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

bottled
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1540   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."


italianjohn's rating

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
italianjohn (2432) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2013
Clear copper pour with a thin layer of white soapy/creamy head and striped lacing .... aroma of sweet malts and some grassy hops .... taste is of sweet malts and a grassy/light citrusy hop flavor with a light fruityness to it .... decent bitter bite to it with some earthyness .... finish is dry and bitter .... decent and drinkable


2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bubblehouse (624) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 7, 2015
Not the greatest beer but still very drinkable. Especially when feeling nostalgic.

3.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kidobutai (479) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 30, 2015
Poured from a bottle. 5 for appearance -- inviting dark golden clear color, creamy, long lasting 1-finger head, clingy lacing. Skunky aroma, but goes away on the taste. Nuts, pine, slightly sour finish.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
DarkSong (325) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - MAR 22, 2015
12 oz bottle. It pours golden with a small white head. It has the aroma of hay and cereal. It has the flavors of honey, nuts, caramel, a floral taste with a subdued but pleasant hop bitterness. This is a very nice beer. I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve had from this brewery.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdiBeer (1815) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2015
Aroma: bread, grain malts, light caramel, some straw. Appearance: clear amber, medium, frothy, white head. Taste: light bitter. Palate: grain malts continue, straw and hay again, remains lightly bitter, lively carbonation, slightly dry touch to the finish. Overall: OK ESB, yet falls short due to a lack of intensity and complexity. Bottle from Utobeer, London Bridge.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
edsspoon (704) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2015
Bottle - amber with a big foamy light brown head. Aroma of caramel and light fruits. Taste of caramel, roasted malts, light grass and some bitterness. Medium body, low carbonation.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alteregoo (183) - POLAND - MAR 10, 2015
Piana nieduża, średnio pęcherzykowa, szybko opada do kożuszka. Barwa jasno bursztynowa, klarowna, ładnie "pracuje" w szkle. W aromacie mizernie, raczej przypomina to lekko ziołowego jasnego lagera. W smaku jest na szczęście lepiej, choć nie powala... Na pierwszym planie karmel i słodowość, jasne pieczywo, skórka świeżego chleba. W kontrze ziołowa goryczka na średnim poziomie, bardzo przyjemna, krótkotrwała (na oko pomiędzy 40 a 50 IBU). Nagazowanie średnie do wysokiego, drobne, lekkie rozgrzewanie alkoholowe. Faktycznie jest to bardzo pijalny, sesyjny klasyczny angielski Extra Special Bitter, nie ma on nic wspólnego z craftowymi piwami typu APA czy IPA, chmielonymi nowofalowymi chmielami. To taka odskocznia od craftu do klasyki w dobrym wydaniu, bez wad, ale i bez szału. Jednym słowem - nuda!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jkempa (16) - - MAR 9, 2015
Fantastic IPA. I think it gets the balance of a classic IPA right. So many are trying to see who can out-hop the other, and this has a nutty fruity taste that is refreshing while still a nice bitterness.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
pkmd1 (35) - - MAR 8, 2015
12oz bottle pours and orange amber with small off white head. Smell orange and spice. Has a smooth crisp clean taste then bitter at very end. Not hoppy as was expecting, which I prefer. Nice with fruit and cheese, more of a appetizer beer.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
DrunkSanta410 (473) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 6, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours clear copper, no head. Aroma is caramel malts, a bit of pine, slight grains, hay. Taste is toasted caramel malts, a bit of grass. Pretty plain and underwhelming. Light body, low carbonation. Watery. Not a good beer, I’m not sure if this is a super old bottle or what.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JanosX (28) - - FEB 27, 2015
Crystal golden colour. Slightly pungent & pruney aroma. While mouth feel. Balanced & subtle flavour. Surprisingly malty for an ipa.


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