Samuel Smith's India Ale - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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4.04/5 rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
A: Like a normal pale but darker and possibly a tad bit murkier. Not much of a head the way I poured into the glass.
S: Not much here; although I'm not the best judge of aroma of beers. If anything, I get woody notes and some bitterness.
T: Awesome! After tasting Coopers Sparkling Ale I was looking for a beer in similar style and this exceeded my expectations. I love the English-style pale ale more than the American and this is the prime example of why. Earthy tones, bitterness from the hops, nice caramel malt backbone, breadiness, and yeast.
M: Thicker than expected. Medium I'd say with a good creaminess. Kind of yeasty. Very tasty.
O: This is what makes a good English style pale ale. Nice and crispy, yet full of flavors. The English touch (the breadiness and toffee-like character) makes this beer a winner not only in style but in craft.
Serving type: bottle
07-01-2014 02:44:33 | More by titty_mcbitty
4.53/5 rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured a gorgeous semi-clear golden orange with one finger of fluffy white head that grew to two fingers and receded slowly leaving lacing down the glass. A true beauty of a beer, one of the best looking IPAs I have ever seen. Scents of abundant floral and herbal hops with notes of jasmine and lavender. An earthy hop presence is also discernible alongside hints of honey and crystal malt. Very faint traces of fruit. An excellent aroma profile that is rich, floral, earthy and pleasant. Excellently done. Flavor begins with a nice hit of floral and herbal hops, with a slightly medicinal flavor to them and faint honey-like notes and toasted malt in the background. The level of bitterness is lower than in American IPAs but pleasant and true to style. These flavors continue throughout the sip and are joined in the middle by a nice earthy, hoppy character and moderate-high bitterness. Finish is dry with notes of floral, herbal and earthy hops and a faint hint of honey. Aftertaste is dry with floral, herbal and earthy notes, toasted malt and the tiniest hint of honey. An excellent, complex, hoppy, yet not overbearing flavor profile that is true to style and quite pleasant on the palette. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with moderate carbonation and a slightly dry character. Wonderfully done, pleasant to drink and very true to style. Overall this is an excellent English IPA that captures the aroma, flavor, mouthfeel and spirit of the style perfectly. Well worth having.
Serving type: bottle
06-14-2014 07:07:04 | More by Auraan
Samuel Smith's India Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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