KajII's Album: Tasting Pics, Ratings, Reviews & Comments

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Samuel Smith's "India Ale"
Samuel Smith's Brewery - Tadcaster, England
ESB (ABV 5%)

[Best served in a Nonic Pint glass]

Rating: 3.5/5.0

Aroma: 8/10
Appearance: 3/5
Taste: 7/10
Palate: 3/5
Overall: 14/20

The pour was a clear carmel copper with an average sized (1-2 finger) cream colored rocky head that dissipated slowly, leaving a nice big collar of foam and some really good sheets of streaky lacing.

The aroma was of a toasted bread malt, a grassy hop and a sweet doughy yeast with notes of caramel, toffee, honey and a mild fruit scent.

Taste was boldly malty and a tiny bit sweet with a note of caramel early on and mildly hoppy with a big dose of dark fruit towards the end. The flavor lasted a decent duration proceeding the swallow with the hoppy fruity taste being there right up till the end.

Mouthfeel was a shade or two below medium in body with a velvety creamy texture and a nice soft carbonation.

Overall a very enjoyable, tasty brew, but what else should one expect from a brewer of this caliber…

Sampled: 4/7/2012

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