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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001

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Photo of WissBrauSean
4.69/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The beer poured a very clear light copper color with a nice three finger head at 55 degrees. Perfect temperature. The head has excellent cathedral pillar looking lacing that is sticky to the sides and the head stays as a full cap and ring throughout the drink from my imperial pint glass.

The aroma is of mellow light caramel malts biscuity yeast and apricots.

The taste is out of this world smooth caramel malts, some biscuity tastes (very light) and some light fruit flavours all combined and balanced nicely with a bit of dry hops which really don't become exceedingly apparent until the finish which is only slightly dry. Incredibly pleasant.

Mouthfeel is smooth and moderately full for a 5% abv beer thanks to the malt sweetness and it is really well balanced throughout the sip by the hops. The carbonation is mild to moderate and the lasting one finger head lends some creaminess to the drink as well. Slight dry finish makes you crave more!

Overall this is probably my favorite IPA. I'm not a hop head so this fits the bill perfectly for me! I also feel that this is a world class beer and am now a strong fan of Samuel Smith Old Brewery which is now on my bucket list of breweries to tour!

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

550ml bottle served in a pint glass.

A: Pours a deep amber copper color. Absolutely clear. Forms a big white bubbled white head. Good retention but not much lacings left

S: Sweet and caramel malts in the nose. Toffee, honey and a bit fruity. Grassy and citrus hops in the end. Quite British

T: Follows the nose. A slightly sweet upfront. Strong notes of toffee, caramel malts, honey, citric hops, grassy hops. A bit fruity. In overall, a dry taste and a good bitter hoppy end

M: Light body. Medium carbonation. Caramel maltes and grassy hops aftertaste

O: Quite drinkable and plasant British style IPA. Nice and smooth

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Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of PhantasIPA
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The color of this beer is a mixture of copper and light gold. The head was big at first but quickly dissipated and the beers leaves a little lacing as you drink but if the glass is left undisturbed, it disappears completely.

The smell is very subtle and the strongest characteristic is the sweet malt and dry, barley. The malt smells like caramel and a little bit of brown sugar.

The taste is really nice. No flavor or characteristic is dominating but it is extremely well balanced and delivers a hint of lots of flavors. First the caramel sweetness, then the dry, wheat-like barley, then the even dryer hops.

The mouthfeel is really nice as well. Very smooth, almost no carbonation and all of the flavors linger nicely. Very refreshing and super easy to drink.

Overall this is a good beer. It is unique in its lightness and flavor, even thought it is not very strong (5% ABV). Refreshing and very easy to drink with good a good balance of flavors.

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Photo of kristenspaintings
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I enjoyed this beer much less than I thought I would.

I like the glass and coaster that came with the sampler pack and was interested in the possibility of visiting the brewery as they have a pretty decent website describing their process and visitation facilities. I still think there’s a possibility that I’ll visit the brewery anyway because I enjoy these sorts of things when I travel, but I’m not into their beer as much as I want to be.

The bottle says it’s “exceptionally full-flavored and complex” which I found to be an exaggeration. It is by far not a bad beer; It’s just not very interesting. It is malty and hoppy/bitter which is true to its category but lacks some depth or “layers” of flavor you get with other IPAs.

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Photo of cloudydoug
1/5  rDev -72.8%

Photo of casualfan
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of meltroha
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of KimenTshom
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of buckyp
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of CreightonSM
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of vipguy814
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of NiceTaps
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 550ml bottle into a stemmed tulip pint glass.

A- Nice deep copper color, just a bit of cloudiness. The huge billowy head has staying power and delivers the lacing to the end.

S- Strong malt and biscuit with some mild floral hop aroma. Some funk from the deepwell hardwater, perhaps.

T- Dy malt, fruit hops. Just about a perfect English India Ale flavor for me.

M- Good cabonation and body, holds up @ 5.0% abv. Dry finish bitterness and some hop bite.

O- Truly how IPA was meant to be, flavorful and drinkable. It is not overpowering and does not burn the palate. Just right, even for a hop lover like me.

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Photo of imbibehour
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

One of the few Samuel Smith brews I have put off for a long time. From the 550ml bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Out of the bottle a faint copper red body, crystal clear with lots of large cola bubbles sticking to the sides of the glass. Head forms real big but soapy white, with large bubbles. Some fairly good staying power also.

Nose is very biscuity sensations. Moderate toasty grains with hints of fruit yeast esters. Slightly powdery. Hop angle is non existent mostly, smells mostly like a good solid bitter.

Palate seems to bring no surprises. Hop angle comes out a little bit forward with mild bitternes, but bowled over with a good classic large malt biscuit character. Hints of light buttery toast sensations, and mild caramel, with a light hop bitterness pull through on the finish. Not particularly hop noticeable but subtle.

Overall, a simple easy drinking brew, and truly English in flavor. It will do.

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Photo of elchingen
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of NumberNone
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of birddawg
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of pressedmeat
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a little cloudy, not much head at all.

S: Get a hint of pine, and some sweetness

T: Don't really get a ton of hoppiness, but relatively a smooth finish

M: I find it to be a little velvety.

O: Not one of my first choices of Samuel Smith, but far from something to snub your nose at.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Premo88
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into pub glass

A: beautiful color, not much of a head. i could cheat and slam this beer into the glass to get a head going, but poured closer to textbook style, it just doesn't rise up. still, it's a wonderful caramel brown color.

S: malty. sweet. damn near like a white wine to me.

T: good but kind of flat. it misses that wonderful sweet finish of Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale. almost tastes more like a brown ale to me.

F: watery. not much carbonation, and being an American raised on too many sodas, I need more carbonation.

O: save your money and try this company's Old Brewery Pale Ale would be my suggestion. it's not terrible in any way ... and frankly, I'm not sure how qualified I am to score an English IPA because this might be the only one I've tried if we're being technical and staying strictly within the confines of each defined beer style. but for the price, I think you can get more Arrogant Bastard and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale for the same money ... so do so.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Samuel Smith's India Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 1,914 ratings
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