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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1647   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbrains (26) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 22, 2014
Carmel malt doughy aroma with a hint of citrus hops; golden color with a white head that thins out quickly, lacing and somewhat translucent; lightly sweet taste - I can’t really taste the hops at all; light bodied, average carbonation, not much of a finish. Nice taste - could definitely have more than one although it doesn’t really stand out as anything but a nice, drinkable ale.

sephyrott (271) - - DEC 12, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2017 Pint from tap at Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese. Good representation of the traditional English IPA, less hoppy than the American ones, but well rounded. Clear, light, hoppy-ish and medium carbonated.

The_Osprey (9675) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2017
Dec 2017 - 550ml bottle at home in Richmond as 'Samuel Smith India Ale', 5%, gold foil topped, BB Jun 2018. Translucent amber orange, lightly sparkling, foamy off-white head leaves dotted lacing. Aroma is dusty, musty, faint spent malts, spiced orange peel and crushed mint. But all faint and musty. Body is light and frothy with tingly carbonation. Taste is muted, sodawater base, a little buttery malt, used tea bag, lightest citrus, dusty and musty throughout, some salted rusk in the finish. Average to below average stuff. (5-4-5-3-12=2.9)

deepdrinker (367) - Leeds, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2017 Pale amber in colour decent white head . Mild hoppy earth bread taste . Good session ipa

ebone1988 (2232) - 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.

drpimento (3814) - 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.

melush (4961) - 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.

17Beer (449) - 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.

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

jooilakon (318) - 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!

scotty (1232) - 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!

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