Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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Reviews by Thiestru:
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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4.03/5 rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Bottle purchased from Oak & Vine on 16 Ave in Calgary, only place so far in this city I have found this classic. Pours an amazing bronze amber hue, almost marmalade orange, with a lot of white foam. I had to rush to contain the initial fizzy blast but things very quickly settled down. Aroma was heady and multifaceted, with sweet malts, stone fruits, and earthy hops predominating. This beer is a classic quintessential English ale, with ample character and complexity. Earthy woody English hops lead the way with a hint of apricot (Goldings aroma) against a rich toffee backdrop, considerable crystal malt sweetness but a lot of hop character to provide balance. Some sour crabapple and marmalade citrus flavors add complexity. Dark fruit (raisin) character and diacetyl butterscotch emerge in the finish, along with a mineral bite and old wine fermented notes. Great tapestry of English beer flavors. Body medium thick, with a lingering syrupy sweetness. Lots of residual sugars here. I am an unabashed Samuel Smith fan and this is one of the classics of the genre. Bottles may come off as a bit "old" in flavor but the overall effect is that of a timeless examplar of one of the great beer styles of the world.
Serving type: bottle
10-27-2013 02:04:18 | More by CalgaryFMC
Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
87 out of 100 based on 909 ratings.