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

Samuel Smith's India AleSamuel Smith's India Ale
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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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Ratings: 1,908 |  Reviews: 942
Photo of PatGreer
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Atlas1
2.52/5  rDev -31.5%
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 +4.9%
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 +16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of captaincoffee
3.36/5  rDev -8.7%
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 +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of travolta
3.22/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ordybill
4.23/5  rDev +14.9%
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 +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JohnTurano
5/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of AleMan66
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this from a bottle into a clear teardrop glass. It pours an amber with a thick white head. I'm not a huge IPA fan, but I love this one. It still retains the maltiness, which is what I like about this brewer. I love it!

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Photo of thegodfather1076
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Presentation: Really awesome looking classy label in the traditional Samuel Smith style with awesome font and attractive graphics/colors. Front label gives a great description of the beer, backstory on the beer, as well as a bit of brewery information. It states “Product of England” and “Top fermented in Stone Yorkshire Squares”. Back label gives web information. Gold foil wrapped long neck. Bottle has “Samuel Smith” and “Bottled at Yorkshires Oldest Brewery 1758” embossed in the glass.

Appearance: An aggressive pour from its 550ml brown bottle in a 16oz English Pint led to a 3 finger off white fluffy head of medium density atop a slightly hazy deep copper/orange beer. Head retention was a solid 3min 27sec before fading to a thick coating and ring which lead to a very nice lacing left behind on the glass.

Smell/Aroma: Smell is of biscuit like malts and very earthy hoppiness with a bit of grain also detectable. Very different than the current American IPAs that are all the rage.

Flavor/Taste: This is very grainy with that same biscuit like maltiness shining through on the front end. Midpoint gives way to a nice earthy hoppiness. Back end is dominated by a nice toasted biscuit like maltiness wit a slight buttery nuttiness coming through on the finish! After taste was slightly toasty.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Medium bodied with a slick, smooth mouthfeel and a below average amount of carbonation. Very drinkable.

Overall/Comments: A complete 180 from the American IPAs that are popular right now and that is ment as a compliment. Very well balanced in flavor and on the nose leading to an easy drinking all around good beer that is out to be just that! I really enjoyed this one! Consumed 1/16/14. Classified as and English IPA @ 5% ABV.

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Photo of Ctb6582
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of edthehead
3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Covocali
2.54/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bitter taste not smooth. Would not drink again

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Photo of kitschiguy
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle poured into a 350ml beer glass. Bottle given to me by a supplier.

Poured a nice slightly cloudy deep orange with a lovely fluffy head which died gradually and left a film of fine bubbles. Some lacing also.

Nose is good, malty with some peach, some tropical fruit. Slightly floral. Good,

palate is nice - malty, biscuity, bready - fairly typical of an IPA. Lots of flavour but not too bitter so I enjoyed it immensely.Not overly complex.

Mouth feel is really nice - perfect for the syle - creamy.

Overall a perfect example of an IPA - flavourful with lots of malt and balanced by good hop aroma and flavour. Superb. Never had a b ad beer fro Samuel Smith!

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Photo of Chadbo
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MusaJames
4.52/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Immediately I was not ready for this beer. I came at it with a prejudice that I have with IPAs. This beer pours well develops a light head that begins to dissipate quickly. The color is amber without being completely transparent. Full-bodied flavor and with plenty of hops. A fantastic IPA that I could absolutely drink again.

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Photo of aufie
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of golf4collet
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Squire123
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of entenduintransit
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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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