Samuel Smith's India Ale
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Imagine sailing the open oceans in the late 18th century. If you were seeking out a beer to take with you, it might look something like the India Ale from Samuel Smith. In contrast to today's IPA's, this beer doesn't hold a candle to the hop bitterness that's expected from modern breweries. Instead, there will be a different sort of flavor profile, and one that is a bit more antiquated. India Ale pours clear with a golden yellow color. The nose is slightly fruity with a mix of floral, all of it hop based. It begins with a nice grassy hop flavor and moves into continental fruit, like the flavors of an orchard in the countryside. It finishes dry, metallix, and earthy. It's a well balanced brew.
Beer Description from Brewery
Brewed with well water (the original well at the Old Brewery, sunk in 1758, is still in use, with the hard well water being drawn from 85 feet underground); best malted barley and a generous amount of choicest aroma hops; fermented in 'stone Yorkshire squares' to create an exceptionally full-flavoured complex ale with an abundance of maltiness and fruity hop character.