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

bottled
common

on tap
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1632   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."


SpecialSauce's rating

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpecialSauce (47) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 20, 2005
Looks nice in a glass, and has lots of banana-smelling esters that foreshadow the balanced yet wet flavor of this beer. First sip, hmmm this isn’t what I was expecting, no hop kick on the back of the tongue. Second sip, okay, this is getting a little better. Third sip; wow, I see why they drink this in england. Really enjoyable banana esters that don’t permeate the mouth totally, but warm the mouth instead. enjoyable


2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cunningham (6894) - 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]

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
phillybass (110) - 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

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dervock (932) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fules (725) - Gyöngyös, HUNGARY - AUG 17, 2016
Kicsi, nagyon tartós hab, kristálytiszta réz szín. Enyhe, citrusos, déligyümölcsös illat. Enyhe karamell, déligyümölcsök, leheletnyi édesség. Közepesen testes és szénsavas, enyhén keserű, leheletnyi olajosság. Visszafogott, kiegyensúlyozott világú, kellemes sör.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kavu (4021) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 9, 2016
A small taste from a friend (bottle) @ Vihreä Haltiatar. Pours clear amber with a medium creamy head. Aroma is malts and caramel. Flavor is creamy malts, caramel and hops. Good English IPA.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mr_Pink_152 (3569) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JUL 31, 2016
Bottle from Real Ale Store Newark. Amber to light golden colour with a thin tan head. Citrus and pine aroma, with malty fruit. Taste light sweet. Slightly thin body.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ordybill (1302) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - JUL 21, 2016
Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear orange color with a large white head. The aroma is fruit and hops with some malt. The taste is more malt than hops and has a nice fruit mix.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tightslice (890) - Redwood City, California, USA - JUL 16, 2016
Bottle from World Market in Redwood City, CA. Pours a huge bready head, looks like amber tea. Aroma is malts, earthy fruitiness. Taste is dirty malts, light bitterness. One of the better English IPAs I’ve had.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 20/20
Abinlp (4) - USA - JUL 4, 2016 does not count
I firmly believe one of the worlds best beers. Not at all like an American IPA. It has a totally different hop character thanks to British hops. It's actually one of the most well balanced hoppy beers you'll find. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
phfyysik (634) - 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!


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