Monday, February 25, 2013

Review: Samuel Smith's India Ale

Samuel Smith's India Ale
5.0% ABV
Samuel Smith Old Brewery, Yorkshire, England
18.7 oz btl
Served in Dogfish Head Signature Glass
Reviewed on 1/27/13

This India pale ale pours a pale golden amber color with a frothy bubbly white head that has decent retention.  Decent carbonation and lacing.

On the nose, aromas of light hops, malt, floral, citrus, slight lemon, slight sugar, mild herbs.

Taste has hops, malt, wheat, floral, some citrus along the lines of grapefruit and lemon, some sugariness, mild herbs.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp, smooth, with good if mild strands of bitterness and dryness.

Overall, this is a light and crisp tasting pale ale with a decent if mild profile of flavors. Not bold and flavorful like other hoppy IPAs, but still a decent beer, particularly if you're in the mood for something on the milder side.  Fairly sessionable.

My score: 88

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