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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

Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
United Kingdom (England) | website

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
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 in at the end and joins a ghostly hop finish.

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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Photo of Tilly
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.56/5  rDev -4%
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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Photo of beergoot
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
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...

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Photo of 8BaconBits
3/5  rDev -19.1%

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.

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Photo of AyeMito
4.48/5  rDev +20.8%

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!

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Photo of Yanknonion
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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

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Photo of ENogueira
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

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.

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Photo of Bear1964
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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.

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Photo of arc3636
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

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Photo of Fielde
3.27/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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Photo of gunnerlincoln
4.84/5  rDev +30.5%
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!

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Photo of Gear54
3.29/5  rDev -11.3%
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!

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Photo of gonzo000
3.07/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

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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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Samuel Smith's India Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
84 out of 100 based on 918 ratings.