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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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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."


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 15/20
manisthebeer (240) - squamish, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 9, 2014
nice sweet steady hop smell dark golden color with a med off white head taste is good malt flavour with almost no carb and a solid amount of fuggles hops maybe to back it all up not the hopiest but still good great even

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
navajojoe (20) - - FEB 7, 2014
poured from a pt. into a pint glass. Aroma: very distinctive floral fragrance to the nose. It doesn’t have much hop aroma, but it’s extremely clean. Appearance: A clear amber color that seems a little to plain. Taste: well mixed hop delight. It starts of with an earthy feel, kind of like you are at the end of a nice long hike, a clean florally middle and then this clean hoppy note just sticks in your palate, tasty....

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnar (4862) - Sandnes, NORWAY - FEB 7, 2014
550 ml bottle, gift from Siri. Pours clear deep golden with a huge frothy white head. Aroma is weak, caramel and spicy hops. Taste is moderate sweet, marmelade, with a very modest addition of British hops, towards the end, well balanced,easy to like.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
peponi (145) - POLAND - FEB 6, 2014
Aroma: some herbs, malty. Appearance: nice amber color, poor head. Taste: medium/high bitterness (herbal notes), malty backbone, quite dry. Palate: medium body and high carbonation, nice long bitter finish. Overall: Nice classical English Pale Ale.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bamsen78 (2409) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - FEB 5, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear amber with airy but stable off-white head. Clear aroma of malt, fruit, and hops. Bitter, hoppy flavour, with distinct fruity and malty touches, hints of nuts and citrus. Bitter, hoppy finish. A good ESB.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Masterkush7 (365) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 1, 2014
Carmel malt doughy aroma with a hint of citrus hops; golden color with a white head that thins out quickly, lacing and somewhat translucent; lightly sweet taste - I can’t really taste the hops at all.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Blade86 (460) - Wrocław, POLAND - JAN 26, 2014
fruity hoppy aroma, some caramel notes; light amber hazy, white foam; medium bitterness, lightly sweet; little oily feel, medium body, average(-) carbonation, long bittersweet finish; Overall: decent beer

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AdamT (110) - Wilson, North Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Bottle from Brewmasters in Wilson. Golden hue, normal clarity with fully lasting white frothy head. Virtually no lacing. Sweer aroma, some wheat and light fruit. Light bitter hop with a sweet finish. I had a hard time with this one. Crisp on the palate.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
islay (887) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 24, 2014
Approximately 5 oz. pour from a rare 18.7 oz. bottle. Strawberry, caramel, and carob scents with some dryness in the smell. Pours a mostly clear, slightly hazy brass with a small amount of beige/taupe head. Caramel, lemon, and soda water flavors. Very British taste. Light to medium body. Frothy and undercarbonated in the palate. Not that good overall, unfortunately. Tastes more like an American amber ale than an American IPA (and of course it is not an American IPA).

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbrains (22) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 22, 2014
Carmel malt doughy aroma with a hint of citrus hops; golden color with a white head that thins out quickly, lacing and somewhat translucent; lightly sweet taste - I can’t really taste the hops at all; light bodied, average carbonation, not much of a finish. Nice taste - could definitely have more than one although it doesn’t really stand out as anything but a nice, drinkable ale.


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