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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1644   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpringsLicker (3502) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 8, 2004
This is more reserved than an American IPA. Some may say it is more traditional, yet the English IPA's are not all that they were (British tastes have changed). A good beer nonetheless. Copper with a rich head, more malt than hops. Hops are English all the way. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2004
Pours a nice copper color with big head and great lace. Smells pleasant, some nice hops in there. Tastes very mellow. I'm used to PNW IPAs and this isn't nearly as bitter. Definately no Cascade hops in here, but it's a good thing. It's quite citrusy. Mouthfeel is full with plenty of carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastdog75 (364) - Brick, New Jersey, USA - DEC 24, 2003
Most IPA's are supposedly hop monsters, but this was a very drinkable IPA and was reasonably balanced as well. There is a light malt sweetness with some caramel notes here, but the focal point was the hops, lending some perfumy, citric, light pine, and some earthy qualities. Another good beer from the Tadcaster folks.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JorisPPattyn (9672) - Ursel, BELGIUM - DEC 23, 2003
Light amber; thick yellowish head, lacey. Nose of crystal malts and rosewater at first. After a short time, fresh hops come to the fore. Good hoppy flavour, with an underbuild of dry, crisp biscuits. Good-typical English in the right way. Rather light mouthfeel. Long hop-bitter aftertaste. Though certainly not a historically correct IPA, this is what a British top-brewery makes from the style today, as opposed to the American hopbombs. It is undeniably more drinkable. The reverse of the coin is that is also far from unforgettable. Good point as well for the dark bottle - as opposed to the lunacy of clear glass bottles, Sam Smiths usually fancies.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCW (1278) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2003
Not as good as Burton's. Dark orangish brown color, moderate white head. Sweet malty aroma mixed with East Kent hops. Flavor is slightly fruity mixed with dried twigs or old leaves. Malt is probably a more prevailent than what I prefer in an IPA. Good Beer though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
SilkTork (5610) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2003
Bottle. Clear bronze. Pleasant fruity aroma - a hint of peaches? Mostly bland mouthfeel - a bit of roughness from the fizz rather than from any character. Pleasant fruit and hops. Fair doos, it's a decent quality ale with a lingering soft bitterness. Nice caramel notes floating around. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 13, 2003
It smells perfumey. Definetly more flower in the nose than I expected. Lemon/citrus as well. The floweriness is there in the taste too. Bitter with a nice caramel aftertaste at the back of my tounge.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Reid (2397) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 20, 2003
OK another in the fine line of Samuel Smith products to grace the Reidrover household...comes in a BROWN bottle woo hoo!! THis beer has to be the best looking IPA ever..luscious dark honey brown ( colour of heather honey)..with an off white frothy head that sinks but never quite dissapears..excellent!! The aroma is a lovelly concoction of honey and hops its quite heady..i love it. now this tastes nothing like a classic PNW IPA ( which I am used to)..but it still is delicious..it has way more sweet malt on the front of the tongue the hopiness doesnt appear until later,,nice brown sugar,,dark chocolate..its very good. As with all Sam Smith products is excellent on the palate.. very drinkable "IPA"..if this is near the original..it looks like the new IPAs are over hopped..but i enjoyed this immensely.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
presario (4903) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 12, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2003 Light copper coloured with thick head and lacing. Light to moderate pine hop aroma. Deceiving hop flavour is more complex than it first appears. At times average and at times spicey. The sharpness fades but the lasting hop flavoured finish seems to grow with each taste. Started the bottle as a 3 but finished closer to a 4.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - NOV 12, 2003
Nice head out of bottle fades quickly. Very smooth and drinkable. Great flavor that blends into a very good drink. In my opinion, this offering deserves a higher score than it is getting. My next trip to Gomers (KC) will have a basket full of Samuel Smith beers.

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