India Ale | Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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India AleIndia 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:
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#32,525
Reviews:
957
Ratings:
1,951
pDev:
12.77%
 
 
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Photo of GuyFawkes
1.83/5  rDev -50.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Clear piss color.

Huge white head (careful pouring); nice, if spotty, lace.

Malty banana nose; no hops to speak of.

Medium mouthfeel.

Tastes like urine smells. Neither the malt nor hops shine, leaving a piss-poor flavor, pun intended. Couldn't finish this.

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Photo of Marvicsin
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Matuhg
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KooVee
3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

55cl bottle, bb in 7m.

Copper coloured, very clear, thick sturdy head.

Nose is actually quite understated even for the style. Caramel with a toffee note and spicy/herbal dry hops.

Taste adds a dryness that veers on tea leaves. The flavour is very herbal. Again, we are not talking about strong tastes even within the style. Absolutely no fruitiness.

I feel I should like this better knowing the history and appreciating British beer far beyond the fads. This would probably be much better fresh on draft or newly bottled. But the bottle is not that old. I think in the end it is the absence of any presence from the yeast that I find boring. As the malts are dull as well, all that this bottle has left is those herbal tea dregs that feel like the skeleton of the real thing. Like a Fuggles hop tea mixed with a nameless thinnish bitter ale.

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Photo of rossracing
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DefenCorps
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Market of Choice.

A clear copper with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and lacing, this looks great. The nose is solid, thanks to this being a relatively fresh bottle. A mildly caramelized Maris Otter malt character, rather bready, and doughy in its own way is present along with a nice herbal, mildly pine like pungent hop character. Delicately fruity with golden raisins and a light yeast note. The palate opens moderately bitter with a blend of earth, pine and mint, before a mild caramel and more complex malt note take over. Mild raisin bread notes along with burnt sugar and toffee are present. Surprisingly light and nimble on the body, this beer has a lingering bitterness on the finish. Carbonation is soft and complements the malt flavors nicely. A mild mineral note is perceived as well, complementing the hops. Quite excellent.

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Photo of cryptichead
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jlindros
3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewed as part of BJCP training, while this is not necessarily a classic example, it should be pretty close. 12C. English IPA
Crystal clear deep golden amber color with large pillowy head that retains well and nice lacing,

Nose big fresh hops, English style hops with earthy spicy pepper notes, touch fruity as well and some grassy, a little sweet crystal/caramel malt notes, some fruitiness

Taste quite hoppy, big fresh English hop character, spicy and a bit herbal/floral at first, turning a little fruity, some sulfury notes make the hop bitterness a bit crisper, moderate bitterness, also a bit grassy as well, malts bring some toasted grainy notes and hint of caramel, fair sweetness to balance but balance def favors the bitterness, and some mild fruity flavors as well. Very dry finish, with more sulfury and mineral notes, lingering moderately high bitterness,

Mouth is med bodied, nice moderate carbonation making it feel a bit more dry too, almost hints at astringency,

Overall not bad, this is much fresher and more enjoyable than I remember it being, and fits the style nicely

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Photo of Bruno74200
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pale amber, little head

Sulfur and peppery, resinous hops alongside a big malt bill
The taste follows.
The result is semi dry with a sustained carbonation

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Photo of desint
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gilgar
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of nhdjinn
4.04/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An English IPA
Don't compare to over hopped and high ABV APA's
The original style
golden copper with nice head that fades to lace
malt and earthy hops
malt taste with balanced sweetness with a hop finish - not much dry hops
slight stronger than Fuller London Pride or a English ESB
a pleasant balance ale that would rate as a pale ale in american terms

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Photo of RBorsato
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of eluvah
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dentist666
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mecmd
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SaveWaterDrinkBeers
2.35/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Photo of ThemThangs
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Finally I got to try this one. I bought a bottle years back and it fell out of the bag and broke on the way home. Then a couple of years later I bought one and an evil shrew I knew at the time raided my refrigerator and drank all of my beer.

Smells sweet. Taste reminds me of whole grain bread/toast and hay mostly, with hints of carmel and honey. This tastes to me like a mix between an ESB and a Pilsner. Bitterness is a little higher than other typical English beers I've tried.

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Photo of Futbolmanby
3.17/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of AleManDan
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of JayDubTrub
4.53/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Spot on, true IPA. As in English IPA. It is as close as you can taste to the original. Beautiful beer in my beautiful beer book.

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Photo of puck1225
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An unusual beer and a good one. Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

Brownish yellow color with a nice beige head and good lacing. Pleasant herbal smell and taste. Earthy with a good malty backbone. Would get again.

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Photo of bmaslakov
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Surprisingly dull IPA for such a great brewery. Samuel Smith has better beers to offer.

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Photo of Lucular
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jkermitj
4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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India Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 1,951 ratings