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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1618   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JUN 1, 2003
Cloudy, golden-amber body with a very full whitish head. Bubbles are avg./below avg looking. Smells of wheat, hops, acid and vegetables. Not very pleasing. Taste was equally disappointing and not as hoppy as I would expect for a supposed IPA (not sure this is one?). Aftertaste was reminiscent of grapefruit and wet grass. Leaves a lingering bitterness behind, though not a good bitter. I wouldnt recommend this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 26, 2003
Yet again, Samuel Smith scores good marks from me with the India Ale. This beer has a mahogany appearance, and a wonderful balance between hops and malt in the taste. The India Ale is not overly bitter or dry for an IPA. I will have to buy this beer again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - MAY 21, 2003
An IPA that definitely emphasizes a balance of malt and hops. This one pours an amber and orange color with a medium white foamy head that dissipated quickly enough and left the typical white sheath. The aroma is filled with hops, but also a fruity grapefruit and some caramel malt..very sweet smelling. The taste is heavily malty upfront...caramelly..big time!!! Peaches and cream taste here...really sweet for an IPA then that typical but pleasant English bitterness that you look for in the finish. Mild to weak carbonation. Overall a pleasant drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - MAY 18, 2003
Very bitter. Hoppy and also malty. Pretty well-balanced. A little too bitter for me. Not a bad brew though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldGrowth (3120) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - MAY 17, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2003 Bottle: Good nose, typical english, Fruity. Orange amber color. Bittersweet with a little hop zing to it. A little thin but hangs on your tounge for a while with the bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hildigöltur (5105) - København, DENMARK - MAY 16, 2003
Amber coloured. Great flowery hop aroma. Very hoppy but also quite malty flavour. Long bitter finish. Well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 15, 2003
Amber body, quickly diminishing head. Smells very malty and slightly sweet. Heavy alcohol presence, bready finish. Smooth. Not really very hoppy, especially for an IPA, but it's a very drinkable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
notalush (5638) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 15, 2003
OK, so I'm pretty sure that extremely hoppy american microbrewed IPAs have pretty much ruined me for English beers like this, even though they originated the style. As far as my expectations in the hop department, they naturally aren't met. But I was expecting that. I'm gradually learning to leave certain expectations aside in situations like this, and when I did for this I found the beer to be quite enjoyable. Rusty orage color with a nice hop aroma - flavor is quite a nice balance of bitterness and sweetness - very decent malt presense to counter the hops - malts hang around in the finish much stronger and longer than the hops do, which is usually quite the opposite in my IPA experience. Very enjoyable - good warm weather brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (18101) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 14, 2003
Amber color. Beautiful hoppy aroma. Good body structure, quite malty, boldly bitter, a bit metallic. Long strong final, quite aromatic, just a bit long infusion. Interesting IPA, rare for England.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 4, 2003
Pours medium orange-copper w/ just the right amount of foam. Fairly fresh, floral, minty nose yet earthy. Nice firm feel. Very smooth malty flavour w/ notes of honey, orange, wood & licorice. Earthy bitter finish. Nice structure.

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