India Ale
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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IPA - English
Ranked #56
Ranked #38,726
3.71 | pDev: 12.67%
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
England, United Kingdom
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Reviews: 976 | Ratings: 1,992 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by burnerfinger:
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burnerfinger from Texas

4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured from the bomber into my samuel smith tumbler. Two and a half fingers of foamy head, settled to a thin film on the surface and sticky wispy lacing. Crisp, clear amber color.

S: a light touch of hops to the nose- but not too much at all. Clean.

T: Malt is almost missing here. Hops is there but certainly not overstated. Starts off smooth and clean, very nice on the back of the throat, and a delayed dry punch of hops. NICE!

M: light body, nice touch of hops. a bit more of the hops bitterness as the brew warms. satisfyingly smooth. nice medium carbonation

D: Drinkability - This is a nice easy drinker - would definitly move on to another. love the dry hoppy follow up!

Aug 29, 2009
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josanguapo from Spain

4.73/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

From estucerveza. In Ikea's pint glass. Watching Los Soprano 3x13. Great example of drinkability. Probably the best english IPA ive tasted. Demonstrates that hops can be very pleasant even if they arent as explosive in mouth and nose as american hops

Oct 01, 2016
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titty_mcbitty from Tennessee

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Like a normal pale but darker and possibly a tad bit murkier. Not much of a head the way I poured into the glass.

S: Not much here; although I'm not the best judge of aroma of beers. If anything, I get woody notes and some bitterness.

T: Awesome! After tasting Coopers Sparkling Ale I was looking for a beer in similar style and this exceeded my expectations. I love the English-style pale ale more than the American and this is the prime example of why. Earthy tones, bitterness from the hops, nice caramel malt backbone, breadiness, and yeast.

M: Thicker than expected. Medium I'd say with a good creaminess. Kind of yeasty. Very tasty.

O: This is what makes a good English style pale ale. Nice and crispy, yet full of flavors. The English touch (the breadiness and toffee-like character) makes this beer a winner not only in style but in craft.

Jul 01, 2014
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MusaJames from Texas

4.52/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Immediately I was not ready for this beer. I came at it with a prejudice that I have with IPAs. This beer pours well develops a light head that begins to dissipate quickly. The color is amber without being completely transparent. Full-bodied flavor and with plenty of hops. A fantastic IPA that I could absolutely drink again.

Jun 08, 2016
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Jason from Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 18.7-ounce brown "Victorian Pint" bottle, no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Deep copper orange in colour with a wispy off white lace.

Smell: A touch of tartness in the nose as well as tangy hop aroma.

Taste: Medium bodied and on the dry side. Nice crisp mouth feel with a moderate carbonation, semi aggressive prickly hop bitterness that leaves a tea like twang throughout. Malt flavour is like a pulled punch ... light caramel, hint of butterscotch and a handful of grain. Hop flavour is dominant in the finish also with an orange pekoe tea flavour.

Notes: A decent ale ... though small in comparison to other modern day IPAs both British and especially American. Oddly enough this brew is not any bit stronger than the Pale Ale in alcohol ... the body and hops are only a notch higher in comparison. Not a bad ale ... at least the English characteristics make this brew an interesting ale.

Mar 14, 2002
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far333 from Connecticut

3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber-copper color with an orangey-biege and very thick half-inch of head that sinks slowly to about a quarter inch, and then hangs there for most of the glass. Aroma is light floral hops. Flavor is initially malty, understated hops. Some faint pear and apple in the finish. Understated flavors and not the same as this side of the pond, but it does change as it warms, with the hops moving closer to the front of the palette.

Apr 23, 2004
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memory from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice copper color from a bottle. Perfect carbonation and lacing. Has a slight bready smell and taste on the dry side but works well together. Lingering bitterness. A nice pizza beer. Seems to be hopped just right, slightly floral and tangy. I could drink a pitcher of this. Must be the hard water.

Mar 10, 2011
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Chugmonkey from Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light orange color with nice dark white head, decent lacing. Nicely balanced and a touch bitter, very nice IPA, not as hoppy as you'd expect. The bitterness gives it some solid character and the hop taste is complex and not definable to a single hop variety to me. Very drinkable. All around an excellent beer.

Aug 04, 2008
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vermilcj from Ohio

4/5  rDev +7.8%

Sep 26, 2014
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WMEugene from Virginia

4.36/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into Samuel Smith pint (hooray gift set!)

A - Pours a clear copper/amber color with a big thick and frothy head. Large amounts of lacing on the glass.

