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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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1,489 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,489
Reviews: 856
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 17
Gots: 39 | 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 Josievan:
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3.78/5  rDev +3%
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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a. orange see through with minimal head, dissipates early.

s. All I get is apple cider vinegar.

t. The vinegar taste is in the finish. There is some body that saves this rather average beer taste.

m. Good.

O. This beer is not going to be revisited. It is slightly above Okay.

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A - Light copper with a touch of haze. Almost no head after a not-too-gentle pour. No lacing to speak of.

S - Nice earthy, hoppy, floral smell with a bit of malted grain.

T - Lots of bitter hop and wild, medicinal flower. A nice roasty, grainy malt flavour. The end of it all is almost reminiscent of a cup of Ceylon or Darjeeling.

M - Really like a nice malty pale that turns into tea right before you swallow it.

O - Not my favorite ale, but it's a nice change-up at times. I like this one really cold. It's really more of a beer for a quite contemplative evening rather than a refresher after sweaty lawn work.

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