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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1437   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
Iznogud (378) - CROATIA - MAR 19, 2014
Bottle, 500 ml from Vrutak. Pours amber with white head. Malty aroma and flavor. Pleasant bitterness. Some hoppiness can be tasted but not what you’d expect from an IPA.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
wimpyjoe (2934) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2014
Copper with a thin head. Fairly neutral in most characteristics but still very drinkable with a nice session-like texture. It has a small sugary sweetness in both aroma and taste.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
spacecube (650) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2014
550ml bottle, pours clear golden brown with a foamy white head. Aroma has tangy orange and citric apple over a delicious caramel & toasted bread malt backbone. The finish is well balanced and moderate bitter. Carbonation average. Nice!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerhunter111 (5343) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAR 4, 2014
330ml Flasche. Ins Glas ergießt sich ein kupferfarbenes Bier mit schöner Schaumkrone. Geruch malzig, nussig, fruchtig. Geschmack trocken malzig, fruchtig, Dörrobst, Nüsse.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mile (2730) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 3, 2014
Bottle. Amber, average and mostly diminishing head. Moderate, malty and sweetish aroma, some caramel and floral fruitiness, faint hoppyness. Body is medium, malty and sweetish flavor, some caramel and some floral fruitiness, light hoppyness. Finish is average, malty and lightly sweetish - sweetish, light caramel and faint bread with some floral fruitiness, light grassy - herbal hoppyness. Sweetish bitter with caramel. Floral fruitiness with caramel just do not work for me.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
omikr0n (657) - Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 24, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear golden to amber with nice white head. Aroma is malt, English hops, honey, and slightly floral. Flavor is malt, hops, grass and slightly spicy.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
charule (806) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2014
Bottle as a gift. Poured dark orange with dissipating white head. Aroma of caramel sweet dark fruit. Light carb med bod. Similar sweet taste. Old

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
heintz (14) - GERMANY - FEB 21, 2014
Hmm Not my style. Expected More. Too malty. Cant taste The fruity Hop character...

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ttoadee (550) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2014
Golden straw color, thick head. Nose is soft malt and hops. Bittersweet. Middle is light caramel malt and a hint of grassiness. Finish is a wrestling match between the malt and hops; hops win by a neck. Very balanced.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lowenbrau (1728) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - FEB 11, 2014
550ml bottle @Cimmeria, Oviedo.11-2-2014
Several times and years ago somewhere in space.
In short: a hoppy tasty ale.
Pours quite clear dark gold, with nice off white head. Some head retention and lacework. Malty, caramel, fruity aromas. Medium body, viscous texture, average carbonation. Taste is malty, smooth, fruity, caramel, nice mild hop punch. Really well balanced and enjoyable. Very good beer!.


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