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

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Samuel Smith's India AleSamuel Smith's India Ale
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Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
United Kingdom (England) | website

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

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3.71
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Photo of pittvkyle7
3.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- CLear light amber, big fast rising bubbles, big off white head with lacing.

S- After the pour there was a quick burst of grapefruit, that faded and moved to more of a malty nose, and slightly bready.

T- Well you can tell this is not american. Quite balanced. For the hop profile it is mostly bittering, you get a little bit of the grapefruit that was in the nose. The malts were strong and complex and toasty, bready and coffeeish. There is a nice fruit taste from the yeast pear or apple.

M- carbonation has a sting to it, and it's refreshing.

D- very drinkable, and very interesting to compare to the american style.

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Photo of BeersIsTheName
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served cold poured in a pilsner.

A- Golden orange hue with a full four finger head.

S- More malty than an average IPA. Somewhat of what I can only describe as a "sour" smell, but not in a bad way.

T- Complex and flavorful. Balanced with the hops, barley, and yeast. Not a strong IPA like you would expect.

M- Good carbonation. Light bite. Even though served from a bottle it has a draft feel.

O- Not what you would expect an IPA to be. This is not to say that it is not good, because it is. It just isn't what you would get with a traditional APA or IPA.

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Photo of bobbyc881
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a nice copper color, slightly off-white head which holds up for a bit, then forms a nice lace around the glass.

Smell is a bit malty, slightly citric. You can smell the hops before you taste it.

Medium carbonation, rather clear in appearance. Taste is a nice balance of sweet malts and hop bitterness. Aftertaste is a bit dry, then sticky in the mouth.

Feels nice overall -- a very drinkable, very unoffensive beer.

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Photo of jockstrappy
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper color with an off-white 2 finger head that provides a sticky lace. Aroma is more sweet malts then anything, slightly floral hop, and a hint of fruit....pear maybe. Taste is very surprising.... smooth, buttery malt up front, with a pleasant hop bitterness that hits the palate before a smooth finish. Mild carbonation and medium body make for a pleasant mouthfeel, and make this ale very sessionable.

Truthfully, not what I was expecting, but not bad by any means. I was just expecting something a little more hopped up. This one is very close in comparison to their pale ale, but still, a solid and well balanced offering.

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Photo of AleMan66
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this from a bottle into a clear teardrop glass. It pours an amber with a thick white head. I'm not a huge IPA fan, but I love this one. It still retains the maltiness, which is what I like about this brewer. I love it!

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Photo of Rezzin
3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a clean pint glass.

A - Copper brownish with lots of sediment. Was this beer bottle conditioned? Fluffy white head drops to a thin covering - almost milky in appearance.

S - Malty and fruity with some earthiness from the hops. You can smell it but it's not overly aromatic. Smells somewhat sweet.

T - First sip has a strong fruitiness in the front almost like apples or maybe even plums. Hmm.. more like apples. It's a little on the light side and you really can't detect the alcohol. Almost tastes a little spicy on the back with some bitterness. It's not bad.

M - Thin with a nice tart finish. Leaves a slightly dry aftertaste which is really not all that bad.

D - This isn't my favorite IPA but I thought it wasn't too bad. Definitely a sessionable beer. Might be a favorite for those who prefer the less hoppy and more malty ipas.

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Photo of twbrewer
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Poured a crystal clear golden caramel color.1\4" of head that fades quickly,very little to no lacing.

S-It has a sweet malt,caramel smell with a nice light and floral hop nose.

T-The taste is just like the smell,the hops leave a very light bitter aftertaste.Well balaned.

M-It has a crisp but very smooth mouthfeel with good carbonation.

D-It is a easy drinking beer that could easily become a session.It is a great examle of a English IPA.

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Photo of PhantasIPA
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
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 IgnatiusReilly
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz tall brown bottle at home.

A: Clean clear deep amber color. Solid head, about a finger – holds it well.
S: Some floral hops in the nose. Hint of graininess.
T: Tart bitterness of the hops comes through, but not as much as you would expect. Some grapefruit. It’s balanced with a malt-grain and tea-like flavor. Have to remember this is an English as opposed to an American IPA. Clean dry aftertaste.
M: Mouth-coating earthiness with relatively low carbonation.
D: Very drinkable. Taste is very refreshing – I never got tired of it.

