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

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RATINGS: 1626   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."


badhack's rating

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
badhack (490) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 21, 2012
Pours dark, nice bubbly head, a nice well balanced refreshing finish. Didnít care for the malt profile, a bit sweet and caramely.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ordybill (1301) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - JUL 21, 2016
Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear orange color with a large white head. The aroma is fruit and hops with some malt. The taste is more malt than hops and has a nice fruit mix.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tightslice (848) - Redwood City, California, USA - JUL 16, 2016
Bottle from World Market in Redwood City, CA. Pours a huge bready head, looks like amber tea. Aroma is malts, earthy fruitiness. Taste is dirty malts, light bitterness. One of the better English IPAs Iíve had.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 20/20
Abinlp (4) - USA - JUL 4, 2016 does not count
I firmly believe one of the worlds best beers. Not at all like an American IPA. It has a totally different hop character thanks to British hops. It's actually one of the most well balanced hoppy beers you'll find. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
phfyysik (598) - Tartu, ESTONIA - JUN 27, 2016
Pours amber with high off-white head. Aroma is little bit soap, light slurry, some fruits, hay. Taste is little bit dead, light caramel, grass, bitter hay, mango, tropical fruits, some dust. Drinkable!

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
grimreaperguru (262) - santee, California, USA - JUN 26, 2016
Pours a medium mahogany color with an off white head. The aroma was a light nutty sent. The flavor was a medium malt flavor. The body was medium with a light bitter after taste. Overall it was okay.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LLaurin (269) - Motala, SWEDEN - JUN 19, 2016
From a bottle pouring dark golden with small white head. Maltiness is immediately present and light caramel nose. Taste is also rich malty sweetness with discrete but distinctive hops with a nice bitterness. Palate with some sweet tones and very shy hops.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mmather (163) - Colorado, USA - JUN 12, 2016
very nice, clear, mellow, yet with just enough bite to know there are some hops. lovely very British beer......

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Blastomorpha (57) - - JUN 5, 2016
Sure it has a nice clear orange colour with thick white and durable head (which I always appreciate), but the aroma is weak, just some citrus notes, malt and hints of caramel, almost no hops. And in mouth it does not get much better than that. Itís not bad, I kind of enjoyed its mild nature, the medium-light body coupled with the mild carbonation make it very drinkable but Iím not convinced. I expected something with a stronger bitterness (which you got only in the finish) or more complex and this was not. Anyway, my bottle had a different drawing on the label.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Durival (3) - - MAY 28, 2016 does not count
I tasted thinking be a ipa beer, but itís a esb. Well, can you take the whole day ...

4
   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.


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