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

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1,580 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,580
Reviews: 865
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 19
Gots: 57 | 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 Samp01:
Photo of Samp01
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with nice tan head. Aroma of floral hops, caramel. Taste is bitter hops, some caramel. Palate is nice medium body, nice carbonation. Finish is bitter hops balance by light malt, with some caramel. Overall not to remarkable but a good drinkable brew.

Samp01, Nov 24, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.04/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Like a normal pale but darker and possibly a tad bit murkier. Not much of a head the way I poured into the glass.

S: Not much here; although I'm not the best judge of aroma of beers. If anything, I get woody notes and some bitterness.

T: Awesome! After tasting Coopers Sparkling Ale I was looking for a beer in similar style and this exceeded my expectations. I love the English-style pale ale more than the American and this is the prime example of why. Earthy tones, bitterness from the hops, nice caramel malt backbone, breadiness, and yeast.

M: Thicker than expected. Medium I'd say with a good creaminess. Kind of yeasty. Very tasty.

O: This is what makes a good English style pale ale. Nice and crispy, yet full of flavors. The English touch (the breadiness and toffee-like character) makes this beer a winner not only in style but in craft.

titty_mcbitty, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark amber color with little to no head,mine had been onthe shelf for awhile and developed a winey smell to it but it held up well.The malt in this IPA was very evident upfront with a good hpsmack in the end.A very well made IPA even sitting on shelf for almost a year u could taste the flavors of a very good well-made ale.

oberon, Mar 24, 2003
Photo of RoyalT
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Almost clear orange in the body with a little carbonation and a big head that went down quickly and cleanly.

Smell – The floral hop aroma is laden with fruit, predominantly peach. I can also pick up some grapefruit. Behind that is a strong malt backbone. This is yet another balanced Sam Smith’s.

Taste – There it is; the classic Sam Smith. The malt base is laced with caramel and extremely smooth. The hops are fruity as they are in the nose with a bit of spicing.

Mouthfeel – Once again, this is an extremely smooth and creamy Sam Smith’s. The buttery undertones, mildness and balance of flavors, and subtle carbonation give this one a terrific mouthfeel. I feel that this is the strong point of the ale.

Drinkability – Not your heavy-hitting West Coast IPA by any means, but a terrific session ale in step with traditional English tastes.

RoyalT, Dec 17, 2003
Photo of beerhunter13
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

beerhunter13, May 28, 2012
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a new copper colored beer with thick, creamy, white head. There isn't much in the way of smell, especially for an IPA. I get a very faint, soft, fruity hop smell. The taste is metallic then sweet for just a second before going very dry with a big bitterness and a dry, clean finish. Mouthfeel is on the thicker side with some stinging carbination. While there isn't really anything wrong with this beer, there is nothing terribly interesting about it either. I'd sooner take some of its American counterparts, especially for the price. Not Sam Smith's best beer by a long shot. Interestingly, I've had this beer past it's prime (like almost a year old probably) and thought it was very good. It had fun butterscotch flavors then.

JudgeRoughneck, Mar 19, 2006
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pour from a 550ml brown bottle is a hazy amber with a white head with little retention. Can't find any freshness info on the bottle. The smell is sweet and malty with notes of grain and grass. The hop nose is pretty understated. The flavors are very malty with notes of the aforementioned grass and grain. The hop flavors are weak and the finish is bland to average with regard to the hoppiness. The body is okay tending towards syrupy and leaving an unpleasant film on the pallet. If I were to select a Euro Bitter or India style ale this would not be one of my top choices.

ArrogantDeadGuy, Aug 10, 2009
Photo of tbryan5
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

tbryan5, Dec 06, 2013
Photo of GameOfBeers
3.36/5  rDev -8.7%

GameOfBeers, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of Shakerman
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Shakerman, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of joemetric
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

joemetric, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber golden with a small dense bubbly head.

Obvious hops in the nose, but not a blast in the face like a lot of other IPAs. You can pick up on the malt also.

Kind of mild tasting from what I'm used to in an IPA, but I guess that's the difference between English & American IPAs. Extremely well-rounded and balanced, just like all other S.S. beers. I feel like the malt stands out just as well as the hops, in this beer.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and easygoing. Refreshing.

