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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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1,554 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,554
Reviews: 864
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 20
Gots: 55 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001)
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Photo of nasty15108
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Poured an orangeish/amber color. The pour produced a thick head of slightly off-white foam. Decent lacing throughout.

S - A rich sweet malty aroma. Hints of caramel and biscuit with a slight perfume like hoppiness.

T - Malty and slightly sweet up front. Hints of caramel and butterscotch. Finishes with a slightly soapy hop bitterness.

MF&D - Extremely creamy taste for a meduim bodied IPA. Tasted more like a English Ale or even a Bitter than an IPA, but still very tasty. I would definitely recommend this. IMO it would make quite a good session ale.

nasty15108, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of cdkrenz
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Two inches of nice pale...pale tan head. The body is a medium brownish-red. There's a layer of bubbles between the body and the head. This is an interesting feature.

S - Subtle sweet caramel aroma. When I say subtle I mean the scent is very faint.

T - Sweet to start and hoppy in the middle. Nice hop finish too.

M - The coarseness helps to bring out the unique flavor.

~ This is an interesting brew, no doubt about it. If I were ever lucky enough to travel to Europe I'd like to try a pint from draught.

cdkrenz, Jun 28, 2008
Photo of masikon
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I've liked all of the Samuel Smith brews that I've tried in the past, so I was excited to give this one a shot. Pour was a somewhat thin, burnt orange with a white head that disappeared quickly. Nose was far different than an American IPA with a very mild scent of flower aromas and soft malt. Taste was pretty soft on the palate with little in the way of bitterness, again not what I look for in an IPA. Easy to drink fast however, so I guess it would make a nice session brew. Overall I guess i'll just chalk this one up to being a "classic" IPA, I think the style has basically moved on to bigger and better things.

masikon, Jun 24, 2008
Photo of fitzy84
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought the 550 ml bottle. Great appearance: bright amber look, creamy lacing and thick, long lasting head. Floral-like aromas of spices, hops and malts. The taste has a good sweetness to it; not very bitter or overpowering. Good mouthfeel gives it a great carbonation and body. Overall, pretty darn good IPA.

fitzy84, Jun 22, 2008
Photo of elniko
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden amber hue, half finger of head that left some lacing. Not as much carbonation as I would have expected.

S: Typical English IPA nose, mostly flowery and grassy tones with just a hint of the hops underlying.

T & M: Taste is quite dry, very little bitterness from the hops. I found this beer to quite interesting. Prior to drinking this I had the Belhaven Twisted Thistle which was much more bitter. Mouthfeel is pleasant, this beer lingers on the tongue after drinking.

D: Highly drinkable, I become more and more of a fan of the English IPA as I have them. They are definitely less complex than the American IPA but I feel that for the most part they are more drinkable. Will be having this beer again.

elniko, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of leif86
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

550 ml bottle poured into a glass.

A: A clear, coppery body topped relatively thin white head that does not linger too long.

S: A little flowery and a little hoppy but not a strong smell on this one.

T: This where the beer excels. It strikes a balance that most IPAs fail to do. Good spice, a little tart, and deliciously bitter without losing the flavors of the malts.

M: Smooth, but not syrupy. The perfect amount of carbonation for this style IMO.

D: The more I drink, the more I want. This passes the ultimate test. I have to say that the beer isn't overly impressive but I'd love to add it a session beer.

leif86, Jun 17, 2008
Photo of atsprings
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice crisp burnt orange with a nice frothy lasting head that leaves spotty lacing. Aroma is sweet malt and floral hops. The taste is earthy hops just slightly overpowering the sweet malt for a nice IPA balance. The beer is light and crisp with a slight bitter finish. This is a great truebred original IPA, quite enjoyable.

atsprings, Jun 14, 2008
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, copper body with a smallish, frothy, white head.

Smell: Lightly bready, candyish malts with fruity hop notes of citrus, pineapple, and apricots.

Taste: Delicate maltiness with a small pinch of sweet cracked toffee. Blend of sweetened fruit juices. Tiny hint of cotton candy. Spicy, floral hop character with a light bitterness. Lingering fruitiness on the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not a bad lil' English ale.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 06, 2008
Photo of allergictomacros
4.55/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours a hazy orange with a creamy, sticky head.

S - Very malty, with lots of fruit and apple, a whiff of skunk, and a pronounced nuttiness. Traces of caramel as well.

T - Nutty again, with a light generic fruitiness, molasses and heavy caramelized sugars. Very malty. Bitterness isn't that high, but enough for balance.

M - Substantial, but light-moderate carbonation. Body is fairly thick.

D - I've been having a lot of American IPAs lately, and this is a completely different experience. This one is hugely malty, but avoids being heavy, with balancing hops, but not pungently citric or piney. I dare say, this is much more nuanced and complex than most AIPAs.

allergictomacros, May 25, 2008
Photo of ryrust5301
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a sam smiths pints glass from a 12oz. bottle.

