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

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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.56%
Wants: 1
Gots: 10 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

01-05-2014 03:40:17 | More by jaydoc
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

08-11-2014 00:32:30 | More by DrunkinYogi
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United Kingdom (England)

3.45/5  rDev -5.2%

550ml Bottle: BBD Jul 14, poured into an over sized UK pint sleeve on 17th Nov 13.

Nice orange amber body, clear and clean, on top a full off-white foaming head.

Malty nose, bread dough and dry biscuits though, not sweet or molasses style. Some fruit esters in the aroma too.

The taste was also malt led, the malts however were semi-sweet compared to the smell and there is a caramel feel to the biscuit flavour. Those fruit esters are in the taste, giving the beer an extra dimension within the taste. The hops were very under-stated although there is a mild hop finish.

The body hides the alcohol nicely and this is an easy going beer which I really enjoyed.

11-17-2013 15:21:25 | More by BlackHaddock
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3.95/5  rDev +8.5%

I was at Country Garden Six-Pack today, scouting for new and different things, when I came across this one, tucked away in a corner cooler, crying out for me to bring it home.

From the bottle: "Organic Pale Ale"; "Samuel Smith's Pale Ale captures the true soul of beer. It is brewed with hard well water, best organic malted barley, yeast and organic aroma hops. Fermentation in 'stone Yorkshire squares' creates a full-bodied rounded palate. It has a fresh maltiness that reminds you that good beer is a product of the soil -organically nurtured."; "'Stone Yorkshire squares' at the Old Brewery are used to ferment all Samuel Smith's bottled ales."

I let it warm slightly as I got engrossed in watch World Cup action, but I still created two dense fingers of tawny head that fell fairly quickly once I began the pour. The lacing in its wake was decent, but not stellar. Color was a deep-amber, bordering on copper (SRM = >13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was very sweet, almost honey-like, which I associate more with a lager, but with a slightly buttery, somewhat nutty accent also. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium and the taste was like buttered nut bread. Wow! It was highly quaffable, and I drank over half of it down as I was typing. I would characterize the finish more as semi-sweet than semi-dry, although an argument could be made for both. It really had more of a nutty, malty aspect though and I was pleasantly surprised by this one.

06-20-2014 19:40:44 | More by woodychandler
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

08-17-2014 02:00:47 | More by mattmarka1
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3.94/5  rDev +8.2%

Poured into a Guinness pint. Boasts a lovely hue of orange-red with a soft glow due to slightly compromised clarity. The head lays thick and goopy with an antique yellow-white color.

Buttery malts, toast, and an English flair of nutty yeasts. Biscuity and lightly roasted with an attenuation of hops.

Nice and dry with a fruity ester, not unlike artificial strawberry, that smooths out in front of a toasty malt backbone. Plenty of English nuttiness with a stocky bitterness that evokes some good early-boil hopping. A bit floral with carryover notes of canteloupe and peppermint leaf. Has a slight tannic acidity, like red apple skin or over-steeped black tea. Quite nice.

Superbly smooth-bodied with a medium to medium-light level of carbonation. Rather mellow. Has the drinkability of a good mild or semi-hoppy pale.

Another solid Sammy that I'll remember to look for again. This is a standard that I waited all too long to review. Makes me want to buy their India Pale Ale and do the same. I'll see if I can find a fresh one. In the interim, I have a bottle of year-plus old Stingo in the closet worth drinking. Until then, cheers!

11-04-2013 22:14:53 | More by thecheapies
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3.53/5  rDev -3%

A gift from Uncle Roy

Amber with a persistent head for an English Pale. Multiple foam rings like a rugby shirt. Smell is very malt forward with biscuit mix and dough being the primary aroma. Some earthy hops in the background. Wheat bread malt flavor with the more earthy hop balance in back. Mild orange marmalade. Surprisingly, and appreciated, prickly mouthfeel for this usually flat English style.

07-02-2014 21:32:42 | More by donkeyrunner
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +3%

10-29-2013 23:28:15 | More by Molson2000
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

03-19-2014 03:16:08 | More by jsh420
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4.51/5  rDev +23.9%

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!


11-30-2013 00:47:56 | More by RonaldTheriot
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -17.6%

05-19-2014 01:12:19 | More by cfalovo97
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

This one didn't impress me much, but it's drinkable. i have liked other Sam Smith's beers better. To be perfectly honest, I was steered to try this because "it was a perfect example of diacetyl." Now I can finally be certain of what they meant, and what that flavor is. I suppose it's not a bad taste, but it's not my favorite either. I certainly wouldn't turn down a glass of this, but I'll seek out other brews from this brewery in the future..

03-10-2014 15:55:49 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

07-10-2014 15:53:24 | More by atlbravsrno1
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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

12-30-2013 22:37:28 | More by bubseymour
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

01-24-2014 23:02:26 | More by brandon911
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

08-22-2014 04:20:07 | More by MacStinson
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New York

2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

01-25-2014 16:29:10 | More by Noelito76
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

02-01-2014 20:38:50 | More by erialbill
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -17.6%

01-10-2014 20:12:19 | More by Belittle
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

01-24-2014 22:59:59 | More by abex44
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New York

3/5  rDev -17.6%

02-05-2014 03:42:39 | More by JoeMans
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

07-11-2014 14:18:42 | More by Artjsantos
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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

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
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

02-18-2014 03:23:40 | More by kmos27
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

01-28-2014 13:15:51 | More by BJSmit
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Samuel Smith's Organic Pale Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
83 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.