPAs, so the hoppiness came off as weak and simple. Still, a very enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClarkVV (5859) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 20, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2006 Has a small white/off white head and a huge golden/amber color, with some bright orange tinges. Begins very flavorful. Hops abound along with a nice sweet malt flavor that mixes right in. The hops are just enough up front and then relax a bit while a wonderful even and sweet, but not overly caramelly sweet, malt sets in. There is perfect carbonation in the bottle. I can taste a variety of flavors. Nuts, grains, oranges, and of course hops. This is not knock your socks off IPA however, which is a nice change from some one-sided, all hops IPA’s. I dont see how people can complain about the relative less hoppy taste here. It hits right away and is fresh and complex. Just because this beer is not hops, hops, hops, extra hops and more hops, makes it better in my book. It has a nice round dry finish, but the beer has plenty of flavor before drying out and has lots of character. Clean crisp aroma, with even a bit of yeast and some piney/sugary notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CapFlu (5101) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 17, 2003
(550ml bottle) Great mahogany-orange body and a thin, white head. Aroma of malt with slight floral hops. Great, strong, tart hops balance the mild malt. Mid-palate bitterness carries into finish. Good stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 16, 2003
A very nice english IPA, big malty toasty nose. The hop to malt balance was actually quite good with both coming off strong. The colour is a dark gold and very little head coming off. Carbonation levels are low. There is a very nice malty character to this beer with toasted accents being more pronounced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jek803 (41) - USA - JUL 16, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2003 I wasn't blow away by this ale. It did pour a nice amber with a head that quickly settled...good lacing most of the way down. Aroma and taste were good, very drinkable, with a dry, hoppy finish. Good, but not up to other SS offerings.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 14, 2003
550 mL bottle served in a pint glass. Deep amber color with a quickly diminishing white head. Hazy and big looking. Not too much carbonation. Citrusy hops on the nose, but not extremely so. Significant malt profile (bread caramel) and yeast as well. Has a brown sugar / maple / raisin note in the taste. I wonder if this bottle has sat for a while because it is very subtle in the presentation of hops. Good malt balance. Oily feel, flat carbonation. Moderately sweet, moderately bitter throughout. Best IPA I've ever had (I guess I'm an British IPA fan if I had to choose).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
EricTheRed (82) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - JUL 13, 2003
really nice, sweet, tangy, hoppy but not ridiculously, typical SSmith quality brew.

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