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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - MAY 13, 2004
Pours amber/light brown with a big head. This beer is well done. Not too hoppy, but the hops are still very present. Another great offering from Sam Smith.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (11811) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 12, 2004
British style bitter IPA. I liked it but younger mates wanted more wallop and even less bite, which was soft. Foamy pour. Amber with oil residue and clinging lace. Lemon citrus with mid-sip Apple spice and orange pekoe tea throughout and the latter as the aftertaste. Nice aroma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 11, 2004
Quite hoppy, herbal aroma (initially thought it was Goldings but now I think its mostly Fuggles) with some caramel and quite a bit of tinned fruit salad coming through as it warms. Flavour starts quite malty, almost too sweet and even a touch worty but is then balanced very nicely by a good, solid bitterness. Really good stuff - probably the best English-made, English-style IPA Ive had.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joshpiledean (316) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 8, 2004
Poured a cloudy gold, with little head. Nose is amazing! Fruity and spicy, slight tinge of alcohol. Even flavor but a little light on the hops compared other IPAs Ive had. Nice brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
grant60 (185) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 3, 2004
passionfruit and caramel aroma. golden brown and almost red colour, with a slightly off white head. same flavours as the aroma, plus the tinyist smokey flavour. the perfect beer. everything is well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 2, 2004
now this is what i call an ipa. plenty of butterscotch and caramel in the aroma well balanced by some stonefruit yeast character and a rasping, but not over-the-top, lingering, dry finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 30, 2004
Copper color, bordering on red. Aroma of mostly caramel malt and really shy hops. Again, the hops is really shy in flavor but the caramel explodes on the tastebuds followed by a slightly bitter finish. A truly english version of the IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrunkenLooser (22) - Frankfort, Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2004
A little mild compared to American IPA's. Good malty taste. Nice amber color with frothy head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skip (206) - Indiana, USA - APR 19, 2004
Coppery-red color, which is correctly described on the label. Good hops flavor and aroma (no surprise in an IPA), but not as sharp in hops in either case as is the norm with the style. head retention is fair with some lace forming on the sides of your glass. For those who do not like the high hops content of most IPAs, this might be a brew that could be appreciated with its better overall balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jfm (1724) - Holbk, DENMARK - APR 18, 2004
Amber color with a white head. The taste is a nice pattern of hops, with a wellbalanced malty taste.

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