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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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1,491 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,491
Reviews: 856
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 18
Gots: 39 | 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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Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice golden/copper color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down slowly and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of sweet bready and caramely malts, earthy hops and some dark fruit.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a citrusy/fruity feel from the hops, grassy/earthy notes witch gives it a slight bitterness, and grainy and bready malts with some caramel.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with decent flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 01:08:31 | More by SebD
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

11-21-2011 02:32:54 | More by IPAnoah
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +8.7%

11-21-2011 01:56:29 | More by RedAleMan
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

11-20-2011 19:11:26 | More by DoctorB2B
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3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I’m not usually a big fan of India ales but this one was good. It was malty with a very nice hoppy crispness to it. There was not a lingering hoppy bitterness to it that usually turns me off to India ales. I liked the sweet fruity smell of the ale which matched the fruity hoppy flavors. The malt flavors were nice which appears to be typical of Samuel Smith ales and English ales in general.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 21:02:44 | More by greenborn
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

11-18-2011 22:27:31 | More by ineva
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

11-18-2011 05:19:06 | More by TicoCali
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4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Victorian pint glass into a Samuel Smith's pint glass. Gift packs are great for drinking beers in their own glasses. Don't expect an huge hoppy IPA in the American style out of this beer. The hops are significantly less bitter and significantly less. It's not massively bitter, but it's a decent beer that helps the drinker get a feel for how the style started. With American IPAs averaging in the 7% range these days to move product by attracting consumers to the high alcohol content, this English ale is a refreshing change of pace, at 5% alcohol and American pale ale level IBUs. Purchased as part of a gift pack at Nick's Liquors in Hammond, IN and it was reasonable. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 07:45:17 | More by chicagoabbot
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

11-16-2011 00:51:19 | More by RyanPS
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

11-15-2011 05:22:29 | More by Lawnboy33
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

11-15-2011 02:58:34 | More by KidRagnarok
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3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 550 ml bottle into a Samuel smith pint glass, coded date. This pours a nice golden color with a foamy tan head. The smells are of light hops and biscuit malts. The feel is medium. The taste is good, light hops compared to an American ipa, with a malt backbone. Slightly more bitter than many esb.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 02:49:23 | More by DavidST
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3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Last from the Sam Smith pack picked up.

A: Pours a clear orange/copper color with a very foamy, white head on top, probably a little over an inch in height. It started off very large, but dissipated rather quickly. Sea foam like lacing on the sides.

S: Light grain and pale malt, very light hops, really much heavier on the malt bill. Some caramel and bready malt too.

T: Again, very light in terms of hop presence like an American IPA would be, grain and light english hops. A good bit of bread and caramel.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

O: Decent beer, even though it is an English IPA, would have liked the hops to a have been a bit more forward, but then again it is an English IPA from the UK, not from the US.

D - Pretty decent actually. he flavors were not too strong and the lightish body lended itself well to having a few of these. Not a bad session beer.

Overall this was pretty decent but I have had better. For some reason I am just not that impresssed with what comes out of this brewery. Gonna have to try some of the organics to see if it changes my mind,

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 21:19:07 | More by mdaschaf
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3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear amber, with 2 fingers of khaki-colored head that showed good staying power, yielding to a nice lacing that clings to the walls of the glass.

S: Not a lot there. Some bready malt, and just a touch of hops aroma.

T: Sweet malt is first, but brief, yielding to tartness, then a strong finish of bitter hops that lingers on the palate. Diacetyl notes detected.

M: Crisp, with a medium carbonation.

O: Full-flavoured, but not as aggressive with the hops (or malt) as its American IPA cousins. Honestly, that's a good thing in my book. The hops is a little strong for my taste, but for the style (which isn't my favourite), it's not bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 02:35:54 | More by TappaKeggaBrew
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3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Fairway on 86th and 3rd, upper east side.

Classic SS bottle, poured a very translucent yellowish fluid with surprisingly little head (I even drew the bottle back from the glass a bit to get it going). scarce to no lacing, very fluent an soft looking.

smell is very subtle. at times, sort of metallic sweetness coming from certain plzens; at others, tending to a pungent (although still waned) hoppy feel inclining to its namesake.

