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

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RATINGS: 1508   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
obxdude10 (2077) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2002
Not one of the better IPAs I’ve had, a bit too cirtusy, a little too dark of an amber color for my liking, very crisp & clean though

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nate (3778) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2002
Had aroma of tart apples and bread. Golden,light amber color. Mild to medium carb, with small, diminishing head. Nicely hopped - flowery. Slightly bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 4, 2002
Definitely hoppier than the Fullers, and that’s a big plus.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rauchbier (3634) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAY 3, 2002
Excellent uncomplicated blend of hop and malt aromas, good rocky head and lace. More hop flavour in the mouth with a fruity malt background and long hoppy bitter finish. Classic and simple.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cruddler (32) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 26, 2002
No head. Cloudy beer. Capable, yet unspectacular beer.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
groovinhigh (170) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - APR 22, 2002
This is what an English IPA should taste like. Hoppy, but unlike American IPA’s in that it doesn’t knock you over the head. My 1st choice in IPA’s.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - APR 21, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2006 My favorite English IPA. Strong hop caracter, frothy head, nice amber hue. Pleasant hoppy taste, nice finish.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dlclark (73) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2002
Not much flavor for the price. Buy a few american ales instead of just one of these for the same price. If you’re looking for hops, look elsewhere.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 15, 2002
Although not as assertively hopped as most IPAs this one is wonderfully smooth and balanced. The characteristic creaminess and vintage flavour of Samuel Smith combined with a pleasantly hoppy ale. Another great beer from Tadcaster!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2002


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