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

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Samuel Smith's India AleSamuel Smith's India Ale
BEER INFO

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 bassboneman
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
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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Photo of jsolack
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
Light to medium brown with amber accents... very light lacing.

Smell:
Light malty smell, not very overpowering.

Taste:
Light hops with slight sweet accents. Light florals with a malty aftertaste. Overall very good. A little smoother than other IPAs.

Mouthfeel:
Carbonation is light and the beer doesn't feel watery at all... a smooth drink.

Drinkability:
Very smooth beer, tastes great going down! Finish has the normal IPA strength.

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Photo of iuhophead87
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 18.7oz bottle into a pint glass.

A-pours a light transparent copper color with a white creamy head that stays the entire life of the beer.
S-An overpowering malt and caramel aroma with traces of floral hops.
T-Although the hop taste is there it is overpowered by the malts and toffee. A true English IPA with a little extra back-end bitterness.
MF-A very creamy almost butter texture. The malty beginning leads to spicy hop feel lingering in the mouth.
D- A very easy beer to drink. Not as hoppy as an American IPA abut just enough hops to give a bitter flavor that leaves me wanting a little more. I could put back a few of these in a PUB!

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Photo of evanlarkin
2.91/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance:
A dark honey-orange color, very clear. A few fingers of head at first, but it disappears quickly. No room in the glass to allow for lacing.

Smell:
Sweet and somewhat bitter. Not extremely strong. Some slight caramel notes. Surprisingly, not much hops on the nose.

Taste:
Sweet and caramelly with minimal bitterness. Slightly boozy about midway through, not overly so, and with some slightly resinous hops flavor. For an IPA you would probably expect more hops, but this resembles an amber ale to me.

Mouthfeel:
light/medium body, kind of coats your mouth. Filmy and lower than average carbonation for this style.

Drinkability:
It tastes good, I could have another, but if I were looking for an IPA this would disappoint. The hops flavor simply isn't prominent enough. It's still delicious in it's own right, however.

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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 texascarl
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance = attractive copper-bronze, with a nice .5 inch head. As that recedes, leaves a nice lacing on the glass. Medium carbonation. Beauty.

Nose = spicy, hoppy, hint of sweet

Taste = you go thru stages with this beer, malty sweet and bitter in good balance as you take a drink, as you swallow the sweet leaves and only the bitter remains. A long, long finish. Plenty o' hops. Yummy.

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Photo of throwitallaway
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16.9oz. bottle into a pint glass. Burnt orange color, with a big head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is very fruity with only a touch of floral hops underneath. Tastes exactly like it smells, fruit first with a slight hop bitterness underneath. As it warms up, the bitterness and some alcohol comes out. Mouthfeel is slightly thin, but fairly lively. This is my first English IPA and it's entirely different from American IPAs. My preference lies with the latter, although the former is dangerously easy to drink.

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Photo of adamwn
2.85/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured from bottle into a pint glass. very small amount head disappeared quickly and left no lacing. much darker than expected with a dark amber color. doesn't look like most ipas. not very bitter or fruity like the label suggests. the heavy malt flavor/aroma jumps out immediately and remains. i prefer the american version, but this is still a solid offering.

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Photo of rjplumer
3.01/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Fruity hop aroma. Mild brown body.An off white head. Smooth clear taste. Mild sweetness. Hint of of a citrus-like tang in the background. A little plain but very drinkable.Faint sour after taste.

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Photo of DeSoto
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of mnesporov
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 1pint bottle with no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: A copper orange color with a fluffy white head that calmed down to a frothy lace.

Smell: The hop aroma tends to stand out the most with a zest of tartness.

Taste: The hop bitterness takes over in this ale with hints of caramel and orange like tea flavor as well, with undertones of grains and butterscotch.

Mouth-Feel: A medium bodied ale with a little dryness as well. The carbonation is medium, and it finishes quite smooth.

Drink-Ability: A very drinkable brew that goes well with some meat or potatoes. But there are just so many better IPA’s that I think this beer is overshadowed.

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Photo of BarryNL
3.37/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Exceptionally bright amber/gold with a dense pure white head with excellent retention. Some light lacing.

S: Mild, a light flowery aroma with slight grassy notes.

T: Light malt - slightly biscuit, but dominated by a hoppy bitterness which has a short-lived aftertaste.

M: Light, but satisfying.

D: Easy drinking, too high in alcohol for a session beer but otherwise good for a whole night.

Overall, it's a nice beer - nothing particularly special; I'd like to see a little more flavour for a 5% beer. I'd certainly like to see a bit more hop aroma and flavour in an IPA. It's a clean beer but missing both the ester complexities of the better English IPA and the hop character of the Amercian IPA; Competent beer, but where's the character?

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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 LiquidBreadMan
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Samuel Smith's India Ale pours a nicely hued amber/copper from teh bottle with a long-lasting frothy (three-quarter inch) head. It had no discernable aroma, except for some very slight fruitiness. It's initial flavor is actually decent with a little fruit cocktail and sharp-hopped bite. However, it finishes very bland and watery, which is a little odd for this type of ale. Pass the vinegar Jeeves, this stuff isn't bad. But it's not great either. (I'm sure I'll give it another chance.)

