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

bottled
common

on tap
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1632   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."


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
migwell (276) - 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 (1165) - 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 (6296) - 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 (307) - - 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

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lebermilz (212) - GERMANY - FEB 8, 2016
Bernsteinfarben, recht beständiger, weißer Schaum. Erdig-fruchtig, ein wenig karamellig. Sehr englische Nase. Weich, leicht karamellig mit mittlerer Bitterkeit.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
martin00sr (2691) - Haderslev, DENMARK - JAN 27, 2016
Clear amber, offwhite froth. Light malt and hops aroma. Bitter, old hoppy flavour with light caramel malty background. Bottled a year and half ago but still well within BBD, this one might have lost some of its original flavour and aroma. Ok but boring.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fombe89 (2058) - Asturias, SPAIN - JAN 24, 2016
Botella, @Taxman Beatles Bar, León. 23/01/2016 Color ambar, aroma caramelo, frutal, cuerpo medio.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DandyWolfFloyd (1020) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2016
Aroma - nice bit of doughy bread, some toast, and faint floral hops. Appearance - body is amber and clean, nice fluffy white head about 2". The head hangs out for a good long time. Some frothed lacing. Taste - nice malt backbone, nice bread taste. Similar to a soft center of a toasted French loaf. The hops are floral and slightly spiced. Nice little backend zip. Palate - body is medium, the texture somewhat silky, the carbonation average, the finish nicely toasted.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
One2remeber (245) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2016
Bottle, no date, SF0401. Light amber with a bright orange hue. Frothy, big bubbly head, adequate retention. Spicy hops, earthy in forefront, strong, distinctive water component, minerally but not off-putting, seems to fit. Light, but noticeable prune/raisin, highly kilned caramel/crystal malt. Hop nose is beautiful. Baked breadiness, with an intensely spicy hop flavor combine for a robust character in a sessionable-type ale. Finish with a lingering cheesy, earthy spiciness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrNosha (1589) - Baden Württemberg, GERMANY - JAN 19, 2016
Schöne 355ml Flasche. Hellbraunes cremiges Bier. Hopfen und etwas Toffee Aroma. Vollmundiger Geschmack. Malz, Hopfen. Angenhem bitteres Finish. Ein englischer Klassiker.


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