Appearance - A see through copper color with a small head of about half a finger.

Smell - Nothing great. Some tart hops, and little else. Smells more malty than anything else

Taste and Mouthfeel - Pretty bland. Nothing at all to jump out and grab your tongue. Mouthfeel is smooth with the malt, and theres a hoppy bite fluttering around in there somewhere. Sweet caramel, and some orange in the taste. Hoppy crispness in the end fades fast leaving the mouth dry.

Drinkability - More a pale ale than an ipa. A great brewery, but a sub par offering. Nothing grabbed me about this beer at all.

ryrust5301, May 25, 2008
Photo of Spidey13
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Smith's India Ale pours a slightly hazy light gold/orange color. A nice, fluffy off-white head sits on the top. A lot of caramel notes and grassiness show up on the nose. A bit of sweet malt flavor quickly leads to a very mild bitterness. The mouthfeel seems a bit watery. Not a bad beer, but nothing great.

Spidey13, May 24, 2008
Photo of LeftyBWS
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16.9 oz. brown bottle into a pint glass.
A: Brightish orange color, 1 inch of frothy off-white head. Fingery, clingy lacing. Head settles nicely, leaves a thin layer on top.
S: Citrus and fruit, full scents, not bitter. Sweet smell underneath. Hops are subtle, layered nicely.
T: Smooth hops, malty backbone. Not much bitterness, kinda smooth and almost butery? Finish is grainy and flavorless. Not what I expected given the smell.
M: Fine, calm and smooth, watery almost.
D: Okay, drinkable, but one is fine for me.

LeftyBWS, May 22, 2008
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an orange-apricot color with a dense, frothy off-white head with a slight orange tint. Head slowly recedes to a nice layer of froth, leaving little lacing on the glass.

S: Biscuity, fruity, and some earthy floral hop aromas. Aromas could be a bit stronger, but the balance of the nose is spot-on for an English IPA--plenty of hops, but a healthy dose of malts, as well.

T&M: Excellent flavor here. Biscuity malt flavors well-balanced with some light floral hops that taste pleasantly fruity. This is probably the quintessential English IPA--plenty of great malt flavor combined with some excellent hop flavor. Very enjoyable. As far as feel goes--it's light-to-medium bodied with perfect carbonation levels and a slightly drying, yet still sweet finish.

D: This is a quaffable session IPA. Excellent taste, relatively low ABV, and refreshing feel.

BamaBeerBuff, May 22, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

550 ml bottle poured into a tulip yields a clear copper-amber body capped with two fingers of milk-white foam

Smell is spicy and sweet. Hints of citrus and evergreen boxwood bushes, coupled with a nice mild earthiness that tumbles around with a floral character.

Taste is distinctly floral hops with light bitterness; it's malty, lightly grainy and sweet with a tang of citrus and a nice dry finish.

Smooth and light in the mouth. In no way heavy on the taste buds or in the tummy. Nice carbonation with a clean finish.

cvstrickland, May 18, 2008
Photo of KeefD
2.93/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured a decent hazy amber-honey color. Not much in the way of a head, but a good film and nice lacing. Smell is is sweet and slightly hoppy. Wish there was more of a hop bitterness for an IPA. I know the English use far less hops in there IPAs but this one seems to be missing that good bitterness that would really balance the sweetness of the malts in this beer. Overall, an average drink. I would suggest Meantime EIPA rather than this one.

KeefD, May 11, 2008
Photo of naterock
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color with very little head and almost no lacing.
Smells of caramel malt and a very floral hop nose
Tastes like it smells fairly bitter but well balanced
M: good carbonation and helps the bitterness take shape.
D: very good IPA, not the best by far, but a solid example, I keep expecting and recieving great beers from Samuel SMith

naterock, May 10, 2008
Photo of Jbino34
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Wow, beautiful pour, lots of rich, creamy head that dissipates fairly quickly but leaves nice lacing along the glass.

Perfectly clear with a light golden copper color.

Smell is not impressive. Hop character does not come through as clear and identifiable. It is rather "beery" like day after beery smelling.

Taste is fantastic; the hop bitterness does come through in this case and is well balanced with a nice maltyness. I'd actually expect it to be a bit more malty based on the style. I find that english IPAs are typically more malty then their american counter parts.

Mouthfeel is nice. As a brewer it is often difficult to get nice body out of a lighter ale but it surely comes through here. very good.

This beer is drinkable, but not exactly something that I would have many of.

All in all, great beer.

