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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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BA SCORE
83
good

1,491 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 1,491
Reviews: 856
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 18
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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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550ml bottle. Nicely suitable and imperious label.

This beer pours a slightly glassy medium brassy amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, and loosely foamy off-white head, which leaves some bleeding suds splatter lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of bready caramel and pale malts, overripe orange and lemon rinds, herbal tea leaves, fresh cut grass, and floral, generically fruity hops. The taste is relatively strong, lively noble hops, in all their reserved citrus, floral, and grassy goodness, biscuity, bready, and lightly caramelized malt, ethereal yeast, un-steeped tea bags, and a plain stale lemon fruitiness.

The carbonation is adequately supportive, and a bit frothy at times, the body a fairly trim medium weight, and mostly smooth, the floral bitterness kind of stepping through this particular rose garden. It finishes off-dry, the biscuity, bready malt holding tough, with the politely sassy, stiff upper lip, Queen and country hops still equal to the task.

A very well balanced, and understated, in that English way, Ur-IPA. Pleasant to quaff, where the flavour dominates over the bitterness, so this would be good for at least a few raucous pub rounds, I have to imagine.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2009 17:00:23 | More by biboergosum
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3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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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3.49/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a pint bottle into an imperial pint glass.

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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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.

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Samuel Smith's India Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
83 out of 100 based on 1,491 ratings.