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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: 1484   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."


Derek881's rating

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Derek881 (1007) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2012
Poured this beer from the bottle into a pint glass to sample. The beer had a light fruity aroma with touches of apricot and caramel, with light citrus hops and malty notes, but was a bit under-developed. The beer had a hazy, wavy, light sediment effect in a rich amber-orange color that had a good-sized white head with great retention and lacing, and top-notch cling. The beer had a sour fruit taste with slightly sweet caramel malt notes. It was a dry beer with lower carbonation and was a bit thin and chalky. A decent beer, but not a favorite, and overall not that exciting.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AndySnow (3317) - 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 (2693) - 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 (38) - 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 (778) - 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 (1656) - 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 (504) - 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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Danev76 (508) - 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.


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