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Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale AleSamuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

945 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 945
Reviews: 657
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 32
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001)
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Reviews by myost88:
Photo of myost88
4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presentation: Poured from a 550 ml bottle into my Samuel Smith's Imperial Pint.

Appearance: This has to be one of the most inviting looking beers I've had in a while. Pours a light copper color with a fluffy white head that fades pretty quick. Very smooth cascade effect. Kinda hazy, but I liked that.

Smell: I loved the smell here. Floral hop smell right from the start. I got some honey as well. Not a lot of malt in the smell. Again this beer smells great.

Taste: Hoppy bitterness at the start. Finishes with a sweet malt backbone. The malt didnt show up much in the smell, but it balances the hops well in this beer. Nice sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is about right for a Pale Ale. Maybe a little creamier than most.

Drinkability: At 5% ABV this is an excellent session beer. Perfect for the spring or summer. Also I think this would be an excellent dinner beer. When I was drinking it, I really really wanted a nice juicy steak and some potatoes.

Overall: I really liked this beer a lot. Would love to grab this on tap some time. Samuel Smith's has yet to disappoint me. Everything they brew is delicious. I gave it a 5 for drinkability, because I can't think on any situation this beer wouldn't be appropriate for.

myost88, Jul 06, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown with slight amber tones with a real nice big head,the aroma was more malty with some light hop aromas lingering.The taste up front is of lightly sweet malt with a hop smack that hits and lingers thru the finish.There is a winey,fruity undertone to this beer wich I like and havent tasted on any other pale,a good solid English classic.

oberon, Aug 19, 2003
Photo of Popsinc
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice looking amber pour with a generous off-white head. A sweet and lightly hoppy nose with floral notes. The taste is modeartely hoppy with a fruity sweetness and hints of carmel. nice maltiness as well. very smooth mouthfeel and a very easy drinker. while it's not my favorite pale ale, i think it is very good and has excellent drinkability.

Popsinc, Nov 18, 2003
Photo of RoyalT
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – Orange in color and clear with some good carbonation and a big, fluffy head that went down quickly.

Smell – The musty citrus and floral hops are balanced with a noticeable malt aroma that seems kind of sweet.

Taste – Yes, the malt base is there, almost drowning out the lovely hops. There’s also a sweetness here that I can’t quite put my finger on. Maybe very light cane sugar?

Anyway, the hops are fairly complex at the taste. I can even pick up a bit of pine at the finish. This is a nice, well-balanced pale ale.

Mouthfeel – Surprisingly carbonated for the style, this one is medium in the body and very refreshing.

Drinkability – What can I say? It went great with my sandwich and chips and would make a nice session ale.

RoyalT, Dec 17, 2003
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

An average puring of this beer produces a massive orange sherbert head that is slow to retreat. It is a bit darker shade of the classic english pale oxidized copper. The nose is faint and sugary with a wisp of spice.

The taste starts off kind of woody, with a slight vegetal note on its heels, then comes a wash of sweet caramel malt base earthy and spicy hops to play on. Cinnamon notes appear here and there. There is a long but strangly astringent finish. Mouthfeel is mid-bodied and slick.

I don't think Sam Smith makes any bad beers, but I was a little less blown away by this one. It is a tasty, drinkable, down to earth pale. Interestingly, I had it with a gingery dish and that slight cinnamon came out in a big way that was quite pleasing. Try it sometime.

JudgeRoughneck, Feb 18, 2006
Photo of GameOfBeers
3/5  rDev -22.5%

GameOfBeers, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of chOAKbarrell
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lucky me, my bottle was un-skunked.

A not-so-pale-colored pale ale with a pretty head that dies down after a few minutes, leaving a small amount of lacing.

Malty sweetness in the nose.

To me, the taste (and color) is much closer to what I know to be an amber ale. I really dont think its all that hoppy. Not bad attributes, just different. I enjoyed the toasty finish. There's a subtle bitterness in there too, which is interesting. Definitely more bitter than it is hoppy.

I'm sure I'll be having this again sooner or later (the gift pack with the logo glass always sucks me in). High marks all around.

chOAKbarrell, Jan 10, 2006
Photo of FatheadBrew
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of a mix pack I got for Christmas. Three beers, a pint glass and some coasters.

A: Deep amber with decent 1/2 inch off-white frothy head.

S: Fresh grain smell, also a distinct mineral smell that I find common to all SS beers.

T: Clean, crisp, simple. Very slight sweetness upfront. A faint hop flavor and then a clean finish that ends with a mineraly taste that is very pleasant.

M: Medium, not too filling, but definitely not watery. Carbonation was right where it should be.

D: This is a true session beer if I ever had one. Could down plenty of these.

FatheadBrew, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of bishopdc0
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my favorite beer glass toasted English malt fills the aroma. It has a full white head and a almost cloudy amber color. The flavor starts sweet with a slight amount of carbonation but finished dry but a slightly nutty aftertaste. A very good English and I like its complexity despite the lack of hops that I've come to like in an American style

bishopdc0, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of Jason
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz clear bottle that has gold foil on top, no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Bright and copper colored with sea foam like off white lace.

Smell: Hint of hops with a light jolly rancher candy like fruitiness.

Taste: Medium bodied and a dryish mouth feel show on the palate, subdued fruitiness and a malty sweetness holds the front with a mellow biscuity malt taste. Hop bitterness and a slight husk flavour help to balance. A little grainy in the finish with a true pale ale dryness in the end.

Notes: Clean to the tongue with lots of complexity, perfect quaffing material ... A Pale Ale to reckon with.