S - Nice blend of malts and English hops. Smell some fruits, particularly apples, and toffee/butterscotch/caramel.

T - Earthy hops, bready malts. Almost a peat moss type taste. Incredibly well-balanced - definitely a change of pace from American IPAs.

M - Medium bodied, ok carbonation, dry finish. Very mild and easy drinking.

O - Samuel Smith makes a very nice English IPA. It is quite different and milder than American IPAs, which I think explains the lower average score than this deserves. Its very drinkable and well-constructed. Its a gorgeous and tasty beer; one that is worth your time and effort.

Dec 10, 2011
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Resuin from Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Apr 06, 2013
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Arch-Harris from Mississippi

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Aug 11, 2013
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stickydankhop from Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Jan 04, 2016
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AtrumAnimus from Texas

4.53/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This one pours a very dark reddish gold that is clear and leaves a rich, excessively long lived head. I got tired of waiting for it to settle. Lacing is more like a thick curtain.

The nose is excellent and rich with nice earthy and floral ones of coriander, pine, lavender, citrus and camphor.

The taste is crisp and bold with a dominant bitter hop on top of a dry malt bed that has hints of apple, vanilla, pine and nutmeg.

The mouthfeel is very rich and perfect for delivering the complexity of this fine beer.

Overall this one is exceptionally good and very enjoyable. I highly recommend it.

Apr 04, 2015
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jak from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +7.8%

Dec 14, 2011
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bobsy from Canada (ON)

3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber pour with an off-white head which laces well. Sweet caramel aroma with some grassiness. Good balance between the earthy mineral qualities of the water, bready malts, and fragrant bitterness of the hops. I found the mineral qualities to be very pronounced in the aftertaste. The smooth mouthfeel is definitely a highlight, and the carbonation punches the flavour up a notch. Highly quaffable.

Jul 25, 2008
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NStLincoln from Nebraska

4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours and orange/gold with a nice white head that leaves awesome lacing.

Flowery hops and some mild malty bread notes.

A touch of lemony goodness goes along nicely with the flavors of munching on flowers from the garden.

Nice medium carbonation and good crispness. Very refreshing.

Aug 17, 2010
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h4ger from Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Apr 20, 2014
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Kavelier from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.8%

Aug 03, 2013
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Greasy from Kentucky

3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an orange/copper color with a two finger head that fizzled away to a ring sitting atop the beer.

S: Sweet malts up front. Hops are earthy.

T: Taste is a nice biscuit/cracker malt flavor with floral hops following in suit. Some lingering bitterness.

M: Nice body. Good carbonation.

O: A nice change of pace. The English IPA is an under appreciated style that gets picked last in a gym class full of American counterparts. This is a lovely beer that needs more respect.

Apr 14, 2015
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303beer from Colorado

4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful looking beer poured. Clear amber copper color. Nice inch of head that is white and semi rocky. Umm nice rich malty flavor. Leaves some lacing. Has a lack of hops in it. Pretty much hood malty beer. Never fails, Sammy Smith makes good beer.

Jul 24, 2015
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doctorgary from New York

3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Andreji from Texas

3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Fairway on 86th and 3rd, upper east side.

Classic SS bottle, poured a very translucent yellowish fluid with surprisingly little head (I even drew the bottle back from the glass a bit to get it going). scarce to no lacing, very fluent an soft looking.

smell is very subtle. at times, sort of metallic sweetness coming from certain plzens; at others, tending to a pungent (although still waned) hoppy feel inclining to its namesake.

Taste I found to be very pleasant, albeit (yes, again) very moderate. soft sweet feel at the beginning only to be almost immediately overcome by a bitter sensation. however, this is a far cry from the american IPAs where the hops totally numb the tongue and palate; this one allows for a continuous flow between a maltier sensation, and a bitter companion (rather than dominatrix). Soft mouthfeel too, not to gassy or oily, it can even be drawn to be refreshing.

overall a nice beer, seemingly at times a watered down attempt on comparison to AmIPAs but definitely not a bad one to savour and session. liked it.

Nov 10, 2011
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Gaben from Florida

3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Always dig any samuel smith product.

Appearance is kinda dark copper/redish seemed a bit more carbonated then most other sam smith products.

The smell was pretty nice , kinda had a pepper kick to it with bit of a fruity aroma.

The taste wasnt bad at all , it was very spicy and had an after taste of some like candy..? cotten candy yes.

Drinking this bottle was goot enough , Id perfer other IPA's out there.

Mar 30, 2007
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watchnerd from California

4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Apr 18, 2015
India Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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