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

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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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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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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5/5  rDev +34.4%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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5/5  rDev +34.4%

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1/5  rDev -73.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice golden/copper color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down slowly and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of sweet bready and caramely malts, earthy hops and some dark fruit.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a citrusy/fruity feel from the hops, grassy/earthy notes witch gives it a slight bitterness, and grainy and bready malts with some caramel.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with decent flavors and aromas.

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I’m not usually a big fan of India ales but this one was good. It was malty with a very nice hoppy crispness to it. There was not a lingering hoppy bitterness to it that usually turns me off to India ales. I liked the sweet fruity smell of the ale which matched the fruity hoppy flavors. The malt flavors were nice which appears to be typical of Samuel Smith ales and English ales in general.

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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)
3.72 out of 5 based on 1,908 ratings.
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