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

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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

915 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 915
Reviews: 656
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%


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.

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goochpunch

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New review of a really fresh bottle.

Pours out exactly what I imagine when I think of a pale ale. Copper body, off-white, fluffy, head that clings to the glass leaving beautiful lacing. Aroma is malty, bready, nutty, slightly buttery, herbal, toasty. Flavor starts off rather malty and bready, leading into an herbal hops middle, which then finishes toasty, bitter, and dry. Maybe a little too dry for me, but this is a delicious one. Mouthfeel is very good, but the carbonation could be a little more mellow in the tongue and the body could use a little more beefing up as it kind of sweeps off the palate a LITTLE watery. Great session.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2007 07:29:23 | More by goochpunch
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kellyst

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Medium white head. Light brown, slight copper hue.

S: Fruity esters, herbal hop nose.

T: Light sweetness and some fruit notes. Herbal hop taste and moderate bitterness. Some biscuity taste in the background. Very well balanced and delicious.

D: Very high.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2007 19:42:34 | More by kellyst
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 550 ml. bottle no. SH28C1. Sampled on June 25, 2009. It pours dark amber with medicore clarity but a nearly two fingers of chunky beige head that diminishes in about 30 seconds. The smell is rich of roasted malts, caramel, and sugar. The mouthfeel comes in at about medium and the first sip stays in tact for a few moments on the tongue. The taste is very sweet in roasted malts, sugars, and some light hops holding up the rear. There is a hint of bitterness in it as well. You usually get a decent brew from Samuel Smith's no matter what the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2009 18:39:35 | More by puboflyons
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brewtal

Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured in a Sam Smith pint glass.

Massive foamy cream-white head with enormous bubbles lacing the glass. Glowing amber and orange. Good brilliance. Mouth watering.

Smells very much of biscuity malts, in a cookie dough kind of way. Buttery aromas and earthy hop undertones. Perfumy orange pekoe tea.

The above transcends to the palate. Fruity marmelade, but not too cloying. Taste is very deep and yet balanced and finishes on a dry and clean goldings note.

Very round. Carbonation makes this a creamy ale and very enjoyable to drink! Tasty, full bodied and refreshing as a pale can be. This is what i'm looking for when I talk pale ale and I couldn't think of getting enough of this.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2009 05:37:54 | More by brewtal
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Halcyondays

California

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle,

A: Pours amber/red with a light finger of white head, solid retention, no lace.

S: Caramel, English malt, nothing too substantial.

T: Great Burton-style minerality/sulphur. Classic English biscuit and toffee malt. Lightly sweet. Balanced with an elegant hay/grass at the finish.

M: Very soft carbonation, vibrant and spritzy on the tongue. Medium-bodied.

D: A classic Pale Ale from Sam Smith's. A great beer that will tell you what English pale ales/bitters are about. Great complexity and nuance.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2010 05:30:34 | More by Halcyondays
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rfgetz

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orangy brown color with minimal off white head. Scent is of fresh bread, toffee, roasted nuts and a faint touch of watery fruit. Taste brings again the taste of fresh bread, touches of sweet carmel, toffee, nuts, butter, watery fruit. Medium bodied, slightly grainy, perfect carbonation, slightly dry. An all around fresh tasting, highly drinakable and enjoyable malt forward english ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2010 14:07:11 | More by rfgetz
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NiceTaps

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a room temp pint glass from a 500ml bottle.

A- a very dark copper color with a fluffy 2-finger, mocha-colored head. There is some lacing and the bubbles are visible. It really looks good.

S-sweet malt as soon as I opened the bottle. In the glass i get some more sweet maltiness plus a little fruit and maybe even a bit-o-honey. It is clean and crisp.

T-The sweet fruity upfront malt has a roasted character balanced by a slightly bitter hop finish. Nice.

M- The carbonation holds up and that balanced flavor and finishing bite give a full-bodied feel. This is not a watery brew.

O- A solid English Pale Ale. Drinkable and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 22:39:42 | More by NiceTaps
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jjm2503

Missouri

4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a glass.

A: A thick head tops this dark amber- almost reddish ale. Light lacing on the glass once the head recedes.

S: Smells sweetly malty right off the bat with hints of apple and banana.

T: Very similar to the smell up front with an almost apple cider like sweetness. This goes away quickly as roasted malts and a dash of hops dominate the bittersweet finish. Surprisingly complex aftertaste which leaves you wanting another sip.

M: Feels medium bodied and creamy in the mouth with a nice carbonation.

O: I have to say that this was a surprisingly drinkable Pale Ale. Quite complex and uniquely different than an American style pale ale. I will be sipping this again.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2012 02:35:38 | More by jjm2503
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magictacosinus

California

4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 550ml bottle.

