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

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RATINGS: 1531   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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."


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - AUG 14, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2004 Light for an IPA. Honey sweet. Low on hop bitterness and only 5% ABV. Over rated and over priced, but quite drinkable.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Racegoer (353) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - AUG 13, 2002
Lacking the Hops of most American IPA’s that I have come to enjoy. IPAs are increasingly becoming more my favorite type of beer, I prefer more hops, than this one has. That being said it still is good , might want to use this beer to wean Budweiser lovers away from drinking such swill.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - AUG 13, 2002
American IPA’s have truly spoiled (or perhaps ’demolished’ as in the case of Bells Two-Hearted) my enjoyment of British IPA’s. Knowing this, I tried to approach this rating with an extreme objectivity ... picture Homer Simpson chanting the mantra, ’don’t think about hops, don’t think about hops.’ The commercial description calls the maltiness ’restrained’ ... I can’t quite agree with that. I thought that maltiness was quite assertive, perhaps a supporting actor to the hops, but one that receives a heck of a lot of screen time. The hops shine through and are quite perceptible. Overall, this is a balanced IPA ... now, back to that Bell’s Two Hearted...

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JB99 (27) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 10, 2002
A nice balanced taste of hops and malt. Not as hoppy as most IPA’s but a very good beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - JUL 29, 2002
The aroma is full of citrus and hops bitterness. The taste is strong with hops, but not as strong as some American IPA’s I’ve had. Feels very crisp and refreshing on the tongue. This is probably my favorite IPA (although I’m not really a fan of IPA’s anyway). Small head...golden/orange color with tons of carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crdic (105) - California, USA - JUL 28, 2002
This is a very good English IPA. The hops are quite strong, but balanced and smoothed by malt and the nuttiness characteristic of Sam Smith’s ales. I recommend it highly.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 26, 2002
Im not a huge fan of IPA’s, but this one is very good. Nice touch of sweetness and maltieness that compliments the hops well. Very chewy, something I dont look for in an IPA, but after this I will start to.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JUL 25, 2002
Okay, as usual, the Samuel Smith’s are great, good or at least descent. This beer poured a cooper gold color with an off white head that left little lace. The aroma was of hops, malt and caramel. The taste was of hops, malt, caramel and butterscotch. The finish was of hops and caramel, but slightly bitter. A good beer, but I think I prefer my IPAs(personally)to be a little less sweet.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kumite56 (471) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - JUL 15, 2002
Beautiful coppery color. Off white moderate head. Medium bodied standard IPA. Although hopps are definately present as you would anticipate the beer is a little thin albeit well balanced for an IPA

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dominion (78) - charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 15, 2002
Solid overall nice golded color, milder taste than I expected a very good beer


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