India Ale | Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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India AleIndia 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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2.94/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.
Poured a deep golden color with a white, foamy head. Aromas of English malts, cereal grains and spicy hops. Sweet, ripe, dark fruits up front with more citrus-like flavors coming through later. Bitter finish, but not too dry. Carbonation just right. Hops are bitter, but not as piney or grapefruity as most American IPAs, and more complex. Still, not one of my favorite styles.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

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3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an imperial pint bottle and split with seanniek91.

A - Transparent gold with a thin layer of head. Nothing particularly interesting.

S - Malts, a bit sweet and herbal

T - Very smooth, balanced EIPA. I love the ultra hoppy AIPAs, but this is a nice change of pace from what I've been drinking. Extremely well balanced with the malts and hops. The taste is really where this one shines.

M - Light and very smooth. The flavor lingers but the aftertaste isn't as good as the initial flavors.

O - This is a very solid, balanced EIPA. Samuel Smith consistently sells great beers at a great price.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Three finger head atop this amber-gold beer. Retention is very nice as the head never fully disappears. Aroma is quite herbal with a bit of a citric twist. Cracker-like malt note comes through. Though I enjoy an English IPA from time to time, there's no question that they're a far cry from good AIPAs when it comes to aroma.

The flavor can be easily summed up as an English pale with an extra hop kick. Biscuity malt body with a touch of buttery diacetyl. Bitterness is on par with what passes for a mildly hopped APA these days. Certainly refreshing and quaffable, but not especially memorable. Not really any complaints on the mouthfeel front - there's ample carbonation that's not too prickly.

A solid, if unspectacular, example of an EIPA.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 18oz bottle into a Samuel Smith tulip-pint glass.

Appearance: Basically perfect. A seemingly undying excellent frothy head that gives way to a nice orange-ish colored India Pale Ale. That same great head leaves a lovely lacing. Easily the best aspect of this beer, though that shouldn't be seen as an insult.

Smell: Grainy almost "gritty" smell. Not the best part of this beer, but it doesn't turn me away.

Taste: A "light" (In terms of strength, not calories, I have no clue there.) IPA of sorts. Heavy on malt with a nice hop undertone that sticks in your taste buds for a while after each gulp. An enjoyable take on the IPA, if not in line with the current trend toward hyper hops.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and easy drinking. Carbonation is on point for what I'd want with the taste: Not too strong, not too weak.

Not the best Samuel Smith's, but even at their "worst," they're better than most.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
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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2/5  rDev -45.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

India Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 1,925 ratings