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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: 1482   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."


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arnold931 (543) - Iowa, USA - AUG 3, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear amber with great white head. Nose is balanced malt and earthy hops. Taste also adds some bread and caramel. Dry on the back end.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beergeek23322 (2260) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 2014
5/9/2010. From bottle. Dark amber with a white head. Malty aromas with caramel, pine, light fruit and spices. Very balanced and mellow with a bitter hop finish.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
momordgz (91) - - JUL 26, 2014
An old fashioned bitter beer, cloudy apperance, grassy taste medium bitter end. Not bad

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jamesie1857 (1389) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 21, 2014
550ml bottle from Mitchell’s Wines, Meadowhead - Light translucent golden copper coloured body, with a pillowy white head. Aroma is light fruits, weak caramel, and citrusy hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation. Flavour is very grainy with some hop bitterness. Was in the throes of rating it as a ropey IPA, then realised halfway through it was an ESB! Changed my mindset quite a bit.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
AAEA (106) - California, USA - JUL 17, 2014
550ml ($5.99) pretty good ESB think i like some of this brewers other beers better though. still good.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
micronaut129 (241) - chalfontborotowntonbergville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2014
By no means is this an IPA by American standards. It is in fact a weak interpetation of the style in general. Pours with a nice copper color with a decent white head that fades. Good carbo’s. Slight malt and hop aroma is present. Buttery or butterscotch malt taste, earthy hops and maybe a hint of lemongrass. A dry finish with a smooth body.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
s_hartshorne (1349) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 12, 2014
Bottle bier huis ossett. Amber colour no head. Aroma is Carmel malts. Taste is same ok spicy hop bitter finish good balance. Medium body prickly carbonation. Decent stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
maltman53 (325) - Corrales, New Mexico, USA - JUL 8, 2014
Pours ceylon tea coor with a persistent head. Earthy, damp basement english hops such as Fuggles and East Kent Goldings on the nose. Caramel coca-cola on the palate. Overall, balanced well and true-to-style if you like English India ales.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Mackeon (49) - - JUL 4, 2014
A shining example of the IPA style. Great mouthfeel, fantastic aroma, lovely palate, exquisite balance, absolutely the best hopping you’ll find in any beer, I can’t think of a better IPA, really. Should be obligatory study material for any aspiring brewer. And of course, the idiosyncratic labelling of the Smith brews is always a pleasure to behold.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Japalo (1171) - DENMARK - JUL 3, 2014
Bottle@home. Copper clear. Small head. Low carbonation. More bread than hoppy notes. Dry long mouthfeel. Short bitter finish. Difficult to the difference til an ordinary ale.


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