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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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658 Reviews

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Reviews: 658
Hads: 987
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 14.51%
Wants: 43
Gots: 33 | 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 feloniousmonk
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a huge, and well-retained creamy head, with a pale amber color. Aroma is soft, slightly floral, faint fruitiness, some citrus, but very mellow in the hop department. Overall, a sweetish palate, practically nil on the bitterness scale.
Light texture, very easy mouthfeel, lacks some substance. Doesn't need any really, for the purposes of this style. It's a pub ale, with not so much flavor to take your attention from the football or the darts. Slightly coppery, tangy taste, a little buttery.
My least favorite Samuel Smith's beer, just too mild and pale for my taste, although perfect for what it tries to be. I compare all "pale ales", sometimes unfavorably, against hoppier American craftbrew versions.

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Photo of Greggy
3.37/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A soapy white head. Minimal lacing but thin cap.

S Pine resin, marmalade, earthy

T earthy pine and some distant marmalade finish is quick

M on par per style. Would like to see more carbonation.

D ok but nothing special. Overall a textbook English pale

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Photo of clvand0
3.37/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours an amber color with a medium head that stays around a while and leaves a little bit of lacing on the glass. The aroma has a fruity character and floral hops. The flavor is surprisingly malty, but finishes with a nice bitterness. This seemed a bit malty and dark for a Pale Ale. This is an ok beer, but I like the other Samuel Smith stuff better.

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Photo of Sammy
3.36/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A pleasant ambour color with nice creamy white head. Proves that pale means traditionally, an ale that is not dark but ratehr clarified. Astringent, bitter taste but modified by food. Can be appreciated a mug member. They have superior products to this.

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Photo of quikfish13
3.36/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The first English Pale Ale I have ever had the pleasure of tasting, Samuel Smith's was a different experience for me straying away from my usual IPAs. The body shown through the glass in a red-amber color with a off white foamy some what fluffy 2-finger head. Fairly tasty looking to start with.

Upon smelling the beer what actually stood out to me the most was lack of aroma. Not as intense as what I am used to but I did detect a deffinite sweet hops scent. Not overwhelmed with the smell but it did not have quite enough to impress me.

Tasting of the beer was enjoyable, with a slightly bitter citrus taste that proves more dominent towards the end. Gradually from begining to middle the flavor of malts comes across as it finishes with the powerful hops punch.

A bitterness seemed to linger in my mouth for longer than I would have liked after each drink. But I cannot argue that it goes down fairly smooth. A beer that I would drink again would I have the chance but I have the feeling that there is probably better out there.

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Photo of orfeu
3.36/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 ounce clear bottle. Bright copper with dense, off-white foam. Aromas of English hops and toasty malts, but leaning toward skunkiness, even though I grabbed this bottle from the back of the shelf. Grassy hops dominate the flavor at first, toasted biscuit malt cuts through (briefly and slightly) in mid sip, and finish is distinctly metallic. Unfortunately, the taste is leaning towards the skunk side of things, too. Enough with the clear glass already, eh guys? Anyway, brisk mouthfeel, clean and almost juicy. Easy enough to drink, but the risk of skunked beer for the high price is not worth it in my opinion.

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Photo of EStreet20
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

550 ml bottle poured into a Sam Smith's nonic pint glass.

A - A nice deep amber color topped by a gorgeous fluffy two finger head. Lots of lacing on glass.

S - nice hoppy aroma ( bit grassy) with some sweet malts.

T - Extremely dry witht he tiniest bit of malt sweetness. Not a whole lot going on flavor wise though.

M - A bit more watery than exepcted.

D - I could see this being a good session beer for some but it really just lacks too much in the flavor dept in my opinion.

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Photo of OKCNittany
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

550ml clear bottle into a pilsner glass

A: 1/2" tan head, decent retention & lacing. Brown to amber body.

S: A mostly fruity aroma with a hint of grapes (I think). Not much hop presence.

T: A somewhat unique flavor for a PA (or maybe I just don't drink many English Pales). A grape, almost candy like flavor stands out. Hops are a bit light for my tastes, but overall a nice flavor anyway.

