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

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84
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Samuel Smith's India AleSamuel Smith's India Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
England, United Kingdom
samuelsmithsbrewery.co.uk

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,907
Reviews:
942
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
12.63%
 
 
Wants:
42
Gots:
196
For Trade:
0
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3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of km02600
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brutalist
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jbehlar
3.34/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of csmrx7
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jsbirnba
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DesertFox24
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber color,medium carbonation. Aroma has hops but also yeast,fruit, and a bit floral. I really liked that it was slightly bitter and not overdone as it made it more complex and enjoyable

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Photo of socon67
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sethcroisant
3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Bogdawg
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stephenlee
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of igl
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of acmurphy696
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This may be the first English IPA that I can remember tasting. SS India Ale possesses a beautiful amber color with a sturdy head of foam. It smells alright, but it's taste is quite impressive: bitter but not overwhelming in the way that the American hop bombs that we all know and love (and I do love them) have come to define the style.

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3.44/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a nice hazy looking orange to brown color with a decent one finger white foamy head that settles down at a nice pace leaving a nice somewhat sticky lacing along the sides of the glass. The smell had a nice blend of sweet malts over top of some light bitter hops. The taste was mainly sweet malts. The palate sat about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionability about it. Overall, I say this was a pretty good beer worthy of having again.

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Photo of RickyBfromCT
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SGR1220
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of teromous
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I don't see a date listed on the bottle or label.

Appearance: The beer is mostly clear with only a slight haze. The body of the beer is mostly orange with an amber hue. The short white head has good retention.

Aroma: I get a sweet caramel and toffee aroma.

Taste: Up front there is a sweet caramel flavor which leads into a light bit of bitter herbal flavor in the middle. That middle bit is slightly minty with an a touch of tea leaf. The finish is toffee with a toasted flavor.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium-light body with crisp carbonation and a clean off-dry finish. It works nicely for this beer. There is a light lingering bitterness on the palate at the end.

Overall: It is an enjoyable English IPA with a nice balance of sweetness and bitterness. I found it enjoyable and I would drink it again.

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Photo of cmbeddoe7997
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JoeEdgeworth
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BlueShepard19
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of VoxRationis
4.14/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Decanted into a tulip pint.
A: Copper colored with an orange tinge. 3/4 inch khaki head with significant and lasting lacing.
S: Medium roasted malt, biscuit, hay, rum.
T: Medium roasted malt, citrus note, light bitterness with little aftertaste. Nicely balanced.
M: Medium bodied with solid effervescence. Refreshing.
O: Quite different from American style IPAs. Subtly balanced with emphasis on offsetting flavor components. On second try, I have a greater appreciation for the crafting.

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Photo of Kinger22
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't drink a lot of English IPAs, but I decided I's give this a try. The pour is a nice, dark amber with a very carbonated body and head. Theree isn't a whole lot to observ in the scent, frankly. The taste has some good spices and hops, and for some reasons has a wine-like earthiness to me. Overall a pretty good beer.

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3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of RochefortChris
4.56/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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Samuel Smith's India Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
3.72 out of 5 based on 1,907 ratings.
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