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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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1,607 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,607
Reviews: 870
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 19
Gots: 60 | 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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Photo of RickS95
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper golden color. Very clear. Has a thin white head with little retention.

Smells of straw, with some citrus thrown in as an afterthought. The malty backbone is prevalent, even in the nose.

Taste is similar to the smell, but where it lacks in citrus, it makes up for with pine.

Mouthfeel is slightly standard for an IPA, but with the malt, the bitter bite is a somewhat negated. It's still bitter in the finish, but it's much gentler than other beers I've had.

This is a good IPA and a bit different than those Americans are known for producing. It's nice to try what the rest of the world has to offer.

RickS95, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of xdefeatsy
2/5  rDev -45.7%

xdefeatsy, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of bezakjon
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

bezakjon, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of WMEugene
4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into Samuel Smith pint (hooray gift set!)

A - Pours a clear copper/amber color with a big thick and frothy head. Large amounts of lacing on the glass.

S - Nice blend of malts and English hops. Smell some fruits, particularly apples, and toffee/butterscotch/caramel.

T - Earthy hops, bready malts. Almost a peat moss type taste. Incredibly well-balanced - definitely a change of pace from American IPAs.

M - Medium bodied, ok carbonation, dry finish. Very mild and easy drinking.

O - Samuel Smith makes a very nice English IPA. It is quite different and milder than American IPAs, which I think explains the lower average score than this deserves. Its very drinkable and well-constructed. Its a gorgeous and tasty beer; one that is worth your time and effort.

WMEugene, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of Anew
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Anew, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of Stouttyme
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Stouttyme, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of headyhopzhead
4/5  rDev +8.7%

headyhopzhead, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of Gyle41386
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Sammy Smith pint. Very excited to finally be trying this one.

Pour is amber-orange (is there a name for that color? If not, I'll get to work), probably a bit more orange than amber. Not much in the foam department at all, and whatever was there faded away quickly. There is, however, a thick sheet of lacing on the opposite side of the glass.

Aroma is exactly what I expect from an English IPA. It's bready, earthy, grainy, sweet, fruity...I'm smelling some caramel and green apples, maybe even some butterscotch.

The first thing I notice, oddly enough, is the finish; I taste an earthy bitterness as well as possibly some apple peel. It's a dry finish, too. The bread, grain and caramel are all present, and there's also a grassy flavor which very well could be the aforementioned apple peel.

Medium bodied. Fairly low level of carbonation makes the texture slick . A very easy drinker. A nice contrast to its American counterparts.

Gyle41386, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of Stocean1
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a two finger head into my samuel smith pint glass, a crisp looking amber colour with an off white head, lots of spider web lacing with floating patches of yeast. The head had decent retention and reduced to a fine collar of foam.

Lots of fuggle hops, floral, caramel malt, light fruit.

Taste follows the nose with an earthy mineral twang, the fruit tastes darker than the nose and I get a faint cinnamon note.

This is a creamy medium bodied brew with plenty of carbonation, it is well balanced with a refreshng amount of bitterness up front.

A very nice english pale ale that hits all of the right notes for the style IMO. This is definitely a brew I could drink all evening.

Stocean1, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of chucksim
4/5  rDev +8.7%

chucksim, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of mrfrancis
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear copper with a thick, creamy off-white head. Carbonation is visible, but sluggish.

S: Aromas of pine, cedar, toffee, lemon, tobacco, pepper, and moist earth are very apparent on the nose. This ale displays a complex of dirty, earthy scents that takes a while to process.

T: Notes of dark bread, toffee, lemon, orange rind, pine, cedar, tobacco, pepper, tea, moist earth, and moss dance across the palate. The finish is hoppy, yet gentle, with earthy, mossy notes mingling with pine, tea, and lemon flavors.

M: Medium bodied and fairly dry. Carbonation is present, but not harsh, imparting a tingling feeling in the mouth. This would work really well as a thirst quencher.

O: I don't see this as an IPA. I see this as more of a really earthy ESB. To me, this beer is a keeper simply because of the manner in which it showcases the flavors of classic English ale hops. It's very laid back and smooth for such a flavorful ale.

mrfrancis, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of StoutHunter
2.98/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I got an India Ale for Samuel Smith's Holiday Pack for $11.99 at Meijers. I am in the mood for an IPA tonight so I thought I would give this beer a try, I was disappointed with their Nut Brown Ale, so I hope this beer turns out better. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown foiled 550ml bottle into a Samuel Smith's pint glass.

