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

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84
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1,605 Ratings
THE BROS
82
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Ratings: 1,605
Reviews: 870
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 19
Gots: 60 | 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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Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.04/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

titty_mcbitty, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of ThaneMcC
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

ThaneMcC, Yesterday at 09:22 PM
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

elihull, Yesterday at 09:38 AM
Photo of ilikebeer03
3/5  rDev -18.5%

ilikebeer03, Sunday at 10:53 PM
Photo of Ozzylizard
4.31/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle marked SG25N1 at 45 degrees into imperial pint glass
Aroma of hops
Head large (5 cm), off white, frothy, diminishing to 5 mm frothy layer
Lacing fair – broken reticulum of various size bubbles
Body medium orange, clear, tiny bubbles rising continuously
Flavor begins slightly bitter, ends with a light astringency with good hang time; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 4.5, Aroma, 4.5, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4.25, Overall 4.25

Ozzylizard, Nov 19, 2014
Photo of KensWorld
3.2/5  rDev -13%

KensWorld, Nov 17, 2014
Photo of Draesith
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Draesith, Nov 17, 2014
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Poured into the Samuel Smith's pint glass to reveal a clear, bright copper color and a thick, rocky off-white 3 finger head that refuses to die. Eventually dissipates to an everpresent layer of surface suds while leaving a mess of lacing all around the glass.

Smell - Biscuity malts with some fruity esters and a lightly floral presence.

Taste - Fair notes of Biscuit and a light toastiness make up the malt backbone while a light floral and slightly grassy bitterness brings the brew balance. Hints of mineral and a fruity, earthy red apple flavor creep into the finish and joins a ghostly

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with fair carbonation and a slick, near buttery texture. Super smooth and drinkable.

Overall - A classic that bares almost no similarities to the modern IPA being made today, even amongst those in Europe. This is a good beer, but anyone expecting a hop bomb will be severely disappointed. Drinks closer to a really tame pale by today's standards.

TheSixthRing, Nov 17, 2014
Photo of Tilly
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Amber, copper colour. Off white thick, foamy head.
Huge fruit aroma. Apricot, banana.
Light taste. Floral hops. Mild fruit. Light mouth at first but a pretty nice bitterness after taste.

Tilly, Nov 15, 2014
Photo of NeoClassicist
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

NeoClassicist, Nov 13, 2014
Photo of JISurfer
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%

JISurfer, Nov 13, 2014
Photo of DenisKolkin
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

550 ml bottle served cold into a pint glass. Purchased as part of a holiday pack for about $5 CDN.

Appearance - crystal clear, plenty of carbonation, 1.5 fingers of frothy white head. Nice sticky lacing and plenty of retention time.

Smell - plenty of malts, a certain earthy floral note too. Something slightly sweet, just below the surface.

Taste - big malts to start some caramel, then some mild bitterness shines through. Straightforward and to the pint put pretty well executed.

Mouthfeel - smooth mouthfeel, reasonable carbonation, and moderately light body.

Overall- a solid English pale ale, there's nothing mind blowing here, but it's just a really solid beer. Good representation of the style, but there are others available that may be better.

DenisKolkin, Nov 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

crob3888, Nov 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Beerasaurus, Nov 09, 2014
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3.76/5  rDev +2.2%

Motorep146, Nov 09, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev +6%

mchengcit, Nov 08, 2014
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2.1/5  rDev -42.9%

CycleHops, Nov 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

jahannah, Nov 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Rhaegar18, Nov 06, 2014
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5/5  rDev +35.9%

MaddDogg84, Nov 05, 2014
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3.92/5  rDev +6.5%

Maximus_the_Professor, Nov 04, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Jbslist-1, Nov 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

DavidHume, Nov 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

R_Kole, Nov 01, 2014
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Samuel Smith's India Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
84 out of 100 based on 1,605 ratings.