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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1598   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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."


Bricks' rating

3.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bricks (838) - Delaware, USA - MAR 26, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2012 Beautiful copper/amber color with a good head. The smell is not that good... a little funk and burnt grass. Tastes very good... just a hint of sweetness and flavorful grains and malts. Excellent palate. Tastes close to a brown ale. Good. One of the only beers I can recall that tasted far better than it smelled.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lebermilz (159) - GERMANY - FEB 8, 2016
Bernsteinfarben, recht beständiger, weißer Schaum. Erdig-fruchtig, ein wenig karamellig. Sehr englische Nase. Weich, leicht karamellig mit mittlerer Bitterkeit.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
martin00sr (1976) - Haderslev, DENMARK - JAN 27, 2016
Clear amber, offwhite froth. Light malt and hops aroma. Bitter, old hoppy flavour with light caramel malty background. Bottled a year and half ago but still well within BBD, this one might have lost some of its original flavour and aroma. Ok but boring.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fombe89 (1398) - Asturias, SPAIN - JAN 24, 2016
Botella, @Taxman Beatles Bar, León. 23/01/2016 Color ambar, aroma caramelo, frutal, cuerpo medio.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DandyWolfFloyd (851) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2016
Aroma - nice bit of doughy bread, some toast, and faint floral hops. Appearance - body is amber and clean, nice fluffy white head about 2". The head hangs out for a good long time. Some frothed lacing. Taste - nice malt backbone, nice bread taste. Similar to a soft center of a toasted French loaf. The hops are floral and slightly spiced. Nice little backend zip. Palate - body is medium, the texture somewhat silky, the carbonation average, the finish nicely toasted.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
One2remeber (236) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2016
Bottle, no date, SF0401. Light amber with a bright orange hue. Frothy, big bubbly head, adequate retention. Spicy hops, earthy in forefront, strong, distinctive water component, minerally but not off-putting, seems to fit. Light, but noticeable prune/raisin, highly kilned caramel/crystal malt. Hop nose is beautiful. Baked breadiness, with an intensely spicy hop flavor combine for a robust character in a sessionable-type ale. Finish with a lingering cheesy, earthy spiciness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrNosha (1028) - Baden Württemberg, GERMANY - JAN 19, 2016
Schöne 355ml Flasche. Hellbraunes cremiges Bier. Hopfen und etwas Toffee Aroma. Vollmundiger Geschmack. Malz, Hopfen. Angenhem bitteres Finish. Ein englischer Klassiker.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Heidbummer (42) - SCOTLAND - JAN 17, 2016
Pours dark gold/brown, decent tight head which lasts. Not much aroma. Easy drinking malty but with some subtle bitterness. These guys make good beer and this is no exception. Pint at The Olde Cheshire Cheese, where even a tourist haunt keeps good ales.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Larry_Duffman (246) - - JAN 13, 2016
I poured it from the bottle into a glass. It pours a copper color with a nice off-white head and good lacing. The aroma was a little weak with hints of hops and bread. The taste was slightly hoppy with more of a focus on bread and earthiness. It had nice carbonation, although it still went down pretty smooth. It had a dry and clean finish. This was tasty.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Senka (999) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 13, 2016
55cl BBE Jan.16. Aroma of caramel malts and gentle hops. Pours Pale orange with thin head. I expected more color for the style. Dry medium bitter with malt background. Some sweet sugars, and not enough bitterness. rough textured, which is also new for the style for me. Dry long finish. Pleasant brew, but try to get yours as fresh as possible and as cold as recomended. Some metallic aftertaste in mine.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Oldschool_Mike (264) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 11, 2016
Bottle into pint glass. Pours a hazy gold colour with a pillowy white head. Aroma is earthy hops. Taste is the same. Really nice beer.


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