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

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,668 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 1,668
Reviews: 887
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 23
Gots: 91 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001

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Photo of emeyer
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ryho
4.85/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Today I bought the Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout (94), and the India Ale (83), and I feel like the scores of those on this site should be reversed. I think this IPA is fantastic. It isn't like most IPAs that get high reviews here, but it is none the less extremely good. The taste of this IPA reminds me of honey in a very good way, and it is so drinkable.

Photo of PaulSlazinger
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of infinitebruner
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

January 10, 2015

550 ml bottle, tulip

A – Medium gold to deep orange, fairly high clarity. Almost an inch of white, foamy but not craggy, head. Medium-long retention.

S – Biscuity malt, light caramel, and tropical fruit, some pineapple and mango. A touch of mild vanilla and honey.

T – Biscuits and light toffee, definitely some mango and possibly apricot. A touch of vanilla and residual sweetness. Mild bittering hops providing balance.

M – Moderate carbonation and full-bodied. Juicy throughout until a touch of dryness comes in towards the end. Bitterness is light to moderate, providing balance to the malt sweetness.

O – A very good example of the traditional style of IPA, before it was co-opted as a bitter assault on the tongue. Very flavorful and malty while providing balancing bitterness. Very good.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Aroma toasted malt, caramel, floral notes. Taste sweet toffee, caramel malt, honey, grassy, faint grapefruit, slight bitter finish. Nice ESB!

Photo of tux_alin
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DOCRW
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rphx88
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of snowmageddon
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Birmz
2.59/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Solid beer from a good brewery

Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Clear copper orange, transparent, with a white head that fades slowly, leaving a 1/8" layer up top and producing extensive lacing throughout. Pretty beer, certainly.

S - Mostly floral and herbal notes, a touch of honey sweetness, and a slightly medicinal element.

T - Follows the nose, with big floral hops and honeyed malts. The middle is biscuit and crackers, fading to a bitter line that is slightly reminiscent of aspirin. There is also a minerality, and some earthy notes.

M - Light and easy on the tongue, but the bitter finish does fatigue the palate.

O - I really love the nose and the front of this beer, with the bright floral hops and honey flavors. The close is less satisfying. I can deal with the bitterness, but the medicinal aspects come out most strongly at the end. The rating would be north of 4 but for this aspect of the finish.

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed from the bottle in a pint glass, this English IPA pours a beautiful copper color with a nice white head that dies down to a nice pool of foam with light lacing. Nose of light caramel, light herbal and bittering hops, and light bread. Flavors are a medium caramel malts backbone with a light bready flavor that gives way to the bittering hops in the background. High carbonation, almost seltzer water like, gives it a crisp mouth feel that finishes bracingly bitter without being over the top. A solid example of a good British IPA.

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

550ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: chill hazed brassy color. Bubbly off-white head. Whisky lacing. Head retention is very good.

S: Doughy, caramel, treacle, honey glaze. Blonde tobacco and floral notes from the hops. Strong minerality. Brothy. Light stone fruits.

T: Earthy. Herbal and tobacco flavors. Stiff and gripping bitterness. Lemony. Minerals and broth. Fat malt base. Caramel and sweet rolls. Treacle. Earthy/herbal hop bitterness and lingering minerals on the finish.

M: Medium-thick body. Hefty with some sense of weight pressing down. Gripping hop astringency. Seltzery carbonation.

O: A little mineral-heavy. A pretty decent English IPA though. Unfortunately there is almost zero demand for the style here in the states.

Photo of Domvan
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bluegrass49
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bmantravel
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Quaint, seems mild and unhoppy compared to US IPAD

Photo of Tee76
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of comadiv
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of lushes22
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A. Amber and somewhat clear
S. More of a pale ale smell with hint of orange
T. Unusual taste for india. Seems almost like a mix of india and pale ales. Light on bitterness on more of caramel and orange taste. British hops and ale flavor come through.
M. Light carbonation and i would prefer a little more for this style.
O. A nice change of pace. Probably reminiscent of india ales back in the day before the larger variety of hops available now.

Photo of Wiffler27
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rfgetz
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of samtrillo
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a beautiful copper orange with a big foamy white head.

The nose isn't very intriguing. Grassy notes, bready malt, yeast. Smells like a pale ale.

First sip and all I can think is "Yep, this is British." Very crisp and twangy. Tea bitterness and grassy notes. Bread and cracker malt with a yeast characteristic like the nose. The hops here only offer bitterness; I'm not getting any complexity out of them, maybe a slight lemon-lime feel that is slightly sour.

It's a refreshing beer but not what I like in IPAs. Tastes more like a crisp pale ale to me. As far as an English Style IPAs though, it's a good one.

Photo of BBelch
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Harthan
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bassboneman
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I agree with previous posts about the "lack" in this brew. However, there is an unmistakable pleasant aspect of this beer. While it does have a bitter quality to it - it doesnt detract from the experience.
This isnt a beer you would want to have 2 or 3 of in one sitting - but... to cleanse the palate a bit - this would do the trick well.
I really like it -
So...up yours (literally!) - as in drink up : o)

Samuel Smith's India Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
83 out of 100 based on 1,668 ratings.