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

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Samuel Smith's India AleSamuel Smith's India Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
England, United Kingdom
samuelsmithsbrewery.co.uk

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,907
Reviews:
942
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
12.63%
 
 
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42
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196
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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh yes this is a classic, appears the majestic amber copper tone with an amazing beige cream toned head to complement the body. Aroma is decent floral hops with a nice underlying malt profile very good flavor that is tag teamed with some pine cone hops accompanying the malty molasses like sweetness. The taste is butterscotch malt profile brought on by the open fermentation that this and other Sam Smith beers under go. The nice rolling hop profile is a creamy buttery combo. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy and if you like IPAs this is a classic British IPA to get started on before getting kicked in the teeth with some Cascade hops from the American counterparts we have all come to know and love.

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Photo of ejimhof
5/5  rDev +34.4%

Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber color with a slight orangish hue with a quarter of an inch of loose, soft, white head that has decent retention and leaves nice lacing on the glass. The nose is big, malty and bready with a slight apple-like fruitiness. The flavor is bready with a caramel-like sweetness up front followed by a fruity, apple note. The mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied, and lightly carbonated.

This is a very malty IPA with little hop character. It's more fruity than hoppy. It's a little sweet for my liking with the caramel malt really coming through.

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Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of imbibehour
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
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 rab53
2/5  rDev -46.2%

Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

550 ml bottle sampled, no freshness dating. Pours a nice dark honey almond shade, fairly clear and supporting a creamy light tan head with some retentive powers. lacing is quite well developed and long lasting. Nose is malty, yeasty, bready. This is classicaly British brew, maltyness balanced nicely by understated but present hopping for an IPA.Mineraly water quite evident. Real nice ale , give me some english chedder and bread, and I'll be in beer heaven.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of SadMachine
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of jwc215
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle:

Pours copper with a thin, bubbly white head.

The smell is of grassy and earthy notes with caramel and bready background. Slight spiciness.

This one tastes like a classic English Pale Ale with just a touch more spice. That would be fine, but this is an IPA - well...English style hops come through in an earthy, slightly metallic, way with some vague spiciness, and there are subtle herbal notes, but the sweet caramelish, grainy malt almost overpowers everything. Not a bad taste, but pretty lame for an English IPA. Some spice in the finish tries to make up for it, but...not quite.
From my understanding, traditional IPAs were hoppy with higher alcohol (which this doesn't really have), but over time they became more modest in hop-presence and alcohol. With the fairly recent re-emergence of the style, they regained more of the original traits. This one did not. The alcohol is fairly mild, the hops ...well....don't quite stand up to the malt.
It is medium-bodied, with a touch of iron sticking to the palate.
Not bad, but this great brewery's IPA is too wimpy for me.

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Photo of Tone
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy, copper color. 2/3 inch head of a off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of caramel malt, English hops, tea, hint of sweet malt, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the category of an English IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable dryness. Tastes of caramel malt, tea, English hops, hint of sweet malt, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, this fits the category quite nicely; sharp, dry, tea and caramel malt dominate.

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Photo of Duff27
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Ruby-red. One finger head that leaves a ring around the glass. No lacing here.

S- Sweet. Bready notes.

T- Bitter. A bitter unlike American IPAs. Somehow I get a slight sour cherry(?) taste in the profile. Fun to drink.

M- Creamy, medium carbonation.

D/O- For $3.50 a bomber (albeit Euro modified) this is a hard one not to pick up at the store. Sam Smith's=Quality. Never had a bad brew from them.

