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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
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1,502 Ratings
THE BROS
82
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Ratings: 1,502
Reviews: 857
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 19
Gots: 42 | 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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weizenbob

Michigan

3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This 550 ml bottle was taken from a holiday gift pack and poured into the accompanying glassware (a tulip shaped pint glass). The neck and cap were wrapped in gold foil. The bottling code indicates that this was bottled on December 15, 2010. So though it is from this year's gift pack, this IPA is exactly a year old. As such I'm not expecting a hop bomb.

A horizontal pour yielded nearly three fingers of foamy, ivory-tinted head. Head retention is moderate. Sporadic lacing clings randomly to the glass. The brew is copper colored, with extreme translucence. A small amount of effervescence is seen through the glass. It's not awesome looking, but it is captivating enough to hold interest.

The aroma is initially bready and yeasty. Citric hops follow closely behind, leaving the impression of tangerine. The balance is skewed slightly malty, but it doesn't smell out of balance. It is inoffensive, yet unremarkable.

The initial bite of this IPA is pure maltiness. Bready malts combine with caramelized malts to create a sweet biscuity flavor backbone. A small amount of diacetyl manifests but compliments the caramel just fine. As the malts trail off, soft hop bitterness becomes apparent. As the malt impression disappears, a lingering bitterness hovers on the palate. The bitterness is not overwhelming, but it refuses to disappear. I always enjoy when the flavors of a beer manifest independently of each other; and though this is an unremarkably simple British IPA, I appreciate the separation between malt and hops in the flavor. It should also be noted that alcohol is pretty much invisible to the tongue.

The body of this ale is on the light end of medium. The carbonation is at a medium level and adds a nice crispness to the relative lightness of the body. There is a mild creaminess herein, but the light and refreshing impression sets the pace.

Overall, this is a good but unremarkable take on a British IPA. It does many things right and nothing wrong, though it does not excel in any facet. Even in the gift pack, which offers a significant savings over purchasing individual bottles, this is not an inexpensive import. Plus, it is likely beyond its peak freshmess. There are several domestically brewed IPAs and APAs that are comparable, easier to acquire fresh, and much less expensive than this old standard of the style. Still it is the example that other British IPAs are judged by, and by that account, it is a fine standard bearer. It is pleasant enough, but don't expect to be awed.

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The Two-Schlitz Scale: (reference my profile for an explanation)
I give a Schlitz for this classic example of its style; just as Schlitz is a classic example of its style.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 18:37:21 | More by weizenbob
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Samuel Smith's India Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
83 out of 100 based on 1,502 ratings.