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

Samuel Smith's India AleSamuel Smith's India Ale
BA SCORE
52.5%
Liked This Beer
3.68 w/ 1,908 ratings
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
Ranking:
#30,189
Reviews:
942
Ratings:
1,908
Liked:
1,002
Avg:
3.68/5
pDev:
12.77%
Alströms:
3.6
 
 
Wants:
43
Gots:
198
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,908 |  Reviews: 942
Photo of RochefortChris
4.56/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gamblebc
3.49/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of q33jeff
2.57/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

**
01/28/12
Poured from a bottle in to a pint glass

AROMA: Fruity Aroma
LOOK: Translucent Brown, No head.
TASTE: Sharp Hop bitterness hits you quickly and is not pleasant.

**

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has an iced tea color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of oranges, malts. Taste is a bit malt forward, oranges, mild bitterness, some toffee notes as it warms. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer, somewhat on the mild side.

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

Photo of drmeto
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L:
-pours a clear amber-red with a medium,foamy,offwhite head
-medium carbonation visible
S:
-orange,spicy,strawberries,plums,caramel,toffee
T:
-spicy,strawberries,toffee,grassy ,plums,chocolate
-medium bitterniss for the style
F:
-low to medium carbonation
-light to medium body
O:
Really good English IPA.
A perfect after-work Beer

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Photo of ThePold
4.31/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a fresh bottle into a glass. Not much head. But a good and proper around the horn smell and taste. A good example of its kind. Worth buying again.

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

Photo of weareallfalafel
4.16/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nugganooch
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle to an Imperial nonic glass
Last had on 08/11/15

This one just never seems to do much for me
Hops always come off as stale and like dusty old tea leaf. Earthy and mineral like.
Plenty of pale malt breadiness with lots of fallen orchard fruit flavors
Low actual bitterness. Smooth and creamy with lower carb and moderate filling body. Dry in the finish.
Would like to try fresh on tap some day.

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Photo of reaganrvltn
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mark-Leggett
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Benjolovesbeer
4.24/5  rDev +15.2%
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 +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beaulabauve
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Walleybeer
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DruC4
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wdf210
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Guppy314
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
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 -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of josanguapo
4.73/5  rDev +28.5%
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 +0.3%
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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Samuel Smith's India Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 52.5% out of 100 with 1,908 ratings
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