Darkish amber color abounds, with loads of carbonation rising towards the glass. A small head fights to remain at the top for the most part. Looks festive yet retains a wholly traditional look of beers of this style.

Aroma is a balanced exchange of caramel, near candied malts, with dry, lemony hops. Has a full yeasty smell that that deliciously dances with the malts, and the modest alcohol adds a sweet underside that compliments the aromas. Also, is it me or is it surprising how fruity this is?

Starts with a malty, biscuit flavor that quickly ends up slightly smoky and sweet and zesty towards the end. Truly a fascinating venture on this pale ale's part! The hops are far less present in the flavor, but linger on the tongue after each gulp. Also, the yeasty, fruity taste keeps itself alive and well and more interestingly, a barrel-aged woody flavor comes out of nowhere in the end. The mouthfeel of this beer is perfect, by the way. Thick and creamy, and ridiculously easy to drink.

What a great beer! Simple, refreshing, and surprisingly full of complex flavors. Another victory for Samuel Smith.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 04:01:26 | More by magictacosinus
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Hopfenpeter

Maryland

4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a coppery medium gold slightly hazy color. The head is creamy tan and builds about two fingers high. Good retention and good lacing.
The smell is malt and some caramel mostly.
Tasting the beer, up front there are caramel and honey flavors. The middle is dominated by bread and malt flavors. In the end some flowery hops finish and balance the beer nicely.
Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 02:35:11 | More by Hopfenpeter
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401J


4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into a wine glass on a snowy new england night in the colonial seaport town of Bristol, R.I. while watching The Voice with my auburn haired mistress.

This beer pours a beautiful sharp orange color with a nice head of some unorganized larger bubbles.

The nose is mild of vanilla and hints to me that this brew will have a creamy fell to it.

Upon tasting, I am treated to a mouthful of balance. I get all of the vanilla and cream mouthfeel I had hoped for then a late introduction to hops that do not overstay their welcome and fade at the most appropriate of times.. Lovely

This, to me, is the benchmark for pale ales in my young beer tasting career..

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 14:54:36 | More by 401J
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Running4beer

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an deep amber/rust color with an off white head that was thick but settles to a thin lace quickly. The aroma of malts jump at your nose and some caramel does too. Sweet malt and caramel taste is followed by a slight bitterness a good one, two punch to this tasteful beer. Light carbonation and smooth mouthfeel. The balance of flavors and mouthfeel make this an easily drinkable brew.

Cheers!!!

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2003 12:17:18 | More by Running4beer
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palma

New York

4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Body is a dark copper hue with a long lasting off white color head. Produces a great lace as well. Very nice aroma consisting of pungent sweet malt and grains. Taste is very grainy and bready with a tasty sweet malt flavor throughout. English hops are definitely in there and cannot be missed. A good tasting bitterness in the end. Also a bit on the dry side which makes it even more enjoyable. A very easy drinking brew and a great pale in my opinion.

One note: what the hell is with the clear bottle??

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2004 21:00:51 | More by palma
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horndecker

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Luminous, clear, orange-brown with a full tan head of fine froth.
The smell is hay and malt, along with a mild piney hop aroma. A slight alcohol odor and, oddly, something that smells like rosemary.
The taste has a wash of mineral fizz at the start, delivering a nutty, round malt and a bit of butterscotch. It has a dry hoppy finish and a lingering beautifully bitter aftertaste. It's a nice mouthful and a great session beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2005 15:15:56 | More by horndecker
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Zraly

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light amber/copper color with a beautiful two finger head that brings elegance and poise to a Samuel Smith nonik pint glass. Soft nose of malts and fresh bread.

The flavor of this ale is wonderful, a playful take on mild butterscotch diacetyl and balanced hop character. A strange *earthy funk* brings a fuller body to this ale (possibly from fermentation techniques & yeast the brewery uses...two cheers for "house flavors"! I recall the same note in other Sam Smith products), which runs a bit counter to its American pale ale siblings. The focus is not so much on the hops, but the pleasantness of smooth malt flavor. A bit bready. A slight slickness in the mouthfeel. Toasty and dry in the finish. It's interesting and wonderful.

A wonderful way to begin a dinner of cajun-style sausage and rice. Would do well with a grilled steak paired up with a bleu cheese maitre d' butter. Or drink it on its own and honor a tried and true tradition.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2005 22:11:12 | More by Zraly
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dgallina

Georgia

4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

20oz bottle without freshness date.

Pours transparent golden copper. A half-inch of off-white foam recedes to a decent film and sticky lacing. Sweet toasty malts in the nose, with some yeasty breadiness and hop bitterness in the background. Excellent round and toasted flavor; sweet and slightly smoky malts are balanced against lightly bitter hops with a mineral finish. Light-to-medium in body, with moderately strong carbonation.

