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

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87
very good

978 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 978
Reviews: 662
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 40
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
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Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001

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Photo of abeerlovr
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a burgandy wine glass, I know, but we were drinking wine prior to popping this open.

A: nice caramel, copper color, not much head, noticeable lacing.

S: nutty, in fact after a few sniffs I detected nutmeg, don't know if that was really there or if anyone gets that, but I distinctly smelled nutmeg. Some citrus detected. Sweet smelling which then worried me but...

T: lovely flavor, caramelly, nutty but a little bitter hops on the back of the tongue, a little hint of citrus, a smooth drink

M: sweet yet had a hoppy bitterness at the finish, nice.

Overall: I enjoyed this, it may have been my first English Pale Ale and is not comparable to American Pale Ales. I little heavier because of the sweetness and not as hoppy bitter.

Photo of Foto14
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was a more than satisfactory choice for my first review.

Color: Deep amber with a lovely gradient and almost two fingers of head

Aroma: Malty with a bit of citrus and hops. I almost instantly thought of honey lemon tea, actually. Not the most potent aroma, but this is not a complaint

Taste: Caramel, again, I thought of honey, a nice balance of hops and malt. Nothing too crazy, but there is plenty happening.

Mouth feel: Light carbonation, goes down smooth, and has a nice lingering aftertaste that doesn't take over your tongue.

Overall: I continuously read and hear that England knows how to pay attention to balance, and this beer is living proof. Can't wait to enjoy another!

Photo of palma
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
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??

Photo of ujsplace
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured hard into an oversized pub glass.

Thick, billowy head, sticky lacing that is antique white. The brew itself is a dark orange in color.

Smells of sweet caramel and herbal hops..

Mildly sweet fruitiness, good hop finish..

Medium and very drinkable...

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear copper color from a 12 oz bottle, with no ABV or freshness date on the bottle.
One finger frothy, foamy head that dissipates fairly slowly to a thin film that stays.
Rich malty aroma with hints of spice and hops.
Taste, similar to the aroma, is high on malts. There is a lingering bitterness from the hops in the finish.
Crisp, refreshing and easy to drink. Perfect sessions beer.
This is an ale for all times. Definitely worth a try and comes highly recommended.

Photo of merlin48
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of tempest
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of Macca
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of puboflyons
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

550 mL bottle without a freshness date. Pours a clear, medium copper color with a creamy cap of light beige foam. Retention is pretty good and the lacing is definitely sticky. Surprisingly dark in color, looks good.

Nose is lightly caramelized malts with some noticeable minerality, light fruit and mild hop aroma. Smells surprisingly fresh, I might have gotten lucky and picked up a recently brewed bottle!

Taste is nicely balanced between slightly sweet malts and floral hop flavoring and bitterness. Malts are toasty and caramely. Mouthfeel is very nice on this one...very creamy feeling and perfectly carbonated. Probably the most refreshing British pale Ale I have had thus far. Minerality comes through, chalky even. Fruit is kept surprisingly mild for an EPA. I really like it and cannot believe it took 12 years of craft beer drinking to finally try it!

Photo of NiceTaps
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of CNeilP09
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wonderful beer. Strong birch-ey presence, crystalline brown coloring, supple dryness, floral nose, lovely finish. Average person could drink two or twelve depending on tenacity. Fragile head, colorfully floral nose, dark brown- rich mahogany color, depth in taste with earthiness from the malts, and a good balance of solid citrus and coriander from the hops. This is a beer to savour and not to swill.
Great Beer. Period.

Photo of magictacosinus
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a big Pt. Bottle to a pt. Glass. Color is a very nice, a dark reddish-orange amber. Head is white, fades quickly to a thin lace.

Smell is very inviting. Hopy malt with very nice dark red fruit and vanilla, notes of red plum.

Taste is very good. The Strong hops is smooth and fruity with a vanilla note. Malt is present but holds back. Alcohol is smoothed right over very nicely.


Mouthfeel is full body with pleasant carbonation.

Drinkability is very good, as the balance is excellent. Very good and interesting beer. Out standing ans this is not one of my favorite styles.

Prost. MK

Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden orange Color. Almost like a burnt sienna. Nit a whole lot of head due to the tulip glass.

On the nose I'm getting floral notes along with some caramel or cracker.

Taste is caramel, toffee, musk, floral hops, grass, toast and butter, peanut brittle, and spice. This is not to say that hops are not present! They are, and they're glorious.

This beer goes down smoothly. It's medium bodied and very creamy. The flavor adds to the smoothness.

I think this beer is underrated. This is one of the best English pale ales on the market. Flavor is complex as hell and keeps me wanting more.

Photo of tgbljb
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured a beautifeul copper-reddish color with abundant tannish head. Head was long lasting and presented attractive lacing to the sides of the glass. Smell is fruity (cherries), molasses-like, with a toasty presence. Some hoppiness also noted. Very enjoyable to the nose. Taste is very understated initally, with caramel, fruits, toasted malt dominating, but slowly a stong hoppiness presents itself. The hoppiness becomes bolder with each sip, but still blends very well with the maltiness. Finishes both dry and malty in just the right proportions to be tasty, but not overpowering. The is an extremely drinkable berr that I thoroughly enjoyed. I had expected something rather bland and unassuming, but I was pleasingly suprised.

