Sunday, January 18, 2015
Samuel Smith Winter Welcome
A fine Winter Day - Perfect for some Winter Welcome. No - not just any winter welcome, I've poured a Samuel Smith Winter Welcome this afternoon. This beer is brewed at the Samuel Smith Brewery in Tadcaster England. They have been brewing beer there since 1758. I dug up my history book and it appears that the brewery has been around longer than that county called the USA. Interesting - maybe they know a thing or two about brewing beer.
This one pours a clear copper with a wonderful 2 finger head. Diving into the glass is like sticking your nose into some fresh baked bread. Love the yeast notes of bananas and the Fuggle and Golding hop character that gives the beer a nice crisp and dry finish. On the tongue that banana and clove taste lingers. You know this beer does not get the credit it deserves if you read some of the American Craft Brew blogs. I think it is a case of not understanding the beer and what it represents. This is not a racy hopbomb of an IPA. It's a standard ale that delivers the goods! Simple and straightforward with no cocoa nibs or star fruit in the mix and I for one am happy about it.