Quite refreshing. Surprisingly nice in flavor and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2006 01:17:59 | More by dgallina
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whynot44

Missouri

4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium bodied, very nice clear copper colored with an off white head.

Aroma is malty, buttery, and floral.

The taste starts with slightly sweet malt - caramel, butterscotch, slightly nutty, followed quickly by a nice hops bitterness that lasts through a slightly dry finish.

Very well balanced, smooth and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2006 03:50:07 | More by whynot44
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Mandrake

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brilliantly clear deep copper with a tight and creamy pale tan head (rather dark for an EPA though) that lasts very well, leaving plenty of lacing. Smell is mildly hoppy, bang on for the style, with the Goldings hops and subtle earthy tones coming alongside the rich malt profile. A tad medicinal, but the light maltiness comes through as well. Taste is led by the malts. Caramel and mild diacetyl with a bit of breadiness and grass as well. The hops are very understated, but noticible, especially in the dry finish. Mouthfeel is full and well carbonated, and drinkability is excellent.

A classic English-style ale, the subtleties and craftsmanship apparent in this ale are welcome at any time. Expecting it to be a hop bomb will lead to disappointment, and is a great disservice to a stellar ale. Take it for what it is trying to be, and one can't fail to appreciate what the brewers at Sam Smith's achieve with virtually every single one of their brews.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2006 02:38:05 | More by Mandrake
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Amalak

New York

4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice looking beer out of the bottle. Copper/dark red. Nice foamy head. Nice lacy ring to it.

S: Slight, fruitish kind of smell.

T: Great flavorful rich taste. Thick bodied, full beer.

M: A little bit dry. Leave a nice flavor though.

D: Great aftertaste, sits nicely.

Big fan of this beer. It's a nice hefty beer with ample flavor.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2007 01:35:27 | More by Amalak
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CanuckRover

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clean looking beer. A copper penny with a decent head that went away pretty quickly. Good lacings. Crystal clear, very nice.

As with any good English ale, malt stands out in the aroma. Fruity, grape juice'ish with a fresh hoppy tang.

Surprisingly hoppy for the style. Some nice English-style bitterness from the hops provides great contrast to the very fruity malt. I mean VERY fruity malt. Some hay in there as well giving a bit of the English country feel.

English session ale, you could toss a few back, I'm sure it would be a beauty from the cask. A good example of my favourite style, a balanced, malt focused pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2007 23:57:45 | More by CanuckRover
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jdmorgan

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This PA poured a copperish hue with a one-finger white head.

The smell had soft hop aromas and a very subtle sweet malt aroma as well. The taste had a sturdy malt body, a bit of fruity flavor, and a medium hop presence that was floral and very English. The consistency was medium as was the carbonation.

This was a very drinkable pale ale and was of a very high quality. It had good balance and a nice ABV which give it good drinkability. Great beer!

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2008 02:41:17 | More by jdmorgan
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Nipitato

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a bottle at Brookline Liquor Mart in Brighton, MA.

A: Copper hue with brilliant clarity. Pours with a 1/2" tan head that dissipates to a thin topping.

S: Definate caramel malt aroma - probably the best caramel aroma I have smelled in a pale ale. Mild bitterness in aroma. A little fruity but not pronounced or owning any specific characteristic.

T: Soft flavors. Moderate bitterness throughout. Some mineral flavors amplify the earthy hop flavors. Malt has some biscuity character. Good lingering bitter aftertaste.

MF: Soft and fluffy mouthfeel. Moderately high carbonation. Smooth.

D,notes: Appropriately bitter with a reasonable amount of malt backing. Smooth and fluffy mouthfeel adds to drinkability. Obviously a very good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2008 16:31:40 | More by Nipitato
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babaracas

Florida

4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper with creamy head. Smell: candied fruit, buttery, hint of earthy hops. Taste: sweet malts upfront, fruit, biscuity, followed by earthy slightly spicy hops. Grain and bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel: smooth with soft carbonation, sticky finish. Well-balanced tasty pale ale, sessionable too.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2008 04:14:42 | More by babaracas
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 4-pack from Byerly's in Maple Grove, MN. Appears clear orange-amber with a short white head and bit of lacing.

Great aroma right after pouring. Oh man, I'm getting fresh apple with frosting, oak, French bread and hops spice. The flavor has almost a mild barleywine/old ale malt profile with a dry hit of sugar cookie and soupy caramel. It finishes with a long, moderate strength, slightly grassy, peppercone hops note. Delicious and drinkable. Get this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2008 19:28:22 | More by tempest
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Macca

Australia

4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a bright copper colour. It has a slight head but this drops away quickly.

There is a great hoppy fruitiness on both the nose and the palate. A wonderful sweetness to it but not OTT.

It has a wonderful full mouth feel and great length.

This is a great beer. I could drink a lot of it.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2009 09:07:59 | More by Macca
Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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