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Photo of BEER88
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color is a gorgeous ruby red, head is fine, full, and off-white in color. Aroma is overflowing with fruit: peach is on top, but we can also detect apricot, grapefruit, orange, citrus. Very sweet and inviting. So drink it already!
DEliriously delicious! This is a terrifically well-rounded IPA: not too hoppy, with malt providing just enough support. Very little bitterness upon the palate, and surprising for an ale with an aroma so redolent with sweet,delightful fruitiness. On the tongue, more fruit flavors come through, too. I'm picking up cherries, and melons, and ggod gosh, it's gorgeous! Extreme drinkability! Some minimal bitterness comes through on the palate, but not to trouble the average beer drinker. An excellent introductory IPA. Me, I like mine much hoppier.
A terrifically well-rounded brew, and very drinkable. Finish is simple, sweet, and ever-lasting. Another excellent Smith offering.

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Photo of Dicers
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of GClarkage
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

01/24/09- Purchased at Whole Foods in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 550ml bottle with no freshness info found. Poured into my 20oz Pizza Port glass.

Appearance- Perfect example of a deep amber or copper colored pour. About a one fingered head with xome decent spotted and light lace patchwork left behind.

Smell- No much of a nose. Some caramel roasted hops and some minor hoppy aspects.

Taste- Not really hoppy for an IPA..actually considerably malty. Lots of caramel malt...medium roasted flavor...not to burnt, not to light. Some lightly bitter english hops, but mostly a nice caramel malted flavor.

Mouthfeel- Medium to a slightly higher carbonation level. More hoppy flavor in the aftertaste than the regular drinking phase.

Drinkability- Great tasting beer, not sure wether it's an IPA or not, but very drinkable and recommended...just don't think you are getting an English hopfest.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.44/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a nice hazy looking orange to brown color with a decent one finger white foamy head that settles down at a nice pace leaving a nice somewhat sticky lacing along the sides of the glass. The smell had a nice blend of sweet malts over top of some light bitter hops. The taste was mainly sweet malts. The palate sat about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionability about it. Overall, I say this was a pretty good beer worthy of having again.

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Photo of a77cj7
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sendbeer
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from 7/2011 notes. Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a clear coppery orange amber. One finger off-white head and no lacing. Aroma of sweet caramel malt and a light fruit component. Reminiscent of a doppelbock. Flavor is more muted. Starts with neutral malt with a peppery hop bite, dry malt middle and hop bitterness in the finish. The malts are not distinctive. The spicy hop start is interesting, but the ale overall is rather low key. Light to medium body. Like a watered down, somewhat hoppy old ale. No need to return to this one.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Revisit: 5 Oct 15
550ml Bottle

It's been awhile.

Pours a very nice clean/clear golden dark orange color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice one-finger plus off-white head, and leaves some very nice small islands and thick sticky lacing behing. The nose is malty, sweet. The taste is very nice, malty, sweet. Medium body, with a very nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, a very tasty brew.

Pours a golden orange color, nice carbonation, head was decent and creamy, nice lacing afterwards. Scents of malts, very slight hops, and caramel. The taste is malty, slightly hoppy, there's a nice bitter bite in the end. Medium body. Drinkable, this is nothing like an American IPA, but still pretty tasty.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has an iced tea color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of oranges, malts. Taste is a bit malt forward, oranges, mild bitterness, some toffee notes as it warms. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer, somewhat on the mild side.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard conical pint glass. Beer is clear and amber in color. Forms a tight white head that is thick and persists. Leaves lacing on the glass as the beer is drank. Carbonation is steady and keeps the head up.

Aroma is about as expected, hoppy, but not as hoppy as an American version would, and malt, maltier than an American. The hops are reserved more, also can smell the water, that sounds odd but that's how I feel.

Beer has a medium mouthfeel / body. Not thick, you aren't chewing your way through the hops, and its not thin. Smooth and fills the mouth but the bitterness does not overwhelm. The drinkability of this beer is high as well, easily put this one away and there is nothing stopping me from doing it again.

English IPAs are interesting for an American hop head like myself. This beer definitely had the hop character I've grown to expect from IPAs, it was just more subtle and reserved. I have enjoyed this beer and brewery for many years, Sam Smiths is probably my favorite English IPA I've ever had.

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Samuel Smith's India Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
3.72 out of 5 based on 1,907 ratings.
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