overall
76
96
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: 1658   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eructoblaster (4135) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 11, 2005
Nice amber body topped with a thick off-whitefrothy head. Enjoyable hoppy aroma with various hints of toasted malt, biscuit, herbs and spices. Its hoppy/malty taste is very well balanced but could be a bit more complex. Wonderful lasting bitter finish. Excellent example of ESB.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgentgesdo (694) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 11, 2005
Pours orange with big, kinda loose off-white head. Nose is mild citrus. Flavor is creamy, mildly bitter with hops, grapefruit and orange peel. Good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - MAR 5, 2005
Pours burnt orange with a layer of creamy white head that settles with some nice lacing. Aroma is flowery- perfume, butterscotch sweet, and dusty. A complex and lively aroma. Nice soft and light palate Gentle malt flavors, and a very pleasant chewy graininess. Modest hop bitterness. A lingering coating of candy bitterness remains between sips. Not much of an India Ale, but a very good ale never-the-less. Gentlemen, I raise my glass to you and your wonderful stone squares.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 24, 2005
Pours a hazy full copper color and is topped by a two finger thick, frothy, tan colored head. The aroma is of ripe fruit, plums, apple, strawberry, earthy hops, and a component that reminds me of oxidation. The taste is thin and dead on the front of my tongue and unfortunately the rest of this beer does not get much better. There are notes of cider, wan stale malt, and cardboard. Despite putting this beer in a brown bottle, this beer is still quite stale and lame.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jus10cider82 (67) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - FEB 24, 2005
(12 oz bottle) Pours light medium amber. Decent head sits perfectly still. Flower, light hop, and sweet malty notes run the nose. That SS funky malt always seems present. Slight bitter finish. Blah

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - FEB 20, 2005
Clear copper colored with a fine off-white head. Very weak aroma, some fruity and orangy hints and a sour tone. Fruity and grassy flavor with a dry hoppy note. Ultra dry end. Quite bland and a huge dissapointment from Samuel Smith.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cathcacr (647) - Oregon, USA - FEB 15, 2005
Reminds me tons of Fullers IPA (also spot-on 3.7). The English palate is evidently tender. Send some Stone IPA over to those chaps stationed in India back then, theyd probably toss it overboard believing the beer had gone bad.

1.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 6, 2005
Poured a more golden color than I expected from an IPA. Thin white head of medium size. Smelled acrid -- not hoppy, but not skunky either. Flavor had a very strong cardboard note; Im pretty sure my bottle had gotten oxydized. Terrible flavor -- couldnt finish it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (10562) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2005
Copper colored, with aroma of malt, some toffee, hops, and caramel. Tastes malty, with some hops, malt, citrus, and big toffee/caramel flavors. Semi dry palate. Not bad.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 30, 2005
The name fooled me at first, as I thought it was an IPA. Pours copper in color with small head. Caramel in the aroma and flavor. Very little hop bitterness; could have used some more. Kind of thin, but OK.


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