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

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896 Reviews
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Reviews: 896
Hads: 1,743
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.06%
Wants: 28
Gots: 125 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (743 characters)

Photo of lushes22
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (450 characters)

Photo of samtrillo
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (618 characters)

Photo of bassboneman
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
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) (409 characters)

Photo of HunterWatts
2.88/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Sour & lacking depth, but feels like you're drinking history. Thin -- especially if you've been drinking a lot of American big hops -- but still good. Somehow more than the sum of its parts. (190 characters)

Photo of ExtraStout
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%

A - Beautiful clear, dark amber. Thick, creamy head that stays a reasonable amount of time and leaves a good amount of soft, thick lacing.

S - No discernible specific notes in the smell. Light, a little hoppy. Maybe a touch of fruity scent.

T - Kind of generic tasting. Good, but nothing unusual or unique. A little sour, but a fruity sour, not a spoiled sour.

M - Very clean, light feel. No oiliness, no real bitter aftertaste (just a nice hop.)

Wish I could offer a more interesting perspective or review, but all I can say it it's just a pleasant, easy drinking ale that's not spectacular, but nothing to complain about either.
I'd willingly have another, and that's good for me. (691 characters)

Photo of magpieken
4/5  rDev +7.2%

550ml. Pours a slightly opaque, pale amber, orange colour with an effervescent white head which quickly dissipated leaving a trace of lace. Gentle caramel malt aroma with some citrus. Underlying light sweetness, tangy bitterness in the middle with a very long, mildly bitter finish. Quite dry, creamy texture, medium to full body. Not a beer I would rave about but decent enough in its own way. (394 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
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 (493 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (982 characters)

Photo of Tilly
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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. (188 characters)

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
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. (760 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear, deep gold color with frothy, rich, creamy head; an abundance of rapidly rising, small bubble carbonation. Bready malt and musty grass aroma. Bread crust flavor with a bitter wrapper and a mild apricot fruitiness; caramel. Medium body; dry finish.

A solid, robust English-styled IPA. Soda cracker and bread stick maltiness over a big, smooth hop bitterness. Very pleasing, very satisfying... (398 characters)

Photo of 8BaconBits
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Decent beer. Went to the Great British Beer Festival in London 2014 and was disappointed with everything there. Wished this was poured there! Not the usual IPA I'm used to on the west coast; it's a good change.

Heavy feel to it. Very malty.

Medium orangey color. Poured from 550ml bottle to glass. (304 characters)

Photo of AyeMito
4.48/5  rDev +20.1%

This beer has wonderful balance and a rich flavor of hops and malts. On the nose I get fresh notes of malt and wheat with smaller hints of citrus and caramel. I also get a fresh hint of hops on the palate. If you are huge into hops and want a lot in your beer, this one may not be for you. However, I will say that this is one of the better IPAs I have had. Absolutely great! (375 characters)

Photo of Yanknonion
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Really like this one, Starts with a nice foamy head, (doesn't stay long though), has a malty flavour, hops in back, medium feel, I'll have another, thanks (154 characters)

Photo of ENogueira
2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

Large 550ml bottle poured in an official Samuel Smith pint glass. Huge, foamy head. Golden colored ale. Tasted rather bland, smooth at first taste. Spicy, citrus notes. Aftertaste, though, is a deal-breaker. Leaves a metallic, mineral-like, alcoholic tinge that lingers. Definitely not my favorite IPA. (312 characters)

Photo of Bear1964
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Nice showing of a English IPA that had a great pour from the bottle into a Pint glass, wonderful bronze color with a off white head..fair lace and malty aroma. Malt flavor is upfront with tingly hops in the background, light to medium mouthfeel is refreshing and makes for a tasty drinking beer. (295 characters)

Photo of arc3636
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

First English IPA I've tried. Not as hoppy as the American style, but very well balanced. Poured pale orange with 2 fingers of white head and great lacing. Aroma was malty with spicy hops. Flavor was solid and balanced, but i was blown away by the mouthfeel.Very good, drinkable beer. I hope i can find it again. (312 characters)

Photo of Fielde
3.27/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A good looking beer that poured with a nice head.

