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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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3.3
hopdog (12575) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2004
Poured a nice Amber color with a small head. Aroma of hops. Initial slight sweet taste followed by a light bitter taste. Not as bitter or hoppy as other IPAs but not bad. A very good ’mellow’ IPA.

3
Sancho (245) - Da Bronx, New York, USA - JUL 11, 2004
bottled from 207th warehouse, poured a n orange hue, nice fruity small i sweare i taste some fruit. not overly hopped. but very smooth and drinkable.

3.6
JonMoore (2067) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 11, 2004
Poured a clear, orange amber colour, with a small off-white bubbly head. Balanced malt and hop aroma. Taste is dry hops with some fruity sweetness (raisin) and malt. Nice on the palate, fairly full bodied with a dry, hoppy, fruity finish. Pretty good.

3.9
walleye (1099) - 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.

2.9
BCAR (223) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JUL 7, 2004
Very difficult to compare to the explosively-hopped american IPA’s...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.

3.6
jonas (7583) - Garching b. München, 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.

1.5
Kevin (2199) - Montana, 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 i’ve ever had.

2.9
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.

2.2
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.

2.9
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUN 23, 2004
I’m 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.


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