Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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Reviews by blackc5:
3.55/5 rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured into a pint glass at around 50F.
A - Pours a light and refreshing looking amber orange. Medium head that unfortunately fades a bit quickly. Some lacing, but pretty minimal and not the most attractive.
S - Mild floral and citrus notes, nothing too extraordinary here. Some earthiness and just a slight hint of caramel or brown sugar sweetness.
T - A very balanced English pale ale with a nice malty backbone and somewhat dilluted hop presence. Toasted, biscuity malts at first taste, and then on to the mild bitterness at the swallow. Minimal citrus flavor, but some herbal grassiness and even a minute amount of medicinal tastes hidden in the background.
M - Fairly mild carbonation and medium-body. Smooth but not creamy. Clean and a bit caramel-ly. Quite nice.
D - A great session ale me thinks, but not an incredible experience, and not one of Sam Smith's best.
Overall, a decent, slightly above average offering in my book, that satisfies, but doesn't necessarily stimulate.
Serving type: bottle
06-22-2009 22:09:43 | More by blackc5
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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)
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