A- The label on this beer looks OK, but there is nothing about it that really catches the eye. It poured a pretty clear orangish amber color with two and a half fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and left some nice lacing. This beer looks good.

S- The aroma is pretty similar to the Nut Brown Ale which is pretty disappointing. It has that same aroma of very sweet malts that impart an aroma that smells like a mixture of apple juice and sweet sherry. I pick up a little bit of earthy hops, but not much. Just like the Nut Brown Ale there is much to be desired with the aroma. It needs less sweetness and more hops.

T- Thankfully the taste is isn't as bad as the aroma, but it still isn't that good. The first thing that I picked up in this beer was the sweet malt base that has a high amount of medium sweetness and imparts a grainy and biscuit like flavor and there is a noticeable yeasty flavor. The hops show up in the middle and are pretty much all earthy and pretty light on flavor. The finish had a medium amount of light bitterness and it had a grainy aftertaste with a little bit of earthy hops. I know English IPA's are pretty balanced but on this one the sweet malts were the most dominating with only a very mild amount of earthy hops coming through.

M- Somewhat smooth, on the light side of being medium bodied and it had the right amount of medium carbonation. Not much to complain about as far as the mouthfeel goes.

Overall I thought that this was a pretty average English IPA, I admit I don't have that much experience with English IPA's and this is my first traditional one brewed in England, but this IPA just didn't do it for me, there wasn't enough hop flavors to balance out the overly sweet malts. The lack of flavor and the sweeter then normal malts makes this beer not that drinkable a whole bottle is a little too much, I lost interest after the first 8 ounces. What I liked most about this beer was the look and mouthfeel, it looked pretty good in the Samuel Smith pint glass, and the mouthfeel was on par for an English IPA. What I liked least about this beer was the aroma and taste, the aroma was pretty close to their Nut Brown Ale with those overly sweet malts that smell more like a mixture of sherry and apple juice then they smell like a beer, and the taste wasn't too balanced with the overly sweet malts taking over putting the hops on the back burner. I won't be buying this beer again, and I would have to be pretty desperate for a beer to drink this again. I don't recommend this beer, the malt base is too sweet and it doesn't let enough hop flavors come through. So far I am 0 for 2 with the Samuel Smith Holiday pack, this beer wasn't as bad as the Nut Brown Ale, but it still wasn't good either. I don't know if these beers are old or if I just don't like the sweet malt profile of their beers. Bridge Brew Work's IPA is still my favorite IPA, I would gladly take that or this beer any day. I hope their Oatmeal Stout is much better because so far I am unimpressed with this English Brewery.

StoutHunter, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of MacStinson
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

MacStinson, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +8.7%

ROGUE16, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of rab53
2/5  rDev -45.7%

rab53, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of Naugros
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You can tell that this website is dominated by American beer drinkers. A rating of a B for this ale is understandable from an American hops palate perspective. This beer is not bitter enough, not pithy enough, not enough citrus, not enough pine...it's entirely wrong for an IPA...an American IPA. This is an English IPA and this is quite a good one at that.

The English hops are the star in this delivering spice and grass against some wonderfully clean malt flavors. Not overly sweet and not exceptionally bitter. The body benefits from this and is quite refreshing and easy-drinking. The bitterness lingers just a bit, but not even close to the levels achieved by American IPAs.

Samuel Smith sets the bar again for a British style.

Naugros, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of nwboss429
5/5  rDev +35.9%

nwboss429, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of deapokid
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

deapokid, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of Amp
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Amp, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of jcanddr
4/5  rDev +8.7%

jcanddr, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of NeutroMan
4/5  rDev +8.7%

NeutroMan, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev +8.7%

brandoman63, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of DeSoto
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a variety three pack with a Samuel Smith pint glass. Let's check it out.

Bottle: 550ml
Served into a Samuel Smith Pint glass
No Date on bottle

Appearance: Pours a light amber color. Clarity is obvious. Nice head with great retention. I'm used to some cloud in the middle.

Smell: Small presence of hops. A bit muted for an IPA. But waiting for the drink to totally judge the smell profile.

Taste: Nice body. Real fresh and clean for an IPA. I'm used to American IPA's with a lot of flavor and hop notes. Enjoying it for what it is.

Mouthfeel: Small bitterness. Not lasting. It reminds me a lot of the mouthfeel that Prima Pils for Victory gives. Nice but not too exciting.

Overall: A pleasant drink. Don't expect too much from this one. Not a must have, but a good change of pace from American IPA's.

DeSoto, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of Burt
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Burt, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

barnzy78, Nov 29, 2011
Samuel Smith's India Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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