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

bottled
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RATINGS: 1647   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   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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henrik (134) - Århus, DENMARK - JUL 28, 2004
Smells like an IPA, hops and small white flowers. Not much hops in the flavour for an IPA, but what there is, is nicely balanced with the malt. Very pleasant and long lasting finish - makes you want to keep on drinking.

3.6
rhapsouldize (174) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2004
Pours a medium amber with a thin white nose. Sweet, mildly wheaty aroma. Well-balanced and crisp, but not as hoppy as a run-of-the-mill IPA. Much maltier than I had expected. Overall, pretty good, but not as good as I had expected.

3.7
sethdude (708) - 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 (7501) - 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 (7297) - 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 (18843) - 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.


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