Photo of DrJay
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear amber/red colour topped by a thin, off-white head. Both retention and stickage were pretty good.

Smell: Nice maltiness with plenty of caramel and a hint of toastiness. Some light fruitiness and a soft floral/perfumy hop character.

Taste: Moderate bitterness with a pleasant malty sweetness. A bit buttery, perhaps a touch of diacetyl. There's also a bit of fruit character present. The finish is on the dry side, with a harsher bitterness. Still, quite enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation was higher than expected. Medium/light body and some slickness. Very creamy texture aided by fine CO2 bubbles that appear on the palate.

Drinkability: Basically a mellow and inoffensive beer that's great for a session. Great aroma profile and mouthfeel, along with decent flavour, keep it interesting.

550 mL clear bottle with no freshness date.

Photo of kellyst
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of EatsTacos
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Its pretty hard to knock a Samuel Smith and this one is no exception. Nothing really to blow you away, but I can't really find anything I'd change in this beer.

Aroma is mainly malt sweetness with hops faintly in the background.
The taste is sweet sugary malt upfront that fades into a buttery toasted flavour. There are some herbal hops but they are minimal and in the background. The finish is very dry and slightly bitter. Not as balanced as I would expect, but the taste is great.
Mouthfeel is pretty moderate and a medium carbonation as well.

Nothing wrong with this beer, its a little toned down compared to some American pale ales around but honestly this is textbook right here. Nothing but good things to say.

Photo of Schwarzbart
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bottle came in a 3 bottle variety pack and came with a Samuel Smith glass. Pouring the beer into that glass yielded a nice 1 finger head. Color was a brown amber and the beer had nice carbonation. Aroma is of dried fruits, English malts, caramel and a tad of hops. Tastes like sweet malts but is very dry in the mouth and again just a tad of hop flavor. I also seem to taste a little hazelnut flavor. This beer is very easy to drink and is a good solid English pale ale.

Photo of jhammel01
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep copper color into my British pubstyle glass. Holds a decent white head but doesn't last too long.

This beer has a great scent. I picked up on a few notes of Honey and caramel.

This beer tastes like it smells. Malty with hints of honey and caramel. A very smooth beer with a great full bodied mouth feel.

In my opinion, This was an exceptional example of an English pale ale. I loved it. I plan to try more from Samuel Smith.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a brilliant deep copper with a rocky fine-beaded Ice cream-like head. The lacing consists of a sheath of thick bubbles draping the glass. The aroma is of sweet toasty and raisiny with a big hit of herbal hops. The taste is of caramel and nutty malts with a fresh hoppiness and loads of fruity yeast character. Theres a dry almost astrigent finish from the house yeast. The mouthfeel is full bodied and smooth. this beer has a complex malt flavor and great yeast profile and lots of Fuggles hop taste, a great Enlish pale ale.

One down side of Sam Smiths is the terrible clear glass bottles, Ive had many skunked samples. Luckily this one was packaged it a box as well.

Photo of MbpBugeye
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A- Slightly chill hazed but mostly clear amber colored beer with a small white head. The head is throwing just a couple spots of lacing as it recedes.

S- Buttery. Some hints of floral hops and a candy or fruit sweetness.

T- Biscuity malts and sweet candy like floral hops. Well balanced but more on the sweet side. A bit weak and watery at times but that really makes this a very very nonaggression beer.

M- Bubbly, medium to light body, finishes dry and very very clean.

D- The ultimate in session ales. This stuff goes down so easy and so smooth its scary. I could drink this stuff all night long.

Another great beer from Sam Smith. I love their stuff. Everything is the benchmark example of an English ale.

Photo of CanuckRover
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of danny013
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550 ml bottle left to warm for a few minutes poured into a 20 oz. Samuel Smith imperial pint glass. Nice hard pour reveals a wonderful amber body topped with a thick 2-finger tan head. Little to no lacing, but a nice chunky head stays with the beer for the whole pint.

Aroma is dominated by malty grains with some nice breadiness/toasted grains and a light floral hop aroma. Hops jump out in intensity after searching for a bit. Pleasant.

Big bready grains up front in the taste, light maltiness mixed in with a nice mineral profile and a light herbal hoppiness. Some good healthy esters hint around in the back, some green apples float around and intermingle with the bitterness. Good toasted grains as the beer is swallowed, leaving a dry finish with a light bitterness intermingled with more pronounced estery flavors.

Mouthfeel is great, lightly carbonated with a light-medium body. Drinkability is also great. Goes down smooth, an easy drinker with plenty of complexity to sit back and enjoy. A bit pricey, but save some pennies and buy a pair of bottles for a lazy evening.

Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
87 out of 100 based on 978 ratings.