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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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1,540 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,540
Reviews: 862
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 19
Gots: 50 | 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 GuinnessSmurf


4.08/5  rDev +10.9%

Pours a brownish yellow into the glass with a pillowy thick head of vanilla colored foam. Smell is what you'd expect - hops.

This IPA is quite smooth and refreshing. The hops comes in medium at first and kicks in big at the finish. The overall sense of the beer is smooth and even milky sweet.

Good beer for repeat tasting...

03-11-2004 18:56:48 | More by GuinnessSmurf
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +17.7%

Sam Smith India Ale- my 5th of Sam Smith's offerings.

Appearance- Caramel orange with a thick white head that lasted!

Smell- Sweet malt and a light floral hop.

Taste- smooth hops, a ever so slight sweet malt.

Mouthfeel- crisp with very little to no bitterness and a hint of dryness in the backend.

Overall- A very drinkable beer that will definitely appear in my fridge again. Highly recommended!

02-29-2004 23:39:38 | More by NJpadreFan
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3.7/5  rDev +0.5%

Light to medium brown with amber accents... very light lacing.

Light malty smell, not very overpowering.

Light hops with slight sweet accents. Light florals with a malty aftertaste. Overall very good. A little smoother than other IPAs.

Carbonation is light and the beer doesn't feel watery at all... a smooth drink.

Very smooth beer, tastes great going down! Finish has the normal IPA strength.

02-18-2004 22:59:41 | More by jsolack
Photo of Zorro


3.78/5  rDev +2.7%

Pours a clear deep golden ale bordering on a brown color.

Smell is malty and fruity with a mild amount of hops in it.

Tastes drier than I would have expected. This has a strong tea like hops taste. Floral and malt tastes show up too. Very slightly bitter. Ok, but I expected more.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is good, this dry ale would go well with very spicy foods.

02-13-2004 02:35:12 | More by Zorro
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North Dakota

4.05/5  rDev +10.1%

Had a wonderful colour about it. A ruddy-reddish amber. The smell was a bit sweet, but not sickeningly so, and had to me, a faint, faint smell of bananas in the background. The taste was a bit sweet as well with some malt. Faintly bitter, but in a pleasing way. Would likely compliment something salty, be it a meal or just nibbles such as cashews or pretzels. The head was a very slight off-white and quite thick. It also remained for some time and laced thickly the sides of the glass.
I enjoied this one fairly well, and would probably buy it again.

01-25-2004 05:29:16 | More by SilentSabre
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Ontario (Canada)

5/5  rDev +35.9%

Appearance: Beautiful, exactly what I would want an IPA to look like. Light amber. Slightly hazy (maybe a bit too chilled). Wonderful pillowy 2 inch head that holds for some time.

Smell: Intense flowery hop. Slight unidentifiable sweetness.

Taste: Everything the nose promised and more. Wonderfully flowery, earthy hop flavours. Slight tea flavours present as well. Appetizing lemony acidity. Bitter but in a satisfying way. Slight biscuity aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Oh so creamy and good. Like I mentioned in the taste, bitter but in a satisfying, appetizing way.

Drinkability: Could drink these forever. An ultimate session beer. Keep these away from me cause I likely end up sick before I stop drinking them!

01-08-2004 22:12:13 | More by Ardon
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3.28/5  rDev -10.9%

Red-amber color
Enduring foamy white head.

Flavor is light. Hops subdued.

A “Little” fruity mild nose...

Definite signature bitterness of hops but it seems like the hops flavor wagon has stuck brakes as the wagon lumbered along the flavor trail with great effort.

The hops bitter edge dissipated quckly leaving behind a very mild malt flavor.

The finish is clean.

The engimatic part is that while in my opinion this beer is a rather “wimpy” IPA it still produces a certain satisfaction drinking it. Maybe it’s something in the beer’s specific gravity.

On the whole – Ho-Hum but I could quaff a few pints.

01-01-2004 06:02:27 | More by gueuzeonhigh
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4.08/5  rDev +10.9%

Impressive pour. Nice creamy head wih a beautiful dark brown or chestnut color. Not near as much hops in the nose as I am accustomed to. Rather sweet smelling. The taste is not all that hoppy either. It must be the Americans who have gone over the top with hops. Nice creamy mouthfeel. Medium hop taste with a nice malt balance. This beer was chilled moderately and I think that might be right.

12-27-2003 22:35:55 | More by daledeee
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New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +7.3%

I'll admit that I'm not the most experienced IPA drinker out there, so I won't be able to make the comparisons to this and some of infamous West Coast IPAs. But comparing this to Sam Smith's other pale ales, this one holds up just as well as the rest. This is a bit hoppier than your average pale ale, but it is a well balanced brew that is highly quaffable.

