I was really pleased to receive this gift pack a while back. It was picked up by my Sr VP of leapbeer acquisitions on her trip to Vancouver from VITI. It is the Samuel Smith’s Selection from the UK. It had their India Ale IPA, their Nut Brown, and their Oatmeal stout, as well as a nonic pint glass and 2 of the ‘rose of Yorkshire’ coasters.
This brewery was founded in 1758 in Tadcaster, North Yorkshire, England. The Samuel Smith’s Brewery employs a fermenting process in ‘stone Yorkshire squares’~ fermenting vessels made of solid slabs of slate, which they say give the beers a fuller bodied taste. You can read more about the brewery on their website here (http://www.samuelsmithsbrewery.co.uk/) or on wikipedia here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Smiths) Them using these old style fermenters reminded me of another blog post I had read recently about the beer caves underneath Nottingham, England. You can read about it here (http://ediblegeography.com/beer-caves-redux/)
Pic from Aleheads Blog
First Beer I went to try was the India Pale IPA. This beer pours to a cloudy amber colour with lots of tiny bubbles in it. There is a nice malty smell to the brew. There is definitely bittering hops employed in this beer, but not very present on the nose of it. I get a light licorice flavour from this beer, which will prove to be a common theme to these beers. I’m guessing it comes from the base malts used.
Leapbeer #215 is Samuel Smith’s India Ale IPA