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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1570   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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."

Stracey's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Stracey (39) - Pelham, Alabama, USA - NOV 25, 2012
Pours a dark golden with a couple of inches of white lacing. Aroma is light. Pine maybe. Taste is also mild. Some malts and a little bitterness. Quite carbonated. Only ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Holmen2 (2265) - NORWAY - NOV 28, 2015
Backlog. From bottle at Danske Ølentusiasters Ølfestival 2013 with JMD. Mildly hopped, with some caramel malt. Smooth drinking :-)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nejhleader (1393) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2015
has a nice flowery hop aroma with a bit of a spice malt. big frothy head. Taste is a mild hop with a bit of a spice and caramel malt. pretty decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Randy4Beer (399) - - NOV 20, 2015
Dark amber appearance, with a thick, foamy, long lasting white head. Aromas of straw, slightly floral hops, and light bittersweet caramel malts. More of the same on the tongue with the addition of some mild spiciness. The style has really drifted off into citrus juice bombs in the U.S. but every so often it is nice to be reminded of how the style was originally brewed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mR_fr0g (6519) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2015
Cask at the Angel, holburn. Golden light orange coloured pour with a frothy off white head. Earthy honey, nutty malts, hedgerow hop, some sweetness. Flavor is composed of nutty earthy, toffee, honey, caramel malts, some stale hedgerow berry hop. Palate is semi sweet, moderate carbonation. Lingering earthy sweet grains.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jamaty (1546) - Madrid, SPAIN - OCT 30, 2015
Ambar, casi limpia, Abundante espuma. Aroma tostado, miel notas de licor y madera. En boca cuerpo moderado, bebible, predominio malteado, delicado, agradable. Caramelo, galleta. Y bastante equilibrio con lúpulo que aporta un amargor moderado y notas florales. Muy bebible. Muy agradable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
martpez (43) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2015
Pours with a big tasty head that remains after pouring. This beer goes down really easily, its refreshing and among the best bottled conditioned bitters I have drunk in a awhile. Its slightly more carbonated then I would like, and the hops by today’s standards are a subtle affair. This is to its credit, as its fresh, sharp, thirst quenching and bitter. As it warms and to the end of the pint it becomes a little less pleasant with some creamy notes coming through. This stops it being a really good beer for me, but its still an excellent introduction into traditional English bitters and ipas in part because you will be hard pressed to find a better bottle conditioned example available.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (10037) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 22, 2015
Keg at Glasshouse Stores. It pours clear copper with a thick, lively off-white head. The nose is toasty grain, brown bread, cereal, hint of grapefruit and biscuit. The taste is crisp, lightly bitter, wood, brown bread, varnish, sweet lemon, cereal and toasty grain with a dry, lightly spiced finish. Medium body and moderate, lively carbonation. Not a huge amount of flavour, but it is well-rounded and drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mecafilo (159) - Perugia, ITALY - OCT 18, 2015
Bottle @ home. Pours with a golden orange clear colour, small but lasting rocky head. Aroma is very malty, with distinct notes of bread and cereal; also some hops in the mix, but not very evident; faint; quite a typical aroma, "nutrient"-like; liquid bread. Taste is medium sweet, medium bitter; quite balanced, I like it. Medium body, oily texture, average carbonation, cerealish finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mark_Eck (1273) - - OCT 12, 2015
Bottle. Pours golden orangish color. Aroma and taste are toffee, floral, and some grass.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Savage_Night (244) - California, USA - OCT 9, 2015
Bottled Sep. 2011. Pours light caramel brown with a small ivory head. Head retention is ok. AROMA: malty, caramel, herbal hops, earthy, molasses, basement aromas and light barnyard funk. TASTE: malty, molasses, earthy, old bitterness citrus, caramel, herbal hop spice, faint peppercorn and very light spices. AFTER TASTE, carbonation peppery, molasses, herbal and earthy funk with a watery finish.

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