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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001

BEER STATS
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#34,705
Reviews:
950
Ratings:
1,933
pDev:
12.77%
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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- (70-74) score range

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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

Photo of brewnme
3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Fitzy01
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

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

Photo of RMW66
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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India Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 1,933 ratings