overall
76
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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2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jdog76 (85) - madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 29, 2004
I was expecting more hops from an IPA. It tasted more like a stout than an IPA. A little watery and had a weird taste after each drink. It did go down smooth but I'm sorry to say I didn't think it was as good as most of you.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Silphium (3196) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - JAN 26, 2004
Pours with a clear copper body and a creamy off-white head. The hops aroma on this one reminds me of tobacco. A complex variety of hops flavors (leafy tobacco, earthiness, wood, wet hay) are balanced by just a hint of malt. Has a weird green tea flavor as well, and the body is somewhat chalky. Interesting but not a favorite.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2004
Deep copper colour with a fearsome head that lingers and applies a victorian lace to the glass. Very sweet floral aroma with a hint of mint. Taste is balanced caramel with a minty and citrus hoppiness with a bitter minty (almost like mint tea) finish. A very subtile and quite brilliant IPA.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dreamboat (186) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 24, 2004
Aroma of hop and touch of maltiness. Pours a big, slightly brown head, over a clear, pale brown, lightly carbonated beer. Quite a big body which help to balance the mountain of hops that have been put in. Some astringency present.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
becksgenius (110) - Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2004
Orange color, as you would expect a lot of hops, compared to non-india ale brews. would go very good with a spicy meal, but not reccomended as a stand alone.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
frankR (146) - Davis, California, USA - JAN 23, 2004
Kind of disappointing after tasting the Stouts. Not terrible, but far from great. Doesn't have that characteristic pine hops as the great IPAs.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 20, 2004
NOt a bad looking beer...pretty orange color with a nice full head that was very determined to stick around. Good rendition of the English style IPA...Good hop character I'm just spoiled on the American rendition although this is probably more authentic

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
auto (163) - California, USA - JAN 17, 2004
light brown colored body. off-white color head. light toffeeish smell. a pretty good ipa, not great.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JMerritt (1941) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2004
Redish-amber, crystal clear, with a massive head. Lacing is clingy and quite grand. Flowery citrus aroma with lemony crispness and sweet sugar cookie. Flavor is rather malt-dominated, which is strikingly different than the suped-up American IPAs I'm used to. Hop bitterness is there, but it is subdued and serves as background music, especially in the beginning. Oily texture, and moderately thin.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maltdog (621) - Colorado, USA - JAN 12, 2004
Lazy bubbles swim in a hazy pumpkin-orange or honey colored beer. The eggshell head is restrained but persistent. Unexpectedly Belgian aroma- sugar, perfume, candied orange or lemon, violets, spicy with a sweetish-earthy quality reminiscent of wet leaves. Dry and crisp, very minerally (slate? seltzer water?), woody, spicy, and the barest citrus character. There's also a green-leafy flavor, like a hardwood forest or maybe woodruff. Very dry finish, tannic like apple peels, with some aspirin-like bitterness. Drier, spicier, and less hopped than American IPAs. In a blind tasting, I would have guessed this to be a biere de garde.


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