M: Dry (as expected) - but a bit over carbonated.

D: Goes down ok, but it's not special enough to make me want a lot of them. A nice changeup, but that's about it.

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Photo of prosper
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a deep copper. very clear. Big, dense head.

Smells of dark malts - toasty, slight acridness.

Tastes strongly of dark caramel - molasses, dried fruits. Sweet. Not much hop flavour, and only just enough bitterness to balance out the sticky-sweet malt.

Mouthfeel is medium.

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color when poured was a dark amber, with a reddish hue. Very little foam, but fair lace retention on the glass. The taste was of mild roasted malts with a lack luster hoppy flavor. Weak on the aftertaste, but a bit to bitter. Overall, not a big smell, weak flavor and a little to bitter.

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Photo of dpasotti
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This is an attractive-looking beer all around. Translucent, light copper shade under a long-lasting, fine ivory head. The aroma is comprised of lightly sweet caramel malt, English hops, and a fruity ester presence.

The taste is quite a bit different, with the yeasty apple/grape flavor in front. The English hop presence is well-balanced and not intrusive. A slightly biscuity and sweet malt base rounds things out. There is also a prominent metallic taste that is appropriate for the style.

Excellent mouthfeel. A medium-full body and modest carbonation render quite a smooth texture. This beer is good but not great, as it falls short in the flavor department. Not one of my favorite styles, nor my favorite brew from Mr. Smith.

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Photo of jampics2
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8oz or so, enjoyed at a beer tasting with Samuel Smith, the son of the current head of the brewery @ the Winking Lizard. Consumed in a branded English half-pint glass.

The beer is copper with some amber and orange highlights. It's not cloudy; instead, it's quite clear and has just a small film of head. Great color but poor head retention.

The smell of this beer is enjoyable but not what I like in the style. I prefer just a touch more expression from the hops. I know English Pale Ales should be more malty than their American counterparts and lack the citrus and pine aromas, but this had very little from the Golding hops Samuel said they use. Some bready malt, caramel, and minor wet cardboard I can only assume was mild oxidation.

The mild malt in the taste sets the stage for what could be an epic beer. But there's little to balance it, just some earthy hops and medium bitterness. Just not as flavorful as I like, and there's no contrast of sweet and bitter flavors.

The mouthfeel is decent, with a crisp medium bodied beer having nice carbonation and a lingering mildly bitter finish.

The pale ale, unfortunately, was my least favorite of the evening. But it paired well with the roast beef, horseradish mashed potatoes, and yorkshire pudding we enjoyed with it. I just wish it was a bit more flavor-forward and expressive. While discussing this with Samuel, we talked about American Pale Ales and he mentioned he enjoyed a few in Seattle the previous evening and said they were fantastic but certainly too hoppy for a session ;)

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

$3.99 at Beverage Resort in Kennesaw, GA.

Appearance: Pours a reddish-copper body with a foamy, yellow head.

Smell: Light aroma of floral, soapy hops with a bit of earthy butterscotch.

Taste: A fairly light, almost vacant butterscotch maltiness with some mild, English hops showing in the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: A humdrum offering from Samuel Smith's Old Brewery that really pales in comparison to their Imperial Stout, Oatmeal Stout, Taddy Porter, and Nut Brown Ale. Ah well.

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Photo of mnstorm99
3.31/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour looks goo with a nice white head on top on a clear copper beer.
Aroma is malty and floral hops, nothing pronounced, but there, smells a little skunky even.
Taste is lacking, not exciting, not even that good, but ok. It has a malty mix that tastes like almost every other EPA I have had with a touch of spicy floral hop that is kind of nice, but nothing out of the ordinary.
mouthfeel is ok, but over carbonated for me, I could have a couple of these they just really seem plain, but not even that good.

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Photo of mj001jk
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

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Photo of Damian
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Drank from a 1pt. 2.7fl.oz./550 ml bottle
Served in a Samuel Smith's imperial pint glass
Thanks to my dad for this bottle

The beer poured a slightly hazed, deep crimson-amber. A two-finger crown of tight, frothy, beige colored foam topped the liquid and slowly faded to a lasting cap. Patches of lacing trickled down the glass.

