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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1649   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
GuilTTy (733) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
piscator34 (2386) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sbrewno (49) - Frankfort, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2004
Malty aroma, not hops. Lighter carmel appearance. Pillowy head. Some hop flavor, but more bitter than anything. No distinctive flavors. A touch of malty maple, perhaps. Nothing outstanding. Is this one better when is fresh, and has not hopped the pond???

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ALLOVATE (2961) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 30, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2005 For those concerned, Pale Ale and Bitter are both generic terms for the same style of beer. Pales and Bitters are produced with the use of Coke-kilned pale malts, rather than earlier Wood-fired darker malts. That said, this beer is a credit to its style and another notch on the wall for Samuel Smiths collection of wonderful brews. Pours a hazy amber-gold, with a short lasting soapy white head. Aroma is floral and grassy, with a a generous hit of caramel and burnt sugars. In the mouth it is quite flavoursome, well-rounded and medium-light in body and carbonation. Taste is similar to aroma, with a malty sweet front, yeast bready yeast and grainy mid-palate balanced with a spicy and floral hop bitterness in the back, and a bitter-sweet lasting swallow. A nice all-season quaffer from this renowned brewer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FtWorthBrew (105) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 28, 2004
I was under the impression this was an IPA. I had never found an IPa I really liked and did not expect much of this but was really impressed with this nice strongly flavored amber beer. After the first malty gulp my mouth was watering for more. Sam Smith does it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - NOV 17, 2004
This is a pretty decent beer although I was confused with the name of it. I thought it was an IPA but really is a bitter. This is a very drinkable beer with lots of good taste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 16, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2005 Pours amber with a small head. Smell is malty. Taste is mild with some caramel and toffee present.

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