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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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1,491 Ratings

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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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Reviews by hustlesworth:
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4.58/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2007 02:49:31 | More by hustlesworth
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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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