Highly drinkable. If you were up to it, drinking a 4 pack in a sitting would be very possible. This beer is unlike most IPAs. Doesnt leave my mouth all that dry, either. Recommended, but dont expect a hop-monster.

chOAKbarrell, Jan 25, 2006
Photo of FadetoBock
4/5  rDev +8.7%

FadetoBock, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of NWer
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Popped the bottle cold from the beer fridge into a pint glass.
Initial reaction was underwhelming.
Fortunately, I left it for a couple of hours and when I came back to it, it was sublime.
The wonderful balance of fruitiness and hops blended to a taste to behold.
Definitely not to be consumed cold in my opinion.

NWer, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of SD-Alefan
4/5  rDev +8.7%

SD-Alefan, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of grynder33
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy amber orange color, like that of a sunset, faint malt hop aroma, the taste is surprisingly more malty than hoppy and somewhat on the light side, but overall its good. I like it i guess, not because of a big taste, but rather the balance and drinkablity. You could stick with this all night

grynder33, Apr 03, 2004
Photo of jonphilipp
4/5  rDev +8.7%

jonphilipp, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of wardamnbeer
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

wardamnbeer, May 23, 2012
Photo of Doomcifer
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Doomcifer, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of Jason
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 18.7-ounce brown "Victorian Pint" bottle, no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Deep copper orange in colour with a wispy off white lace.

Smell: A touch of tartness in the nose as well as tangy hop aroma.

Taste: Medium bodied and on the dry side. Nice crisp mouth feel with a moderate carbonation, semi aggressive prickly hop bitterness that leaves a tea like twang throughout. Malt flavour is like a pulled punch ... light caramel, hint of butterscotch and a handful of grain. Hop flavour is dominant in the finish also with an orange pekoe tea flavour.

Notes: A decent ale ... though small in comparison to other modern day IPAs both British and especially American. Oddly enough this brew is not any bit stronger than the Pale Ale in alcohol ... the body and hops are only a notch higher in comparison. Not a bad ale ... at least the English characteristics make this brew an interesting ale.

Jason, Mar 14, 2002
Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

550 ml bottle sampled, no freshness dating. Pours a nice dark honey almond shade, fairly clear and supporting a creamy light tan head with some retentive powers. lacing is quite well developed and long lasting. Nose is malty, yeasty, bready. This is classicaly British brew, maltyness balanced nicely by understated but present hopping for an IPA.Mineraly water quite evident. Real nice ale , give me some english chedder and bread, and I'll be in beer heaven.

Billolick, Apr 01, 2005
Photo of Homebrew35
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a big creamy off white head. Hazy pale body. Smells mostly of bready malts, yeasty esters and some sweet crystal malts. Tastes of pale malts, bready yeast, some citrus hops. Fairly crisp finish. Some lingering bitterness to balance it out. Full bodied, medium carbonation. I could have a few of these at a time. This tastes like an english ale through and through. I won't seek this again for some time but will give it another go when I'm in the mood for an easy drinking english style beer.

Homebrew35, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of floral and perfume from the hops as well as some bread and a little bit of earthiness. The flavor is the same. I get a low to medium amount of bitterness with some grass and earth notes. There is also a slight amount of floral notes in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650mL bottle in the Sam Smith's gift pack, which came with a snappy little Sam Smith's glass as well.

Poured into said glass. Light amber-caramel in colour, some visible carbonation, decent head of foam that survives as a thick ring with some clouds of lacing.

Nose is quite faint - some malt sweetness, biscuit, caramel. Little of the hops I was expecting here. I need to temper this review with my expectations of what an EIPA should be, and what people have been brewing recently, but I have to say I'm not getting much hop character here.

Decent brew that would sit in the bitter category were it not for some hop bitterness to the finish. Malt heavy, lingering bitterness. Drinks well enough, but not really the brew I was expecting.

Carbonation is somewhat assertive, and the brew has moderate body with a slightly oil feel.

For Sam Smiths, this brew was a disappointment. I was hoping for (what I feel to be) a classic EIPA, and got really...nothing special. Fairly standard pale ale with a bit of extra hops to the finish. Again, expectations play their part in this, but judging from others' perspectives, I'm not alone in thinking that this brew could have been a lot better.

JohnnyBarman, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of mattster
2.98/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opened 550ml bottle and poured into pint glass.

Appearance is amber to golden brown with minimal head, some lacing on glass. Beer is slightly hazy with little to no bubbles present.

Aromas are somewhat muted, but I get taste of malts and faint citrus. I like the presence of hops and this beer is nicely bitter. The finish is a tad bitter, but it is gone rather quickly.

Beer drinks really smooth, but this isn't anything super impressive, but not a bad beer either.

mattster, Dec 14, 2007
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Samuel Smith's India Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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