Jason, Mar 14, 2002
Photo of merlin48
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a surprise to find a four pak of these at one of my local beer stores across the state line in Virginia.
Appearance: Pours a clear copper body with a small wisp of offwhite hued head that soon falls to film and collar. Sparse patches of lace are left on the glass.
Aroma: Very aromatic nose, with a floral/herbal hops profile atop a solid malt backbone of caramel and toffee notes.
Mouthfeel: Light medium to medium body with lively carbonation and a lovely metallic accent.
Taste: Herbal and floral hops bitterness is assertive and lingering in a very English style hops profile. A pleasant metallic note seems to burst through the carbonation and blend with the sweet toffee malt tastes. Mildly bitter herbal hops finish.
Drinkability: An excellent rendering of the English Pale Ale style and, perhaps, a benchmark for the style. Very enjoyable, with superb drinkability, essentially a session ale.

merlin48, Jun 17, 2005
Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

GreenMountainBoy, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of Skye1024
2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

Skye1024, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz. clear bottle (how do they get away with that?!) with the gold foil around the top.

Appearance: An opaque copper-colored appearance with a frothy, bubbly head that rings the glass distinctly after each quaff.

Smell: Just a little bit of citrus hoppy aroma....but there was also a whiff of "skunkiness" to this one as well.

Taste: Nothing in this beer really jumped out at me. The hops didn't outpower the balancing sweetness from the malts. Just a decent-tasting pale ale.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation and crispness of the hops make for a good mouthfeel.

Drinkabilty: Definitely one of the more "puckering" type PA's I've had. This one really finishes dry. That was kind of a turn off for me.

OldFrothingSlosh, Feb 13, 2003
Photo of bsp77
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Clear medium amber with moderate off-white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing, especially for an English beer.

Smell: Dark sweet fruit, caramel, English hops and a slight earthiness.

Taste: Fairly malty pale ale with an emphasis on slightly sweet fruit, caramel and an almost buttery quality. The malts are somewhat balanced by a nice Fuggles/Goldings hop taste. Ends with a somewhat metallic bitterness.

Feel: Relatively low carbonation, very smooth medium body, semi-dry finish.

Drinkability: Above average EPA that would be a great session beer. I was expecting more though, but I think I like Bitters and ESBs more than EPAs.

bsp77, Sep 18, 2009
Photo of tuowl74a
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

tuowl74a, May 17, 2014
Photo of ehammond1
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle

Texas Liquor
Carlsbad, CA

Copper and auburn with a thick, pillowy, persistent light brown head that leaves small lines of lace down the glass.

Sweet caramel and toffee lead the way in the aroma, with biscuity and bready malts combining for a pleasantly sweet aroma. There isn't much hop presence, but as an English pale ale, that is to be expected. Very nice.

The flavor too is lacking in distinct hop character, which I don't mind in this style. The caramel, toffee, and bready flavors combine well for an incredibly easy drinking pale.

Medium bodied with ample carbonation.

A definitive version of the style. Malty and delicious.

ehammond1, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of MattyG85
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 550 ml bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Bright amber orange with lots of rising bubbles. Big four finger off white head with good retention and lots of lacing sticking around the glass.

Smell: Sweet toasted caramel malts with apples, bread, dark berries, figs, nuts, and hints of citrus hops. Very malt driven. Smells a lot like apple cider.

Taste: Like the smell. A big taste of bready sweet caramel malts with apples, toffee, nuts, berries, and figs. There is a light but noticeable presence of citrus hops in the finish. Tastes a lot like apple cider but the small kick of hops in the finish reminds you that its a beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy in the mouth and smooth.

Overall: A very fine English pale ale. Very malty but the sweetness is nice and not too much. Pretty well balanced.

MattyG85, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of RyanPS
4/5  rDev +3.4%

RyanPS, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of far333
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Iced tea colored with a dark beige tight head that rises up and settles quickly. Aroma is hoppy, with notes of malt and raisin. Smooth mouthfeel with light carbonation leads to a pungent flavor of sharp malt, burnt brown sugar, fig and raisin. Bits of caramel and toffee come through in the finish. Lots of depth for a pale ale.

far333, May 13, 2004
Photo of BadBadger
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice ale. Pours a moderate amber color. A nice off-white head forms and lasts. Smell is slightly hoppy. The taste is somewhat better than average, with a pleasant balance of hops and malt. A nice pale ale to enjoy, although not so special that it should be searched out.

BadBadger, Dec 31, 2004
Photo of mj001jk
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear amber color, decent head but little lacing.

Sightly nutty aroma with some dried apple and apricot with aromatic subtle hops.

Silky smooth mouthfeel and a light round sweetness with good bittering. This is a nice light beer with a medium richness that is satisfying. Not too complex but leaves a good taste on the palate.

mj001jk, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of Dizzy
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brown with tan head, leaves some lacing. Aroma is sweet and bread like malts. Malty sweetness, along with some fruitiness. Kind of a buttery flavor, there must be a lot as I rarely detect diactlyl. Noticeable hop bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied. Overall, an enjoyable beer.

Dizzy, Dec 11, 2006
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Weird appearance, a red and copper color, not seen too often, if ever in a pale ale. Aroma is not apparent.

Taste, a little earthy grassy minimal hop presence. Tastes mild and balanced. Easygoing. Smooth mouthfeel. Approaches the nut brown ale in that characteristic. Tea flavor. Toffee too.

Beerandraiderfan, Mar 24, 2010
Photo of ADR
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear and amber, spicy aroma and 1/4 inch pillowy head. Hops in the flavor are restrained, malts are more niticeable and a little like pumpkin pie filling. Not a lot of finish despite a medium-bodied mouthfeel. but there is little fade in the mouth. Pretty good balance in the hop/malt arena but then again Sam knows what they're doing. I tend to prefer American Pales but would love to try this stuff on tap.

ADR, May 26, 2002
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Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
87 out of 100 based on 945 ratings.