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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1484   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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."


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (35077) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 3, 2006
Bottle. Very nice clear copper color with a medium off-white head. Aroma is mostly malt; Not much notice of hops in there. Flavor is well-balanced, woody, dry, and of course, malty and hoppy.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
yespr (31220) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAY 12, 2008
33 cL bottle. Pours clear and golden yellow with an off-white and creamy head. Sight sourish hops aroma, strange. Flavour is dry hoppy with a mild fruity touch. Ends quite dry. Lingering hoppy finish. Has a strange off-note in the hops I cannot stand.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (29335) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 27, 2002
A light amber beer with a small head. It has a good malt aroma. The flavor is a bit flat with a little sweetness and a good bitterness. It is not as hoppy as I like an IPA.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25085) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 11, 2005
(Bottle 55 cl) Amber golden with a decent head. Lovely hoppy aroma atop a malty, lightly caramelish malt background. Long hoppy and bitter finish. 270502

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (20810) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2009
Bottle at Københavnske Øldage 2009. Clear orange coloured with a small white head. Fruity aroma of caramel with notes of hops and grape fruits. Fruity flavour of caramel with notes of hops and grape fruits. Dry hopy finish.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
oh6gdx (20334) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 23, 2008
Bottled@Teerenpeli, Tampere. Golden/orange colour, small beige head. Aroma is peas, cooked vegetables some grass and mild fruityness. Flavour is frass, some flowery hops as well as mild vegetably notes. Kind of tomatojuiceish notes too.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
omhper (19382) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - DEC 16, 2002
Bottled. Reddish amber with rich head. Flower aroma. Malty, dry and really hoppy. It also has that unmistakable Samuel Smith house character that I’ve loved since I first learned about British ales.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (16727) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 19, 2008
Bottle. Pours a clear amber color with a longlasting off-white head. Fruity malty and slightly hoppy aroma with some yeasty hints. Fruity malty hoppy flavor. Sweet malty bitter hoppy finish with some fruitiness in the aftertaste.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
madmitch76 (15101) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2011
24th April 2007
Warning! Early amateur rating! Inoffensive India Ale. Lacks bitteness and much fruit character. Okay but a bit dull.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (14609) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 14, 2003
Amber color. Beautiful hoppy aroma. Good body structure, quite malty, boldly bitter, a bit metallic. Long strong final, quite aromatic, just a bit long infusion. Interesting IPA, rare for England.


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