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

bottled
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1550   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."


4.5
   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.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
SDquaffer (18) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 6, 2002
Aroma intriguing, almost a bit winey--like madiera but not sharply hoppy like my favorite IPA’s. Well bittered but mildly so. Toasted malt balanced and understated, fading to a nicely bitter hop reminder.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlhubley99 (36) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 1, 2002
Although I enjoyed this beer, I am not so sure it represents the IPA style so much. It was a good beer, and in fact was very easy to drink. Very little head, hazy golden color. I agree with Discofish, something was missing from this IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madsberg (10608) - Søborg, DENMARK - SEP 28, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2003 Finally I found this in Denmark. Amber colour and a medium lasting head. Theres hops all over the brew. Yummy. Flavour is hoppy and malty. Its wellbalanced and smooth. Nice bitterness in the aftertaste

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Discofish (152) - USA - SEP 27, 2002
Something was missing from this IPA.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - SEP 23, 2002
Aroma of grains and some grassy. flowery hops. Malty, toasty flavor up front with a hop flavor that matches the aroma. Good bitterness. Very good traditional English IPA.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
morebier4me (140) - New York, USA - SEP 23, 2002

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
savitska (163) - Smyrna, Georgia, USA - SEP 23, 2002
A wonderful citrusy aroma, a pleasing malt-balanced body and a traditionally dry finish.

3.1
   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!!!!!!!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (9997) - 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?


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