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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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1,536 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,536
Reviews: 862
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 19
Gots: 49 | 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 hustlesworth:
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4.58/5  rDev +24.5%

i'm a big fan of all samuel smith's brews and the tadcaster brewery adds a certain mystique for me. this beer was everything the decorative label suggested and more. after a brief explanation of the origins of IPA, it described the beer as having "the colour of a golden sunset, a refined maltiness, and an emphasis on the aroma and flavour of england's best hop gardens." now that, my friends, is exciting.

A- chunky yet creamy beige-ish 1 3/4in foam above a beautifully transparent burnt amber iced tea colored brew, decent retention, but the lace...get this~ and i hope you can follow me here, i'll describe it the best i can: if you're familiar with the ocean spray juice logo it'll make it alot easier to imagine. the lace formed ONLY into 3 identical curly-cues like octopus tentacles rising up out of a foamy sea, equidistant from one another on the inside of my pint glass so if the 3 points were connected by lines they would form an equilateral triangle. it freaked me out. it happened 2 bottles in a row and had nothing to do with me swirling the beer per my experiments. merit. check.

S- mild until it warms up, sweet & sour malts, earthy citrus hops, sour wheat bread, fruity white wine like pinot grigio, cherrywood, and dried exotic fruit perhaps something like dates and figs.

T- initially metallic immediately followed by a tangy floral spicy dark apple citrus followed by biscuity perfectly balanced malts, herbal tea, sticky peppery hops, and a flower nectar resin hop aftertaste that hangs out for awhile.

MF- everything an IPA should be (i hope). it's smooth and creamy and it goes down effortlessly due to its immaculate level of carbonation.

D- i may prefer english IPA's over american for the simple fact that the english versions don't overwhelm the senses with hops. with this beer's balance and only slight hop dominance yet undeniable hop presence, sammy smith ranks at the top of his class.

08-07-2007 02:49:31 | More by hustlesworth
More User Reviews:
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4.04/5  rDev +9.8%

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.

07-01-2014 02:44:33 | More by titty_mcbitty
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North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

03-24-2003 06:46:51 | More by oberon
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4.1/5  rDev +11.4%

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.

12-17-2003 03:21:29 | More by RoyalT
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

05-28-2012 00:18:35 | More by beerhunter13
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3.18/5  rDev -13.6%

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.

03-19-2006 21:12:12 | More by JudgeRoughneck
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3.13/5  rDev -14.9%

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.

08-10-2009 21:23:20 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

12-06-2013 02:00:32 | More by tbryan5
Photo of GameOfBeers


3.36/5  rDev -8.7%

08-18-2014 17:47:17 | More by GameOfBeers
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

08-13-2012 22:19:10 | More by Shakerman
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

07-10-2014 17:00:20 | More by joemetric
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4.1/5  rDev +11.4%

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.

01-25-2006 23:21:32 | More by chOAKbarrell
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Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +8.7%

07-18-2014 00:49:43 | More by FadetoBock
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

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.

01-28-2011 05:01:23 | More by NWer
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South Dakota

4/5  rDev +8.7%

12-28-2013 01:07:09 | More by SD-Alefan
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3.33/5  rDev -9.5%

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

04-03-2004 16:53:21 | More by grynder33
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

07-08-2012 17:39:47 | More by jonphilipp
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2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

05-23-2012 01:46:04 | More by wardamnbeer
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Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

08-16-2014 16:38:05 | More by Doomcifer
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3.6/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

03-14-2002 21:44:22 | More by Jason
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New York

4.1/5  rDev +11.4%

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.

04-01-2005 04:53:04 | More by Billolick
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3.6/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

02-18-2011 03:45:19 | More by Homebrew35
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3.1/5  rDev -15.8%

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.

08-12-2011 04:30:03 | More by Mora2000
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Ontario (Canada)

3.46/5  rDev -6%

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.

01-11-2013 23:56:47 | More by JohnnyBarman
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2.98/5  rDev -19%

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.

12-14-2007 21:13:30 | More by mattster
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Samuel Smith's India Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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