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:
1,900
Reviews:
942
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
12.63%
 
 
Wants:
41
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196
For Trade:
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Photo of Sammy
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

British style bitter IPA. I liked it but younger mates wanted more wallop and even less bite, which was soft. Foamy pour. Amber with oil residue and clinging lace. Lemon citrus with mid-sip Apple spice and orange pekoe tea throughout and the latter as the aftertaste. Nice aroma.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.21/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a semi-clear amber color with a puffy 2 inch light tan head that fades to a small cap. Nice tight thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel/toffee, and a delicate citrus zest aroma. Taste is of biscuit-like malt, caramel, and a subdued citrus zest hop flavor on the finish. Mild toasty bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lighter body with a crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good, very easy drinking English IPA and another good beer from Samuel Smith’s.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

the first thing from sam smiths that hasn't wowed me. in fact, I didn't even really like this brew and think it flawed in some ways. it pours a fine shade of amber, like light maple syrup, and has a decent head about an inch and a half tall, but it doesn't last. the nose is sort of drab. stale hops and sweeter English malts that don't taste particularly fresh themselves. is smells like wort not beer honestly, sort of weird. the flavor is also sort of dull, I was hoping for a lot more hops here, but they just never come. its like a movie without a climax. there is also some dusty flavor that is out of place. it just doesn't come together for me the way the other sam smith beers do. the yeast stands out more than it probably should in this style too. its lacking carbonation, being pretty close to flat, and that makes it a bit heavy and filling to drink. maybe I got a bad bottle or something, because I expect much higher quality from sam smiths now. I also had this after a couple of pretty mean American india pale ales, so perhaps my palate didn't do justice to this beer as it otherwise might have. I will have to revisit this in the future.

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3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

Photo of Knapp85
2.83/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The first time I had this I think the bottle may have been a little older or been sitting on a shelf passed it's expected life because I got a bottle of this for Christmas last year and it was much better than the first time I had it. The hops were actually noticeable in the new bottle unlike the old one. This beer was a really nice English IPA, and definitely worth a try.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of metter98
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear copper in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin beige head that quickly faded away, leaving only delicate lacing covering the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of fruity yeast (apples stand out in particular) and caramel malts in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is a bit fruity with notes of caramel from the malts. Only a slight amount of bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied yet a bit watery on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink, has a good balance, and is extremely sessionable. I would have no problem drinking several of these in succession.

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4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A quintessential English IPA that's built the way that that was demanded from India colonists from the British homeland. Spicy, earthy, and backed by the caramel and biscuit rich malts that give these beers such depth, drinkability and gentlemanly spirit.

Pouring a rather clear, deep amber hue, the beer forms a creamy and lightness in head formation and withstanding retention with a spider web of lacing behind in tightly weaved and evenly coated patterns. A very handsome beer.

The poinient earthy scent of soft caramel and biscuit create the underpinning for the aromas of herbal lemon teas, woody bark, and freshly cut grasses. While the hops ultimately dictate the nose, the aromas are fairly well balanced.

Sweet breads soaked with caramel, biscotti, and sorghum start to frame the malt profile that provides the foundation for the hop flavors to come. A mid palate of trailing malt sweetness and growing hop flavor transitions to a very herbal and vegetal flavor of grasses, tea, lemon zest, stemy bark, and an overall earthy woody mix that further morphs into a smooth bitterness of earthen character. Even a mineral water flavor helps to support the hop flavor and bitterness to push them just ahead of hops. The balance resides with the hop flavor and bitterness, but not so far ahead of the frey that the malts are forgotten.

Medium bodied with the soft creamy malt upstart, the mid palate of calmer carbonation ushers in a fade toward dryness, crispness, and slightly biting hops in a mildly astringent way. Finally, the long finish delivers a linger of earthy bitterness with the alcoholic dryness of woods and grasses.

Delicous throughout, this India Ale is a classy story book of what ales are supposed to be- characterful, balanced, and gentlemanly from skin to core. A lovely beer throughout!

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

550ml bottle. Nicely suitable and imperious label.

