India Ale | Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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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

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952
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pDev:
12.77%
 
 
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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

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 355ml bottle into glass. Date code stamping on bottle is 'SJ20P1', which I take to be September of 2016.
Slightly cloudy, pale amber colored body. Bubbly, off white head sticks around. Some sheets of lacing stick to glass.
Quite pungent aroma, like old stale flowers and ripe fruits. Some caramel malts there too.
Kind of a metallic taste, abetted by overly ripe fruit and a sour caramel flavor.
Medium mouth feel, decent carbonation.
If I can find a fresher example of this beer, I will try this again. Lots of aroma and flavor in this one but it presents as past its prime.

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Photo of spectru
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy, dark bronzy, frothy 2-finger head, lacy. I like the foil on the bottle cap. Aroma is mild and pleasant; The first taste is a surprise - Wow! Luscious flavor. Caramel, well balanced. The surprise fades. Mouthfeel is smooth, frothy. I like it very much.

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

Photo of Nass
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Im not enjoying this one much at all. It's not unpleasant tasting but its pushing the envelope near that area. I know how to decipher the Samuel Smith julian code, so I know the beer is too old to drink. I am probably not a big fan of the english IPA & english pale ale style. I don't plan on giving up on the style. Who knows maybe I will like the Timothy Taylor Landlord better. Cheers! C

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Photo of Bmarkalan1970
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An unexpected gift from Stacy. Many thanks!

Golden body with a half inch of white head. Aromas of toast, biscuit, pine, malt, earthy hop resins. Balance and flavor. Nicely done. Though I normally don’t favor beers of this ilk, this one stands apart. Bready character with high drinkability. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Solid.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nick_perry
2.44/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy amber color. Very thick, foamy head with a lot of retention. Interesting to try an IPA from England. It’s not as in-your-face with the hops as its American counterparts. There is more of a maltiness to it. That being said, it’s not weak in flavor, like when you get an American IPA that sucks. Smooth finish with some lingering bitterness.

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Photo of BenHoppy
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 123321123321
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerAndFilm
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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India Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 1,940 ratings