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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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1,580 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,580
Reviews: 865
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 19
Gots: 57 | 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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5/5  rDev +35.9%

bigox420, Nov 28, 2011
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renroc, Nov 26, 2011
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5/5  rDev +35.9%

ejimhof, Nov 26, 2011
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1/5  rDev -72.8%

blackened1339, Nov 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

PEIhop, Nov 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Beefytits4, Nov 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Bilco, Nov 23, 2011
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

mmcnaughton, Nov 23, 2011
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3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This ale pours an amber, burnt orange sort of color and packs plenty of head that lingers in the glass for awhile. The smell is sort of citrus like, mixed with hops, and a bread like odor. Taste was not what I was expecting. Bitter, but not overly dry. Although there is some sweetness present in the odor, it does not come through in taste, mostly a thin, bitter taste with a mild bite. It tastes refreshing, but the bitterness makes it sort of a sipping beer. A slight bit watery. It's decent overall, but nothing I would go out of my way to find again.

ely2000k, Nov 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Exiled, Nov 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

scootercrabb, Nov 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

corby112, Nov 22, 2011
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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.

SebD, Nov 22, 2011
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IPAnoah, Nov 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

RedAleMan, Nov 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

DoctorB2B, Nov 20, 2011
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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.

greenborn, Nov 19, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

ineva, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

TicoCali, Nov 18, 2011
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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.

chicagoabbot, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

RyanPS, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Lawnboy33, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

KidRagnarok, Nov 15, 2011
Samuel Smith's India Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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