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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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a dimpled beer mug.

A-White, frothy, off-white head. Moderate lacing down the sides. Deep orange amber with a light brown hue.

S-Pretty simple: honey and caramel malt.

T-Much different than an American IPA. The dominant taste in this brew was honey malt. Bitter hops were present in the aftertaste.

M-Full-bodied with carbonation on the high side.

Overall, not bad, just okay. I enjoyed it with a spicy pizza.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a borderline transparent copper with two fingers off white head. Retention is moderate. Carbonation is pretty lively.

S: Earthy, basement like hops in the nose. Lot of milled grain and a bit of honey. Touch of stone fruit.

T: Honeyed malts lead into that earthy hoppiness that can only be English. Tree fruit (apple, pear) and perhaps a bit of barnyard.

M: Very nice and full bodied for being 5% abv. Nice balance on the tongue.

O: Not at all like the IPA I'm used to drinking. Maybe America bastardized the style, but we bastardized it for the better. Oh, and Rate Beer has this listed as an ESB. This beer seems to fall much more in line with that style.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

550ml bottle
Served in an imperial nonic glass

A - It is a nice amber color. A couple inches of off white head sit atop.

S - The first aroma I get is toast, bread, and cereal. Then I get some hops that smelled kind of like limes.

T - At first I get that bread and toast flavor. Then I get a weird combination of bitter lime and metal.

M - Fairly substantial. Very similar to an English pale ale.

O - I'm not a fan of the varieties of hops used in this traditional style. It leaves an aftertaste that does not suit me.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love Sam Smith's stuff and I haven't had this one yet.

Pours a dark honey color with a pretty damn fine head of frothy white goodness.

Has light pine and hop aromas. Also smells sweet and floral.

Wow. What a smooth beer. Very refreshing pine notes with minimal bitterness. Light and slightly sweet. This would go great with a delicate seafood dish.

Not sticky at all. The pine notes come and go quickly so as to not linger. Could have been a little more flavorful but not by much.

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bottle dated SG05L1, so it's from 5 July 2012

A: pours into a mug into a light orange with a finger and a half of slightly off white head that retains well
S: smells of pale malt a bit of caramel and some bread dough
T: surprisingly malty flavor with a subtle bitterness throughout a bit of fruity flavor from the hops and a little vegetal flavor at times. swallow is more fruity hop and a bit more malt flavor. you can taste the mineral content of the water used as well which was fairly surprising for me.
M: soft carbonation over a medium mouthfeel and a clean, crisp finish
O: not bad but not great. nice to try an english IPA brewed in England

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