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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: 1655   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
sethdude (706) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 27, 2004
As IPAs go, this one is very balanced and mild. Pours the expected amber hue with decent white head, and then took off on it’s own course. Aroma is far maltier than others in the style, and comes of as dandelion aroma. Flavor is sweet and malty with a moderate bitterness. Dandelion also in flavor. Definitely more in the English IPA tradition than others I have sampled.

3.4
davidflores99 (225) - Signal HIll, California, USA - JUL 26, 2004
Has an amber color with a light head and a hoppy aroma. Flavor is a little bitter, but still nice.

3.5
Radek Kliber (7363) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUL 25, 2004
Amber/black tea appearance, white frothy head. Sweet, spice aroma, as it warms got some dry plum notes. Medium oily body , nice depth , some english bitterness so to say , medium roasted caramel malts . Refreshing ale . Thanks Doug!

3.2
larsniclas (7078) - Billdal, SWEDEN - JUL 25, 2004
Bottled. Amber with a creamy head. A hoppy, sourish citrus-aroma. A fresh and flowery flavour with grape-fruits. Fine, late bitterness.

3
jcc83 (137) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUL 22, 2004
Poured an attractive copper/amber, but capped off by a thin bubbly head that resembled a layer of spit. And the aroma was equally unappealing; an old, musty, maybe even sweaty, scent. The flavor was quite good however. It was not the mammoth hoppiness that I’m used to with IPA’s, but rather a crisp sweetness up front followed slowly by a lasting bitterness. This made for a pleasant presentation of the beer’s different flavors, and was complemented by a wonderfully smooth and rich palate. A different kind of IPA for me, but once I got past the aroma and the head, I really enjoyed it.

3.5
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 22, 2004
amber colour with solid off white head. Aroma is hoppy with flowers. Flavor is fresh with lots of spices.

3.5
rlgk (18850) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 22, 2004
Amber/glden, offwhite head. Aroma is hoppy and floral with citrus and some malts. Flavor brings a fresh hoppiness with nutty touches. Hoppy finish.

3.6
rickgordon (3878) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 21, 2004
Bottled. Amber colour. Citrusy, rich hoppy aroma. Rich in flavour - citrusy(citrus, grape) and flowery. Dry with a rich bitterness. Quite similar to Indianviken IPA but not as smooth.

3.9
MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 20, 2004
Pours copper with a big frothy head and lots of sticky lace. Aroma is of nuts and flowers......I know it sounds stupid to say that but that is the way it struck me although not strongly. It is very well hopped like an IPA should be, pretty mild on the bitterness with malt in there sometimes too. The finish is dry. Seems like a great blance of everything and a well crafted beer. No complaints here and I will be having it again.

4
Sully (1380) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - JUL 12, 2004
Excellent presentaqtion in the glass when poured with the anticipated amber/copper hue of an IPA. The head sits well on this with a clean creamy presence that lasts well. The nose is mellow and does not give much of a hint of any real bitterness to follow, rather it has a gentle malty presence with some caramel and crystal malt. This one slides down well, the hop presence is not assertive as some of our North American drinkers may expect, but I feel that the hop levels are fairly true to the character of a venerable British brew such as this. Eminently drinkable and certainly a beer that would be a fine one for a session.


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