Taste I found to be very pleasant, albeit (yes, again) very moderate. soft sweet feel at the beginning only to be almost immediately overcome by a bitter sensation. however, this is a far cry from the american IPAs where the hops totally numb the tongue and palate; this one allows for a continuous flow between a maltier sensation, and a bitter companion (rather than dominatrix). Soft mouthfeel too, not to gassy or oily, it can even be drawn to be refreshing.

overall a nice beer, seemingly at times a watered down attempt on comparison to AmIPAs but definitely not a bad one to savour and session. liked it.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 02:57:10 | More by Andreji
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a bright coppery orange with a decent-sized, cream-coloured head of rocky foam and coarse bubbles. Retention is alright, gradually dissipating to a rather pillowy cap of foam and leaving frothy lacing.

S: Caramel and crystal malts with a fresh grain character mingles with loads of aromatic hops. Floral, fruity, herbal, zesty citrus, resiny, faintly woody and rather piney hop scents dominate, and some notes of honey and butteriness round out the nose.

T: Bready caramel malts with a buttery character and undertone of ale yeast are immediately joined by lightly fruity floral and herbal hops that give way to fuller, more bitter hop flavours of citrus (orange zest and a bit of grapefruit) and resiny pine with a generally earthy undertone. Tastes of fresh and toasted grain towards the finish.

M: Light-bodied with very light, smooth carbonation and a slightly astringent, tannic mouthfeel. The flavour profile is perfectly balance and stays refreshing with a dry, bitter hop finish.

D: A spot-on English IPA that makes up for a lack of complexity with drinkability; I really wish I could find it outside of Samuel Smith's seasonal gift pack, because it'd be a great summer beer. A benchmark IPA worth trying for any fan of English ales.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 22:00:10 | More by Kartoffeln
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New York

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear copper color with a huge 2 finger foamy beige head that faded very slowly and left very good lacing sticking to the sides.

Smells of biscuit, sweet malt, caramel, grains, citrus hops, tea leaf and orange peel; the biscuit or cracker aroma up front gives way to subtle hops for a nice sweet, soft nose.

Tastes grainy up front, with biscuit, sweet malt, caramel, cracker, citrus hops, tea leaf, herbs, grass, orange peel, flowers and/or floral hops, and earthy tones like sticks or bark. The flavor is pretty straight forward and balanced, typical malty flavor profile for an English IPA.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, and creamy and smooth, with very low carbonation, a medium body and a watery feel is it slides down clean. This is a very easy drinking beer that feels lighter than it is.

While I am a hophead and prefer the aggressive hoppy American IPA style best, I must say that this would be a great session beer because this went down so smooth and easy, it was really enjoyable and I thought it was very good overall. A solid beer that is worthy of trying and drinking all night.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 04:38:17 | More by CHickman
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3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with a clean white head of fluffy foam that retains very well. Plenty of sticky lacing.

The nose is very light, but I can pick up some fruity and earthy hop notes along with a bit of caramel malt.

The taste is very clean and approachable from an IPA standpoint. Even though the hop bitterness is subtle for the style, I can still taste the IPA in this. The hops are lightly fruity and bitter. There is a slight citrus peel bite towards the end with a bit of earthiness. The malt is lightly sweet and adds balance.

Very nice carbonation feel. Soft and smooth with a dry finish. I would call this close to a medium body.

This isn't what most people would typically think of an IPA. It's English and I think it is right on par for that style. This is extremely clean and drinkable. Great consistency and approachable in its flavor profile. Very well made, but maybe it's more of a pale ale. Still a solid beer in my book.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2011 22:15:28 | More by jera1350
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3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden sunset like it says on the bottle? I don't know. But it is a nice looking beer, with a little bit of a haze, but overall very clear and bright with a soft looking carbonation. Big cream-white head on top that leaves lots of lacing as it slowly dissapates. Lays heavily on top in a sea foam form. The smell is very citrusy, very grapefruity. Actually very reminiscent of grapefruit juice with a nice malty backbone. Very appetizing.

