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

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Samuel Smith's India AleSamuel Smith's India Ale

Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
England, United Kingdom

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Color was light copper. About 1 ¼ inches of white frothy head. White bubbly lacing. Decent amount of layered film on the sides.

Smelled hops, but nothing too strong. Caramel malts, dark fruits and resin as well.

Tasted resin hops up front with a very bitter finish. Kind of a weird flavor overall. Reminded me a bit of a Newcastle Brown Ale.

Medium body. Slick texture. Average carbonation. Bitter finish.

Not a bad beer, especially since I got it for free (buy five bombers, get a Samuel Smith’s free).A lighter version of Newcastle is still what comes to mind.

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look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 550 mL bottle into a Samuel Adam's etched glass.

A - Pours a light, golden blonde color with a small head that dissipated after a few moments. Left some small lacing on the glass as it emptied.

S - Smells mellow and not overly hoppy, malt is certainly present in the smell.

T - A good bitter taste, not overpowering, but refreshing. More mild in the hop department than IPA's on this side of the Atlantic.

M - Flavor lingers on the roof of the mouth and is not overly heavy.

O - A good beer to accompany a meal. A good complexity between the malt and the hops.

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look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 550mL bottle into a Samuel Smith signature glass. 2 of 3 in a beer set I received for Christmas.

A - The bottle states that it is the color of a golden sunset. While I don't fully agree with that statement, it is certainly a beautiful beer. A moderate pour yields a 3 finger fluffy white head. The body is a brilliant clear golden color. Lacing is also outstanding.

S - For an IPA, the nose is not incredibly hoppy. Smells mostly of grain and yeast.

T - A very smooth easy drinking IPA. I guess I'm super used to the American superhopped IPAs that when I have one that is a moderately hopped IPA, it tastes weak. Its definitely balanced and clean. Sweet and fruity up front with a citrusy hop bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Great for an IPA.

O - I'm not too familiar with the "English" IPA style, but its definitely a much more mellow beer than American IPAs.

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Bottle (2011)

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Clear, dark orange and amber with a thick white head. Leaves lots of messy lace down the glass.

Bready, simple aroma with a bit of sweet caramel. There's a mild, grassy hop presence but it's quite faraway.

Flavor follows the aroma. This is a simple, earthy, somewhat grassy IPA. The bready and slightly sweet malts are the highlight.

Medium bodied with ample carbonation.

Not at all a bad beer, and while very drinkable, it's remarkably simple and even somewhat plain.

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Samuel Smith's India Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
3.72 out of 5 based on 1,908 ratings.
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