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

550 Ml poured into a pint glass

A- POurs crystal clear golden orange with a three finger of a slightly off white head.

S- A bit of grain. A little sweetness. An oniony hop profile.

T- This is moe of a pale ale by american IPA standards. A light bitterness and a light hop profile. It is herbal and oniony with some floral and citrus notes. A sticky mouthfeel. A bit of a roasted caramel quality.

M- A silky smooth and relatively light beer but still retains a quality feel.

O- A nice drinking beer. I would like for it to have been bigger. But it is good for what it is.

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look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

550 ml bottle (1 pint), no bottled on date present.

A - Pours a strange copper color, with a finger of head that disappears quickly. Not exactly your standard-looking IPA.

S - Has virtually no hop presence in the nose at all. All I can smell is heavy dry malts, and an initial whiff of alcohol booze smell which is strange given this beer's low abv.

T - Very bland and boring. Again, virtually no hop presence whatsoever in the taste, which is disappointing to say the least. I had heard this beer wasn't very good, but I needed to try it out for myself. There is a very strong wheat taste of white bread, but little else. This beer tastes more like a well-made lager, and makes for a sh**ty IPA. There is a sweetness that creeps out as you sip on this beer, bringing some kind of fruits to mind, but it's probably just all the bready malts.

M - Smooth, clean, well-watery finish. Crisp & refreshing, even if it was pretty disappointing. Very bready aftertaste.

Overall, probably not a brew I will try again, but it was worth trying once. If this beer had been marketed as something other than an IPA, like a lager, I might have found it to be a better beer. But according to style, this beer is a poor example.

Samuel Smith's India Ale ---3/5

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look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

550 ml brown glass bottle with foiled-over pressure cap served into an Oskar Blues pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the brewery.

Served after a brief period of rest following its removal from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger khaki colour head of nice cream and thickness, and above average retention - though the ABV is fairly low for the style. Body colour is a pale dark yellow. No yeast particles are visible. Semitransparent. No bubble show.

Sm: Clean crystal malt, spring water, floral hops, clean barley, and straw. An average strength aroma. Not unique or special. No alcohol or yeast is detectable.

T: Underlying malty sweetness. Some biscuit malt. Hints of toffee. Limited floral hops. Little hop bitterness. A somewhat nectary finish. Fairly well balanced but underwhelming. Lacks a fresh feel.

Mf: Artifically smooth and wet. Feels refined, which distances the flavours from the palate. Strangely oily. Carbonation and thickness are off. Weak. Doesn't suit the flavours all that well. Not crisp or refreshing. A bit buttery.

Dr: A mediocre IPA. I wouldn't get it again. A disappointment from Samuel Smith's. Might even be better on-cask (and I say that as someone who thinks CAMRA is severely misguided). So pedestrian it's hardly worth trying. Drinkable but boring.

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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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Samuel Smith's India Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
3.72 out of 5 based on 1,908 ratings.
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