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

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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."


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3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (5415) - Kuala Lumpur, - APR 23, 2012
A great IPA. Not overly spicy and better served a little warm. A nice beer all year round. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sdmmb (1134) - USA - APR 26, 2015
Drunk from 50cl bottle bought at Bierhuis in Ossett. Hoppy pale ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
loubar (142) - Los Gatos, California, USA - APR 20, 2015
550 ml bottle from Cost Plus. Aroma of biscuit malt with a bit of hops. Hop-forward in flavor, but of the tame citrus variety, with minimal bitterness on a malty, biscuity base. Moderate carbonation and full-bodied. Flavorful throughout with a touch of dryness at the finish. So drinkable. A good example that a solid IPA doesn’t have to be over the top.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
UncleKorm (1006) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 20, 2015
Bottle poured a lightly hazed golden hue w/ huge fizzy white head. Mild bready aroma. Initial flavor is light sweet w/ a moderate bitter finish. Tastes are malty bread and earthy hops. Medium bodied and lively carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bubblehouse (634) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 7, 2015
Not the greatest beer but still very drinkable. Especially when feeling nostalgic.

3.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kidobutai (479) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 30, 2015
Poured from a bottle. 5 for appearance -- inviting dark golden clear color, creamy, long lasting 1-finger head, clingy lacing. Skunky aroma, but goes away on the taste. Nuts, pine, slightly sour finish.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
DarkSong (327) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - MAR 22, 2015
12 oz bottle. It pours golden with a small white head. It has the aroma of hay and cereal. It has the flavors of honey, nuts, caramel, a floral taste with a subdued but pleasant hop bitterness. This is a very nice beer. I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve had from this brewery.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdiBeer (1840) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2015
Aroma: bread, grain malts, light caramel, some straw. Appearance: clear amber, medium, frothy, white head. Taste: light bitter. Palate: grain malts continue, straw and hay again, remains lightly bitter, lively carbonation, slightly dry touch to the finish. Overall: OK ESB, yet falls short due to a lack of intensity and complexity. Bottle from Utobeer, London Bridge.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
edsspoon (704) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2015
Bottle - amber with a big foamy light brown head. Aroma of caramel and light fruits. Taste of caramel, roasted malts, light grass and some bitterness. Medium body, low carbonation.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alteregoo (192) - POLAND - MAR 10, 2015
Piana nieduża, średnio pęcherzykowa, szybko opada do kożuszka. Barwa jasno bursztynowa, klarowna, ładnie "pracuje" w szkle. W aromacie mizernie, raczej przypomina to lekko ziołowego jasnego lagera. W smaku jest na szczęście lepiej, choć nie powala... Na pierwszym planie karmel i słodowość, jasne pieczywo, skórka świeżego chleba. W kontrze ziołowa goryczka na średnim poziomie, bardzo przyjemna, krótkotrwała (na oko pomiędzy 40 a 50 IBU). Nagazowanie średnie do wysokiego, drobne, lekkie rozgrzewanie alkoholowe. Faktycznie jest to bardzo pijalny, sesyjny klasyczny angielski Extra Special Bitter, nie ma on nic wspólnego z craftowymi piwami typu APA czy IPA, chmielonymi nowofalowymi chmielami. To taka odskocznia od craftu do klasyki w dobrym wydaniu, bez wad, ale i bez szału. Jednym słowem - nuda!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jkempa (16) - - MAR 9, 2015
Fantastic IPA. I think it gets the balance of a classic IPA right. So many are trying to see who can out-hop the other, and this has a nutty fruity taste that is refreshing while still a nice bitterness.


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