Aroma- Toffee, Caramel, Spice and Malt
Taste- Bitter, Toffee, Caramel, Hops, Spice and Malt
I grew up close to the brewing town of Tadcaster (where the smell of hops is quite literally in the air) and as such I was pretty much brought up drinking Samuel Smith Beer. I grew up just a 10/15 minute walk from the brewery in a village where the community centres around the cosy, Samuel Smith’s village pub. I have worked in various Samuel Smith Pubs and I have run the Flagship Samuel Smith pub kitchen. So it is safe to say I am a huge and loyal fan of the brewery’s beer!
India Ale is a beer that I hadn’t come across until fairly recently, when I found it at one of my local Samuel Smith pubs. It’s exceptionally well balanced, with an excellent hoppy, spiced, malty flavour. It is easy to drink and I think the best way to describe it is that it is very much like Newcastle Brown Ale, but on steroids. If you like Newcastle Brown you will absolutely love this.
You can find your local Samuel Smith Pub here and I wholeheartedly recommend going to try out some of their range. The pubs are notoriously cheap and it is excellent value for money.
The all important Food and Beer Blog Rating- 85%