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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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Reviews: 904
Hads: 1,776
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 17.79%
Wants: 34
Gots: 146 | 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 TheVenerableMead
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of titty_mcbitty
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of Auraan
4.53/5  rDev +22.1%
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.

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Photo of Theheroguy
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At first sweet crystal malts present themselves. Followed by a tangy citrus hop character. Sweet citrus hoppy aroma. Very easy drinking and like many British beers it is perfectly carbonated. Tart tangy finish touch of diacetyl. I highly recommend this and thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Photo of VALIS666
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poor aroma, smells mildly of apricot, sweet rolls, but also of standing water. Nice deep orange pour, lots of lacing. Tastes very fresh and crisp, as most Samuel Smith’s beers do. Pleasant bitter, mouthwatering finish, a bit of a sour aftertaste. A nice drinking beer.

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Photo of Richardbeerlover
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice reddish amber with a decent head that quickly dissipates. Has a nice light floral scent. Nice floral hoppy flavor that is light and refreshing. Slight bitterness at the finish. A decent beer that you can have a couple of with no problem.

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Photo of scratch69
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Clear copper orange color with two fingers worth of head. Light amount of lacing.

Smell- Caramel malt and floral hop aroma.

Taste- Caramel malt sweetness with a mellow floral and fruity hop bitterness for balance.

Mouth feel- Medium bodied and creamy with a slightly below average amount of carbonation.

Overall- I enjoyed this more than a lot of American IPAs that I've tried. Not bad but not real memorable either. Too bad I really enjoy many of Samuel Smith's other offerings.

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Photo of IronLover
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Lightly weathered copper orange in color with a light chill haze. Poured with a short, dense, bright white foam that settled to a thick cap and left thick sheets of sticky lacing on the glass. Caramel and toasted malt aromas with toffee and light floras and herbal hop notes. Smooth, light oily feel with slightly subdued, tangy carbonation overtop and a lightly dry finish. Caramel and toasted malt flavors with toffee notes. Floral and herbal hop flavors emerge through the middle to the end. Finishes dryly with a bready malt and herbal hop aftertaste.

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Photo of LovenHoppiness
4.29/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type- Bottle. Love the old feel of the packaging, gold foil to the front label and the history.

Apperance- Deep orange copper color, with a nice white soapy head that broke to a lace. Wonderful!

Smell- Sweet malt-carmel with straw like grassy notes that lead into floral hoppy ending.

Crisp refreshing mouth feel lightly carbinated that moves into smooth hop bitterness that reminds of the sun tea my momma used to make. Great mild IPA brewed to sip on while watching the kids play, or getting ready to grill.

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Photo of NDNGerald
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very nice beer has a great mouthfeel and aroma. I first notice a citrus with some grassy notes. Taste is smooth hoppy citrus with a clean finish goes great with seafood. Pour is a brownish color very little head. If cold from fridge pour in room temp glass to let beer develop taste and smell.

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Photo of Foyle
4.72/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 3" off white fluffy head that dissipates slowly and leaves significant lacing. Lovely copper color with moderate carbonation.
Aroma: pleasant floral hop aroma and a fruity aroma that I can’t quite identify
Mouthfeel: medium bodied and somewhat sticky mouthfeel. Semi-dry finish.
Flavor: lovely balance of sweet and pleasant caramel malt flavor with earthy and spicy hop bitterness. I can’t find anything to criticize about this beer. It is pure liquid enjoyment.
Overall: Outstanding, world class ale from one of the best breweries on the planet.. Great job Samuel Smith!

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Photo of fscottkey
2.95/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an amber color with a reddish tinge to it. Sports a 1 finger bubbly cap that dissipates quickly.

S: More subdued that I anticipated. Some fruits like apple and apricot.

T: I am hit with a spice that I can't place on the initial sip. Same thing on the second sip. There is some bitterness and no sweetness to even it out. I am getting fruit flavors, orange and grapefruit.