Sam Smith's India Ale pours a orange/red amber color with a nice off-white foam head that retains well and leaves some lace. A nice, crisp, perfumey and aromatic hoppy smell arises out of this beer. It strikes me as being somewhat citric and woodsy. There are some malt undertones as well. The mouthfeel is smooth, but not quite as smooth as Smith's other pale ales. Moderate fizziness present. The focal point is indeed the hoppiness, but the light malt sweetness with some caramel notes balances this one out. The hops do have a sense of perfuminess about them, but also give off notes of citrus, light pine, and possibly a bit of earthiness too. A sense of spiciness hits the back of the tastebuds as well. These hop flavors give the brew a sense of crispness and pleasurable drinkability. A long, drying bitterness ensues when the beer is swallowed and lingers for many minutes. The beer concludes with little alcoholic warmth.

I have yet to be disappointed with a Samuel Smith's beer. Each one is unique in its own way (even the organic versions). I could drink this beer for quite some time. As for food accompaniments, I would recommend some spicy Chinese food, or maybe a nice T-Bone steak. A beer for all seasons.

12-25-2003 06:06:27 | More by Beastdog75
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Golden body with a reddish tint, white stable head, moderate carbonation. Spicy hoppiness with some bread and grain.
Taste is as good as the smell, the hops are stronger but are balanced with a faint malt presence, some grass in the taste as well.
Moderate body, clean feel and pleasant after taste. This is a pretty good India Ale, easy to enjoy.


12-23-2003 00:32:37 | More by oelergud
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4.1/5  rDev +11.4%

Appearance – Almost clear orange in the body with a little carbonation and a big head that went down quickly and cleanly.

Smell – The floral hop aroma is laden with fruit, predominantly peach. I can also pick up some grapefruit. Behind that is a strong malt backbone. This is yet another balanced Sam Smith’s.

Taste – There it is; the classic Sam Smith. The malt base is laced with caramel and extremely smooth. The hops are fruity as they are in the nose with a bit of spicing.

Mouthfeel – Once again, this is an extremely smooth and creamy Sam Smith’s. The buttery undertones, mildness and balance of flavors, and subtle carbonation give this one a terrific mouthfeel. I feel that this is the strong point of the ale.

Drinkability – Not your heavy-hitting West Coast IPA by any means, but a terrific session ale in step with traditional English tastes.

12-17-2003 03:21:29 | More by RoyalT
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

“Top fermented in Stone Yorkshire Squares.”
It pours a brassy copper color with a fairly good-sized white head and some trails of lace. A floral hop aroma is front and center and light malty smell mingles with a faint whiff of cut hay. The biscuity malt body is lightly grainy with just a hint of caramel sweetness. This highly hopped ale displays a sharp grapefruit bitterness with a mild lemony sour taste. The light metallic tang provides some back of the throat edginess. A mildly herbal quality offers little reprieve from the bitterness, but does manage to provide an interesting angle to ponder.

12-16-2003 01:29:51 | More by BeerResearcher
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3.58/5  rDev -2.7%

Poured a fine white tan head that clinged to the side of the glass as it held itself up. The aroma is fresh, moderately hoppy aroma. Hazy, amber colored beer. The taste isn't bitter at all, suprising. A pretty balanced beer, the hops edge out the mildly sweet malty flavors, but aren't IPA's supposed to be more hoppy? and bitter? I like, it just reminds me more of a hoppy amber lager than an IPA.

12-15-2003 21:23:01 | More by HappyHourHero
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New York

3.85/5  rDev +4.6%

The Head, thick and frothy quickly diminished into the amber colored beer. There was little, if any carbonation. A very hoppy, yet floral scent led to a very hoppy taste. the bitterness of it is exactly what an IPA should be. Very strong with a nice mouthfeel. I would drink this again.

12-07-2003 15:56:13 | More by CBFanWish
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4.13/5  rDev +12.2%

550mL bottle poured into a pint glass. It pours a slighty hazy deep amber color with a large 3 finger head. There is a large amount of lacing left on the glass. The smell is full of hops and flowers, it smells like spring. Very nice. The taste starts a bit malty with some caramel sweetness. In the middle there is a little kick of citrus, and at the end a good bitter hop finish. The mouthfeel is fairly thick and strong. The drinkability is also pretty good. Truely a classic original IPA. Whenever you get tired of all the "double" and "imperial" IPAs, come home to this quintessential brew.

11-11-2003 03:09:09 | More by SheepNutz
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3.65/5  rDev -0.8%

Pours a nice golden-amber with a good number of bubbles rising to the surface. The yellowish head is medium sized with frothy bubbles and recedes to a good lace that is a little sticky. The aroma is of caramel malts with notes of mild hops. Nice medium-full mouthfeel that is smooth and slick feeling. The malt and hops seem very well balanced throughout. Nice subdued caramel malts towards the start, and a bit of a mild hop bite towards the finish. The hops linger into the aftertaste and are slightly citric. All in all, a very nicely balanced mild English IPA that would make for a good session brew. I enjoyed this one, but have to say that, these days, I’m leaning a bit more towards the more assertive IPAs.

11-04-2003 21:49:56 | More by byrd
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3.53/5  rDev -4.1%

Appearance: Pours a nice copper with an off-white thick head.

