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

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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,897
Reviews:
941
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
12.63%
 
 
Wants:
41
Gots:
196
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Bogdawg
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stephenlee
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of igl
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of acmurphy696
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
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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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.44/5  rDev -7.5%
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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Photo of RickyBfromCT
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SGR1220
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of teromous
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I don't see a date listed on the bottle or label.

Appearance: The beer is mostly clear with only a slight haze. The body of the beer is mostly orange with an amber hue. The short white head has good retention.

Aroma: I get a sweet caramel and toffee aroma.

Taste: Up front there is a sweet caramel flavor which leads into a light bit of bitter herbal flavor in the middle. That middle bit is slightly minty with an a touch of tea leaf. The finish is toffee with a toasted flavor.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium-light body with crisp carbonation and a clean off-dry finish. It works nicely for this beer. There is a light lingering bitterness on the palate at the end.

Overall: It is an enjoyable English IPA with a nice balance of sweetness and bitterness. I found it enjoyable and I would drink it again.

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Photo of cmbeddoe7997
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JoeEdgeworth
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BlueShepard19
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of VoxRationis
4.14/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Decanted into a tulip pint.
A: Copper colored with an orange tinge. 3/4 inch khaki head with significant and lasting lacing.
S: Medium roasted malt, biscuit, hay, rum.
T: Medium roasted malt, citrus note, light bitterness with little aftertaste. Nicely balanced.
M: Medium bodied with solid effervescence. Refreshing.
O: Quite different from American style IPAs. Subtly balanced with emphasis on offsetting flavor components. On second try, I have a greater appreciation for the crafting.

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Photo of Kinger22
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't drink a lot of English IPAs, but I decided I's give this a try. The pour is a nice, dark amber with a very carbonated body and head. Theree isn't a whole lot to observ in the scent, frankly. The taste has some good spices and hops, and for some reasons has a wine-like earthiness to me. Overall a pretty good beer.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of RochefortChris
4.56/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gamblebc
3.49/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of q33jeff
2.57/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

**
01/28/12
Poured from a bottle in to a pint glass

AROMA: Fruity Aroma
LOOK: Translucent Brown, No head.
TASTE: Sharp Hop bitterness hits you quickly and is not pleasant.

**

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has an iced tea color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of oranges, malts. Taste is a bit malt forward, oranges, mild bitterness, some toffee notes as it warms. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer, somewhat on the mild side.

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Photo of Irrationalist
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drmeto
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L:
-pours a clear amber-red with a medium,foamy,offwhite head
-medium carbonation visible
S:
-orange,spicy,strawberries,plums,caramel,toffee
T:
-spicy,strawberries,toffee,grassy ,plums,chocolate
-medium bitterniss for the style
F:
-low to medium carbonation
-light to medium body
O:
Really good English IPA.
A perfect after-work Beer

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Photo of ThePold
4.31/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a fresh bottle into a glass. Not much head. But a good and proper around the horn smell and taste. A good example of its kind. Worth buying again.

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Photo of Docksidebars
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of weareallfalafel
4.16/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nugganooch
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle to an Imperial nonic glass
Last had on 08/11/15

This one just never seems to do much for me
Hops always come off as stale and like dusty old tea leaf. Earthy and mineral like.
Plenty of pale malt breadiness with lots of fallen orchard fruit flavors
Low actual bitterness. Smooth and creamy with lower carb and moderate filling body. Dry in the finish.
Would like to try fresh on tap some day.

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Photo of reaganrvltn
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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