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

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1,535 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,535
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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TheResidentialOP

Louisiana

5/5  rDev +35.9%

08-03-2014 19:06:01 | More by TheResidentialOP
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GeoffRizzo

Texas

5/5  rDev +35.9%

Pours a colorful amber with a thick and active head, incredible lacing and stickiness throughout. A malty, hoppy and spicy aroma, very nice. Complex flavors, some malts and yeasty fruitiness noted up front, the obvious hops are there, but not overly aggressive, some citrus and grassy undertones make this one standout. A pleasant dryness combined with light bitterness on the palate that leaves you yearning for more. Incredible flavors, ever so smooth and slick, incredible and enjoyable! Call it a staple.

05-24-2003 19:31:20 | More by GeoffRizzo
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jazztoloc

Mexico

5/5  rDev +35.9%

Poured into a plain pint from a 550 ml bottle.

A: Nice creamy, thick head. Awesome lacing. Cloudy light amber. Looks like a honey jar.

S: Very malty, light fruit and some hops. The aroma has the Samuel Smith Old Brewery signature all over.

T: I can feel a more hoppy and crisp flavor compared to other beers from Samuel Smith, very balanced. It certanly doesn't taste like the new generation of IPA. The hops don't over power the malts, and it feels good. The rich flavors grow with every sip you take.

M: Great body, medium carbonation.

D: Very high drinkability if you are not expecting an extremely hoppy and bitter beer.

Samuel Smith Old Brewery is one of my favorite Breweries. In my opinion, they are a brewery that dont follow trends, and stay on brewing beers with an awesome natural balance. God Save Samuel Smith's Brew Master!

02-26-2010 05:36:17 | More by jazztoloc
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jonathaniler

Florida

5/5  rDev +35.9%

02-02-2012 22:23:27 | More by jonathaniler
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +35.9%

11-26-2011 00:40:49 | More by ejimhof
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Ardon

Ontario (Canada)

5/5  rDev +35.9%

Appearance: Beautiful, exactly what I would want an IPA to look like. Light amber. Slightly hazy (maybe a bit too chilled). Wonderful pillowy 2 inch head that holds for some time.

Smell: Intense flowery hop. Slight unidentifiable sweetness.

Taste: Everything the nose promised and more. Wonderfully flowery, earthy hop flavours. Slight tea flavours present as well. Appetizing lemony acidity. Bitter but in a satisfying way. Slight biscuity aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Oh so creamy and good. Like I mentioned in the taste, bitter but in a satisfying, appetizing way.

Drinkability: Could drink these forever. An ultimate session beer. Keep these away from me cause I likely end up sick before I stop drinking them!

01-08-2004 22:12:13 | More by Ardon
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bigox420

Ontario (Canada)

5/5  rDev +35.9%

11-28-2011 08:02:49 | More by bigox420
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FriedGold2112


5/5  rDev +35.9%

04-23-2012 22:31:13 | More by FriedGold2112
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SteveoNY

New York

5/5  rDev +35.9%

Presentation: 18.7-ounce embossed brown "Victorian Pint" bottle with gold foil, no freshness date to be found, but code date stamped on bottle.

Appearance: Crystal clear amber orange in color, lovely off white silky head. lots of lacing. not as the expected golden color.

Smell: sweet tarts

Taste: Medium bodied lovely IPA. bitter sweet harmony. perfection - much better than expected.

Notes: at least the English characteristics make this brew an interesting ale. prefered amongst the more bitter IPA's out there (Must be the water)

12-13-2010 02:35:27 | More by SteveoNY
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TwoForty

Florida

5/5  rDev +35.9%

04-21-2013 02:08:09 | More by TwoForty
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nwboss429

Texas

5/5  rDev +35.9%

12-04-2011 04:36:07 | More by nwboss429
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gunnerlincoln

Pennsylvania

4.85/5  rDev +31.8%

This has to be one of the smoothest IPA's I have ever consumed.

I opened the bottle to be welcomed by a wonderful aroma. It doesn't have that bold hop smell that some IPA's pack. Poured the beer into an actual Samuel Smith nonick pint glass and the result is a beautiful golden colored ale with a nice smooth, frothy head that holds.

The first sip and I was in heaven. This IPA is so much smoother than others, and at 6% ABV, it's very easy to drink. It has a good mouth feel and noticeable citrus notes throughout. The last sip is as enjoyable as the first. I would highly recommend this IPA to anyone that enjoys a smooth, refreshing beer with a lot of flavor.

Samuel Smith delivers as usual!

07-27-2014 18:43:55 | More by gunnerlincoln
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roddwolff

Mexico

4.85/5  rDev +31.8%

Once poured in my bayern mug:

A: Bright orange color, thin and creamy foamy head with good lacing;

S: Herbal and earth hops;

T: Earth and spicy hops, citrus hops at the finish;

M: Very dry and woody, extra bitter, medium body and low carbonation, the mouth keep dry a lot of time;

D: mmm i like uk hops, an excellente IPA without much abv

01-10-2010 20:30:08 | More by roddwolff
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Sobertso


4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

08-16-2012 03:19:26 | More by Sobertso
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neonbrown82

Nebraska

4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

The beer pours a fairly opaque amber color with a fairly small white head. Head retention is minimal, but leaves a pretty lace. Smells of roasted hops and caramel, plus some other fruity aromas. Love the smell. The taste is no exception. I love this beer, and will definately buy another in the near future. Another great one from Sam Smith's.

12-28-2004 06:52:34 | More by neonbrown82
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tbeer40

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

05-04-2012 02:11:46 | More by tbeer40
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thegodfather2701

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

A-Pours a hazy burnt orange. It has a bubbly white head that dissipates leaving only a ring of foam.

