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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: 1485   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bork (196) - Rosewood, Georgia, USA - SEP 27, 2014
Good bitter with a pleasant balance between slightly bready malts and gently bitter hops. Rather filling but still fairly easy drinking.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AndySnow (3364) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 22, 2014
How: Bottle.
Where: Princess Louise, London.
Appearance: Amber colour with an off-white head.
Aroma: Citrus, floral, hops, caramel, malt.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Caramel, hops, grass, grapefruit.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
keepersj12 (2694) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 21, 2014
A watered down English style IPA. Bland all the way around from the aroma to the taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rollerton (40) - SWEDEN - SEP 6, 2014
Pours nicely, colour is dark golden and smell is classic british hops. Very good taste, a classic british india ale. Very good!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Danyel (781) - Colorado, USA - SEP 2, 2014
Bottle. Pours orange with thick white head. Aroma is caramel, nutty, earthy. Taste is very nutty, sweet, a little toasty, very earthy. Good.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
minutemat (1677) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2014
550ml bottle from Clutch’s tour leftovers. Thanks to STS. Pours amber with creamy thin head. Weedy honey aroma. Taste is honey, herbal hops, butterscotch & English hops with a firm bitter finish. Alright i guess.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
HammerTroll (509) - Pula / Zagreb, CROATIA - AUG 29, 2014
Clear golden color, medium off-white head. Malty and watery aroma. Watery texture. Modest bitterness, very mild. Drinkable and boring.
(Dobro Pivo Pri Ščurku 0,55l bottle)

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
veceo (525) - CROATIA - AUG 29, 2014
Clear golden color, average sized white head. Medium body, soft carbonation. Aroma of apples, citrus, malt, caramel. Light sweet, light bitter taste. Thin, empty and not interesting.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
totoro76 (25) - SPAIN - AUG 25, 2014
Una IPA estilo inglés. Más malta que lúpulo, ligero sabor tostado. Bien hecha, con bonito color y espuma correcta

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
coldpizza (1) - Tonawanda, USA - AUG 15, 2014 does not count
Poured into a pint glass from bottle. An off-white head reminiscent of a sink full of dish soap caps off this ale. Finishes with decent lacing but will quickly disappear as beer warms. A beautiful rich sunset yellow and earthy amber color accents the body of one of Smiths finest. A cloying sticky sweet scent follows a the scent of a straw field. The trademark smell of malts and hops acing in tandem. Taste ends with a (surprising) kick of alcohol, starts with a well carbinated hop blast which is quickly subdued by warm velvety roasted malt. A second round of hops gives us a nicely complex ale which really seperates this from the pack. Something I could drink a 2-3 times a month. Well done.


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