Aroma: Good hop spice and complimentary malt, but somewhat muted.

Taste: Nice hops up front, but the malt dominates the middle and finish. The hops blend well.

Mouthfeel: Coating, but crisp. Good malt and hop balance.

Drinkability: A nice, easy-drinking IPA from a great producer. A good crowd pleaser.

10-29-2003 15:37:34 | More by winomark
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3.48/5  rDev -5.4%

Copper color. Medium head. Aroma is fruity and spicy. A medium bodied IPA. Malts are nutty, a touch fruity and slightly sweet. Hops are slightly spicy, with a touch of grapefruityness. This is an IPA that is very much in the English style of IPA. Yet, it still has a nice hop bite. Well balanced and fairly smooth. Very drinkable. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is somewhat bitter.

10-12-2003 04:04:12 | More by beerguy101
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4.05/5  rDev +10.1%

I can't believe I haven't tried this beer before. This ale poured out a clear orange amber color, and the look of it is inviting. Nice fruity hop aroma. The taste is dry, full of citrus flavors and bitter. There’s also a nice sweet malt body with some caramel and maybe orange. Not too heavy, medium bodied and finishes dry and crisp. Very drinkable.

09-29-2003 04:16:10 | More by pezoids
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3.58/5  rDev -2.7%

A good example of the English-style IPa, with a sightly buttery feel to offset the hops tanginess. It pours a lovely amber, just like you'd expect if you were at any pub in Great Britain, and the smell is lightly citrus with a boost of floral hops. The taste is not really very complex; after an intial burst of caramel and lemon, the taste fades quickly and there a dullness to the finish. Still, a worthy brew.

08-25-2003 22:12:55 | More by longpondbeerman
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3.85/5  rDev +4.6%

The look is very nice with a coppery body and off white head that leaves spatterings of lace. The nose gives off the citrus hops notes to be sure, but follows with a nice malt undertone that is quite nice. There is a great sense of citrus in the taste, mostly of grapefruit and not too terribly bitter. A bit bitely in feel, but not overly so. A good India if not one of the top.

08-23-2003 12:18:34 | More by AtLagerHeads
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4.15/5  rDev +12.8%

I truly enjoyed Sam Smith's IPA. I feel vindicated in that my homebrewed IPA's taste more like this than the west coast hop-bombs. It is OK for an IPA to have significant maltiness, in my opinion. This is just a good English pale ale with an extra helping of hops. Never mind the IBU (bitterness) pissing contest of American brewers. Here are the particulars: Pours a nice thick head that subsided to 1/2 inch (more like 1 cm), deep golden-amber color, low to moderate carbonation. aroma is predominantly sweet, biscuity malt and earthy spicy hops in the background. Flavor is a nice intermingling of malt and strong hops. Very balanced and luxurous in the mouth. Fnished easy and leaves a pleasant malty/alcohol/hoppy aftertaste. What I sampled is likely an old bottle because it is imported. I can only imagine what this fine elixir tastes like at the brewery.

08-21-2003 00:08:49 | More by EagleTalon
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3.83/5  rDev +4.1%

550ml. bottle

A very nice mellow IA. Not what I was expecting but I was pleasantly surprised.

Pours a transparent copper color with a nice foamy head. The head shrinks but it sticks to the glass some on the way down. The scents are leafy with some spices. A decent amount of hops. There is a crispness on the nose.

The flavors are hops with a more grassy flavor. Not too much citrus or fruit in this one. Some butterscotch and even a cinnamon spice. The hops do not bite but there is some bitterness to the IA. A nice clean finish on the palate.

It drinks well and has a nice crisp feel to it. It is not near as hoppy as American IPAs. A smooth ale.

08-12-2003 06:09:55 | More by Rumrunner
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4.35/5  rDev +18.2%

A real pleasant suprise. My expectations for this were not that high, (even though I love Samuel Smith's beers) because I'm used to stronger IPA's. After an uneventful pour, the first taste grabbed me. Crisp, fruity, with just the right amount of bitterness. Nice, smooth mouthfeel. I recently had Fuller's IPA, and I think I like this one more. I can see where the micros used these beers as a starting point, as all of the elements are there. Lots of citrus, and the body is fuller than a lot of the micro IPA's.I will purchase more of this (and for those of you angered by Sammy's clear bottles, this was in a brown one!).

08-08-2003 16:05:23 | More by JohnnyDuvel
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4.33/5  rDev +17.7%

This is one of those wonderful rare ales that catches you a bit off guard. Pours into your glass a unique, orange tinted hue. Nice color, nice smell, take a sip and the taste just knocks you over. It has its own flavor, something quite complicated and unique to just this Ale. Sort of a sharp, tangy bitterness is the only way I can think of to describe it.

I know that sounds bad, but trust me, it's good.

This one seemes destined to become one of my favorite pale ales. Would probably make a fairly good baseline against which to compare all other IPAs.

08-06-2003 20:32:53 | More by SetarconeX
Samuel Smith's India Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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