Excellent beer for the style. I prefer a little more hop punch, but earthy tones make a great balance in this ale.

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Photo of Stavage
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pouring it into my schooner I get a nice frothy off white head with excellent retention. The liquid has a nice reddish golden amber. Very clear.

Smell was full of toasty biscuity malts and aromatic hops. The hops scent varied from citrus fruits to cloves to possibly a hint of pepperiness.

Nice tasting IPA. The hops doesn't blast your mouth with extreme bitterness but its definitely there and definitely noticeable. A nice varied hops bitterness is the first thing to hit my palate and lingered well afterwards. A very strong malt backbone gives good balance. The malt flavours mimic the smell, toasty and bread like to biscuity.

Mouthfeel is probably the weak point in this beer. It's a little bit lightbodied for an IPA. Otherwise it's nice and dry and refreshing.

Only 5% abv so you can enjoy a pint and keep your wits reasonably well. It doesn't lack in flavour and it's quite refreshing. If only it had a little more body.

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Photo of bassboneman
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I agree with previous posts about the "lack" in this brew. However, there is an unmistakable pleasant aspect of this beer. While it does have a bitter quality to it - it doesnt detract from the experience.
This isnt a beer you would want to have 2 or 3 of in one sitting - but... to cleanse the palate a bit - this would do the trick well.
I really like it -
So...up yours (literally!) - as in drink up : o)

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Photo of jsolack
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
Light to medium brown with amber accents... very light lacing.

Smell:
Light malty smell, not very overpowering.

Taste:
Light hops with slight sweet accents. Light florals with a malty aftertaste. Overall very good. A little smoother than other IPAs.

Mouthfeel:
Carbonation is light and the beer doesn't feel watery at all... a smooth drink.

Drinkability:
Very smooth beer, tastes great going down! Finish has the normal IPA strength.

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Photo of iuhophead87
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 18.7oz bottle into a pint glass.

A-pours a light transparent copper color with a white creamy head that stays the entire life of the beer.
S-An overpowering malt and caramel aroma with traces of floral hops.
T-Although the hop taste is there it is overpowered by the malts and toffee. A true English IPA with a little extra back-end bitterness.
MF-A very creamy almost butter texture. The malty beginning leads to spicy hop feel lingering in the mouth.
D- A very easy beer to drink. Not as hoppy as an American IPA abut just enough hops to give a bitter flavor that leaves me wanting a little more. I could put back a few of these in a PUB!

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Photo of evanlarkin
2.91/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance:
A dark honey-orange color, very clear. A few fingers of head at first, but it disappears quickly. No room in the glass to allow for lacing.

Smell:
Sweet and somewhat bitter. Not extremely strong. Some slight caramel notes. Surprisingly, not much hops on the nose.

Taste:
Sweet and caramelly with minimal bitterness. Slightly boozy about midway through, not overly so, and with some slightly resinous hops flavor. For an IPA you would probably expect more hops, but this resembles an amber ale to me.

Mouthfeel:
light/medium body, kind of coats your mouth. Filmy and lower than average carbonation for this style.

Drinkability:
It tastes good, I could have another, but if I were looking for an IPA this would disappoint. The hops flavor simply isn't prominent enough. It's still delicious in it's own right, however.

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Photo of texascarl
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance = attractive copper-bronze, with a nice .5 inch head. As that recedes, leaves a nice lacing on the glass. Medium carbonation. Beauty.

Nose = spicy, hoppy, hint of sweet

Taste = you go thru stages with this beer, malty sweet and bitter in good balance as you take a drink, as you swallow the sweet leaves and only the bitter remains. A long, long finish. Plenty o' hops. Yummy.

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Photo of throwitallaway
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16.9oz. bottle into a pint glass. Burnt orange color, with a big head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is very fruity with only a touch of floral hops underneath. Tastes exactly like it smells, fruit first with a slight hop bitterness underneath. As it warms up, the bitterness and some alcohol comes out. Mouthfeel is slightly thin, but fairly lively. This is my first English IPA and it's entirely different from American IPAs. My preference lies with the latter, although the former is dangerously easy to drink.

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Photo of adamwn
2.85/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured from bottle into a pint glass. very small amount head disappeared quickly and left no lacing. much darker than expected with a dark amber color. doesn't look like most ipas. not very bitter or fruity like the label suggests. the heavy malt flavor/aroma jumps out immediately and remains. i prefer the american version, but this is still a solid offering.

