Just when I thought beer couldn't get any better, I go out and randomly pick up something like this to try.
Holy shit fuck! While most things from England suck and lack taste, this beer is not like any India Ale I have ever had before. I'm not quite sure what the difference is between an India Ale and an India Pale ale, but there is "India Ale" on the bottle as well as a huge yellow IPA on the label... So I am quite confused but that is typical of most british cultural things. Make shit as fucking retarded and confusing as possible and say you're better and more cultured than the person that doesn't "get it".
My guess was going to be that India Ales aren't as hoppy because this ale is one friggin crazy smooth beer with not a lot of hoppy taste to it at all. It actually smells really good and not hoppy at all. So a little history about the beer...
Supposedly this beer is made at the oldest beer brewery in Yorkshire England, which is sorta cool I guess. Here's a map for you ignorant Americans... Hint (its the big yellow blob)
Here's what Wikipedia has to say about this brewery (yeah piss off i'm lazy today!)...
The smallest of the three modern-day Tadcaster breweries, Sam Smith's is one of the few remaining British breweries to employ the traditional Yorkshire Square system in the production of its beers.
Brewing water for ales and stouts is still drawn from the original 85 foot well, sunk when the site was established in 1758, and the yeast used in the fermentation process is of a strain that has been used continuously since approximately 1900 - one of the oldest unchanged strains in the country.In keeping with this rich sense of history and tradition, the brewery keeps a small team of dapple-grey Shire Horses. Far from being simply show horses, these gentle giants are among the last active dray horses in the world. They deliver beer around the town of Tadcaster five days a week.
Also of note, Shire Horses is one of the largest breeds of horse in the world... Look at this shit! This is one of the smaller ones, the guy in the video said he has one that is 19 hands (or 6'4" at the shoulder) tall!
Anyway enough about how this shit is made... the beer itself is a beautiful coppery reddish brown color as you can see...
The smell is something heavenly. Its fruity and crisp but smells exactly like how a damn good ale should.
The flavor is also pretty amazing. Like I said before, most IPA's are hoppy as hell but this is more of a smooth tasting beer. My wife liked it and she usually hates IPA's.
So to end today's lesson on beer and history and England and all sorts of other important piss, I'm going to say that this beer is deserving of a 9/10 thumbs up!