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

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1,503 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,503
Reviews: 857
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 19
Gots: 42 | 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.

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EvilKeith

Alabama

4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a somewhat hazy motor oil golden amber color with a thin biege head. Lace was fine, but sticky.

Smell was sweet malt, a bit of rich toffee, piney and spicy hops.

Taste was on the bitter side, but enjoyable. A hint of sweet dark fruits and the hops. Spicy bittering finish.

Medium bodied. Crisp. Fairly active carbonation.

Nicely done! One fine IPA!

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2006 16:10:34 | More by EvilKeith
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flaminghomer

Indiana

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice looking bottle and nice looking beer. Good copper color and creamy head. A bit too watery. But goes down smooth. Taste is with the style but not overly hoppy. Just a bit more hops than a good english pale ale. Very drinkable and not overfilling. I wish that I could drink it more often.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2006 04:45:41 | More by flaminghomer
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kdmorse

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Copper. Small white head. Crystal clear.

S: Nutty. Subtle tea flavor. I don't like tea. Hops start to appear as it warms.

T/M: Big malt body. Same (unpleasant to me) tea as in the nose. Hops are slightly piney and crisp in the end. They bring the beer together nicely. Carbonation and mouthfeel are great. Refreshing and light without being thin.

D: Low alcohol makes it a true session beer. Would prefer the 8-9% abv that the officers and the elite enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2006 00:03:18 | More by kdmorse
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amstelcat

Ohio

3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Color is a nice, dark copper color with a dirty white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Nose is definately malty with hints of caramel. Taste is...okay. Just that. Not much discernable hoppiness but not cloyingly sweet.

This beer went down in a hurry and was very drinkable. However, if you are expecting a typical American IPA with a good whack of bitterness, you're going to be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2006 01:40:45 | More by amstelcat
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Gagnonsux

Texas

3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S. Smith IPA is a clear copper with a moderate level of carbonation. The medium-sized head is thick and light brown in color. Aroma is of fruity malt with an edge of dry hoppiness. The overall strength of the aroma is fairly weak. Taste is of a sweet caramel English malt with an edge of fruitiness. Hop flavor here isn't as strong as expected, it mainly provides a dry, herbal aspect to the dominate malt flavors. Flavors are complex and nicely layered, the only downsides here are a weak aroma and the disapointing lack of hoppiness.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2006 21:01:37 | More by Gagnonsux
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass.
A solid beer. Good amber body, rather thin head, but durable. Smell of hops, coriander, and light biscuit.
Tasted like an IPA and little light in the bite, but full in the flavor. Hops flavor dominates, but not dry. I tasted mint in one sip, but couldn't find it again.
Well balanced, easy driking. I like my IPAs cold, but this was good a little warmer

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2006 17:06:21 | More by Mebuzzard
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Cresant

Kentucky

4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

550 ml bottle with no date. Poured heartily into an IPA flute/pilsner. Created a rocky three fingers of beige foamy head, which released the aromatics nicely. Body was a clear golden brown.

The smell was fresh, hoppy and clean but disapated as the foam receded to a ring.

The taste was sweeter and less hoppy than the APA's and DIPA's I frequently drink but this is an "old school" India Ale. I found it to be solidly balanced. A crisp hoppy presence that sits on the tongue while coldest. Malts come forward as the beer warmed. This is a multidimensional beverage.

Mouthfeel was pleasant with a mild but prickly alcohol sizzle.

I found it to be very drinkable and a great accompaniment to food. Not as much a sipper as a refreshing drinker.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2006 16:52:02 | More by Cresant
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jockstrappy

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper color with an off-white 2 finger head that provides a sticky lace. Aroma is more sweet malts then anything, slightly floral hop, and a hint of fruit....pear maybe. Taste is very surprising.... smooth, buttery malt up front, with a pleasant hop bitterness that hits the palate before a smooth finish. Mild carbonation and medium body make for a pleasant mouthfeel, and make this ale very sessionable.

Truthfully, not what I was expecting, but not bad by any means. I was just expecting something a little more hopped up. This one is very close in comparison to their pale ale, but still, a solid and well balanced offering.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2006 23:43:54 | More by jockstrappy
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jameaterblues

New York

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden orange hue, and gives a 1/2 inch white head that stuck around for a while, and left a thick bubbly white lace.

