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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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Reviews by BrownNut:
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3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Dark gold. The head is Samuel Smith's usual glorious affair. This thing looks like a snow white 3D elevation map and sticks around for a long time. I wish every beer head was like this. I wonder what causes it?

Smell - Smells lovely on the pour. Smells kind of like apples and kind of like cheese fondue made with wine.

Mouthfeel - Soft

Taste - Watery. Very clean. Mild malt. Only barely bitter - a far cry from anything with the word India in it on this side of the ocean. You'd think this would be more bitter than the brewery's pale ale, but it's really not. It might even be less bitter.

Aftertaste - Same as the taste - a mild malt, a mild bitterness. Gone fairly quickly

Overall - Just like with their pale ale, I had been avoiding this one for years because I'm wasn't (then) a pale ale/IPA guy and had an aversion to strong hop bitterness. Turns out I needn't have avoided this one either. Unlike the pale ale, however, I don't think I'll get this one again, which is a first for me with Samuel Smith's brews. Not that I dislike it - it's perfectly sessionable and refreshing. But like the pale ale it lacks something on the back end, lacks robustness. The pale ale skates by just on the edge of watery. This one seems to cross the line and I want more flavor and richness in a beer. One possible factor, I got this from my grocery store's build-your-own-sixpack rack. I can't think this would be a popular choice in this hick town and so may be old stock.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 00:37:08 | More by BrownNut
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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.

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S: weak malts and citrus

T: hops and oranges very little bitterness

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