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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1632   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
maxwellplum (54) - USA - JUN 28, 2003
Very nice IPA, just the perfect bitter bite to it. Fluffy head, although short-lived. A nice drinkable (repeatedly) IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
shintriad (701) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 27, 2003
UPDATED: APR 26, 2007 Orange/copper colour, big head that doesn’t really last, nice estery, fruity and malty smell, warm nutty flavours with a hint of dark chocolate. Nice bite to it, with a very balanced bitterness and a pleasant lingering aftertaste. I shared it with a friend, but I think I’ll keep it to myself next time. Nice bottle, too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 27, 2003
copper colour, fluffy white head. malt, celery and herby hops on the nose. fruity, nutty and mildly spicy flavours. big bitterness with good malt to back it up. a great example of an english ipa.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 23, 2003
Wow, very nice! Pours an amber red colour...short lasting fluffy head. fruit aroma. wonderful hop taste. wildly bitter finish. I love it!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5356) - Newark, California, USA - JUN 22, 2003
Copper color. Medium head. Aroma is fruity and spicy. A medium bodied IPA. Malts are nutty, a touch fruity and slightly sweet. Hops are slightly spicy, with a touch of grapefruityness. This is an IPA that is very much in the English style of IPA. Yet, it still has a nice hop bite. Well balanced and fairly smooth. Very drinkable. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is somewhat bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wnp22 (698) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 20, 2003
Deep copper / amber colour. Small head but stable. Very little aroma, maybe slight malt/sweet. Taste is very hopped and bitter - in a good way.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cartoonkhaki (1252) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 17, 2003
Brassy colour. Hoppy malt aroma somewhat tree like. Very good body and bitterness that isn't overly harsh very refreshing. Quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUN 16, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2003 An excellent Ale. Malty and refreshing, this English Ale has just the right amount of hops and malt.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Shag (2834) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUN 16, 2003
Wow! Sam Smith rarely disappoints. Even thier worst beers are at least decent. But this certainly is one of the best. Aroma is hoppy, citrusy, piney, floral, and just amazing. Appearance is beautiful, an orangish red color with a beige head. Flavor is not too hoppy but a well balanced mixture of hops and malt. Its quite full bodied with a nice citrus taste. Very silky texture which is common of all Sam Smith beers. This is one amazing IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GregClow (3151) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 16, 2003
Clear reddish-amber colour with a thick white head. Slightly medicinal aroma of floral herbs and caramel sweetness. Feel nice and full in the mouth. Big malty sweetness in the start, giving way to some perfectly balanced and moderately dry hop bitterness. Wickedly addictive stuff!

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