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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1559   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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (6745) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 6, 2002
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy medium amber, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately hoppy (flowers, grass, herbs), lightly malty (cookie, caramel), with a note of orange. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately bitter, moderately acidic. Finish is moderately bitter, moderately acidic. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly astringent. Pleasant aroma, but not really engaging. Good flavor balance, but fairly citric. Good, but not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 4, 2002
Pretty bitter. Quickly diminishing head. Almost a nutty aroma. Hoppy, but not over the top.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
PBOYNY (316) - Westchester, New York, USA - OCT 28, 2002
very nice,hoppy above average ipa. good when you only need one more!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (30676) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 27, 2002
A light amber beer with a small head. It has a good malt aroma. The flavor is a bit flat with a little sweetness and a good bitterness. It is not as hoppy as I like an IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Allseeingeye (223) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 19, 2002
This would be great in a cask. Golden amber color. Really hoppy smell. Hints of caramel, cane sugar, finishing bitter. YUM!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 19, 2002
Has a amber color and a hoppy smell. Taste is of the hops and finishes with a good bitterness. Overall this is one of the better IPAs on the market, kind of expensive though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 17, 2002
This is my kind of beer, great bitter flavour mixed with a fine balance of malt and hops. More bitter citrus notes like grapefruit than the more Americanized IPA’s which tend to be more of the orange side of the citrus spectrum. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 15, 2002
Absolutely magnificent!!! I have no idea why I took so long to taste this brew, but I’ll certainly have more given how great it was. Quite possibly one of the best IPAs I’ve ever had. Certainly in the English, not American, vein of IPAs. Delicious malts and nice flavoring hops all come together! Yumm.

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