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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1617   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."

BritAlesRule's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BritAlesRule (215) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 14, 2012
Pours a beautifully clear nut brown. Aroma is mostly caramel malts against a clear water background with some mild spices, like cinnamon and some very mild hops. The taste is wet newspaper and strained hop against the thick malt background. I love this beer. Not for everyone, but I still think the Brits brew the best stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BIGJOHNO123 (13) - Lancashire, ENGLAND - MAY 20, 2016
Really enjoyed this. Dark gold, almost amber in colour with a full, off-white head. Rich, aromas of malts and vanilla. Slightly woody. Taste is full with vanilla and wood, Other flavours of toffee, treacle, butterscotch gives it lots of character. Almost no carbonation make the beer very smooth and long lasting. Slight bitterness on the finish. Overall a realty enjoyable beer. So much flavour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
VamboladeTolly (1259) - Tartu, ESTONIA - MAY 13, 2016
Bottle @ deTolly, Tartu. Pours clear amber with small yellowish head. Aroma: malty, caramel, hay, year old cow shit. Taste: sweet, caramel, malty, hay, weak toffee, metallic notes. Thin + body. Dry. Sweet finish. Not for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tampierre (1179) - Pilsen, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 6, 2016
Bottled, Cesky Brod-Liblice, CZ, Malt,wood,some caramel and floral aroma, Clear golden to amber color, bigger creamy lacing head, Sweeter taste, longer bitter finish, Medium body, Soft carbon, Pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
tomer (2733) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - APR 25, 2016
At a tasting, thanks Hippoman,stable creamy slightly dense head, clear deep yellow color with orange taints, malty bready aroma, with some honey in the back, light fruity bready flavor, light and touch harsh bitterness. Quite drinkable but not too interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Blankside (15) - Žilina, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 18, 2016
Bottle. Golden to amber colour with white head. Aroma of bread malt, caramel and herbs hops, . Taste light to medium bitter and lightly sweet. Medium body with sticky texture, soft carbonation with easy honey and caramel finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Melkart (431) - Porto Alegre, BRAZIL - APR 12, 2016
"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."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Enjoyit (3734) - Vadum, DENMARK - APR 12, 2016
Clear golden of color with a white head. An aroma of hops, grass, hay and bitter. A flavor of grass, bitter, hops, bread and malt.

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tranquillity (1709) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - APR 8, 2016
Bottled. Hazy orange and golden body. The head is thick and foamy, white. The aroma is raisins, malt, some flowers. The taste is very flavorful and multi-dimensional. The finish has a lively smooth set of hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
agent_persik (649) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 8, 2016
Clean amber child, medium beige head. Aroma of malt, caramel, grassy hops, biscuit, fruity and floral notes. Dry lightly set taste with mildly bitter hoppy finish and aftertaste. Thin body and average carbonation. Decent English ale, quite drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
wiedrzensky (695) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 8, 2016
Bottle. Pours is light amber with very thick white head. Aroma of caramel, malts, herbal. Taste is medium bitter, light sweet, catamel malty notes. Light to medium body, slick to sticky texture, long bitter finish.

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