Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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Reviews by Tupperwolf:
3.15/5 rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Pours a rich, clear mahogany amber into my 16oz nonic. One of the things that drew my attention upon cracking off the cap on this beer was that immediately, large, very energetic bubbles began to rise through the bottle. I suppose this happens in all beers, but the clear bottle really emphasized the action of the carbonation being released.
The head is fantastic, thick, fluffy, rocky and mountainous with great retention, leaving behind long curls of eggshell lacing.
I was in the mood for 'English' with my lunch today, and think I made the right pick. The scent is slightly grassy caramel with that distinct Fuggles hop bitterness in very mild amounts. Mostly malt in the nose.
The flavor is mild, gentle caramel and grass clippings, with a very slight acidic twinge and a warm, mild bittering of English hops.
Mouthfeel is light, smooth, just a little tart, with a very small stickiness in the finish.
Overall thoughts: Aa good example of an English pale ale. Easy to drink, definitely sessionable as good as any in Sam Smith's lineup.
Serving type: bottle
03-26-2006 22:16:59 | More by Tupperwolf
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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)
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