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Samuel Smith's India Ale - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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Samuel Smith's India AleSamuel Smith's India Ale

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1,507 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,507
Reviews: 858
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 19
Gots: 43 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001)
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3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance 3.75: Poured out with a decent (1/4") head. Deep golden color with OK lacing. Completely translucent.

Smell 3.25: Muted bouquet. I smell a deep maltiness, but strangely, very little hops. There is a certain floral nose to this beer that is pleasant.

Taste 4.0: Front is deep, malty and somewhat dry. Middle features a distinct biscuity taste (probably from the yeast, I'm thinking, rather than the malt) and a hard to identify -somewhat bitter-- maltiness. Finish is dry, and features a big punch of chlorophyll-flavored British hops. These hops are focused more on flavor than alkalinity. This fades slowly into a pleasant aftertaste where a distinct alkaline bite creeps in sticks around for a bit before fading into a pleasant malt taste.

Mouthfeel 3.75: Right on the nose for this style and the tastes they are trying to accentuate.

Overall 3.75: Great beer and a fantastic introduction to the ancestor of America's current brewing obsession, the IPA. This beer is not hop-focused and in fact it seems that certain special malts (and perhaps a yeast strain) have been chosen for their ability to mask -or, perhaps, better match-- the large number of hops used in this brew. This is a malty, biscuity, somewhat dry brew, but it is very refreshing and would be excellent with food. Certainly worth a try for any of my fellow "Continental" hop-heads, but taste it with an education about what you are drinking. This is not an American IPA and that is not a bad thing.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 04:41:30 | More by BeerDocT
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This has to be one of the smoothest IPA's I have ever consumed.

I opened the bottle to be welcomed by a wonderful aroma. It doesn't have that bold hop smell that some IPA's pack. Poured the beer into an actual Samuel Smith nonick pint glass and the result is a beautiful golden colored ale with a nice smooth, frothy head that holds.

The first sip and I was in heaven. This IPA is so much smoother than others, and at 6% ABV, it's very easy to drink. It has a good mouth feel and noticeable citrus notes throughout. The last sip is as enjoyable as the first. I would highly recommend this IPA to anyone that enjoys a smooth, refreshing beer with a lot of flavor.

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A: dark gold or light orange hue. Thin head with minimal lace on the glass

S: weak malts and citrus

T: hops and oranges very little bitterness

M: light mouth feel. Flavored fade quickly. Very easy drinking

O: not my favorite from Sam smith however I would enjoy the hell out of this on a hot summer day!

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a. orange see through with minimal head, dissipates early.

s. All I get is apple cider vinegar.

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Samuel Smith's India Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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