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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1532   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aesir (130) - Tustin, California, USA - SEP 21, 2002
Fine beer, but I expect something more from Saumuel Smith. The edges are a little too rounded. Circular. Cylindrical. Moon shaped. HELL, SUN SHAPED!!!!!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (9858) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 15, 2002
This beer rocks. The aroma is lightly malty and very floral with hints of caramel, peach. The alcohol also comes through in the nose. The color is a nice medium amber. The flavor is well balanced. Moderately sweet and bitter on the front side with a full, oily mouthfeel. Fizzy. The beer has a long, clean finish which is moderately bitter and lightly acidic. Very good beer. Probably as close to the original IPA as it gets. Hell, Sam Smith WAS brewing BEFORE refrigeration, wasn’t he?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
morty99 (371) - Maryland, USA - SEP 15, 2002

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
jaymobrown (1703) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2002
Good amount of hops. Tasted like a bitter. Nice light brown color.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeM500 (1906) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - SEP 8, 2002
Not very interesting. More like your average American Pale Ale. I expected much more...kind of disappointed. Bitter hop taste at the end was just noticable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nstal (237) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 4, 2002
After all the Sam Smith stouts i felt out of my element with this IPA. Well built beer, but doesn’t compare to the better ones out there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2002
Im with bro on this one...I didnt really know what to expect being so used to the west coast IPAs. Golden pale color with an eggshell head, hops were not as floral and crisp as with the WCIPAs....malty finish....not something Im used to, but not at all bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - SEP 2, 2002
It had occured to me the other day that I had never had this. I wasn’t that impressed by it, it seems quite weak compared with the IPAs that I’m used to, but maybe that’s because I’m used to stuff like Stone and Lagunitas, or even Sierra Nevada. Shows how things are different on the other side of the pond! Unexpectedly malty, I’ll stick to Sammy’s stouts instead.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - AUG 29, 2002
Excellent, great tasting ipa. Only thing is that at times it tastes a little weak...sometimes the hops disappear, others the malt...if you can explain that. But definitely another im adding to my repetoire. Dig that bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - AUG 19, 2002
a solid beer, nicely balanced caramel malt, and hops, nut as hoppy as I like but still quite nice

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