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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: 1618   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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."


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
wiedrzensky (698) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 8, 2016
Bottle. Pours is light amber with very thick white head. Aroma of caramel, malts, herbal. Taste is medium bitter, light sweet, catamel malty notes. Light to medium body, slick to sticky texture, long bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
StevieT (1385) - AUSTRALIA - APR 5, 2016
From a bottle. Dull orange in colour, tiny head, malty aroma, plenty of hops and a slight honey dry finish.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MelvinKalksma (694) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - MAR 30, 2016

Aroma:
Slight aroma of malts, caramel, fruit and hops.

Appearance:
Clear golden/amber beer with a slight/medium off-white head.

Taste/Palate:
Slightly sweet, bitter and dry with malts, caramel, fruit and hops.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AWS9 (609) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 25, 2016
On tap. Nice brownish pour with decent head. Hit of grassy hops in the aroma and taste. Some bitterness that’s chewed away by bready touches. Really solid.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ILduce (248) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 19, 2016
500 ml LCBO: amber with massive rocky head helped along by the etching in the bottom of the S.S. Namesake glass. Bright fruity, floral aromas of peach, hops, and some spice. Taste is malt, bread crust, grass, and apricot, with a slight sweetness. Medium body. Nice bitter finish. Very good stuff from the always reliable SS.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jsporrer (466) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2016
Poured from a bottle. Pours a medium dark amber with a huge head of white foam and lots of lacing. Aroma is very faint with some light malts and biscuit. Taste is somewhat bitter, bland and dry. Not very refreshing or enjoyable. Leaves an unpleasant flavor on the palate.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
migwell (272) - Northampton, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 17, 2016
A decent enough brew. 550ml bottle into a Smith’s nonic gives a bit of foam which settles down to a film. Aroma of malt and mild hops, apples. Coppery golden color, a good looking ale. Light carbonation, this is actually pretty hoppy for an English product, though not near a lot of American stuff. Solid, well rounded malt predominates, however. Bready, grassy, sweetly caramelized with a good body and mouthfeel, low ABV for the style as it is widely known here.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tarmok (1044) - Tartu, ESTONIA - MAR 13, 2016
clear golden liquid with frothy white head. aroma of caramel, flowers, apricot. taste is medium sweet, heavy bitter, light sour, caramel. light body, creamy, average carbonation, long finish,

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Idiosynkrasie (5951) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - MAR 12, 2016
355ml bottle. Minimally cloudy, pale orangey golden colour with average, frothy, fairly lasting, minimally lacing, white head. Minimally sweaty, fruity aroma has notes of mirabelle, peach and other yellow stone fruit. Taste is mellow malty, fruity hoppy overtones, hints mirabelle and peach again; sadly turns to dry, papery and slightly chalky in the finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bubeer (261) - - FEB 27, 2016
Clean amber. Straight, medium head, low to medium retention. Aroma intensity 3.25/5. Cooked vegetables aroma, notes of sweet fruit, spices and citrus. Medium to heavy bitter. Light to medium body. Fizzy carbonation


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