M: Cool and crisp all the way through.

O: This is a mildly bitter beer with nothing to balance it out. No sweetness or hops to give any other character. I like Samuel Smith's as a brewery - but this is not their best offering.

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Photo of TucsonTom
4.63/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I guess I have a soft spot for what Samuel Smith brews. Perhaps it's their old timey labels. Or maybe it's their story about using "stone Yorkshire squares fermenting vessels". I dunno.

But I think they make some mighty tasty beer with low ABVs, 5% in the case of this English IPA.

This beer looks perfect, smells great (if you know you're not going to find Northwest American hops), has wonderful mouthfeel and is tasty to the last room-temp sip.

It was also nice that it was on sale for $3.33 for their bomber.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear orange-golden pour, big fluffy head with big bubbles, like honey comb.
Smell: grainy malts, pinch of salt, apple peel, dried up flowers, English hops.
Taste is a mix of rich robust biscuity malts and very bitter dry hops . Some fruitiness throughout, with apple, pear and faint apricot, citrus, bit of wood, some pine. English hops dominate most of the taste, from dry autumn leaves, to dry tobacco and a bit of unwanted metal.
Medium carbonation and body, a tiny bit oily, goes down well.
Not sure if it's too bland or very traditional, for me it feels like one of the original IPAs, an extra-hopped British ale to survive the long trip to India, thus a bit.. "clumsy".

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Photo of theteleman
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from PW Mart in Poway. Pours orangey/light amber with a decent white head and good lacing. Smells fruity with some malty backbone. Nice taste, hoppy(not American West Coast hoppy), fruity and more malts then I'm used to in an India Ale. Very smooth, pleasent on the palate. Havent had a bad beer by Samuel Smith yet, this one is very nice, really liking the different flavors found in this brew, nothing like the typical IPA's in these parts, a nice change.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16.9 oz bottle was poured in a pint glass at Doyle's in J.P.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that for the most part is still there. It is a copper color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Super frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Slight citrus, herbal, and floral aroma with toasted and caramel malts in the rear.

Taste: Same as above with balance between hops and malt.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little chewy, tingly bitterness, medium bodied, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty solid EIPA. I dig it. Another good installment from the Samuel Smith brewery.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into an English pub glass. Notably light in color, a gold yellow with a formidable dull white head that holds its shape. Aroma is floral and fruity, reminiscent of black tea, dried apricots, perhaps some unlit tobacco, faint citrus rind. Some classic English hop aroma but overall the smell is restrained. Palate features a similarly downplayed malt backbone that manifests as caramel and popcorn with the odd toasty protuberance, a hint of treacle, a fruity floral bubble gum element (or perhaps grape popsicle?), and the black tea/dried fruit notes from the nose. Gentle on the mouth despite the aggressive head and carbonation, smooth and featuring the unusual Samuel Smith diacetyl caress that works so well in their brews. Body on the thin side. Finishes semi-dry, including a lingering sweetness as well as a mineral bite. Some forest floor type hop effects. Overall, my impression is favorable. Some unique hop and yeast-derived flavors which grew on me as I made my way through an initially mellow and murky pint in which I struggled to pinpoint the specific flavors.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Samuel Smith's 'India Ale' @ 5.0% , served from a 550 ml bottle that was part of the SS gift box purchased for $15

A-pour is gold from the bottle to glass with a medium size off-white head which is leaving a spotty lace along the pint

S-floral , sweet malt

T-smooth crisp clean , lacking a punch

MF-mild carbonation , medium body

Ov-ok beer , decent English IPA , bit mellow

prost LampertLand

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Photo of BeersIsTheName
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served cold poured in a pilsner.

A- Golden orange hue with a full four finger head.

S- More malty than an average IPA. Somewhat of what I can only describe as a "sour" smell, but not in a bad way.

T- Complex and flavorful. Balanced with the hops, barley, and yeast. Not a strong IPA like you would expect.

