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

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RATINGS: 1504   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbrains (26) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 22, 2014
Carmel malt doughy aroma with a hint of citrus hops; golden color with a white head that thins out quickly, lacing and somewhat translucent; lightly sweet taste - I canít really taste the hops at all; light bodied, average carbonation, not much of a finish. Nice taste - could definitely have more than one although it doesnít really stand out as anything but a nice, drinkable ale.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
scooter131313 (22) - - NOV 24, 2014
Drinkable, but not one of my favorite from the wonderful selection from Samuel Smith's wonderful brewery. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Karstenborg (313) - DENMARK - NOV 21, 2014
Brown clear with small white head. Aroma is honey, malt and a bit citrus. Taste is malt, bread and syrup. Medium Carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Carlisle (86) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2014
Bottle. Light honey color with white lead and substantial lacing. General citrusy aroma with some sweet character. Light caramel malt with toasted biscuit notes. Sweet finish with honey notes and slight bitterness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
codfishh (104) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 1, 2014
Pours a pale gold creamy white head. Smells of oxidized malt and herbal hops. Flavor is malty with a balanced bitterness. Some herbal hop flavor. Medium body medium carbonation.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GuideDogSaint (427) - Xiamen, CHINA - NOV 1, 2014
Pint bottle at Beer Station, Xiamen. Pours light brown with a white head. Aroma of pine. Has a raw edge to it.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GlasgowTAD (112) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - OCT 27, 2014
Appearance is deep brown, much like the bottle it comes in. Taste is tangerine, floral, caramel sweet and bitter on the finish. Head is lively. Nice ale that has a decent taste profile.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gripweed57 (756) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - OCT 24, 2014
550 ml bottle. Slightly hazy amber orange color. Big rocky off white head. Fruity toasted malt aroma has notes of caramel and tangerines and a floral hoppiness. Tart citrusy malt flavor has a spicy hop backdrop. Hints of grapefruit peel and black pepper lie on the tongue. Finishes quite bitter, but much different than our American IPAís. Quite nice though.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrunoSanchez (132) - Fermo, ITALY - OCT 22, 2014
IPA inglese colore ambrato con schiuma beige. Al naso note di caramello. In bocca corpo medio e bilanciata bene tra dolce ed amaro. Il sapore rimane caramelloso e ricco. Finale mediamente persistente. Il luppolo si sente poco dal fatto che Ť IPA stile inglese e non americana e la mia conclusione Ť che si tratta di una ale fatta molto bene e beverina.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bpreo (1730) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - OCT 21, 2014
So itís actually not an India Pale Ale, but an India Ale, made by Britians for trade with India. Itís still very hoppy, with an added bitterness that is very unique and different to my American palate.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 9/20
justone7 (7) - - OCT 19, 2014 does not count
Not overly hoppy! Allows the natural flavors and scents to shine without being overwhelmed by hops. Nice color and head. Maltiness is just right, very well balanced!


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