Jbino34, May 09, 2008
Photo of areyoukind
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer, just didn't think it had enough hops. I drank a Bison Gingerbread Porter first, thinking this IPA would be a hop-bomb and kill my taste buds... but in retrospect i wish i would have reversed the order.

drank from a samuel smiths pint glass i got in the 3-pack of bombers + pint glass + coasters ;D (this beer was not from the sampler... those were all delicious though)

areyoukind, Apr 30, 2008
Photo of PatrickJR
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Amber/light copper with three finger head that settled into a thick cap. Sticky sticky rings of lacing.

S - Not quite what I was expecting. Somewhat light on the hops and quite a bit of malt present.

T - Much like the nose. Hops were noticable, but most of what I tasted was what I think might be some crystal malt. Not much depth with the hops; vaguely floral.

M - Nice and slick, carbonation was perfect.

D - Quite easy to drink, and I could put back a few of these.

I hope I rated this right; it was a good beer but didn't taste much like an IPA to me. This was a very balanced and well-constructed brew, but the hops didn't shine through like I expected. A great beer, but not necessarily a great representation of an IPA.

PatrickJR, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of Portertime
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a very good IPA but not as superior as I expected from Samuel Smith. Poured a new penny copper color, shiney and bubbley. Nose has a pleasent, subdued floral hop aroma. Taste of slight fruity, flowery hops. A little fizzy on the tongue but certainly quaffable.

Portertime, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of nickfl
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a creamy white head that holds out for a while before settling to a thin film and leaving behind nice rings of lace. The body is reddish copper colored with good clarity.

S - Grainy aroma with sweet caramel and weak hop aroma.

T - Fruity with a clean malt character. A floral hop flavor emerges in the middle with moderate chalky bitterness characterizing the finish.

M - Medium body, low carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Pleasant and drinkable with a nice malt character. Unfortunately the hop character is just too weak to make this a good english IPA.

nickfl, Apr 11, 2008
Photo of IronDjinn
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A rustic copper in appearance with impressive clarity. Creamy off-white head that settles to a thick cap.

Bready toffee malt on the nose predominantly, the hops are rather subversive in the aroma, lurking below the surface and present, but not as apparent.

Mmmmm, yeah, that's an English IPA for you, it's all malt heaven until the finish when the hops pop up and take a deep bow. Deep toasted caramel malt from beginning to end, with a wall of very well-behaved grassy and leafy hops on the finish, balancing it out very nicely. This is a well balanced ale, unlike most of the hop bombs from the PNW (although I love them for them all the same). Aftertaste is also the time for the hops to shine, a pleasant leafy and herbal blend that holds your hand, but doesn't overwhelm and grope you.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, smooth, with a bit of a soapy slick finish, a pleasantly drinkable beer overall.

Nice, this is a refined and an average abv% IPA that holds its own. Not quite up to go head to head with any American hop monsters, yet a beautifully balanced IPA that doesn't have to go to extremes to show what quality is all about. Session brew heaven!

IronDjinn, Mar 25, 2008
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3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The India Ale pours a darker amber with a foam head that dissipates quickly. It leaves some circular sea foam lacing.

The smell is a balanced hop and malt profile. In the mouth it has that distinct Sam Smith water flavor. I have found their ale to have a unique taste especially on the ale side. In the mouth it doesn't have much of an appearance. It is light and fairly carbonated. It seems a little weak and lacking in the hop profile for an IPA. It definitely has a strong malt profile in the taste than I am used to. Overall I am a fan of Samuel Smith Old Brewery and you should try this one as well.

cswhitehorse, Mar 22, 2008
Photo of champ103
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The color here is a deep and clear amber/red. A good white head forms and leaves sticky lace down the glass.
S: This is a very unique smell. I don't know if I really like it or not. There is plenty of floral hops and plenty of malt to balance things out. There is also this weird fruity, tarty, tangy, smell that I can't describe all that well.
T: The uniqueness carries over to the taste. It is much more sweet though, almost cloying. It is kind of like sweet hard candy. Again, plenty of hops and malt that is well balanced.
M/D: This is rich, creamy, and well carbonated in the mouth. Extremely smooth and easy to drink.

Like all good English IPA's this has a great balance of hops and malt. I am not sure if I described the taste and smell accurately, or if I even like it. Though I can't bring myself to give this a bad score. However, this is something that I will revisit, and would recommend for people to try for themselves.

champ103, Mar 19, 2008
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3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16.9oz. bottle into a pint glass. Burnt orange color, with a big head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is very fruity with only a touch of floral hops underneath. Tastes exactly like it smells, fruit first with a slight hop bitterness underneath. As it warms up, the bitterness and some alcohol comes out. Mouthfeel is slightly thin, but fairly lively. This is my first English IPA and it's entirely different from American IPAs. My preference lies with the latter, although the former is dangerously easy to drink.

throwitallaway, Mar 16, 2008
Samuel Smith's India Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
83 out of 100 based on 1,554 ratings.