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: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You can tell that this website is dominated by American beer drinkers. A rating of a B for this ale is understandable from an American hops palate perspective. This beer is not bitter enough, not pithy enough, not enough citrus, not enough's entirely wrong for an American IPA. This is an English IPA and this is quite a good one at that.

The English hops are the star in this delivering spice and grass against some wonderfully clean malt flavors. Not overly sweet and not exceptionally bitter. The body benefits from this and is quite refreshing and easy-drinking. The bitterness lingers just a bit, but not even close to the levels achieved by American IPAs.

Samuel Smith sets the bar again for a British style.

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Got this in a variety three pack with a Samuel Smith pint glass. Let's check it out.

Bottle: 550ml
Served into a Samuel Smith Pint glass
No Date on bottle

Appearance: Pours a light amber color. Clarity is obvious. Nice head with great retention. I'm used to some cloud in the middle.

Smell: Small presence of hops. A bit muted for an IPA. But waiting for the drink to totally judge the smell profile.

Taste: Nice body. Real fresh and clean for an IPA. I'm used to American IPA's with a lot of flavor and hop notes. Enjoying it for what it is.

Mouthfeel: Small bitterness. Not lasting. It reminds me a lot of the mouthfeel that Prima Pils for Victory gives. Nice but not too exciting.

Overall: A pleasant drink. Don't expect too much from this one. Not a must have, but a good change of pace from American IPA's.

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This ale pours an amber, burnt orange sort of color and packs plenty of head that lingers in the glass for awhile. The smell is sort of citrus like, mixed with hops, and a bread like odor. Taste was not what I was expecting. Bitter, but not overly dry. Although there is some sweetness present in the odor, it does not come through in taste, mostly a thin, bitter taste with a mild bite. It tastes refreshing, but the bitterness makes it sort of a sipping beer. A slight bit watery. It's decent overall, but nothing I would go out of my way to find again.

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