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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of beyah
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Light golden amber, head disappears quickly, slight lace.

S - Slight hop smell, malts way in the back.

T - Moderately dry, lightly carbonated, with a sharp earthy hop flavor.

M- Slick, lightly carbonated drink, with a late sharp hop follow up.

O- A decent IPA, tame by today's standards, good with a barbecue chicken sandwich.

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2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

Photo of bobhits
3.21/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

India Ale has finally made me realize that all these Samuel Smith beers seem to have a flavor that I can't place in common. I'm not a fan, perhaps yeast? Here we have a citrus and bitter IPA, backed with a biscuity malt, orange flavors, and perhaps some grain. Nothing special but there's enough here to call it an IPA and there's nothing bad about it. Mild by american standard in the hops, the real difference is in the flavor profile that is gven off. Citrus orange hops with a lot of grain vs the american caramel dominated malt backs. I don't get the earthy notes I often associate with the English hops so a HUGE thanks for that one.

I wouldn't seek another out, but if orange bitter flavors with a more grainy malt sounds like a good change of pace this one might really work for you.

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass, and served lightly chilled.

A: Pours a typical amber color that's gains some reddish hints when held up to the light. The head is a soapy, three finger off-white color with almost frustrating retention and good lacing. Carbonation bubbles are also present rising up to the surface.

S: Very mineral and earthy smelling overall. There is a bit of hop aroma to it, but it doesn't have nearly the zing of American IPAs.

T: Again, has a mineral taste to it, with only a subtle hop bitterness entering later. Also features caramel malt and a touch of nuttiness. Solid enough, but it doesn't bowl me over. On the plus side, it's very easy to drink due to the subtle flavor profile.

M: Medium bodied with tingling carbonation. I think the finish is a bit too chalky, though not as much as a Dundee IPA.

O: I usually like Sam Smith beers a lot, but truth be told, I'm inclined to prefer American interpretations of the IPA over this one. It has the excellent drinkability factor of most Sam Smith ales, but it isn't as satisfying as them, either. Still worth considering if you want a more classical spin on the IPA, though.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful color, just as the bottle describes it with a half of finger of well retaining bright white head. Lots of alcohol on the nose at first which I find odd for the low abv. The nose also has a tarty earthy horse blanket like smell too it.

Very mild but not bad really at all. If this is what americans are going for when aiming for that true english style of IPA they are way off the mark. I still prefer my big hoppy american IPA's but this isnt bad either. Dry biscuit malt flavors up front with lots of crisp carbonation followed by an earthy juiciness which is swept away by a very dry herbal hop finish. A really nice consistent sip. Flavors are layered extremely well and even blended to a certain degree.

Nothing to write home about but it is a very well done beer. Makes for something good and session-able without wearing out your tongue.

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Photo of Brew33
4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I received this beer in the Sam Smith's gift pack from a co-worker. I'll admit that English IPAs generally don't do much for me and I generally avoid them.

The beer pours a really nice, deep orange/amber with a thick, bubbly, off white head. Really a nice looking beer.

The aroma is actually very malt forward. Leafy, European hops are definitely strong in the aroma but the toasted grain aroma is actually very welcome. The flavor is very balanced! Toasted malts dominate initially but are quickly washed away by herbal, leafy, raw, grassy hops. Delicious! A dry grainy finish is actually perfect for the style. The thing I like most about this beer is the malt profile, VERY toasty. Toasted, honey wheat bread. The mouthfeel and carbonation are just excellent. Medium bodied with a creamy head. Just an excellent beer and spot on for the style.

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Christmas gift from a friend, looking forward to trying. 550 ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Clear, light amber body with a bit of orange hue. One-finger white head that leaves just a bit of lacing.

More malt than hops in the aroma. But, a bit of citrus hops combines with the buiscuity malt. Light aroma overall.

The flavor features more hops than the aroma, but still on the light side for what Americans expect in an IPA. Light citrus and pine hop notes blend very well with the smooth malt profile. The flavor blend is outstanding, but not overpowering.

Medium mouthfeel and only a slight oily hop texture. The brew is probably along the lines of an APA, but is very drinkable. Solid brew and I would definitely recommend to those who are just starting to experience hoppy brews.

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3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 550ml bottle into my trusty nonic. My first from Samuel Smith's.

Produced an off-white, slightly soapy, two finger head. Pretty solid retention and some damn fine lacing. Classic IPA color, crystal clear, with bunches of bubbles.

Not a lot of hop aroma. Maybe some grass and pine. Malt is definitely present, with a caramel sweetness.

Again, not much hops. Moderately bitter throughout, but not much of an actual hop profile. Caramel malt backbone prominent. Well balanced within itself, but not so for the style.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Smooth, slightly creamy, yet dry in the finish. Good carbonation. Super drinkable.

I think I've become too jaded by the heavily hopped American IPAs (SN Pale Ale has more hops). This is not one of them, it doesn't try to be, and I respect that. If you can get the West coast IPA out of your head this is a truly tasty beer. Impeccably balanced with a wonderful malt profile. I can't say I'll be getting it again, but thats more because there are too many damn good beers out there I haven't tried. I will recommend this to any fan of British ales, or AIPA fans looking to try what the style originally was. Cheers!

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of JustinAniello
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a light golden brown with a foamy three finger head. Dissipates to a substantial cap with lacing that stick to the sides.

S - Heavy malt aromas with citrus hops as well.

T - Starts with a darkened caramel, though not sweet, turning a malty breadiness with citrus and grass from the hops. Light bitterness throughout.

M - Medium body, medium to high carbonation. Almost feels a bit syrupy.

O - A decent IPA, good malt and hop combination in both the aroma and flavor. Not as hoppy as many IPAs I tend to enjoy, but still a good beer that I imagine will be even better during warmer months.

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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