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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1562   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2003 English hops have a problem showing through in the aroma over malts in all english beers, and its just a shame when its an IPA..I prefer American IPAs in every way, especially da west coast ones..but thats just the way I am..this beer is alright though..but its still way to malty for me, expecially for an IPA..I understand this is the way IPA's were back in the day..but there wasn't any electricity back then either...things change, People learn, things get better..American hops are grown..little more than a history lesson IMO

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RaginCajun (320) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 20, 2002
My bottle didnít seem to have much head; disappointing. Other than that, iím in complete agreement with other posts...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2663) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - NOV 15, 2002
Pale amber, large foamy head, good retention. Fruity aroma: pear oranges and banana. Strong fruity flavor with distinct herbal and floral hop flavors. Medium bitter finish. Excellent balance. A bit of an acidic harshness develops as it warms.

   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 (6841) - 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 (30991) - 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!

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