M- Good carbonation. Light bite. Even though served from a bottle it has a draft feel.

O- Not what you would expect an IPA to be. This is not to say that it is not good, because it is. It just isn't what you would get with a traditional APA or IPA.

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a 550 ml bottle to a pint glass.

The beer pours a pale and clear gold with a foamy two finger head that breaks quickly leaving wisps of foam behind. The smell is mild, much different than a typical American IPA mostly malts followed by hops afterwards. The taste is sweet and malty, more typical of an English bitter to my palate than an IPA. Mouth feel is medium body with medium carbonation.

This is a session ale if I have ever had one... It reminds me so much of the other British pub ales I have had and that is not a bad thing, but if you are expecting an American IPA look elsewhere.

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Photo of Badger6
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from an English Pint (18.7 oz) bottle from a gift box that included a Samuel Smith English tulip pint to enjoy this beer.

A: Crystal clear bod, bronze-amber in color. The head rises fast and frothy and is colored pure white, it recedes only slightly into a dense, rocky covering on the top of the beer, holding about half of its volume for over 15 minutes.

S: Distinctly malty, with a fruity and hoppy complement.

T: Does not follow the nose, exactly. Malty with a distinct aromatic floral flavor, not fruits, on the front. Quickly gives over to a pronounced, but not harsh, hop bite. Crisp, bitter finish. No unsavory aftertaste.

M: Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of moderate, with a dry finish. Lots of carbonation buzz.

O: This is a hard beer to rate. Having consumed numerous American IPAs, this is distinctly different. I think overtime it could win me over for the sheer fact that the English invented IPA so they could ship beer to India without spoilage. The hop flavors are not as pronounced as an AIPA, yet the bitterness is much more distinct. The flavor is nice, but does not stand out. Though, I would like to try this again paired against some spicy Indian or Thai fare to see how it holds up; with the bitterness, I suspect it will perform quite well. Will definitely try this again.

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Photo of scotorum
4.16/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 18.7 oz. gift set bottle into a Samuel Smith English tulip pint.

a; Clear dark gold with a two inch tall white head which receded to thick surface foam and dense lacing.

s; Moderate pine resin.

t: A pleasant floral up front over moderate hop bite. Later with hints of cardboard or drywall paste which turns grassy.

m: Light to moderate. Considerable carbonation tingle.

o: A different sort of English IPA, with more hop flavors and bitterness than I expected, otherwise rather light in color if not mouthfeel for an English IPA. Still in all a different and tasty brew, a credit to the venerable Samuel Smith lineup. Stands up well against the average hoppy American IPA.

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Photo of angusdegraosta
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Solid copper color. The hops and malt are subtle but readily apparent in the smell. The taste is all English - I don't know if it is as typically strong as other English IPAs, but it is thoroughly pleasant. The mouthfeel is extraordinary - no heavy bitter aftertaste. The well-integrated hops are present as you savor, not afterward. The malt and a little balanced sweetness are what stays with you. This gets solid points for being an extremely drinkable beer - not epically brilliant, but really fantastic for a session. I will get this again without question.

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Photo of Michaelcbyrnes
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - deep golden with creamy white head

Aroma - malty with a hint of orange rind, floral and fruity hop aroma

Taste/ mouthfeel - full round caramel but not sweet with a floral/ earthy hoppiness with an airy lightness which finishes dry and on a malty note.

Overall - really nice British IPA with a great malt quality the hops are subtle but well balanced. Just a really pleasant British IPA to drink.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle, no date

a bright crystal clear copper color, whispy off-white head. aroma is fairly strong and hoppy, but I don't dig the actual smell - it's a bit too earthy. taste is a bit too herbal and earthy for me as well for an IPA. I know it's an English IPA, but the flavors just don't work too well. decent malt balance. medium body and carbonation.

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Samuel Smith's India Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
84 out of 100 based on 904 ratings.