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

bottled
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RATINGS: 1477   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."


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3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Awktoberfest (293) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - APR 27, 2013
Not a real smooth aroma or taste... Blame tradition I guess for that one...back in the day(1758) this would have been something wild! Today it's stale... But traditional... What?! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
totoro76 (15) - 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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Danev76 (478) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 11, 2014
Floral hop aroma with malt hint. Clear rich ruby colour with a touch of gold and a thick beautiful head. Caramel malt profile with coffee and hints of toffee. Smooth slightly bitter hop finish and nutty hints. Medium to heavy body with medium carbonation.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jamestulloch (1326) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 8, 2014
Bottle, gift from Andrew. Golden amber body with a thin white head. Low carbonation. Light lacing. Aroma of honey and weak tea. Flavour of sweet caramel and tea. Thin body with a watery, slightly oily texture. Soft fizz. Dull but drinkable.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ATulloch (68) - Aberdeenshire, SCOTLAND - AUG 8, 2014
Pours a nice reddish sap like colour with a light white head which fades. Not much aroma maybe honey. Quite a sweet malty kick. Alright but nothing special.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arnold931 (523) - Iowa, USA - AUG 3, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear amber with great white head. Nose is balanced malt and earthy hops. Taste also adds some bread and caramel. Dry on the back end.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beergeek23322 (2228) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 2014
5/9/2010. From bottle. Dark amber with a white head. Malty aromas with caramel, pine, light fruit and spices. Very balanced and mellow with a bitter hop finish.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
momordgz (77) - - JUL 26, 2014
An old fashioned bitter beer, cloudy apperance, grassy taste medium bitter end. Not bad

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jamesie1857 (1374) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 21, 2014
550ml bottle from Mitchell’s Wines, Meadowhead - Light translucent golden copper coloured body, with a pillowy white head. Aroma is light fruits, weak caramel, and citrusy hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation. Flavour is very grainy with some hop bitterness. Was in the throes of rating it as a ropey IPA, then realised halfway through it was an ESB! Changed my mindset quite a bit.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
AAEA (104) - California, USA - JUL 17, 2014
550ml ($5.99) pretty good ESB think i like some of this brewers other beers better though. still good.


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