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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1657   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EKGoldings (659) - Radford, Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2003 Bottle, no best before date. Pours amber with modest head and slight haze. Smell is dried prunes, hay and honey. Taste has vinous quality, with moderate malt character and medium hopping. Nice finish of dry fruit and malt. Really doesn't fit the IPA style that well at 5% and the relatively low hopping levels. I'm talking traditional IPAs as made by Hodgson, Bass, Allsop etc. with 80+ IBUs and OGs above 1060. As a pale ale I would rate it higher as it is a nice complex, very British ale. I expect the Yorkshire Squares are responsible for the relatively complex flavors here. I really like this beer, but I knocked it down because this simply isn't an IPA.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 12, 2003
Clear medium amber colour with a small white head. Mild hops with hint of fruity nectar and smoked cured meat aroma. Medium thin body. The first half second or so of the medium hoppy bitter flavour is OK but then it rapidly vanishes to a bland nothing. Harshish medium bitter aftertaste. Disappointing, my least favourite Sam Smiths. Perhaps more research is requried.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - AUG 11, 2003
Deep ruby amber with GREAT lacing and little head. Light hop aroma with dark fruit and sweet british hop notes. Caramel and light hop flavors, less bitterness than an American PAle Ale. I can't believe this is a historic IPA recreation. Slightly bitter and buttery finish, not too bad for an IPA. I really like these british IPAs but they should be in a differnt category, not very comparable to an american IPA.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Kst (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - AUG 10, 2003
Dark blond with a medium creamy head. Hop and floral aroma. Short malty floral taste with a dry chalky finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2003
Golden-amber hue with a sudsy white head and lively carbonation. A very distinct fragrance including aromas of berries and honeysuckle. Fruit and malt flavors plus a nice bitter finish that lingers. This beer has class.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 8, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2003 Faint hop/Malt aroma(Very "english" smellin')These english beers almost have a wine like quality to them I can't quite put my ol' factory on.Pours out a orange/golden w/ decent head/good lace.This one tastes malty sweet w/ enough hops to make it a pale ale but an IPA?How could this one survive the journey to India?Anyway...Very smooth beer(a bit watery almost)Samuel Smith would sell way more beer if they sold at least 6 packs for the god-awful prices they charge for 4-pks!(8.79 w/ tax!!!)Dry finish(decent)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2003
Franky, i was dissapointed at first, but it does at least have the nice hoppy complex. Still the beer was a tad on the watery side.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2003
Nice amber color, with a thin white head. A very malty nose for an IPA, but a decent hops presence there. Mildly hoppy flavor, with a lot more malt. Not a very good IPA, but a pretty good beer nonetheless.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - AUG 3, 2003
Nice dark golden color,small white head light lacing.Malty aroma with a light hop presence.Nice malt taste upfront then a nice transition to hops mild spiciness and faint citrus.The after taste is faint but it has a malty side with a mild hop presence with the finish being fleeting and some what dry IMO.A nice brew and well worth trying.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Libeerian (209) - Garner, North Carolina, USA - JUL 23, 2003
Weak malty aroma. Clean English hop flavor and bitterness. A very good example of an English-style IPA as opposed to American examples of this style.

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