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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1655   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 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
walleye (1098) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUL 8, 2004
poured honey witha off white head. aroma a nicce blend of flowery hops, caramel, malts and a hint of orange. flavor caramel, hops, fruity.mouth feel full and smooth. this is a very good beer very drinkable will do more of this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BCAR (223) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JUL 7, 2004
Very difficult to compare to the explosively-hopped american IPAs...but here goes--Old smell to this ale, but not totally unappealing. Lightly hopped, with malty feel. Short finish, slightly bitter. Very typical English IPA. A little musty. Easy to drink a tankard of and altogether fair.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jonas (7356) - Garching b. Mnchen, GERMANY - JUL 6, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2005 Bottle
Somewhat dusty hops (citrus and pine). Amber, Champagne bubbles, creamy head. Citrussy taste-notes on cookie malt with dusty spices, dry aftertaste. Medium body, pleasant fizzy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
Kevin (2195) - Texas, USA - JUL 1, 2004
Bottle. pours a light reddish brown. with a light thin head. very effervescent. aroma is light hops.this tastes like V-8 vegetable juice smells. very dry finish that leaves me with a rotten earthy taste. This might be the worst IPA ive ever had.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JUL 1, 2004
Bottle. Amber/gold pour with a thin dense off white head. Nose is yeasty with some apple/pear. Taste is very dry hoppy with a little bit of raisin and yeast. The hop presence is very, very light. This is probably the least hoppy IPA I have had. Very mild. Not bad, but I have had better. A decent session beer. The palate/mouthfeel is very watery, and that is going to cost it some points.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 30, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2005 Bottle. Quite sweet, raisiny nutty malts. Orangey citric hops in the finish, slightly resiny, definitely sweet. but too bland and stale. Very dull.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUN 23, 2004
Im not a huge fan of IPA, so maybe my rating is a bit biased. However, this is worth trying, and I would try it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
grat (432) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 23, 2004
The only brew from these guys I think thats worth drinking. A really interesting IPA. Pours a lovely copper color with a decent head that lingers. Nose is of caramel, curry (no really its in there man I know it) ginger, lemongrass and hops hops hops. On the tongue all of these are more adeptly represented. Mouthfeel is excellent. good brew grat

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtw (1163) - farmington, Michigan, USA - JUN 5, 2004
this is a really soft beer. floral hops in the aroma, tons of lacing on the glass. fruity hops, sort of pineapple-ish and citrusy. surprisingly smooth and easy-drinking for an IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DanielBrown (4474) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2004
Bottle from Stirchley Wines and Spirits, Birmingham. Orangey brown, with a reasonable white head. Smelss fruity and slightly spicy. Fresh, fruity taste, orange, pineapple, with a hoppy, grapefruit finish, which is bitter and dry. Medium soft mouthfeel, getting firmer towards the end. East drinking, very palatable. If this is a typically UK IPA, then I definitely prefer this to Fullers version.

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