The smell had more of a liquor smell than that of the normal aromas of beer.

The initial taste was excellent but there was a slight aftertaste of alcohol but still a quality beer.

Overall very pleasing beer. (260 characters)

Photo of gunnerlincoln
4.84/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This has to be one of the smoothest IPA's I have ever consumed.

I opened the bottle to be welcomed by a wonderful aroma. It doesn't have that bold hop smell that some IPA's pack. Poured the beer into an actual Samuel Smith nonick pint glass and the result is a beautiful golden colored ale with a nice smooth, frothy head that holds.

The first sip and I was in heaven. This IPA is so much smoother than others, and at 6% ABV, it's very easy to drink. It has a good mouth feel and noticeable citrus notes throughout. The last sip is as enjoyable as the first. I would highly recommend this IPA to anyone that enjoys a smooth, refreshing beer with a lot of flavor.

Samuel Smith delivers as usual! (698 characters)

Photo of Gear54
3.29/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle into a pint glass

A: dark gold or light orange hue. Thin head with minimal lace on the glass

S: weak malts and citrus

T: hops and oranges very little bitterness

M: light mouth feel. Flavored fade quickly. Very easy drinking

O: not my favorite from Sam smith however I would enjoy the hell out of this on a hot summer day! (340 characters)

Photo of gonzo000
3.07/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

a. orange see through with minimal head, dissipates early.

s. All I get is apple cider vinegar.

t. The vinegar taste is in the finish. There is some body that saves this rather average beer taste.

m. Good.

O. This beer is not going to be revisited. It is slightly above Okay. (279 characters)

Photo of TheVenerableMead
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a pint bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A - Light copper with a touch of haze. Almost no head after a not-too-gentle pour. No lacing to speak of.

S - Nice earthy, hoppy, floral smell with a bit of malted grain.

T - Lots of bitter hop and wild, medicinal flower. A nice roasty, grainy malt flavour. The end of it all is almost reminiscent of a cup of Ceylon or Darjeeling.

M - Really like a nice malty pale that turns into tea right before you swallow it.

O - Not my favorite ale, but it's a nice change-up at times. I like this one really cold. It's really more of a beer for a quite contemplative evening rather than a refresher after sweaty lawn work. (676 characters)

Photo of titty_mcbitty
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (858 characters)

Photo of Auraan
4.53/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a gorgeous semi-clear golden orange with one finger of fluffy white head that grew to two fingers and receded slowly leaving lacing down the glass. A true beauty of a beer, one of the best looking IPAs I have ever seen. Scents of abundant floral and herbal hops with notes of jasmine and lavender. An earthy hop presence is also discernible alongside hints of honey and crystal malt. Very faint traces of fruit. An excellent aroma profile that is rich, floral, earthy and pleasant. Excellently done. Flavor begins with a nice hit of floral and herbal hops, with a slightly medicinal flavor to them and faint honey-like notes and toasted malt in the background. The level of bitterness is lower than in American IPAs but pleasant and true to style. These flavors continue throughout the sip and are joined in the middle by a nice earthy, hoppy character and moderate-high bitterness. Finish is dry with notes of floral, herbal and earthy hops and a faint hint of honey. Aftertaste is dry with floral, herbal and earthy notes, toasted malt and the tiniest hint of honey. An excellent, complex, hoppy, yet not overbearing flavor profile that is true to style and quite pleasant on the palette. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with moderate carbonation and a slightly dry character. Wonderfully done, pleasant to drink and very true to style. Overall this is an excellent English IPA that captures the aroma, flavor, mouthfeel and spirit of the style perfectly. Well worth having. (1,489 characters)

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