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

bottled
available

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1644   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."

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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
eleusis (70) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 20, 2005
Balanced moreso than some other IPAs. Heavily hoppy, slight grapefruit taste. Perfumey, flowery nose. Drinkable like a session beer

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - JAN 19, 2005
Bottled. Just too smooth; felt like there was something missing from the malty nose and bitter body. Drinkable, but sos water...

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 15, 2005
very mild IPA.. smooth and refreshing. a nice aroma of malt and hops. a very nice balance in the taste... Very good.. I enjoy a bit more hops but this is a very good beer

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Garrat (1344) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2005
From a bottleTwisted and burnt copper in colour,no head.Smooth with no outstanding flavours.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
biznizness (1128) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 9, 2005
Decent. Lacked a nice hop flavor and aroma. The hop bitterness was there, but I agree with most of the reviews here that say the hops were too mild. Still, a solid IPA, cetainly worth a try.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
darkstar (69) - Eureka, Missouri, USA - JAN 1, 2005
I was surprised how mild it was. Not nearly as hoppy as other IPAs. Has that uniquie Samuel Smith smoothness. Not bad, but if I want an IPA I want some hops.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2005
Cherry copper pour with a quickly diminishing white head and pretty good lacing. Mild hops with some sweetness in the aroma. For a classic IPA, this had a very mild hop profile in both flavor and finish. Refreshing but without the pleasant hoppy IPA finish I look for.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerandrugby (210) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 29, 2004
bottle. Nice copper color, ok head and lacing. Nice yeasty hoppy aroma, sweet orange malt taste finishing with a hoppy crisp bitterness. Very nice but not my favorite IPA.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DarkElf (3061) - La Jolla, California, USA - DEC 25, 2004
(18.7 oz bottle, $2.80) Gently flavored, but wonderfully balanced English IPA/Bitter with a delicious, fruity, lightly roasty character leading the way. Mild bitterness seems perfectly balanced throughout to the finish, and the bitterness lingers on the palate for ages. Smooth, soft and silky on the palate. The nose is kind of earthy, roasty, fruity and malty, but pretty lightly hoppy. Amber in color and crystal clear in appearance. Off-white head pours an average size, but retains a thin layer until the glass is emptied. Some large patches of lace are left scattered about the glass. Yet another fine imported beer from Samuel Smiths, and to me, and excellent example of the style.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
piscator34 (2373) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 19, 2004
Light amber in colour with a minimal amount of carbonation. It has a fairly malty aroma which is balanced out by both grassy and spicy hops. The flavor is smoothly malty, with lots of pine and caramel notes. The finish was surprisingly long. A very pleasant pint.


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