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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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1,667 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,667
Reviews: 887
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 23
Gots: 88 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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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.

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4/5  rDev +9%

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.

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4.32/5  rDev +17.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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4.04/5  rDev +10.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

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3.72/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.72/5  rDev +1.4%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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4.33/5  rDev +18%
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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3.2/5  rDev -12.8%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
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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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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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Samuel Smith's India Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
83 out of 100 based on 1,667 ratings.