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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: 1623   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."


Landmonger's rating

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Landmonger (155) - USA - JAN 5, 2013
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. The aroma is malt with a little citrus, the taste is tart, bread and bitter, nice carbonation, enjoyable drink with a good crisp feel.


2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
phfyysik (524) - Tartu, ESTONIA - JUN 27, 2016
Pours amber with high off-white head. Aroma is little bit soap, light slurry, some fruits, hay. Taste is little bit dead, light caramel, grass, bitter hay, mango, tropical fruits, some dust. Drinkable!

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
grimreaperguru (262) - santee, California, USA - JUN 26, 2016
Pours a medium mahogany color with an off white head. The aroma was a light nutty sent. The flavor was a medium malt flavor. The body was medium with a light bitter after taste. Overall it was okay.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LLaurin (247) - Motala, SWEDEN - JUN 19, 2016
From a bottle pouring dark golden with small white head. Maltiness is immediately present and light caramel nose. Taste is also rich malty sweetness with discrete but distinctive hops with a nice bitterness. Palate with some sweet tones and very shy hops.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mmather (160) - Colorado, USA - JUN 12, 2016
very nice, clear, mellow, yet with just enough bite to know there are some hops. lovely very British beer......

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Blastomorpha (57) - - JUN 5, 2016
Sure it has a nice clear orange colour with thick white and durable head (which I always appreciate), but the aroma is weak, just some citrus notes, malt and hints of caramel, almost no hops. And in mouth it does not get much better than that. It’s not bad, I kind of enjoyed its mild nature, the medium-light body coupled with the mild carbonation make it very drinkable but I’m not convinced. I expected something with a stronger bitterness (which you got only in the finish) or more complex and this was not. Anyway, my bottle had a different drawing on the label.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Durival (3) - - MAY 28, 2016 does not count
I tasted thinking be a ipa beer, but it’s a esb. Well, can you take the whole day ...

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BIGJOHNO123 (13) - Lancashire, ENGLAND - MAY 20, 2016
Really enjoyed this. Dark gold, almost amber in colour with a full, off-white head. Rich, aromas of malts and vanilla. Slightly woody. Taste is full with vanilla and wood, Other flavours of toffee, treacle, butterscotch gives it lots of character. Almost no carbonation make the beer very smooth and long lasting. Slight bitterness on the finish. Overall a realty enjoyable beer. So much flavour.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
VamboladeTolly (1357) - Tartu, ESTONIA - MAY 13, 2016
Bottle @ deTolly, Tartu. Pours clear amber with small yellowish head. Aroma: malty, caramel, hay, year old cow shit. Taste: sweet, caramel, malty, hay, weak toffee, metallic notes. Thin + body. Dry. Sweet finish. Not for me.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tampierre (1194) - Pilsen, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 6, 2016
Bottled, Cesky Brod-Liblice, CZ, Malt,wood,some caramel and floral aroma, Clear golden to amber color, bigger creamy lacing head, Sweeter taste, longer bitter finish, Medium body, Soft carbon, Pretty good.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
tomer (2788) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - APR 25, 2016
At a tasting, thanks Hippoman,stable creamy slightly dense head, clear deep yellow color with orange taints, malty bready aroma, with some honey in the back, light fruity bready flavor, light and touch harsh bitterness. Quite drinkable but not too interesting.


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