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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1543   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."


2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
skoria85 (16) - - DEC 30, 2014
no me llamo nada, llegue a pensar que era una birra indrustrial de mierda pues no vi nada destacable. me costo terminarme su botella y la bebi por compromiso.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
triplehopped (46) - - DEC 29, 2014
Pours a beautiful amber, small white head with minimal lacing. A fairly malty aroma with a slight floral note. Medium in its bitterness, ever so slightly sweet. Mouthfeel is thin, leaves the mouth dry with a light and lingering bitterness. Overall, very average. Needed more from the hops.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nero55 (829) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 29, 2014
Bottle. Copper with large off white head. Aroma of caramel, toasted malt, and floral hops. Medium body, toasted malt, caramel sweetness, and medium hop bitterness with a dry finish.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fantomasus (268) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 29, 2014
I can’t believe I’ve never rated this before! Pours a beautiful amber/copper with an awesome frothy off white head. First beer I’ve ever given a five for appearance (I think). Aromas are fresh: caramel, grass, dough, leaves, and faint vanilla. Stronger aroma would’ve pulled a seven. Taste is a wonderful balance of sour/sweet/bitter with a hint of umami. Palate is perfect for this style: medium body, soft carbonation, with a nice astringent/bitter finish. It’s quite an example for the style. An old friend becomes a new favorite.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
burleybrew (55) - - DEC 26, 2014
Bottle from chico. A solid example of a British extra bitter/ipa. Very different than american IPA’s. A great beer to style.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rjplumer (597) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 20, 2014
Fruity hop aroma. Mild brown body.An off white head. Smooth clear taste. Mild sweetness. Hint of of a citrus-like tang in the background. A little plain but very drinkable.Faint sour after taste.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sir__v (890) - Lille, FRANCE - DEC 15, 2014
Bottle from Saveur-Biere.com - Color: amber beer with small carbonation and small white foam. Smell: nice hoppy nose with grassy and caramel balanced. Taste: nice balanced of malt and hops. Strong caramel taste. Aftertaste: nice wet bitterness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lore (1362) - Budapest, HUNGARY - DEC 12, 2014
clear, darker amber colour, huge, stable yellowish off-white head;aroma of biscuit, caramel, floral-honey notes as well as overripe fruits, like apple and pear; taste is the same; really great ESB with a very tricky name

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
magpieken (101) - - DEC 2, 2014
550ml. Pours a slightly opaque, pale amber, orange colour with an effervescent white head which quickly dissipated leaving a trace of lace. Gentle caramel malt aroma with some citrus. Underlying light sweetness, tangy bitterness in the middle with a very long, mildly bitter finish. Quite dry, creamy texture, medium to full body. Not a beer I would rave about but decent enough in its own way.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
scooter131313 (22) - - NOV 24, 2014
Drinkable, but not one of my favorite from the wonderful selection from Samuel Smith's wonderful brewery. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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