S-Floral, with some lemon/orange zest, and some alcohol sweetness.

T-Citrus, orange notes up front. It has a hoppy dryness in the middle and ends with a nice bready malty finish. There is also some caramel, white grape juice, and alcohol in the flavor as well. Much more complex than I expected. Absolutely delicious.

M-Just about right, carbonated with some thickness.

D-Very drinkable beer. It is perfectly balanced and its low abv. make it a true session beer.

Overall, this is another great beer from Samuel Smith's. It was much more complex than I had expected. I absolutely loved it and hope to drink more in the future.

11-24-2010 14:58:01 | More by thegodfather2701
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Stargazer2892

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

07-16-2014 01:28:45 | More by Stargazer2892
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Foyle

Wyoming

4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

Appearance: 3" off white fluffy head that dissipates slowly and leaves significant lacing. Lovely copper color with moderate carbonation.
Aroma: pleasant floral hop aroma and a fruity aroma that I can’t quite identify
Mouthfeel: medium bodied and somewhat sticky mouthfeel. Semi-dry finish.
Flavor: lovely balance of sweet and pleasant caramel malt flavor with earthy and spicy hop bitterness. I can’t find anything to criticize about this beer. It is pure liquid enjoyment.
Overall: Outstanding, world class ale from one of the best breweries on the planet.. Great job Samuel Smith!

04-26-2014 23:14:36 | More by Foyle
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tykechandler

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

06-19-2014 03:40:20 | More by tykechandler
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WissBrauSean

Pennsylvania

4.68/5  rDev +27.2%

The beer poured a very clear light copper color with a nice three finger head at 55 degrees. Perfect temperature. The head has excellent cathedral pillar looking lacing that is sticky to the sides and the head stays as a full cap and ring throughout the drink from my imperial pint glass.

The aroma is of mellow light caramel malts biscuity yeast and apricots.

The taste is out of this world smooth caramel malts, some biscuity tastes (very light) and some light fruit flavours all combined and balanced nicely with a bit of dry hops which really don't become exceedingly apparent until the finish which is only slightly dry. Incredibly pleasant.

Mouthfeel is smooth and moderately full for a 5% abv beer thanks to the malt sweetness and it is really well balanced throughout the sip by the hops. The carbonation is mild to moderate and the lasting one finger head lends some creaminess to the drink as well. Slight dry finish makes you crave more!

Overall this is probably my favorite IPA. I'm not a hop head so this fits the bill perfectly for me! I also feel that this is a world class beer and am now a strong fan of Samuel Smith Old Brewery which is now on my bucket list of breweries to tour!

02-27-2013 01:34:53 | More by WissBrauSean
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Offa

California

4.68/5  rDev +27.2%

I find this to be a wonderful, flavourful, very juicy, and highly drinkable IPA.

Deep orange gold, it has a very large off-white head that is creamy and slowly shrinks to a permanent thin, foamy top and leaves some nice lace in uneven rings.

The aroma is very juicy with a lot of citrus, yeast, apples, leaves, honey, and a little bread.

The taste is similar, very juicy with citrus (mostly orange with a little lemon), dry leaves (especially in the finish), a lot of light fruit, hint of toffee, a zesty yeatiness, and a light element of bread dough. It has a lot of hoppy and yeasty flavour, but the hop bitterness is restrained to the poitn of just dominating the light sweetness, giving a lightly bitter finish. It's highly quenching, with a juicy-yeasty tarness similar to other English IPAs (like Ridgeway) and exceedingly drinkable.

12-02-2008 19:34:47 | More by Offa
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avylover

Virginia

4.65/5  rDev +26.4%

This one's better than I expected. Sammy Smith always makes good brew, but they hit right on with this IPA.Pours a cloud amber with a smallish head, leaving nice lace as I sip. The aroma is mallty, and very bitter. The hops are there for sure, but characteristcally of sammy smith they're not too floral. A refreshing change from other IPAs. Taste is malty but bitter, nice & full, stimulating every taste bud on my tongue!. I could put a few of these down.
Seems like this is what a true IPA should taste like, although I still love the american inerpretation of the style. Great brew!!!!

02-13-2003 18:57:49 | More by avylover
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TripelJ

Florida

4.65/5  rDev +26.4%

Tonight I review Samuel Smith's India Ale and my expectations are high. Poured a deep golden to light amber with an incredible head that reduces quickly to a thin, sticky layer with good lacing. Smells are faint, but sweet, malty and bready--very enticing. The first sip demands my taste buds stand at attention with some nice hoppy bitterness with moves into a creamy buttermilk biscuit flavors with hints of caramel. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and is has a nice creamy finish. I have read several reviews stating that this beer is not as intense as some IPAs, however this is my first and I can not draw the same conclusions. Ultimately, high intensity is not necessarily what makes a beer rate high in my book. S. Smith's IPA is perfectly balanced with the flavors it presents and as its not overly bitter, it is extremely drinkable. I bought a single of this to review and try for the first time and next time I will buy the whole six pack.

06-10-2003 18:32:05 | More by TripelJ
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TucsonTom

Arizona

4.63/5  rDev +25.8%

I guess I have a soft spot for what Samuel Smith brews. Perhaps it's their old timey labels. Or maybe it's their story about using "stone Yorkshire squares fermenting vessels". I dunno.

But I think they make some mighty tasty beer with low ABVs, 5% in the case of this English IPA.

This beer looks perfect, smells great (if you know you're not going to find Northwest American hops), has wonderful mouthfeel and is tasty to the last room-temp sip.

It was also nice that it was on sale for $3.33 for their bomber.

04-13-2014 23:54:15 | More by TucsonTom
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Samuel Smith's India Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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