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

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RATINGS: 1650   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   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."

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3.2
TedE (1569) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 18, 2018
550ml bottle into pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy golden bronze. Nose is burnt caramel and orange marmalade. Light carbonation. Frothy thin white head. Smooth texture, light body. Lightly bitter, refreshing with a bitter fruity finish. Good balance, nice example of an old style.

3.2
macca147 (832) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 18, 2018
On tap at Samuel Smith's pub, Chancery Lane, London. Pours a copper gold with a cream head. Aroma: caramel, biscuity malt, citrus, mild nettles, mild earthy notes. Taste: biscuity malt, caramel, herbal, citrus, nettles, mild floral flavours. Moderate but complex flavour balance. Medoum bodied. Moderate carbonation. Easy drinking and quite enjoyable. Would happily have this again.

3.5
oobawa (1926) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 5, 2018
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2018 Endearing in its old-school English stodginess, bitter only by the standards of centuries passed, yet still an enjoyable British ale with a distinguished caramel-apple malt profile and just a touch of gentle citrus to accent the floral-pine hop notes. European minerality underlines the bitterness, while a welcoming sweet undercurrent makes putting the pint away rather easy. Pours a gorgeous orange-gold with a permanent white head and giant globs of lace. Nose is pine, hints of citrus, and ale yeast. Creamy, mildly carbonated texture is to die for. Surprisingly good ESB.

3.9
Huhzubendah (3776) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 4, 2018
An unexpected gift from Stacy. Many thanks! Golden body with a half inch of white head. Aromas of toast, biscuit, pine, malt, earthy hop resins. Balance and flavor. Nicely done. Though I normally don’t favor beers of this ilk, this one stands apart. Bready character with high drinkability. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Solid.

4
sephyrott (286) - - DEC 12, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2017 Pint from tap at Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese. Good representation of the traditional English IPA, less hoppy than the American ones, but well rounded. Clear, light, hoppy-ish and medium carbonated.

2.9
The_Osprey (9917) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2017
Dec 2017 - 550ml bottle at home in Richmond as 'Samuel Smith India Ale', 5%, gold foil topped, BB Jun 2018. Translucent amber orange, lightly sparkling, foamy off-white head leaves dotted lacing. Aroma is dusty, musty, faint spent malts, spiced orange peel and crushed mint. But all faint and musty. Body is light and frothy with tingly carbonation. Taste is muted, sodawater base, a little buttery malt, used tea bag, lightest citrus, dusty and musty throughout, some salted rusk in the finish. Average to below average stuff. (5-4-5-3-12=2.9)

3.5
deepdrinker (385) - Leeds, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2017 Pale amber in colour decent white head . Mild hoppy earth bread taste . Good session ipa

3.7
ebone1988 (2293) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - NOV 22, 2017
Bottle from Merchants. Aroma is bitter, earthy hop, some caramel, some citrus, creamy, bready, good. Appearance is copper, light tan head, clear. Taste is bitter, caramel, toffee, earthy hop, citrus, solid. Mouthfeel is light to medium body, light crisp carbonation, caramel earthy bitter aftertaste. Overall, this is quite a good ESB.

3
drpimento (3875) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 6, 2017
Man I just don't quite get the British distinction for an India Pale Ale. I understand that it's milder than the American version. But the original idea being that it was going to be higher hopped and alcohol to make the trip to India. I mean alcohol here is only 5% so I don't see how that's sufficient back in the days without Refrigeration to do that. I've had some of their esb's that seem to be a little hoppier than this. It's good drinking beer but I just don't get the IPA part of it.

3.4
melush (5092) - SPAIN - NOV 1, 2017
50cl Bottle @ Slainte, Salamanca, Spain. Golden colour with a thin white head. Aroma is hops, citrus, malt, sweet. Taste follows the aroma. Mesium body, average carbonation.


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