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

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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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3.9
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2003
butterscotch golden orange, clear, with a delicate snowy head blanketing the roof of the beer, like a fire-lit cabin out on the wintry english moors. richly aromatic with caramel sauce on oatmeal cookies, orange merging with woody notes. (i had a polished bamboo flute that smelled like this--i couldn't play it worth a damn, but i sure liked the smell). the beer i played like a virtuouso, tho very up tempo-- it's too good for the evening's first beer, because thirst (and evaporation) caused it to vanish before it's many nuances were named and recorded. the lightly sweet, nutty malts plot with the grapefruit hops to ride a gentle inconspicuous carbonation to glide along every known shortcut to thirst quenching. even in thier haste, they make a lot of friends on the way. ultra-session, ultra-pleasure, and great thanks to ultaspank!

3.8
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - SEP 29, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2003 Great red body with off white head. not too hoppy compared to many of the other IPA's out there.

3.5
Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 27, 2003
Pours a nice amber hue with small head leaving fair lacing. Malty sweetness and floral hops in the nose. Nice caramel flavors that blend very will into a hoppy finish. Tangy palate.

4.1
BrewEd (182) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - SEP 25, 2003
Hoppy nose with a mild malt presence. Not the overpowering hops of many American micros, but still a goodly amount. Very well balanced with caramel malt to offset the bitterness. One of the best IPA's I've had.

3.7
slushy (28) - Niagara Falls, New York, USA - SEP 25, 2003
Slightly amber with an off white head, nice lacing. Flowery in the nose. Floral taste on the tongue, average bitterness. Nice English style IPA.

3.7
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 20, 2003
The colour of »a golden sunset« which (apparantly) is reddish amber. Nice white head and fine lacing. Decent hoppy nose. Initially sweet and flowery taste followed by the trademark dry, bitter finish. Not as powerful as the best American IPAs, but nice and well balanced.

3.6
jsquire (4677) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - SEP 17, 2003
Light amber color with nice fluffy white head and sticky lace. Floral, pine hop nose. Less sweet than the PNW IPAs but still lots of malt with a strong body. Bitter orange rind hop bitterness well balanced with the malt. Very solid IPA, but my palate has been trained to the bigger, hoppier ones.

2.8
carboloader (674) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 17, 2003
This one is definitely not for hop-lovers in the American tradition. Pours amber yellow with a medium sized tan head that quickly disspates. Some lacing. Aroma to me is like cheap beer, not much hops and some malt. Flavor is dry and malty with a very long bitter finish. Slight metallic aftertaste. Not too sweet, which is refreshing in an IPA. However, to me this tastes more like a lager. I tend to prefer strong hop varieties and this is definitely not that. Also has mild alcohol content for an IPA.

4.3
Aggie80 (832) - Michigan, USA - SEP 16, 2003
This is probably the best IPA I've encountered. Great head and lacing, good color and all around good drnking.

3.6
bluevegie (3073) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 16, 2003
Quite like this beer it has good head, colour and lacing but the important thing ,the taste,was very good!Good blend of malt and hops.Cheers!


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