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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1570   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 17, 2003
Hoppy, malt aroma, with a hint of caramel. Deep amber, with a medium sized head. Malt, nutty flavour, and a nice bitter aftertaste. Very pleasant mouthfeel, well balanced. The usually good work of Samuel Smith's!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (8801) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 15, 2003
Medium amber color. First smells are very sweet like spices in the air. Taste begins sweet, hops and spice. Last tastes are like drinking apple juice. I"m not sure if I particularly like this, so I"ll have to re-rate after I finish the bottle. Leaves my mouth feeling slightly dry (a good thing), tasting those nice hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (5233) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2003
Orange in colour, faint hoppy smell. Good full taste, with a little citrus and hoppy flavour!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
stubemeister99 (1) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2003 does not count
Amazing IPA. Great appearance, smooth, balanced flavor. Another great Samuel Smiths beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 6, 2003
Orange amber color with a medium thick head and lots of lace left behind. Sweet lemony hop aroma with a malty background. sweet hoppy flavor with lemon accents and a strong dry hoppy finish. A great IPA. Medium bodied and dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crit (3642) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 2, 2003
Cloudy pale amber,lasting off white head.Small plentiful bead. Light hop nose. Metallic hop flavor?a bit off?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
proc (342) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2002
What a balanced IPA. This brewery has yet to disappoint me. What quality beer they produce. Pours out to a dark, golden amber with a slight head. Nose is hops and malt, which is rather unique to get that malt profile/aroma from an IPA. Taste is that of a wonderfully balanced beer. Yes, there are hops here as there should be with an IPA, but the malt presence is undeniable and delicious. A true session IPA if there ever was one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
msutequilaman (84) - Troy, Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2002
Very nice caramel color with an off white head, which lasted quite a while. Tasted smooth and a bit sweet, not cloying, just very refreshing. Medium-bodied. A very nice ale from a great brewery.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (6536) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2002
Wonderful malty aroma - but a little bit disaponted as the flavor does not quite match up to it. Still, an overall good IPA - not as hoppy as the US’s West Coast brewers have to ofer which is a nice change. Nice copper-clear appearance - active frothy pour with good lacing. Just the right amount of bitterness. Have not had a bad Sam Smith’s yet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jpknight22 (171) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 17, 2002
Probably my third or fourth favorite Sammy Smith’s to date behind the Oatmeal Stout... I don’t like ales typically because of their acidic properties, but this one was off the hook. Refreshing flavor with a controlled amount of bitterness, and completely smooth all the way down

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