Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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3.65/5 rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a 12-oz. bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance: Deep amber with a bit of cloudiness. Off-white head, about one finger at first, but fades over time but never vanishes. Not much lacing. The color really makes this appearance as good as it is.
Smell: More malts than hops, with a strong nutty character. Grassy hops are there, though.
Taste: While I like the dominance of malt in the nose, I was really hoping the hops would come out more in the taste. Sadly, this is not the case. They aren't absent, of course, but I notice much more maltiness than anything else. It's not sweet, but a bit nutty and biscuity. Hops provide some balance, but not much more. It's very pleasant, don't get me wrong, but a little more bite would have been nice.
Mouthfeel: Not too carbonated, which is fine; it doesn't feel stale. Body is middling.
Drinkability: I can really enjoy one of these, but alas, I find myself wanting something else after that. I seem to recall enjoying this much more a couple of years ago, to the point of its being one of my favorite pale ales, but now I think it's just pretty good. Definitely worth a try if you haven't had it; I don't think most people would regret getting a four-pack. Also interesting for being a maltier kind of pale ale than many I've had.
Serving type: bottle
05-16-2010 21:20:50 | More by Thiestru
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