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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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1,531 Ratings
THE BROS
82
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Ratings: 1,531
Reviews: 862
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 19
Gots: 48 | 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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Ratings: 1,531 | Reviews: 862 | Display Reviews Only:
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blackened1339

New York

1/5  rDev -72.8%

11-25-2011 03:57:14 | More by blackened1339
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NonicPanic

Pennsylvania

1/5  rDev -72.8%

12-02-2013 04:59:47 | More by NonicPanic
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cloudydoug


1/5  rDev -72.8%

02-15-2013 16:11:15 | More by cloudydoug
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bspain5

New York

1.25/5  rDev -66%

06-07-2012 03:21:12 | More by bspain5
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mulder1010

Australia

1.68/5  rDev -54.3%

550 ML bottle

A-- Poured a light amber color, fairly small light brown head. Not a lot to this.

S-- Faint sweet and hop aroma. A little bit of old damp rag smell and a little bit of dishwasher soap.

T-- A lot of dishwasher soap taste with old grapefruit, orange and lemon. ICK BAD BOTTLE.

M-- Prickly mouthfeel. Hops are still there but the taste and feel are more like nearly expired citrus fruits. Really oxidized. There are some semblances of what this should be and what I am getting is not it.

D-- Drain Poured the rest. Will try again and review at a later date.

10-06-2010 05:32:45 | More by mulder1010
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xdefeatsy

Ohio

2/5  rDev -45.7%

12-11-2011 22:35:19 | More by xdefeatsy
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jason_nwx

Oregon

2/5  rDev -45.7%

12-31-2013 19:03:45 | More by jason_nwx
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EvanWilliams

Illinois

2/5  rDev -45.7%

12-23-2012 06:05:54 | More by EvanWilliams
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GMB

Japan

2/5  rDev -45.7%

09-16-2012 22:19:41 | More by GMB
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Fettpopps

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -45.7%

03-16-2014 13:52:14 | More by Fettpopps
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caahare

West Virginia

2/5  rDev -45.7%

01-14-2014 19:55:06 | More by caahare
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rab53

Washington

2/5  rDev -45.7%

12-05-2011 04:53:18 | More by rab53
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scottfrie

California

2.1/5  rDev -42.9%

550ml into SA perfect pint glass.

A: Pours a golden-amber with a billowing white head that slowly reduced into an oily film that left decent lacing.
S: Very dough smelling, like focaccia bread dipped in olive oil. Faint notes of hops and caramel malt. Very weak.
T: Very malty and biscuity with a syrupy bittersweet orange sweetness and a hint of hops. Notes of gritty apples, tobacco, and dry grains as well. Disappointed that the hops are so hard to pick out. Tastes kinda like old green tea leaves that have been left too long to steep.
M: Slippery and thin with a funky bitter/sour hop and yeast aftertaste. Not the greatest.
D: I didn't much care for this one. Could have been a bad bottle perhaps, or it's just not for me. Either way I won't be buying this one again. Aftertaste, mouthfeel and overall flavors just weren't agreeable. Definitely not much of an IPA.

05-21-2010 03:25:23 | More by scottfrie
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PatronWizard

California

2.15/5  rDev -41.6%

Poured...

Don't believe I've seen this color before. Perfectly clear amber orange. Big frothy head.

Light scent of beer. Not a lot of smell at all.

Somewhat of a unique flavor, but very light. No hops, no bitterness. Not a big beer.

Cool and refreshing (the death knell), thirst quenching. Watery.

Well, hell, totally unremarkable. Will be good and forgotten in a matter of minutes. Kinda disappointing as I hold this brewer in some what of a high regard.

Actually I have to ask, is this a joke? Gets even worse with time, tastes like dish soap.

I begin to wonder if I have a bad bottle. Looking through some other reviews I see many people wonder if they had a bad bottle.

Conclusion: one large bad batch or this is a very poor version of beer.

08-22-2008 19:53:46 | More by PatronWizard
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giblet

Ohio

2.17/5  rDev -41%

let me be first by saying that i feel this company kicks ass. but, and a big butt, this is not good. a poor example of what i am used to for IPA. it poured fine into my glass. good carbonation and head and some nice lace as i worked down. smell was rich and caramel malt...not what i look for in a pale ale. taste was not bad but not what i look for in a pale ale. lil hops.

maybe i am an idiot but the american IPA's are far far superior in my taste than this one.

good beer, not a good IPA.

suckem up and movem out.

giblet

08-13-2007 22:59:13 | More by giblet
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

2.17/5  rDev -41%

Pours a hazy full copper color and is topped by a two finger thick, frothy, tan colored head. The aroma is of ripe fruit, plums, apple, strawberry, earthy hops, and a component that reminds me of oxidation. The taste is thin and dead on the front of my tongue and unfortunately the rest of this beer does not get much better. There are notes of cider, wan stale malt, and cardboard. Despite putting this beer in a brown bottle, this beer is still quite stale and lame.