S: The first thing that I noticed was the sweet caramel malts....and then some citrusy and spicy hops. As the beer warmed up I began to notice a more of red fruit in the scent, as well as a grapefruit.

T: Strong citrusy hops at the tip and throughout the body. Sweet caramel malts come out during the the finish and create a really nice balance. There is a very mild bitter sweet after taste that follows.

M/D: This beer was medium bodied, with moderate carbonation. I bought it knowing I was going to eat spicy Indian food with part of it. It was the perfect accompaniment. Once again Sam Smith does not disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2006 03:33:40 | More by jameaterblues
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jdmorgan

Virginia

3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This IPA poured an amber/copper color with a medium/small head. It had a rich malty aroma as well as plenty of hop aroma to it as well. The taste had plenty of body which I found to be enjoyable as well as a medium/heavy hop bitterness to top off the taste. I felt that this IPA had a good malt:bitterness balance to it and I found it to be a crisp and clean ale well worth what I paid for it. Give it a try if you enjoy IPA's.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2006 02:42:34 | More by jdmorgan
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jabocu

Georgia

3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper/orange color with a one finger white cap. Cap dissipated quickly. Aroma is toffee & caramel malt, toasted marshmellow, spice, floral, and citrus hops. malty but clean smell. As aroma suggested, flavor is caramel & toffee at first. Has the Tadcaster wheat twang I am familiar with. Spiciness leading into a biting hops and burnt toast. Aftertaste is hangs lightly for a few seconds only. Carbonation is low, body is med-low, and finishes dry.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2006 00:03:32 | More by jabocu
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sinistermadman

Oregon

3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a burnt orange while yielding a fine head which quickly settles to a lace. Smell is of toffee, caramel and grain. Somewhat sweet in aroma.

Taste is of toffee, grain and hops. The hops are most predominant with the sugary malts as a supporting cast. Not an overly dominant hop presence as you would expect in an IPA, even for an UK. Mouthfeel is only achieved through hop twang, otherwise the body is slippery and rather thin. Not too bad. The end result is a pretty drinkable ale that holds it's own, but won't make you contemplate the meaning of life after drinking it.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2006 22:40:14 | More by sinistermadman
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Seems to be more of a Pale Ale than an India Ale.

A: Clear copper, off-white head, very little retention, but it does leave some lace.

S: Sweet toffee and caramel malt with a touch of fresh, floral hops.

T: Solid malty backbone (bread, caramel, toffee & nut), surprising for its strength/weight. Fairly neutral bittersweet balance (is this bitter enough for the India designation?), with only a little hop flavour (floral & earthy, with a little orange/citrus).

M: Moderate body is slightly creamy, carbonation is a little on the light side. I think it'd be livelier with a little more carbonation.

D: Something you could drink all night.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2006 22:21:35 | More by Derek
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Freshie

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a large Victorian size bottle.

A nice amber colour with light bubbly head.

The smell is a bit hoppy with herbal, and floral highlights.

The taste is malty, with tangy herbal flavour, that is in good balance with the hops. Hops comes out a bit in the aftertaste.

Very smooth, and not what I expected. English ales do not usually pour on the hops, so to speak, like American counter-parts, but I did not expect the malt flavour to be so present. Still good though. Had sort of a tea-like quality.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2006 20:34:15 | More by Freshie
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orfeu

New Mexico

3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle (amber glass for a Samuel Smith beer -- hell yeah!). Pours clear amber with sticky light onionskin colored head. Moderate carbonation. Hoppy aroma is of course somewhat subdued as this is an English IPA. Fruity esters of orange marmelade, canned pineapple, and a sweetish, almost banana-like scent. Interesting to say the least! On the taste, hops are floral and earthy, almost but not quite pine-inflected. Strangely, lowish alcohol content (5% abv) is not very well masked. Malts come through in mid-sip as a caramelly side note before a lovely mineral/bitter hop finish. Earthy bitter hop burps finish sour. Medium body and slightly astringent, juicy/chewy mouthfeel. This IPA is a fine choice, however, more often than not I find other choices I prefer more without the high price of Samuel Smith beers (the only justafiably priced one, IMO, is their Russian Imperial Stout).

