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

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BA SCORE
84
good

1,633 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 1,633
Reviews: 873
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 21
Gots: 70 | 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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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

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3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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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.

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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.

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Samuel Smith's India Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
84 out of 100 based on 1,633 ratings.