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

bottled
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on tap
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1622   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."


3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Heidbummer (152) - SCOTLAND - JAN 17, 2016
Pours dark gold/brown, decent tight head which lasts. Not much aroma. Easy drinking malty but with some subtle bitterness. These guys make good beer and this is no exception. Pint at The Olde Cheshire Cheese, where even a tourist haunt keeps good ales.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Larry_Duffman (321) - - JAN 13, 2016
I poured it from the bottle into a glass. It pours a copper color with a nice off-white head and good lacing. The aroma was a little weak with hints of hops and bread. The taste was slightly hoppy with more of a focus on bread and earthiness. It had nice carbonation, although it still went down pretty smooth. It had a dry and clean finish. This was tasty.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Senka (1042) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 13, 2016
55cl BBE Jan.16. Aroma of caramel malts and gentle hops. Pours Pale orange with thin head. I expected more color for the style. Dry medium bitter with malt background. Some sweet sugars, and not enough bitterness. rough textured, which is also new for the style for me. Dry long finish. Pleasant brew, but try to get yours as fresh as possible and as cold as recomended. Some metallic aftertaste in mine.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Oldschool_Mike (301) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 11, 2016
Bottle into pint glass. Pours a hazy gold colour with a pillowy white head. Aroma is earthy hops. Taste is the same. Really nice beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DwarfeD (2438) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - JAN 8, 2016
50cl bottle at home. Clear dark golden with a medium white soapy head. Light to medium body with low to moderate carbonation. Nice subtle bitterness with some fruity tones. Caramel, malts, citrus and subtle pine. Tasty English IPA.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Thechasm442 (661) - Manhattan, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2016
Bottle served in an imperial nonic pint glass. Hazy caramel color with a thick, foamy white head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma is grassy hops, spices, toast, and caramel. Flavor is slight citrus with a strong caramel and biscuit flavor. Well balanced. It has sort of a metallic flavor that seems kind of odd, other than that an really fantastic beer for the style.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
suurjuust (2736) - ESTONIA - JAN 5, 2016
Clear orange-ish amber beer, medium bubbly white head. Nose is pretty weak, but I can pick out some mildly toasty malt, hops in the background. Flavor is a mix of mild malt, some toast, finishes with earthy hop bitterness, but that too is pretty mild. Quaffable, but boring.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
martjoobolut (2725) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 2, 2016
Bottle (from Drink Shop). Pours golden with whiteish head. The head stays for a long time. Aroma is sweet, malt, floral notes, fruits, some metallic notes. Flavor is sweet and bitter, malt, fruits, citrus, dusty hops, caramel. Finish is citric-dry bitter with some sweetness. Carbonation feels a bit high. Overall: good brew.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hippoman (646) - Durham, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2016
550ml Bottle from The Colpitts, Durham, £3.80. Pours reddish mid-amber with a lasting, bubbly, off-white head and moderate carbonation. The nose is pleasant enough with sweet, soapy and light floral character. The taste is largely bitter with crunch, skunky citrus, tropical fruit and earthy flavours. Nice.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SanfordBrewer (1462) - Sanford, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2015
Great translucent orange with off-white head. Medium body and carbonation.

Aroma: clean toasty malt and citrus floral hops..
Taste: more amber malt character than expected or than i prefer, but still a great example with great history and balance.


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