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

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1,915 Ratings
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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#31,342
Reviews:
943
Ratings:
1,915
pDev:
12.77%
Bros Score:
3.6
 
 
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3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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2.9/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.26/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SaltofOH
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated SA03Q1. My recollection is that is January 3, 2017. That would be extremely old for an IPA. Michigan stout style craft pint.

A: pours a slightly hazy dark copper, with little visible carbonation, initially a three finger beige head that retains extremely well as a 1/4 inch cap. Lacing is ridiculous! Thick walls on the top where the head was, rings with each sip. This glass wasn't even super clean.

S: blue cheese? Roquefort? Weird. Funky and dank. Glue? There is a smell there, and it is strong, distinct, and not unpleasant, but it doesn't make me want to stick my nose in the glass except for the sake of curiosity. Yes, I think this beer is 10 months old.

T: arrives late got in flavor, crisp. Across mid palate does not express much in the way of malt, then begins to show some of that funkiness, though it seems more herbal. Toward the finish, the light crackers malt expresses itself, with some mild lingering herbal bitterness. Extremely mild for an IPA, and less traditionally English-tasting than I would have expected.

M: highly attenuated, slightly slick, low carbonation. English texture to the max.

O: I bought this with the expectation that it would be a one-off, and nothing has changed that. It was interesting in that it was an extremely low ABV and IBU for an IPA. I have a really hard time believing this is 46 IBUs, more like 20. London Pride is better, IMHO, but this is a single, and because it seems widely available, is good for when you just want something English and light.

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4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.34/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
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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3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of acmurphy696
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
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 -6.5%
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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3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Samuel Smith's India Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 1,915 ratings
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