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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: 1640   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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3.5
Nuffield (4187) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 27, 2005
Decent beer. Pours a general caramel amber, with a bit of white head. The aroma jumped out at me, being hoppier than many English IPAs (though I now see this is listed as an ESB if that distinction is worth much). A good caramel maltiness produces a strong sweetness with a lot of floral and perfume notes, and a vibrancy on the front of my tongue that makes it interesting, despite occasional glimpses of being watery. A nicely introspective bitterness lingers and builds but it is never off-putting. Although Samuel Smith’s gets a bit of a bum rap among British raters, I think their beers are worthy contributions to the American selection of beers, so long as the good cask ales are basically unavailable in the heartland.

3.4
JayBaxter (407) - Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - MAY 20, 2005
Chesnut colour.Nice honeycomb aroma with a slight hoppy, malty taste.I dont usually drink beer,but this is good.

3.2
mjg74 (3140) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 11, 2005
Pours a medium amber color. Tart acidic almost musty aroma. Flavor is mostly a malty bitterness with a lingering caramel type flavor. Easy drinking and quite bitter. Touch of hoppiness is present.

3.4
RAYBOY01 (2010) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2005
Great rich amber pour with an light off-white head that disappeared quickly. Moderately bitter bite right up front, just to get your attention. (Think English Bitter, not IPA, and certainly not American IPA!) Thoroughly refreshing, clean taste and briskly bitter finsh. Very well done, if not outstanding.

3.3
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAY 4, 2005
Very classic aroma of malted barley. Simple but quite high-quality. However, there aren’t enough hops to make a great ESB. Still recommended, more if you’re looking for somethijng "more classical".

3.3
frankenkitty (2012) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2005
Bottle poured a hazy amber with a creamy, off-white head. Flowery aromas with plums and honey that came across with a mild alcohol presence and an overall maltiness. Moderate malt flavor with just a hop tingle to finish. When I see the word "India" in front of the word "ale", I’ve come to expect a greater hop presence then I’ve found here.

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3.3
SayNoToCoors (65) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - APR 8, 2005
Pours a deep golden color with a soda-pop head that fizzles away pretty quickly. I just didn’t find this beer all that great I guess. It’s like most basic english ales with a slighlty hoppier kick. It has that roasted, nutty english flavor which is good, but it’s one of those "been there, done that" brews.

3.5
MrBunn (2841) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2006 Floral, fruit aroma over copperish amber. Apples dominate taste with mild hops to pick up the end. I thought this one could have done a little more in the finishing department, but a fine beer nevertheless. The second time around, this one is a little different. I’m picking up the same apple flavor, but the hops is more pronounced as is a caramel/sweet texture that I missed the first go-round.

3.9
KarmanGhia (276) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 4, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2006 There’s a strong floral nose with caramel and perhaps alcohol. The pour is brown amber with an average, offwhite head. The primary flavors are of candy apples, cherry pie, or perhaps caramel. The hops are definite in the end with a long, medium bitterness and an apple tartness. The mouthfeel isnearly perfect - thick but not syrupy.

3.3
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 3, 2005
Bottle right infront of me, no fun writing all thise ratings without injoying a beer in the same time. Orange colour with a small off-white head. Light fruity hoppy aroma and a bitter sweet light sour taste. Medium body and a bitter dry finish. Smooth!!


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