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Photo of rjplumer
3.01/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Fruity hop aroma. Mild brown body.An off white head. Smooth clear taste. Mild sweetness. Hint of of a citrus-like tang in the background. A little plain but very drinkable.Faint sour after taste.

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Photo of DeSoto
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a variety three pack with a Samuel Smith pint glass. Let's check it out.

Bottle: 550ml
Served into a Samuel Smith Pint glass
No Date on bottle

Appearance: Pours a light amber color. Clarity is obvious. Nice head with great retention. I'm used to some cloud in the middle.

Smell: Small presence of hops. A bit muted for an IPA. But waiting for the drink to totally judge the smell profile.

Taste: Nice body. Real fresh and clean for an IPA. I'm used to American IPA's with a lot of flavor and hop notes. Enjoying it for what it is.

Mouthfeel: Small bitterness. Not lasting. It reminds me a lot of the mouthfeel that Prima Pils for Victory gives. Nice but not too exciting.

Overall: A pleasant drink. Don't expect too much from this one. Not a must have, but a good change of pace from American IPA's.

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Photo of mnesporov
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 1pint bottle with no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: A copper orange color with a fluffy white head that calmed down to a frothy lace.

Smell: The hop aroma tends to stand out the most with a zest of tartness.

Taste: The hop bitterness takes over in this ale with hints of caramel and orange like tea flavor as well, with undertones of grains and butterscotch.

Mouth-Feel: A medium bodied ale with a little dryness as well. The carbonation is medium, and it finishes quite smooth.

Drink-Ability: A very drinkable brew that goes well with some meat or potatoes. But there are just so many better IPA’s that I think this beer is overshadowed.

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Photo of BarryNL
3.37/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Exceptionally bright amber/gold with a dense pure white head with excellent retention. Some light lacing.

S: Mild, a light flowery aroma with slight grassy notes.

T: Light malt - slightly biscuit, but dominated by a hoppy bitterness which has a short-lived aftertaste.

M: Light, but satisfying.

D: Easy drinking, too high in alcohol for a session beer but otherwise good for a whole night.

Overall, it's a nice beer - nothing particularly special; I'd like to see a little more flavour for a 5% beer. I'd certainly like to see a bit more hop aroma and flavour in an IPA. It's a clean beer but missing both the ester complexities of the better English IPA and the hop character of the Amercian IPA; Competent beer, but where's the character?

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Photo of AyeMito
4.48/5  rDev +20.8%

This beer has wonderful balance and a rich flavor of hops and malts. On the nose I get fresh notes of malt and wheat with smaller hints of citrus and caramel. I also get a fresh hint of hops on the palate. If you are huge into hops and want a lot in your beer, this one may not be for you. However, I will say that this is one of the better IPAs I have had. Absolutely great!

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Photo of LiquidBreadMan
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Samuel Smith's India Ale pours a nicely hued amber/copper from teh bottle with a long-lasting frothy (three-quarter inch) head. It had no discernable aroma, except for some very slight fruitiness. It's initial flavor is actually decent with a little fruit cocktail and sharp-hopped bite. However, it finishes very bland and watery, which is a little odd for this type of ale. Pass the vinegar Jeeves, this stuff isn't bad. But it's not great either. (I'm sure I'll give it another chance.)

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Photo of jdoolin
3.49/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 550mL bottle, poured into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a dark copper with a large, frothy head that retained very well and laced all the way down the glass. A gorgeous beer.

Aroma: Malt, caramel and earthy and floral hops.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Malt sweetness, caramel, fruity esters, which are immediately put into place by the hop bitterness. Earthy hop flavor comes through nicely and provides a dry, bitter finish.

Notes: This is my first English IPA, so I have nothing to compare it to, but given what I've read about them, this is a good representation and a fine beer. But if you're looking for a big, bitter hop bomb, look in the American craft section, not Samuel Smith's. Will look for this beer again.

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Photo of CU570M
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Apperance was nice on this one. Color goes from a harvest orange to a light orange / yellow. Head lasts about a minute and was thick. The smell was a little malty smelling. Not bad at all, just wanted more hops in the smel and taste. Taste was malty mouthfeel was a medium carbonation, but average to thin. The drinkability is ok, but i thought it might have been a little better becuase of how people talk about it. This beer was average to maybe a little less.

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