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Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery

Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery
India Ale

Category: English Style IPA

Date Tasted:
Country: England
Alcohol: 5%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional

Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery
India Ale

Category: English Style IPA

Date Tasted:
Country: England
Alcohol: 5%
Pale amber color. Aroma of honeyed oranges and pears with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and refreshingly balanced honey butter, date, and arugula finish. Very well balanced, nicely fruity and sessionable.

Tasting Info

Beer Glass Style: Spicy & Complex & Hoppy
Aroma Aroma: honeyed oranges and pears
Taste Flavor: honey butter, date, and arugula
Bitterness Bitterness: Medium
Enjoy Enjoy: Enjoy on its own
Recipes Pairing: Roasted Chicken, Fish & Chips, Mild Cheddar
Bottom Line Bottom Line: Very well balanced, nicely fruity and sessionable.

The Producer or Importer

Merchant du Vin

The Producer or  Importer
119 1st Ave SO, Suite 400
Seattle, WA 98104
USA
1 253-656-0321

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English Style IPA

Beer Glass Nonic Pint Amber.jpg
Serve in a Nonic Pint Glass
English style IPAs are deep gold to amber in color and fall between 5-7% in alcohol. They are characterized by classic English hop aromas and a drying bitterness on the finish. This style originated in the 19th century when British troops and colonizers were working to develop an alternative to their standard ales in order to withstand transport to India. This style, probably not anywhere near as bitter as it was when destined for India, continues to be brewed in a toned down manner in the UK and is undergoing a mini-revival at present. This style can be brewed anywhere, as long as English malt and hops are featured. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Meantime India Pale Ale, Sam Smith’s India Pale Ale, Goose Island India Pale Ale and Brooklyn Brewery East India Pale Ale.

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