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

bottled
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on tap
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RATINGS: 1476   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - FEB 2, 2002
Ok, I am not really complaining but isn’t and IPA supposed to be rather hoppy and have a higher alc content? Anyway, this is a good beer, despite the false advertisment of it being and IPA. Rather malty and tasted similiar to an amber ale.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
unixweb (237) - Sherman, Texas, USA - JAN 27, 2002
I had never tried an IPA, and at first taste this one seemed a little ’bockish’ but after it warmed a bit the sweet maltiness came through. The bitter, somewhat hoppy finish was a pleasant ending to a surprisingly sweet ale. I like most Sam Smith brews and this one was no exception.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 26, 2002
Not as hopped as some of the American styles, but successfully bitter in its own way. As it warmed the taste of grapefruit was rather remarkable.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brewmaster (168) - USA - JAN 22, 2002
Nice Aroma, decent bitterness, a little too sweet for my taste, but overall a good IPA.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - JAN 20, 2002
Good but definately british. Next to American IPA’s this tastes more like a weakly hopped American Pale.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JAN 17, 2002
Certainly not a hopmonster IPA. Nice golden color, moderate head. Taste is primarily of nuttiness in the malts. Hops are flowery, and not particularly prevalent.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 6, 2002
Bottled, 2001. Good solid IPA, drinkable, sweet & bitter, but with no really distinguishing characteristics to make it stand out like the brewer’s Oatmeal Stout or Nutbrown. Very malty and sweet for an IPA, almost more an ESB to my tastebuds, some nice citrus, good color; I’ll give it another try for sure.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
igneous1 (1495) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JAN 4, 2002
nice copper color, very little head....aroma was like the cork out of a wine bottle. more malty and less hoppy than i like in an IPA. still, better than most beers out there. i prefer Fullers and Pyramid IPA’s.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dogbrick (7898) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2001
Got this one on a whim and was pleasantly surprised. Hoppy, malty, satisfying ale.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
RicktheBassAleDrinker99 (6) - USA - DEC 19, 2001 does not count
If you liked this, you would love a Bass Ale.


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