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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
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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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of hoppedupken
2.58/5  rDev -29.9%
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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Photo of Dave128
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
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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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2011)

Texas Liquor
Carlsbad, CA

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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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (55 cl.) purchased from Le Souffleur de bières, and tasted in 2012.

Appearance : copper color, with white foam head.
Smell : florally hoppy aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : floral hop character, caramel malty, and long bitter finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style English India Pale Ale.

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3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Dark gold. The head is Samuel Smith's usual glorious affair. This thing looks like a snow white 3D elevation map and sticks around for a long time. I wish every beer head was like this. I wonder what causes it?

Smell - Smells lovely on the pour. Smells kind of like apples and kind of like cheese fondue made with wine.

Mouthfeel - Soft

Taste - Watery. Very clean. Mild malt. Only barely bitter - a far cry from anything with the word India in it on this side of the ocean. You'd think this would be more bitter than the brewery's pale ale, but it's really not. It might even be less bitter.

Aftertaste - Same as the taste - a mild malt, a mild bitterness. Gone fairly quickly

Overall - Just like with their pale ale, I had been avoiding this one for years because I'm wasn't (then) a pale ale/IPA guy and had an aversion to strong hop bitterness. Turns out I needn't have avoided this one either. Unlike the pale ale, however, I don't think I'll get this one again, which is a first for me with Samuel Smith's brews. Not that I dislike it - it's perfectly sessionable and refreshing. But like the pale ale it lacks something on the back end, lacks robustness. The pale ale skates by just on the edge of watery. This one seems to cross the line and I want more flavor and richness in a beer. One possible factor, I got this from my grocery store's build-your-own-sixpack rack. I can't think this would be a popular choice in this hick town and so may be old stock.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice reddish amber. Pour with about a half inch of foamy white head. Visible rising carbonation under direct light.

Smells malty and hoppy. A bit of wheat. Fruity sweetness and honey.

Taste and mouthfeel.. Sweet at the front with a nice smooth texture. Lightly carbonated, but a bit on the flat side. Light piney bitterness at the back end, which lingers in the mouth for a few seconds.

In appearance and aroma the beer starts off very promising, but fails miserably in the taste department. Overall, it's a good beer, but the taste is what matters and this one doesn't pass my test.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First English IPA that I've reveiwed (and possibly tasted) so ...

A- Poured from the large bottle into the Samuel Smith's pint glass with which it was packaged. Is indeed lighter (paler) than American (India) pale ales. It is clear and orange/amber with a two-fingered tan head that is persistent. Good lacing.

S- When I first poured it had a cider-like smell, which is then followed by a light hop note. Some reserved malt notes.

T- Not unlike the smell. The malt takes a step forward and the cidery sweetness remains. The hops, normally the star of IPAs in the US sheer the limelight and it works for me.

M- Very pleasant mouthfeel. For an IPA (English as it may be), the mouthfeel is light and there is little bitterness that just barely impacts the back of your tongue as it makes its way to your throat.

O- I am delightfully surprised by this beer and see it as one I could drink all day ... if only I had more. Doesn't have the hops I am used to, but it is near perfectly balanced for my tastes and I hope to have another soon.

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Samuel Smith's India Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 1,921 ratings
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