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

bottled
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on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1644   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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3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kenjohn (88) - Texas, USA - APR 25, 2012
Pours a dark orange color with a tan head. Aroma is caramel and floral hops. Taste is sweet caramel with some floral and grassy hop bitterness. Medium to light bodied. Good drinkability.


3.7
ebone1988 (2126) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - NOV 22, 2017
Bottle from Merchants. Aroma is bitter, earthy hop, some caramel, some citrus, creamy, bready, good. Appearance is copper, light tan head, clear. Taste is bitter, caramel, toffee, earthy hop, citrus, solid. Mouthfeel is light to medium body, light crisp carbonation, caramel earthy bitter aftertaste. Overall, this is quite a good ESB.

3
drpimento (3761) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 6, 2017
Man I just don't quite get the British distinction for an India Pale Ale. I understand that it's milder than the American version. But the original idea being that it was going to be higher hopped and alcohol to make the trip to India. I mean alcohol here is only 5% so I don't see how that's sufficient back in the days without Refrigeration to do that. I've had some of their esb's that seem to be a little hoppier than this. It's good drinking beer but I just don't get the IPA part of it.

3.4
melush (4737) - SPAIN - NOV 1, 2017
50cl Bottle @ Slainte, Salamanca, Spain. Golden colour with a thin white head. Aroma is hops, citrus, malt, sweet. Taste follows the aroma. Mesium body, average carbonation.

3.3
17Beer (415) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 10, 2017
550 mo bottle. Pine and citrus smells. Pours orange with a rocky white head. Great sour tastes. Short astringent finish. Mild carbonation. Very good.

3.4
dmako (1) - - SEP 4, 2017 does not count
Good for IiPA. Not hoppy smooth without bire. I will drink it again. Jjlkhhhhgffdsadghjkkhnbvcxxvvhjuhhhgddfhjggghyfdch via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
jooilakon (277) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2017
Tap at Earl of Lonsdale, Portobello road. Clear golden/copper body, small white head. Fruity notes in the aroma. Creamy texture with bitter, fruity taste and sweet notes of honey and fig. Overall OK!

4.4
scotty (1224) - SCOTLAND - AUG 26, 2017
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2017 A nice change from the very pale, very (in some cases overly) hoppy IPAs I've had recently. Lovely balance of malt and hops, the finish goes on for ages. Cracking brew!

3.4
Lonick (2537) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 19, 2017
Bottle @home. Pours golden, smallish white head. Nose is malty, slight fruit and floral, quite earthy. Taste is caramel, sweet but with a bitter finish.

3.7
Bosskie (928) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 3, 2017
Dark reddish brown, transparent, with a frothy white head and lots of gentle bubbles. Smell is warm and crisp, leather, raw nuts, caramel, raisins, strawberries. Taste is smooth and refreshing, nice elegant bitterness. Delicious and easy.

4
jsmerig (1682) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2017
Pours a hazy reddish gold aroma is malty with some fruit notes. It's what I imagine the original India pale ales to be. Great English malt base with a flavorful hop finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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