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2006 17:30:08 | More by orfeu
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Tupperwolf

Washington

3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Always so nice to pour a good beer into that brewery's own branded pint glass. Such was the case with Sam Smith's IPA, after a thorough rinsing to remove water spots left by the dishwasher (grrr). The beer pours a nice clear amber with a finger-and-a-half soapy yellow-white head that sticks around through several draughts, then fades to four millimeters and stays there, fed by lazy bubbles. Soapy lacing is left behind.

Huge Sam Smith's horseyard smelling malts are the dominant scent, with just a bit of farmland hop finish; It's a little weak in the hops, even for an English IPA, but the scent is really big and bold, and I have a hard time faulting it.

The malts are, again, dominant in the flavor; They have a weird bite that I only seem to get from Sammy's beers - not off, mind you, but probably due to the yeast that they have cultivated there, or their choice of hops - it's a characteristic taste that is unique to the brewery and shouldn't be bashed or changed. The dominant malts have a bit of butterscotch character, but are mostly horsey - and not in a brettanomyces way, but in a kind of mildew, old wet wood smell - maybe just a little of Golden Retriever wet dog flavor. Sounds weird, but it's tasty. I just can't describe it properly. You'll have to trust me.

This is one of those beers that floats on the tongue - as you take in a mouthful, it feels as though it's levitating inside your mouth, touching everything at once and then again, not quite touching everything - making its prescence known, but not overstaying its welcome. It has a thick body for an IPA, with very light carbonation, and a lightly bitter finish that fades to malts after a little while.

If you're looking for a hoppy beer, look elsewhere. Hell, look to a doppelbock for hops before you look to this. this isn't supposed to be hoppy. It's supposed to be a Sam Smith's English IPA, and that's goddamn well what it is. Those chaps can do whatever the bollocks they want with their beer. I havent' yet had a bad one.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2006 01:46:42 | More by Tupperwolf
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oolite

Maryland

4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear amber/copper color, with a short white to offwhite head.

The more I smell this, the more scents I can distinguish: at first a sweet, lightly citrus scent with just a faint bit of spice. After a few sips the nose seems more of a buttery toast, or even marshmallow. Very pleasant.

The creamy, marshmallow notes come through in the taste, as well as a bit of acidic fruits, but the dominant note is definitely the spicy, bitter hops.

Easy to drink, feeling mostly smooth but with an IPA style kick to it.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2006 00:25:38 | More by oolite
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klewis

Ohio

3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a reddish-golden hue with a huge frothy head that sustains at two or three fingers and sticks all over the glass.

S: Not much smell. Slight vegetal aromas and something that reminds me of paint.

T: Unexpectedly malty with little hop presence at all. There are some watered down fruity flavors, as well as lots of diacetyl. Only slightly bitter in the finish.

M: Very light carbonation makes this a smooth drinker, but the body is somewhat watery and on the lighter side.

D: Not bad, but nothing special. Perhaps I would like this more if I weren't so used to American IPA's and APA's.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2006 00:36:28 | More by klewis
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jmz62565

Connecticut

3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours a clear amber with a huge tan foamy head. The smell is lighter than your typical American IPA,but you can still detect some hops that are a bit citrusy. The taste has some hop bitterness,but it also has almost a brown ale final. There is a creamy nuttiness to this beer. The m/f is light and I don't really think the sweet malt and the hop bitterness is well balanced together. This is OK,and true to the original IPA,but there are so many better IPA's today that this is left as a old fossil and not really worth a second look.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2006 05:21:48 | More by jmz62565
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daliandragon

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been looking for this IPA for quite a while, its one of only a few Sam Smith's not available at Ronkonkama Beverage, my usual haunt. Picked this up at Big Z in Huntington.
Nice cloudy brown body that seems to have some heft to it. Head starts nice but fizzles quickly. Nose is surpringly more malt based, with chocolate hops and a sweet not not usually found in IPA.
Hops make the show early in the taste but mellow quickly without blasting you with bitterness. Fresh, yeasty taste; very typical of English ale. Not a smack you over the head with hops India ale but will appeal to those who like the style.
Mouthfeel isn't anything special but not a liability either. Drinkability for me is helped by the low abv and carbonation levels.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2006 02:52:40 | More by daliandragon
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sinstaineddemon

