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

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,691 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 1,691
Reviews: 891
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 25
Gots: 103 | 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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Photo of comadiv
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of lushes22
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of Wiffler27
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rfgetz
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of samtrillo
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of BBelch
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Harthan
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bassboneman
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
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)

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2.88/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

Photo of torwart68
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of torwart94
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ken_P
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of IPA1978
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of jeff1973
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Devon_
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of NeubTube
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.8/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of lehueve
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.56/5  rDev -3%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Samuel Smith's India Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
83 out of 100 based on 1,691 ratings.