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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1639   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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ozzatoadisback (92) - ITALY - OCT 17, 2016
Transparent orange colour, average head, pretty dense, decent retention, low lacing. Subdued aroma shows hay and light caramel plus some floral hints. Taste is a little more bitter than the smell suggested but overall in good balance. Grainy and caramel malt base, lightly resinous, with floral hints and maybe a hint of spiciness. Still not so vivid... Light to medium body, with moderate crispness, easy and quick. Ok but very much unimpressive

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Capa (2770) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - OCT 12, 2016
This is what I think of when I’m wanting an English beer. A great balance between malt and hops with a nice earthy and sweet, lightly hoppy finish. Medium body. Flavorful without being narcissistic. Real good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
josanguapo (1158) - SPAIN - OCT 1, 2016
From estucerveza. In Ikea’s pint glass. Watching Los Soprano 3x13. Great example of drinkability. Probably the best english IPA ive tasted. Demonstrates that hops can be very pleasant even if they arent as explosive in mouth and nose as american hops

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerRenter76 (834) - Texas, USA - SEP 13, 2016
India ale pours a amber body, mid carbonation with a thin head, that didn’t leave any lacing. Slight hints of orange and some floral hops, Tastes of toffee, and malts with a nice bitter finish. Although i prefer american hop bombs, its still pretty good for an english IPA. Originally rated on 10/17/08.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrBeerFanatic (1018) - Friona, Texas, USA - SEP 11, 2016
Pours a medium amber with a light pillow head lightly laced. Aromas spicy hops, toffee, caramel, slight grass. Flavors light spicy hops, slight grassy, toffee, caramel. Medium sweet and lightly bitter. I guess the standards in England are different than the US because this is nothing much like an IPA and everything like a bitter. Maybe more like an IPA if it was drank much sooner after bottling, but this bottle has some age to it. Tasty and good, yes sir.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
androman (1846) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - SEP 11, 2016
35.5cl bottle at home from Only Good Beer, Budapest. Nose is fruity, floral, malty, tropical fruits. Body is clear amber, head is medium, offwhite, frothy, average lasting, good lacing. Aroma is malty, fruity, peach, spices, honey. Medium sweet, light bitter, light fruity sour. Finish is medium lasting fruity hoppy medium bittersweet. Light body, dry texture, average carbonation. Easy, refreshing summer beer, interesting, tasty, great balance.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mister_Li (967) - GERMANY - SEP 3, 2016
Klares Bernstein mit reichlich Schaum. Malzig, Karamell, leicht fruchtig, etwas mineralisch, süffig.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cunningham (7057) - Halden, NORWAY - AUG 23, 2016
Clear orange golden color with a fine frothy white head. Nice lacing. Looks good. Moderate intensity in the aroma. Medium body and a smooth fine carbonation. Ok balance between sweetness and bitterness. Caramel malty, herbal and mild citric flavor.
[On tap at Anchor Tap (Tower Bridge) in London, England]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
phillybass (115) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 21, 2016
I suppose this is what an old school IPA should be before the Americans wan away with the hope. This is a mellow ale with some slight hood bitterness. Very refreshing and session able. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dervock (1004) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 21, 2016
Bottle- pours amber with a big white head. Aroma is caramel, grainy malt and bit of hop. Malty taste, caramel up front tuen a dryer finish.

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