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

Samuel Smith's India AleSamuel Smith's India Ale

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83
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1,415 Ratings
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Ratings: 1415
Reviews: 844
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.32%


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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Josievan

Iowa

3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first English IPA, here we go! Samuel Smith, you haven't failed me yet!

Appearance: The beer pours a burnt orangish copper. The bottle says it's the color of a deep sunset, but I'm not sure it's as romantic as all that. The head is nice and frothy, the kind of head you get with hoppy beers.

Smell: The appearance indicates hops, but they are rather muted in the aroma. There's more caramel malt going on.

Taste: The taste directly follows the smell. More malty and less hoppy than expected. Going so far as to say the malt is almost more dominant than the hops. There's a good portion of caramel sweetness underneath subtle earthy hops. There's not much hop bitterness on the finish, although a slight aftertaste does appear.

Mouthfeel: The medium body is relatively thick for the flavor profile but stops far short of being syrupy.

Drinkability: No worries of a hopped-up IPA ruining your palate here. This could enjoyably be consumed before and/or after other styles of beer.

Notes: Samuel Smith's India Ale has me confused. I know English IPAs aren't nearly as hoppy as their American counterparts, but this is unlike any concept of IPAs I've had in my head.

I'm no hophead, but I must say I'm a little surprised by how tame this beer was. It approaches, but stops short of, being bland. That's not to say I'm disappointed with the beer overall, more just taken aback. This bottle was a single in a mix-a-six pack, so it could be pretty old, which would account for some of the mellowness to the hops.

This beer is not unlike a combination of Sam Smith's Nut Brown and Pale Ale. It's not quite as malty as the nut brown and slightly sweeter. It's a tad thicker and hoppier than the pale ale. It also seems like a sort of baby brother to what is possibly my favorite IPA, New Glarus' Hop Hearty. In that regard, it's a more than decent beer.

All in all, there's probably nearly two handfuls of Samuel Smith beers I'd rather drink. However, I would like to try this mellow enigma of sorts again (preferably a fresh bottle) with revised expectations.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 22:53:38 | More by Josievan
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Pours an amber color with a reddish tinge to it. Sports a 1 finger bubbly cap that dissipates quickly.

S: More subdued that I anticipated. Some fruits like apple and apricot.

T: I am hit with a spice that I can't place on the initial sip. Same thing on the second sip. There is some bitterness and no sweetness to even it out. I am getting fruit flavors, orange and grapefruit.

M: Cool and crisp all the way through.

O: This is a mildly bitter beer with nothing to balance it out. No sweetness or hops to give any other character. I like Samuel Smith's as a brewery - but this is not their best offering.

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I guess I have a soft spot for what Samuel Smith brews. Perhaps it's their old timey labels. Or maybe it's their story about using "stone Yorkshire squares fermenting vessels". I dunno.

But I think they make some mighty tasty beer with low ABVs, 5% in the case of this English IPA.

This beer looks perfect, smells great (if you know you're not going to find Northwest American hops), has wonderful mouthfeel and is tasty to the last room-temp sip.

It was also nice that it was on sale for $3.33 for their bomber.

Serving type: bottle

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Clear orange-golden pour, big fluffy head with big bubbles, like honey comb.
Smell: grainy malts, pinch of salt, apple peel, dried up flowers, English hops.
Taste is a mix of rich robust biscuity malts and very bitter dry hops . Some fruitiness throughout, with apple, pear and faint apricot, citrus, bit of wood, some pine. English hops dominate most of the taste, from dry autumn leaves, to dry tobacco and a bit of unwanted metal.
Medium carbonation and body, a tiny bit oily, goes down well.
Not sure if it's too bland or very traditional, for me it feels like one of the original IPAs, an extra-hopped British ale to survive the long trip to India, thus a bit.. "clumsy".

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