Samuel Smith's Organic Pale Ale - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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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.
08-17-2014 18:40:02 | More by Wobbly
4.05/5 rDev +10.7%
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!).
08-02-2014 07:06:02 | More by doktorhops
Samuel Smith's Organic Pale Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
83 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.