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Samuel Smith's Organic Pale Ale - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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93 Ratings
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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 15.03%
Wants: 1
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: clarknova on 10-25-2013)
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5/5  rDev +36.6%

freemanj54321, May 06, 2014
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5/5  rDev +36.6%

TrishParry, Thursday at 07:31 PM
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4.7/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer was recommended to me by one of my customers.

I ordered it and when the bottle arrived I was surprised by the label (old school).

The color and taste were very good! I have since recommended this beer to all of my beer drinking friends.

I have taken the next step and also purchased this beer to have in my refrigerator at home.

I have also tried several of their other Organic beers as was not disappointed!

stuarthyde, Feb 28, 2014
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4.64/5  rDev +26.8%

grahamboudreaux, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.51/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Smith Organic Pale Ale has a very thick, frothy, cream-colored head, a hazy, bubbly, amber appearance, and heavy lacing left behind. The aroma is sweet, malty, bready, and a touch sour. Taste is of those elements, with a wonderful, straight-forward hop bitterness (no pine or grapefruit with this beer). Mouthfeel is medium and soft, and Samuel Smith Organic Pale Ale finishes semi-dry, rich, smooth, and refreshing. This is a wonderful beer, and I strongly recommend it!

RJT

RonaldTheriot, Nov 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +23%

bubseymour, Dec 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +23%

A: Very minimal bloom, which dissipates very quickly. Minimal lacing. Lovely amber/deep orange appearance, typical of the style.

S: Slightly nutty, very malty, but with floral undertones from the organic hops.

T: Strong flavors of nutty malt are balanced by some slightly fruit flavors from the choice of hops.

M: Full bodied and substantial, but still fairly refreshing. Two or three pints could be consumed in a typical session.

O: A lovely, well balanced beer of the highest order. I am consistently surprised and dismayed how so many reviewers tend to marginalize certain British styles (especially bitters and pale ales) and breweries. If this were an American beer, I think it would be more highly rated by people.

Wobbly, Aug 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +23%

Tuck_leepulin, Aug 04, 2014
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4.41/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Color- nutty light brown. Medium but thick head.

Aroma-sweet and nutty.

Taste- Very malt forward, a gentle giant. Starts malty, rich and buttered toast. Then, it mellows and finishes with a lingering grainy perfection. An excellent brew which reminds me of a holiday in the UK. This malt forward pale ale is not an IPA but may be a good transitional brew for those wishing to acquaint themselves with ESBs and IPAs, a stepping-stone to hoppier cousins.

The 5.00% ABV makes this a great session beer.

Poured from 550 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted on 2/14/14.

utfiero, May 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

lakeylake, Nov 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Tivlavrie, Aug 16, 2014
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4.24/5  rDev +15.8%

EdmundBlackadder, Sep 08, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear amber/caramel color with spongy head and clumps of lace.

Aroma: Fruity aroma of champagne, soured grapes, green tea, and a soft mineral/cellar smell.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Flavor on the tongue is that of rich butterscotch/caramel, with a strong grainy, caramel malt presence in the finish. Some spicy hop through the nose, with sweet honey throughout, and earthy mineral/cellar flavors in the finish. Smooth texture.

Final Word: Very balanced, very complex, very drinkable! Highly recommended! My favorite part of this beer was its complexity, as each sip stayed interesting and presented new flavors! The sweetness of honey and caramel; the spicy hop; the grainy malt; and the earthy mineral flavors of the well water and “stone Yorkshire squares” (fermenting vessels made of slate) all mesh perfectly and create a profile that’s constantly surprising you. However, even with all of the complexity in the flavor, the beer remains light and drinkable, which makes it a versatile choice good for any situation! Snag a fresh bottle (very important for this one!), chill it to fifty degrees, and share at your earliest opportunity!

Louisville-Beer-Reviews, Jun 21, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev +12%

snotster, Aug 23, 2014
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4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Organic Pale Ale! Samuel Smith! Yes! These guys are old school, point of fact: They still use wooden barrels instead of metal kegs, they even have a full-time Cooper (dude that makes barrels) and they make local deliveries with a horse and cart. Also this brew happens to be both organic and Vegan certified (i.e. no animal products). I was already impressed by the Nut Brown Ale, will the Organic Pale Ale live up to its promise? [well will it?]

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: As a typical English Pale Ale it presents spot on with a clear copper body and a beige half centimetre head.

S: Aromas of fruity hops, sweet caramel malts with a nice earthy background. There are hints of nuttiness thrown in, along with diacetyl giving it a lingering butter tone.

T: A prime example of a classic EPA here; sweet caramel on the fore with chestnut, pecan and buttery diacetyl mid before finishing with fruity hops. Ensure you drink this at 11-13 degrees Celsius otherwise you will miss these excellent flavours in harmony.

M: Mid to light bodied with a light carbonation (again Mr. Smith is a bit fuller with his carbonation than most English brewers).

D: Yep I'm officially a fan of this brewer now. This is a time-honoured tribute to an EPA here, exactly how you would get it if you were in any old pub in the UK. My only problem - I had the beer sitting in my fridge and my room is currently 8 degrees Celsius (I'm in our lovely nation’s capital Canberra right now) so I'm not able to get this beer up to the prescribed temperate... that and I can't feel my fingers, Canberra = so cold.

Food match: Roast lamb with gravy, mash potato, peas and carrots (don't forget the Yorkshire pudding!).

doktorhops, Aug 02, 2014
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Samuel Smith's Organic Pale Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
83 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.