I was excited to try Samuel Smith's India Ale when I pulled it out of my fridge. I really enjoy English beer and I figured this would be the case with Mr. Smiths IPA. I certanily wasn't disappointed with this beer, but it didn't grab me by the collar and make shout "outstanding".
My personal highlight of this beer was its refreshing bitterness. I really noticed it at the beginning of each mouthful but it quickly dissipates as you rest between swallows. India Ale also had the strong hop finish which is typical of IPA.
Other highlights of this beer was it's beautiful pale copper colour. and the consistent frothy film that clung to the side of the glass as I drunk it down. I like that. It helps the beer look and taste like it was poured from a tap.
Samuel Smith's Old Brewery in North Yorkshire, England has been brewing beer since the 1780's. The original well was sunk in 1785 and its water is still be used to make beer today. Kinda impressive.
I only gave this beer 3 burps. It's good, but I expected more from it. Maybe the problem is with me and not the beer. I wish I could have given it more burps, but it just didn't stand up to the English 4 burp beers I've rated.
Let me know what you think.
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