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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1626   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cartoonkhaki (1246) - 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 (2805) - 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 (3117) - 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!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - JUN 16, 2003
Brownish amber color with little head or carbonation. Has a molasses aroma, not very hoppy and a strange gassy smell that is not encouraging. The taste is more of the same and this one is clearly over the hill. There are a lot of bad things that can happen to a beer after it leaves the brewery that are not necessarily the fault of the producer, but the least they could do would be to put a bottling date on this stuff, so a person might have some idea what they're getting into. I might try it again sometime, I don't know, but the only reason I'm rating it now is to say what I just got done saying.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
guzzler67 (1650) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUN 6, 2003
Nice copper color, but a reserved nose even after it warmed up a bit. Most distinguishing thing about the taste was the emphasis on the malts. Compared to American IPA's, the hops were just barely noticable. Acidic afteraste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BBB63 (6543) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 5, 2003
Amber colored with large but quickly diminishing head, good lacing however, thin to medium-bodied. The unique white wine like aroma with a light bread malt hint. Less hoppy than some aggressive American versions, but a good balance between sweet and bitter. A good clean finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - JUN 4, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2003 Well, it could be worse. Perhaps the least hoppy IPA I have ever had. The flavor is sourish with vague malt and sharp acrid hops. The aroma is good, with a nice spicy caramel sent. It looks quite delicous. Color is "right on" and head is initially pleasing, but disipates and soon leave the beverage rather flat. Don't think I'll dish out the cash for this confusing brew again.

   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.

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