Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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Reviews by Premo88:
3.89/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
18.7 oz. bottle (550 ml) poured into pub glass
L: clear reddish brown with tan head ... classic and beautiful. definite red in it; amber incarnate. my gosh is she pretty. not a huge head unless i pour it hard. small, tight bubbles of carbonation really pepper the surface.
S: as good as it gets. seriously, I don't see how a beer can smell anymore BEERY! no doubt, there's lots of malt here, but about halfway down, I'm smelling the hops.
This is disappointing because it's off the charts in appearance and smell, but it simply lacks that special oommph finish of what I think of as a great pale ale. Very balanced, starts off with good bitter bite up front but quickly smooths out into some malty goodness. Where I think it goes wrong is it's not finishing up sweet enough for my tastes ... not how I remember from the the first time I tried it in the mid-1990s. It's much better than Old Speckled Hen, for what that's worth.
F: just fine ... good carbonation, good weight, not overly thick.
O: for such a perfect presentation, it lacks in the most important category: taste. It's not bad. Far from it. It's good, and at 5% abv, you could session the hell out of this taste and be happy. If you want a break from the hop-crazy American pale ales/IPAs/DIPAs, good ol' Sam Smith's will give you that at a decent price. (about 18 cents per oz. in my neck of the woods)
BUT my bet is I am going to find better at a cheaper price. Still, when in doubt, this brew is fine.
Serving type: bottle
02-16-2013 08:11:13 | More by Premo88
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3.1/5 rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Bottle purchased at Jembetat in Rochester, NY.
Pours a clear light amber, with a big 1.5 inch head, and a little bit of lacing.
Smells like fruity English yeast, some slight skunkiness, and biscuity malts. No hop flavors in the aroma.
There's a bit more hop flavor in the taste, but it seems faded. When combined with the slight touch of skunkiness, it's easy to see that this might be an old bottle. It was sitting in a glass display case, after all. Still tastes alright, but has sort of an unpleasant astringent skunky aftertaste. The fruity English yeast flavors are on full display here, with some tea-like hop flavors. The malt flavor is light, but biscuity.
This one is medium bodied, and starts out with a crisp mouthfeel that unfortunately devolves later in the sip into sort a sweet honeyish and skunky mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.
I've had much better from Sam Smith's- I'd like to try this in England, possibly- this was likely an old bottle.
Serving type: bottle
07-11-2014 17:54:23 | More by GreesyFizeek
Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
87 out of 100 based on 933 ratings.