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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1658   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kavu (4705) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 9, 2016
A small taste from a friend (bottle) @ Vihre Haltiatar. Pours clear amber with a medium creamy head. Aroma is malts and caramel. Flavor is creamy malts, caramel and hops. Good English IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mr_Pink_152 (4808) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JUL 31, 2016
Bottle from Real Ale Store Newark. Amber to light golden colour with a thin tan head. Citrus and pine aroma, with malty fruit. Taste light sweet. Slightly thin body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ordybill (1707) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - JUL 21, 2016
Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear orange color with a large white head. The aroma is fruit and hops with some malt. The taste is more malt than hops and has a nice fruit mix.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tightslice (1211) - Redwood City, California, USA - JUL 16, 2016
Bottle from World Market in Redwood City, CA. Pours a huge bready head, looks like amber tea. Aroma is malts, earthy fruitiness. Taste is dirty malts, light bitterness. One of the better English IPAs Ive had.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 20/20
Abinlp (4) - USA - JUL 4, 2016 does not count
I firmly believe one of the worlds best beers. Not at all like an American IPA. It has a totally different hop character thanks to British hops. It's actually one of the most well balanced hoppy beers you'll find. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
phfyysik (1229) - Tartu, ESTONIA - JUN 27, 2016
Pours amber with high off-white head. Aroma is little bit soap, light slurry, some fruits, hay. Taste is little bit dead, light caramel, grass, bitter hay, mango, tropical fruits, some dust. Drinkable!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
grimreaperguru (263) - santee, California, USA - JUN 26, 2016
Pours a medium mahogany color with an off white head. The aroma was a light nutty sent. The flavor was a medium malt flavor. The body was medium with a light bitter after taste. Overall it was okay.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LLaurin (457) - Motala, SWEDEN - JUN 19, 2016
From a bottle pouring dark golden with small white head. Maltiness is immediately present and light caramel nose. Taste is also rich malty sweetness with discrete but distinctive hops with a nice bitterness. Palate with some sweet tones and very shy hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mmather (185) - Colorado, USA - JUN 12, 2016
very nice, clear, mellow, yet with just enough bite to know there are some hops. lovely very British beer......

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Blastomorpha (93) - - JUN 5, 2016
Sure it has a nice clear orange colour with thick white and durable head (which I always appreciate), but the aroma is weak, just some citrus notes, malt and hints of caramel, almost no hops. And in mouth it does not get much better than that. Its not bad, I kind of enjoyed its mild nature, the medium-light body coupled with the mild carbonation make it very drinkable but Im not convinced. I expected something with a stronger bitterness (which you got only in the finish) or more complex and this was not. Anyway, my bottle had a different drawing on the label.

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