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

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84
good
1,896 Ratings
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Samuel Smith's India AleSamuel Smith's India Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
England, United Kingdom
samuelsmithsbrewery.co.uk

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,896
Reviews:
941
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
12.63%
 
 
Wants:
40
Gots:
196
For Trade:
0
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Photo of petewheeler
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Benjolovesbeer
4.24/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I give this beer a high rating because I scored it like a session ale. I never had one session ale that I liked but I do believe it's this type of beer they try to achieve. Labeled an India Ale, it's too weak to be an IPA but their is a tasty mild hop note much of what a session ale should have, but problem with American session ales is the beer often tastes like club soda, this beer tastes like beer. Also could be categorized as a dry hop.
Poured into a pint glass, amber color with a thick foamy cream head with rising hop bubbles. Taste is mildly hoppy with a bit of creamness and a dry finish. Has a cask ale feel and taste. Almost like a Boddingtons with a hoppy kick. Great for a social pub night, business meeting brew. Can easily chug or just sit back, relax, and enjoy. Cheers!

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Photo of OlegShora
4.31/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beaulabauve
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jotora
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Walleybeer
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DruC4
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wdf210
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Guppy314
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle, pours as rich golden with a foamy one-finger white head. Light aromas of hops with some citrus zest. Taste is decidedly hops-forward with a decent malt sweetness. Flavors include a caramel mellowness with some grassiness. Plentiful carbonation; very drinkable.

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Photo of Colin32
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of madakassal
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of josanguapo
4.73/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

From estucerveza. In Ikea's pint glass. Watching Los Soprano 3x13. Great example of drinkability. Probably the best english IPA ive tasted. Demonstrates that hops can be very pleasant even if they arent as explosive in mouth and nose as american hops

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Photo of Shadman
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Haven't tried an English style IPA in a long while.
This one looked the part despite a lack of head.
Aromas of citrus, sweet bread malt, and some of that famous well water.
Tastes similar to nose. Well carbonated with a pleasant bitterness that is nicely balanced with the malts.
Probably too weak in the hop department for most. I found it rather refreshing and a good session IPA on a warm autumn day.

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Photo of PatGreer
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Atlas1
2.52/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

I think the label has changed on this beer, and while I miss the old one, I actually prefer the new one with the Delhi Durbar (which, for those who are interested, was a mass gathering of people at Coronation Park in Delhi, India, to mark the succession of an Emperor or Empress). Nobody knows colonialism like the Brits. Except for maybe the Belgians. And both make damn fine beers. Go figure.

Anyhow, this beer poured very flat. Little carbonation and almost no head. The nose was a bit better, with notes of citrus and sweet malt. The taste, however, was unexpectedly dull. Mouthfeel was thin but smooth.

I had this beer before, years ago, and remembered it being better. Maybe I got an old bottle but I doubt it. At 5.0% ABV, it's just sort of a boring ale. They call it an English IPA, and I know that some English IPAs aren't that strong, but this was very underwhelming. I'm hoping my memory of the other Sammy Smiths beers I fondly recall aren't distorted anymore. Maybe I'll have to refrain from drinking them again, which would just be a shame.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a nice amber color with an orange hue. Decent head, however, I did not get great retention.
Big citric aroma, particularly orange.
In the taste I get some of that citrus feel, however, the flavor soon becomes more malt forward. Doughy and biscuity. The hops presence is rather mild. The body is medium but a bit on the full side. The maltiness made this more of a sipper for me.
I suppose I'm more accustomed to Erican IPAs. This one is mild hops wise but pleasant enough.

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Photo of dirtyharry2489
4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Benish
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of captaincoffee
3.36/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pint at Ye Ole Cheshire Cheese in London. Pours a beautiful orange amber with a dense creamy head the coats the glass and lasts. Nose is mostly absent. Not really getting much beyond a very light English hops scent and a touch of malt. Taste is disappointing. Flavor is almost more like a euro lager, including an unpleasant finish. Little malt, yeast, or hop characteristics. Maybe I was expecting too much from Sam Smiths, but was a poor excuse for an English IPA.

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Photo of Lagerquestrian
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wpreynolds
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of travolta
3.22/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ordybill
4.23/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear orange color with a large white head. The aroma is fruit and hops with some malt. The taste is more malt than hops and has a nice fruit mix.

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Photo of Gemini6
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JohnTurano
5/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Samuel Smith's India Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
3.72 out of 5 based on 1,896 ratings.
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