02-25-2005 03:55:10 | More by Gueuzedude
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JBStith

North Carolina

2.17/5  rDev -41%

Sam Smith's India (Pale) Ale. Not nearly as good as I was expecting. Quite disappointing actually.

A: Somewhat pale, watery, and hazy looking compared to most other IPAs. Very little head, retention, and no lacing to speak of .

S: Mostly sweet malts. Virtually no hop aroma at all.

T: Similar to smell, taste is mostly malt. Sweet, caramel, honey? No bitterness or hint of hops at all. It almost makes me question whether or not this is really an IPA or if I just got a bad bottle.

M&D: Medium body yet watery. Not drinkable at all for me.

Because Sam Smith's makes some of my favorite beers, I am hoping I just got a bad batch. I will try this again just to make sure, but this beer was just not good. Very disappointing.

UPDATE: I had to down grade the score of this beer mid way through an IPA tasting. At this point I can't even rate it as average.

06-24-2006 23:58:06 | More by JBStith
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PBRstreetgang

Ohio

2.2/5  rDev -40.2%

Pours a hazy, deep gold with a dense two and a half finger head. Great retention and excellent spotty lacing. Spicy alcohol and cinnamon in the nose, mild enlgish hops and a hint of toasted pale malt. Initially sweet with toasty base malt and a hint of crystal. Next, vague dextrins and a soft diacetyl come through to couple with a quasi-phenolic fruitiness and a dry but not very bitter aftertaste. Some oily enlgish hops give an herbal, tea-like flavor -but the hop charcter is very limited and quite unbalanced for the style. Medium in body and light-ish carbonation-this is just crisp enough to fight off any slickness. Finishes dry and fruity; very drinkable with interesting malt and yeast attributes, but grossy lacking an identity similiar to the classic English IPA.

10-27-2006 06:40:12 | More by PBRstreetgang
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rrob311

New Hampshire

2.2/5  rDev -40.2%

I bought these at Kappy's in Fitchburg. The whole euro section was huge but most of the beer there had dust on it including this. O well I wanted to try something new so here it goes:

A: This is a dark amber color.

S: This beer almost smells faintly of apple cider vinegar

T: This tastes like it is a bad batch, kind of almost like wine with little malt flavor.

M: Kind of flat

D: I may try this again if I see a freshness date.

09-09-2008 00:45:22 | More by rrob311
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magictrokini

California

2.23/5  rDev -39.4%

Extremely disappointed by this beer. Pours clear yellow with a foamy white head. Nose is weak, very weak. Mostly goldings and pale malt/bread aroma with mineral water. Watery, shify mouthfeel. Pale/golden ale flavor with mor malt than anything else. I didn't look at the ingredients, but I'll bet "hops" is nowhere on the list. Tastes more like a Pale Ale that was poured into a dirty glass that may have contained an IPA at some point. Charlatan!

12-16-2008 17:10:06 | More by magictrokini
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clarknova

Germany

2.24/5  rDev -39.1%

poured from a 355ml bottle

a - cloudy light-brown ale with just a little head

s - slight citrus aroma, barely malty

t - light body with far too little malt, no fruits and slightly bitter aftertaste with no special hops

m - a bit fizzy champagne-like mouthfeel, very light

o - a nothing special beer I will forget quickly

12-18-2013 10:23:33 | More by clarknova
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jasonreinike

Illinois

2.25/5  rDev -38.9%

07-14-2013 13:43:35 | More by jasonreinike
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Walkerjgt

Ohio

2.25/5  rDev -38.9%

06-30-2014 18:54:52 | More by Walkerjgt
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CAcreeks

California

2.28/5  rDev -38%

I don't think English hops are as good as American hops for making IPA. Complexity of aroma is almost totally lacking in this brew. If you want this type of beer, just get their Nut Brown Ale, which tastes better, with less of this funky flavor. It is not undrinkable, just disappointing.

12-12-2010 08:10:50 | More by CAcreeks
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harrymel

Washington

2.28/5  rDev -38%

Bottled: unk
Pours a crystal amber with etched surface and some ringed whites. Smells of sweet malts. Not really getting much hop presence, even for an English IPA, this nose is super tame. Flavor of sweet, amber malts with some hints of oxidation and a little bitterness on the finish. The malt profile is quite pleasant, but the hops have all but died here. Starting to feel like this bottle is old, but it's hard to tell. Medium bodied with subdued carb and a semi dry finish. Meh.

04-21-2012 15:43:43 | More by harrymel
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Samuel Smith's India Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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