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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Derek881 (1270) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 18, 2012
Poured this beer from the bottle into a pint glass to sample. The beer had a light fruity aroma with touches of apricot and caramel, with light citrus hops and malty notes, but was a bit under-developed. The beer had a hazy, wavy, light sediment effect in a rich amber-orange color that had a good-sized white head with great retention and lacing, and top-notch cling. The beer had a sour fruit taste with slightly sweet caramel malt notes. It was a dry beer with lower carbonation and was a bit thin and chalky. A decent beer, but not a favorite, and overall not that exciting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Towey1989 (2561) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2017
Keg at Sinclairs Oyster Bar, Manchester. A clear amber colour with a medium off white head. Aroma of fruit esters, grapefruit, some caramel, slight toasted, biscuity malts and subtle earthy hops. Taste of toasted, biscuity malts, caramel, slight grapefruit and subtle spicy, earthy hops. Light to medium bodied and soft carbonation. A dry, earthy malt bitterness in the finish. Well hopped for a premium bitter, lots of British hop character and subtle citrus. Malty overall but pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
vinivini (2052) - Gomel, BELARUS - APR 29, 2017
Clear amber pour, moderate off- white head. Average retention. Aroma: biscuit malts, honey, floral hops. Light to medium body. The flavour starts with light to medium biscuity sweetness. The ending is super dry. Medium bitterness. Solid ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jury (271) - RUSSIA - APR 26, 2017
Приятны& красивы& эль, слабый аромат и вкус и послевк& с горчинк& Пока не распроб& наверно.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Davros IX (302) - Hertford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2017
Keg at the Rising Sun in Smithfield. A very English IPA that looked nice and dark in the glass and had a good head. There was low carbonation and a pleasant mouthfeel. There was a strong and bitter flavour from the hops that was quite thirst quenching. Its not spectacular, but very solid and one that I will quite happily have again when I am next in a Sam Smiths pub.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
john44 (3034) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 20, 2017
Bottle. BB May 2017; Drank Apr 2017 - Clear Orangey Gold colour. Good foamy off-white head. Very Malty; toasty malts, grainy, caramel. Light citrus grapefruit. Mildly spicy. Well hopped, grassy hops. Earthy vibe. Starts bittersweet malty hoppy with slight fruit and spicy notes. Becomes increasing dry throughout. Ends very very dry and bitter malty. Long lasting bone dry finish. Interesting beer; possibly unique flavour profile. Cannot remember the last time I had a beer that ended this dry. Liked it. Good stuff. (2017-04)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DraftDodger (1408) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 14, 2017
Copenhagen 14/3 2017. 55 cl bottle from Hkeren. Some kind of pavilion on the label with the ubiquitous collection of gold medals. Pours clear golden yellow with big white head. Settles as 1 cm thick layer of foam. Moderate lacing. Aroma is fruity. Fermented fruit, very light citric notes and harsh bitterness. Medium carbonation and slightly thick palate. Flavor is lightly sweet followed by amore heavy slightly rough bitterness. Aftertaste is bitter and long. Nice English Bitter - solid and classical.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jerm719 (191) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 10, 2017
Great color, head. Minimal nose. Light and easy to drink. Grainy malts, earthy hops, citrus, mild nutty sweetness. Not big on the esb style but this is a well made brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Almogabar (30) - MARIA DE HUERVA (ZARAGOZA), SPAIN - MAR 9, 2017
Botella de 550 ml comprada en Liquidos Almacn de bebidas (Zaragoza). Bonito color cobrizo, espuma persistente. Aromas ctricos y a maltas tostadas. Sabor a caramelo, malta, amargor medio. Una buena cerveza muy britnica.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sissio (1587) - Orsenigo, ITALY - FEB 26, 2017
bottle @ home clear copper, minimal cream head light taste, light caramel, caramelized malts, bitter, very drinkable, bitter finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drmet (938) - Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, GERMANY - FEB 21, 2017
L: -pours a clear amber-red with a medium,foamy,offwhite head -medium carbonation visible S: -orange,spicy,strawberries,plums,cara ,plums,chocolate -medium bitterniss for the style F: -low to medium carbonation -light to medium body O: Really good English IPA. A perfect after-work Beer

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