Connecticut

4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - this Sammy Smith offering pours with one finger of creamy white head

S - of course a hoppy aroma, with a citrus-y twang

T - Sweetier than most IPA's i've had, a refershing addition. kinda like red licorice, or maybe a light pear taste, hard to place, pear or white grape

M - smooth (very smooth) and sweet, with a rejuvenating bitter finish.

D - very much so

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2006 04:56:06 | More by sinstaineddemon
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Rezzin

California

3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a clean pint glass.

A - Copper brownish with lots of sediment. Was this beer bottle conditioned? Fluffy white head drops to a thin covering - almost milky in appearance.

S - Malty and fruity with some earthiness from the hops. You can smell it but it's not overly aromatic. Smells somewhat sweet.

T - First sip has a strong fruitiness in the front almost like apples or maybe even plums. Hmm.. more like apples. It's a little on the light side and you really can't detect the alcohol. Almost tastes a little spicy on the back with some bitterness. It's not bad.

M - Thin with a nice tart finish. Leaves a slightly dry aftertaste which is really not all that bad.

D - This isn't my favorite IPA but I thought it wasn't too bad. Definitely a sessionable beer. Might be a favorite for those who prefer the less hoppy and more malty ipas.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2006 01:19:16 | More by Rezzin
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JudgeRoughneck

Louisiana

3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a new copper colored beer with thick, creamy, white head. There isn't much in the way of smell, especially for an IPA. I get a very faint, soft, fruity hop smell. The taste is metallic then sweet for just a second before going very dry with a big bitterness and a dry, clean finish. Mouthfeel is on the thicker side with some stinging carbination. While there isn't really anything wrong with this beer, there is nothing terribly interesting about it either. I'd sooner take some of its American counterparts, especially for the price. Not Sam Smith's best beer by a long shot. Interestingly, I've had this beer past it's prime (like almost a year old probably) and thought it was very good. It had fun butterscotch flavors then.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2006 21:12:12 | More by JudgeRoughneck
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gbarron

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Great artwork on the label. Explains the history of IPA. Amazingly the bottle is brown. Smart move by Sam Smith's.

A - deep orange, glowing. Nice little off-white head forms about a cm or so thick, then retreats to a puddle in the middle, ring around the edge. No lacing.

S - great, great aroma. Beautiful smell of hops (Goldings?), floral, earthy. Nice fruit in there, pears, apples. Sweet, toasty malt. Biscuity.

T - tart bitterness up front, followed by minerally, chewy, earthy malt. Yeast here gives off a lot of fruity aromas and flavors. Dry, malty aftertaste. Malt flavors follow fresh hoppiness. Biscuity, yeasty, bready, caramel. Bitterness levels much lower than Americanized, modern IPA's but still quite bitter. Basically tastes like a great, traditional English pale ale with some extra hops. Some diacetyl evident.

M - medium to medium thin, a bit chewy. Carbonation seems just a tad high, a little tickly on the tongue.

D - very, very tasty brew. Definitely something I wouldn't mind having on draft and as a session beer. Great hop/malt balance.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2006 01:52:08 | More by gbarron
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HardTarget

Texas

3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle Inspection: No useful information on the 12 oz. BROWN bottle. Pretty though

Aroma: Smells like an English ale… if that makes any sense. Slight butter note, light fruit esters, and just hints of hops

Appearance: Orange brass colored mug with a speckled bubble tan quarter finger head that laced heartily.

Flavor: The slight fruit notes are a little deeper here, bitter orange rind, the buttery note is stronger, but pleasant, and only the mildest of hop notes. Hops seem in the flavor range (between bittering and aroma) and are pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Slightly creamy, firm carbonation with a prickle just after the swallow.

Overall Impression: A fine ale. Easy drinking, just strange that a classic IPA has so little hops. Enjoyable none the less.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2006 03:15:19 | More by HardTarget
Samuel Smith's India Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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