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

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103 Ratings
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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 15.03%
Wants: 2
Gots: 15 | 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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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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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.

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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!

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3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

woodychandler, Jun 20, 2014
Samuel Smith's Organic Pale Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
83 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.