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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1557   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
huineman (416) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAY 10, 2015
Pours amber with creamy froth. Aroma is low: honey, mango. Soft, mouth-covering, not as bitter as IPAs usually are. Medium finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
tfontana (157) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 7, 2015
Bottle from Epsom Circle Market, Epsom, NH. Aroma is slightly metallic--like a bunch of coins sitting in a jar. Or like rotting food that needs to be brought out to the compost bin. Appearance is hazy orange-gold with two-finger frothy head that dissipates relatively quickly. Trace sparkling and light lacing. Taste is mild--only slightly sweet and bitter, but mainly sour. Palate is light-medium and texture is mostly thin with slight creaminess. Finish is bitter. Overall, not my cup of tea. I canít really comment whether this is good for the style or not--I think this is just not my style. Disappointing. Most stuff from this brewer I like.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
poisoneddwarf (1953) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - MAY 3, 2015
550 ml bottle. Aroma is malty, fruity (apples), characteristic of the brewery. Pours clear copper with a thick beige head with decent retention; leaves some lace. Taste is sweet and malty, finishing with a lightly bitter hop bite. Ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brenn79 (1725) - Idaho, USA - MAY 2, 2015
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2015 18.7 oz bottle- Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a large white head that slowly reduces. Aroma is earthy, floral, minerals similar to all Sam Smith beers, some peppery spice. Taste is caramel malts, citrusy, minerals, lightly hopped. Carbonation is medium and body is medium. Better than i thought it would be, love their stouts and porters, but am pretty accustomed to American IPAís, this isnít as intense and in your face as those, but this isnít too bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sdmmb (1257) - USA - APR 26, 2015
Drunk from 50cl bottle bought at Bierhuis in Ossett. Hoppy pale ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
loubar (154) - Los Gatos, California, USA - APR 20, 2015
550 ml bottle from Cost Plus. Aroma of biscuit malt with a bit of hops. Hop-forward in flavor, but of the tame citrus variety, with minimal bitterness on a malty, biscuity base. Moderate carbonation and full-bodied. Flavorful throughout with a touch of dryness at the finish. So drinkable. A good example that a solid IPA doesnít have to be over the top.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
UncleKorm (1059) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 20, 2015
Bottle poured a lightly hazed golden hue w/ huge fizzy white head. Mild bready aroma. Initial flavor is light sweet w/ a moderate bitter finish. Tastes are malty bread and earthy hops. Medium bodied and lively carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bubblehouse (778) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 7, 2015
Not the greatest beer but still very drinkable. Especially when feeling nostalgic.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kidobutai (517) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 30, 2015
Poured from a bottle. 5 for appearance -- inviting dark golden clear color, creamy, long lasting 1-finger head, clingy lacing. Skunky aroma, but goes away on the taste. Nuts, pine, slightly sour finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
DarkSong (333) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - MAR 22, 2015
12 oz bottle. It pours golden with a small white head. It has the aroma of hay and cereal. It has the flavors of honey, nuts, caramel, a floral taste with a subdued but pleasant hop bitterness. This is a very nice beer. Iíve enjoyed everything Iíve had from this brewery.

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