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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: 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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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
robpet (98) - Stone Mountain, Georgia, USA - JAN 28, 2005
Really enjoy this beer. Nothing truly outstanding but good in every area. Nice aroma that reminded me of clover. Same with the flavor.

2.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 24, 2005
man I love sam smith. Ive even got the glass. I just cant get into this IPA. I liked the Fullers ESB. This was just kind of dry and bland for me. I couldnt find much I liked. But I wanted to try it none the less. Its like beer pokemon!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (6028) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 22, 2005
I thought this was supposed to be their equivalent of an IPA, but its definitely not. Hops are pretty mild up until the finish and even then the bitterness is not powerful or overwhelming. Not really appropriate for the listed style of ESB, but good nonetheless.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tiggmtl (4545) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 21, 2005
Very sweet orange-cherry-strawberry aroma is oddly reminiscent of red licorice candy. Clear orange-copper with fine-bubbled, decent, white head that recedes to lasting cover with excellent lacing. Initial sweetness continues in the flavour with plenty of citrus-lemon/grapefruit/orange and mixed berry flavours from the hops and yeast. Bitterness takes over in the finish and is somewhat sour. Medium body with mild carbonation. Bottle.

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 (1347) - 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.


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