Actually reminiscent of grapefruit juice in taste as well. A good bready malt stands up nicely to the slight tang found from the grapefruit hops, but doesn't get in the way of a nice little bitter hop bite in the end. A slightly bitter finish lingers for a little bit, also leaving that tanginess. Its slightly undercarbonated, leading to a watery mouthfeel that doesn't complement the flavors as well as it could. It feels slightly vinous, which doesn't seem to work in this one. All around though its not a bad beer. Sam Smith can always be counted on to come up with a good one, this just isn't my favorite by them. Solid beer though.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 22:43:50 | More by chodinheaven
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New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 355 ml. bottle. Sampled on October 20, 2011. It pours copper-amber with great clarity and a long lasting, clinging soapy head. Malts start up the aroma along with a candied butterscotch element. Hops are slight. The medium body maintains its texture. The taste is up front malty and slightly bitter on the end thanks to the laid back hops. Much more subtle than the modern day IPA and I have to wonder if this was the way IPA's were meant to be brewed way back when. The hops were more of a preservative and I expect brewers did not want to lose the character of their beer when it took the long trip to India. This is an IPA I could drink often because of its mellow subtlety.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 22:28:25 | More by puboflyons
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3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

copper color. moussy off white head. clear.

big hop aroma. very thin, barely there malt aroma. i want to say it smells like kent goldings. hop aromas of grassy, piney, and floral.

hoppy and bitter right up front. tastes like hops. finishes bitter. very thin flavor of malts. very brief subtle sweetness. hops flavors of citrus and pine.

smooth. medium body. medium carbonation.

nothing exceptional here. just a benchmark english ipa.

p.s. the website does not list the hops used here so i may be right, your guess is as good as mine,

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 04:27:00 | More by spitInTheOcean
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West Virginia

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with minimal reducing head. Smells of tart and bitter hops with a slight caramel malt smell as well.

Taste is well balanced, good carbination, the hops stand out, but not too much. Clean and slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is good, I find the drinkability of this one much better than most India Ales. Overall a good beer, not my faorite Sam Smith but definitely solid!

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 03:43:54 | More by Treyliff
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New York

4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a British Pint Glass.

Pellucid Sunset Copper with a two finger sweet-cream head that wantonly abandons large swaths of frothy lacing.

Aroma of pale malt, with just a whisper of caramel and diacetyl and a deep, earthy hoppiness tinged with a whiff of alcohol on the tail.

Mouthfeel is soft but well constructed like most Ales made in England.

Taste: British malt sown over a bed of funky, spicy English soil.

Notes: A huge fan of Samuel Smith beers I come to this after trying many English Pale Ales. Seeing that this IPA is an extension of those not in kind but in degree is a revelation. The hoppiness here is not citrus or pine but a deep, robust earthiness that is comfort to the soul.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 22:47:28 | More by fx20736
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3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep copper in color, hint of orange to the color, short lived off white head
S - Malts, kind of tarty smell, barley in the background,
T - Not as many hops as I would've thought, taste a lot more malts then expected, fairly bitter and tarty, hint of caramel
M - Medium carbonation & body

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 00:18:37 | More by Mako82
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3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reddish copper color. Clear body with a nice glow with a foamy off-white head that leaves some lacing.

Medium floral, earthy, grassy hops. Very mellow bitterness is backed by sugary caramel malts. Toffee Hints of apple peel and strong cider. Mineral water and hints of sulfur.

Bready biscuity malts. Some roasted flavors. Cocoa. Lots of caramel malts. The hops are grassy and floral. Tea like taste. Hints of fruit burst on my tongue. Very interesting composition. The finish isn't very bitter but rather nice malt flavors linger

The mouthfeel is fine. The water is mineral derived. The body has slight mineral texture. The body is light-medium. The balance leans to the malt side.

This is my first review of an English IPA. I've had a few others and this is definitely the on the lighter, less hoppy, maltier side. This is a good IPA to drink if you want to have a mellow IPA to wash down your food. I am interested in trying more beers in this style. I would like to try this on tap.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 06:51:21 | More by BerkeleyBeerMan
Samuel Smith's India Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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