This beer pours a slightly glassy medium brassy amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, and loosely foamy off-white head, which leaves some bleeding suds splatter lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of bready caramel and pale malts, overripe orange and lemon rinds, herbal tea leaves, fresh cut grass, and floral, generically fruity hops. The taste is relatively strong, lively noble hops, in all their reserved citrus, floral, and grassy goodness, biscuity, bready, and lightly caramelized malt, ethereal yeast, un-steeped tea bags, and a plain stale lemon fruitiness.

The carbonation is adequately supportive, and a bit frothy at times, the body a fairly trim medium weight, and mostly smooth, the floral bitterness kind of stepping through this particular rose garden. It finishes off-dry, the biscuity, bready malt holding tough, with the politely sassy, stiff upper lip, Queen and country hops still equal to the task.

A very well balanced, and understated, in that English way, Ur-IPA. Pleasant to quaff, where the flavour dominates over the bitterness, so this would be good for at least a few raucous pub rounds, I have to imagine.

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2.78/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

550 ml brown glass bottle with foiled-over pressure cap served into an Oskar Blues pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the brewery.

Served after a brief period of rest following its removal from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger khaki colour head of nice cream and thickness, and above average retention - though the ABV is fairly low for the style. Body colour is a pale dark yellow. No yeast particles are visible. Semitransparent. No bubble show.

Sm: Clean crystal malt, spring water, floral hops, clean barley, and straw. An average strength aroma. Not unique or special. No alcohol or yeast is detectable.

T: Underlying malty sweetness. Some biscuit malt. Hints of toffee. Limited floral hops. Little hop bitterness. A somewhat nectary finish. Fairly well balanced but underwhelming. Lacks a fresh feel.

Mf: Artifically smooth and wet. Feels refined, which distances the flavours from the palate. Strangely oily. Carbonation and thickness are off. Weak. Doesn't suit the flavours all that well. Not crisp or refreshing. A bit buttery.

Dr: A mediocre IPA. I wouldn't get it again. A disappointment from Samuel Smith's. Might even be better on-cask (and I say that as someone who thinks CAMRA is severely misguided). So pedestrian it's hardly worth trying. Drinkable but boring.

Low C

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear light amber color with a modest head that leaves a few shards of lacing behind

Smell: Biscuity, butterscotch malts take center stage, with a backdrop of earthy, tobacco-influenced hops

Taste: The biscuity malts open the flavor profile, with a hint of butterscotch adding a sweeter depth; by mid-palate, the earthy hops take their turn, adding some sweet tobacco bitterness; the finish is nicely balanced between the sweet malts and the English hops

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: The quintessential English IPA - this is a classic

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zeff80
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a copper/orange color with a foamy two-finger head. Leaves lacing.

S - Smelled highly hoppy and of clove. Also, a hint of dried fruits.

T - The hop taste wasn't as strong as it smelled. It was balanced b malt, clove and banana flavor. Also, a bitter kick.

M - It is sharp and crisp. Medium-bodied.

D - Complex flavors and a bitter aftertaste. It is another solid brew from Samuel Smith's.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

550 ml bottle into imperial pint glass, bottled on 7/05/2012. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a nice 2 finger fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of orange zest, pear, apple, caramel, toffee, toast, bread, floral, grass, honey, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of fruity/floral hop and yeast notes with good malt balance; and solid strength. Taste of orange zest, pear, apple, caramel, toffee, floral, light pine, toast, bread, grass, honey, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of earthy floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of orange, light fruits, caramel, toffee, floral, light pine, toast, bread, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of moderate hop flavors; with a very balanced malt backbone and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy, smooth, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good English IPA style. Very nice balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of nickfl
3.49/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a creamy white head that holds out for a while before settling to a thin film and leaving behind nice rings of lace. The body is reddish copper colored with good clarity.

S - Grainy aroma with sweet caramel and weak hop aroma.

T - Fruity with a clean malt character. A floral hop flavor emerges in the middle with moderate chalky bitterness characterizing the finish.

M - Medium body, low carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Pleasant and drinkable with a nice malt character. Unfortunately the hop character is just too weak to make this a good english IPA.

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Samuel Smith's India Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
3.72 out of 5 based on 1,900 ratings.
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