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Photo of jdoolin
3.49/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 550mL bottle, poured into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a dark copper with a large, frothy head that retained very well and laced all the way down the glass. A gorgeous beer.

Aroma: Malt, caramel and earthy and floral hops.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Malt sweetness, caramel, fruity esters, which are immediately put into place by the hop bitterness. Earthy hop flavor comes through nicely and provides a dry, bitter finish.

Notes: This is my first English IPA, so I have nothing to compare it to, but given what I've read about them, this is a good representation and a fine beer. But if you're looking for a big, bitter hop bomb, look in the American craft section, not Samuel Smith's. Will look for this beer again.

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Photo of CU570M
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Apperance was nice on this one. Color goes from a harvest orange to a light orange / yellow. Head lasts about a minute and was thick. The smell was a little malty smelling. Not bad at all, just wanted more hops in the smel and taste. Taste was malty mouthfeel was a medium carbonation, but average to thin. The drinkability is ok, but i thought it might have been a little better becuase of how people talk about it. This beer was average to maybe a little less.

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Photo of AmishT
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy gold in color with a nice white head. Only a little lacing.

S - Biscuity malts blend excellently with some fruity esters and floral hops. I could totally sit sniffin this one for a long while.

T&M - Balanced hop and malt flavors. Slick and light bodied. Crisp flavors. I'd like the flavors to be a little more bold - they aren't bad, they just seem a bit feeble. Nice carbonation enhances the crisp character.

D - I feel that this is a pretty sessionable beer: low abv and crisp flavors. Really did love the nose too.

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Photo of ChiSox05
3.1/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Tans and changing shades of orange next to a light. Poured 1/2 inch white creamed foam head, fades down to lasting cap layer. Dusty complexion, sediment hanging around.

Smell is sweet and lemony with malt

Tea tasting hops, touch of raisins, malt tartness(?), tea and tobacco flavors

Medium body, lasting tea bitterness aftertaste contributes dryness, toned down carbonation

Overall, kind of a funky flavored ale, interesting but not wanting another with 1/5 of the pint left.

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Photo of loubar
4.47/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

550 ml bottle from Cost Plus. Aroma of biscuit malt with a bit of hops. Hop-forward in flavor, but of the tame citrus variety, with minimal bitterness on a malty, biscuity base. Moderate carbonation and full-bodied. Flavorful throughout with a touch of dryness at the finish. So drinkable. A good example that a solid IPA doesn’t have to be over the top.

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Photo of Herrbrokt
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber orange brown. Minimal tan head falls to a disk.

Smells weakly of tangerine and sweet grain.

taste is nice and relaxed. Nice array of hop flavors - tangerine, pine. Malt provides a butterscotch-caramel.
Aftertaste is like toast with orange jelly.

Dry mouthfeel. Nothing overdone.

Overall I found this to be really enjoyable. Nothing slapped my tongue numb which occasionally happens with some IPA's.
This one is mild and relaxed.

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Photo of Brianjames16
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a glowing amber color with a decent two fingers worth of off white head. There is a good amount of bubbles rising and the lacing sticks around fairly well.

S- Right away I'm getting some bread like malt aromas. I get a trace of hop bitterness but mostly bread and caramel hints.

T- Well balanced malt and hop flavors. This is not supposed to be a overpowering hop bomb like some American versions. This IPA is more subtle and balanced. Very nice brew indeed.

M- Medium body with just the right amount of carbonation making it very refreshing.

O- This is a great English IPA. I do love a hoppy beer but this gives a different presentation. I have a feeling this is the way IPA's tasted in the old time. Cheers!

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Photo of cookin420
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pub glass.

Color is very pale and perfectly clear with an amber/yellow tint. Short head with good lace.

A very small amount of malt smell in the form of crackers makes it through the huge aroma of fresh Goldings. An up-front woody bittering hop aroma as well.

The taste of the hop lineup is identical to the smell; huge flavor and nose Goldings and a moderately bittered finish. I'd go bigger on the bitter but thats just my opinion and my opinion doesn't (and shouldn't!!) matter to an institution like the old brewery Tadcaster. Cheers to them for always doing it right.

Great mouthfeel. Do allow this to warm before you pour. As with many brews, it will feel overcarbonated and undermalted at wrong temps. Proper pour temp will result in magnificent mouthfeel.

Drinkability; If you like a slightly sweet IPA this is a great one. The sweetness here is not achieved by malt or yeast, however, it's from the golding assault they give this stuff. Yeeehaw!

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Photo of carpezytha
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Large-bubbled head which died quickly on an ochre body.
S: Quite a distinct aroma, with malt, hops and even some esters in there. Unfortunately the taste did not live up to the high expectations that the smell promised. Some minerality as well.
T: Tangy mix of citrusy hops, sweet malt, spicey. It was hard to corral all these into a distinctive note it seems, as I was left confused rather than impressed in a positive way. It seems they got very close to having a great beer, but something about all the flavors clamoring for attention disipated whatever great experience I would have had.
M: Quite a chewy beast, this.
D: I would try again.

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Photo of ely2000k
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

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Photo of jubnat
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I expected this to be a bit bigger, with more alcohol. But its lightness(compared to other IPAs) makes it very nice to drink. Strong flavors, malty, hoppy. But not overly hoppy. Goes down so smooth. I would drink these everyday if they were only cheaper.

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