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Samuel Smith
India Ale

Amber-colored, restrained maltiness, very hoppy.

The History of India Pale

In the late 18th and early 19th centuries there was a considerable trade in beer to India. Leaving the India Docks in London, ships would sail around the Cape of Good Hope through the Indian Ocean to Bombay and beyond, a three-to four-month trip. Highly hopped pale beers brewed to withstand the trip became known as “IPA,” India Pale Ale.


A restrained maltiness and an emphasis on the aroma and flavor of hops from England’s finest farms: floral, herbal hops show in the aroma and finish, but bitterness is balanced, refined and elegant.

Serving Suggestion

Green chili and lime pickle, mulligatawny soup, pork with vinegar and garlic, chicken with a roasted coconut sauce, fish on a bed of potatoes, onions and tomato masala, prawns curry and duck risotto. Serve in nonik pint glasses.


5/5 Stars, Highest Recommendation, Spirit Journal, December 2016

91 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine November 2015

Gold Medal & "Best imported IPA" - World Beer Championships 2010

Gold Medal - World Beer Championships 2012

Recommended, "Pairing Beer With Food," Men's Journal Magazine, May 2010.

Gold Medal & "Best of 2003" - World Beer Championships 2003

"England's finest IPA"—Barleycorn Beer Newspaper

Product Sizes and Quantities

  • 18.7 ounce (550 ml) "Victorian Pint" bottles / 12 per case
  • 12 ounce (355 ml) bottles / 6 - 4 packs per case


ABV: 5.0% - OG: 1.052 - IBU: 46
Ingredients: Water, barley malt, hops, yeast.

Nutritional info: Serving Size - 12 oz. (355 ml). Calories: 180; Total Fat 0 g (0% Daily Value); Sodium 42 mg (2% DV); Total Carbohydrates 14 g (4% DV); Sugars 0 g; Protein 1.3 g (2% DV). (Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie daily diet.)

Samuel Smith India Ale

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