The nose was very British. A bit steely and quite mellow overall. Good dose of biscuity malts. Somewhat toasty. Mild toffee notes. Slightly fruity and moderately sweet.

The flavor profile was decent. Biscuity malts dominated. Some toffee. Touch of noble hops. Fruity in the center. Earthy, bittering hops came through in the finish. Crisp and drying.

The mouthfeel was slick, smooth and somewhat creamy on the palate. Medium bodied with a fine and mild effervescence.

Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale might be spot-on for the style, but I found it rather boring. If you have an affinity for British session ales, this might be your cup of tea.

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Photo of pavandal
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer poured a deep ruby color. There was some head to start, but the beer settled and the head dissapeared.

I smelled butterscotch and citrus scents, along with a spicey, almost olive like scent. Interesting!

The taste was lacking something though. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't a bad beer, it just didn't have a lot of flavor depth. A slight hop bite to start things off, followed by a slight citrus burn in the back of the tongue. Overall, this was rather weak on flavors, as far as my tongue can tell.

The mouthfeel and drinkability, though, are excellent. This would make a great sippin' brew, being that it is very light bodied and it's not an all out assault on the senses.

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Photo of changeup45
3.29/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good beer but not as good as some of their others. The color is a little darker than most Pale Ales I've tried. It does have a nice foamy tan head and a lot of lace on the glass. The aroma is mild, I just didn't get a whole lot. Malty and spicy flavors with a hoppy, fruity finish. Decent EPA.

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Photo of CraftAleRookie
3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a Dogfish Head Pint Glass

A- Nice clear, deep amber color; 1 finger white head that turned into thick foamy lace. Nice retention.

S- slight sweet hop up front, followed by malt notes. Not an overpowering aroma at all, very light scents.

T- Suprisingly mild taste for such a good looking amber ale- I was expecting more forward flavors. Malts dominate the flavor with just a hint of hops- for a pale ale, the lack of forward hop notes is disappointing.

M- Again, the look of this brew hints to a much livelier feel than is actually experienced. Tame- a bit on the flat side.

D- A malty, light to medium body amber ale that I'd only choose if the only other choices were regular lager.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. bottle. This has an okay aroma and appearance of pale orange with an off-white head, and decent lacing. I thought it tasted good, slightly malty, but unfortunately, it seemed to have a sour, slightly metallic finish that really did not leave me wanting more anytime soon.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.26/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

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Photo of mscudder
3.26/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Into a pint.

A - Deep amber hue, much darker than a traditional pale ale. Two-finger off-white head sits atop. Good retention with some nice lacing.

S - Some sweet caramel malts and biscuit notes. Nothing big going on here.

T - Lots of pale buttery malts with some mild dryness on the finish. This pale ale is on the sweet side but by no means is the sweetness robust.

M - Slightly watery medium body with average carbonation.

O - There seems to be a decent reason why I looked past this brew for such a long time. The other brews out of Sammy Smith's dwarf what this beer presents.

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Photo of umfskibum
3.26/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Had a beautiful pour, with a nice finger-width head. Beautiful copper/yellow hue, very clear and nicely carbonated body.

Scent: Very strong malty scent, with a hint of plum. No noticable scent of alcohol.

Taste: As betrayed by the scent, the beer had a very malty taste. Hints of plum and spicyness, and had the biscut/bready taste typical of english pales. Not a particularly complex drink. Becomes more sour towards the bottom of the pint, although that taste is far from unpleasant.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, with just the right amount of carbonation. Nothing spectacular.

Drinkability: All in all, I found this a very average and unremarkable pale. It is wicked easy to drink, even with the sour finish. All in all, I can suggest this as a session beer but would go for a pale with a bit more to distinguish it from the pack.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.26/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into the tulip...

A - Dense honey, small head, light sudsy lacing.

S - Malt up front here. Bread-like yeasty note.

T - Simple grain and hop combo. Nothing out of the realm here.

M - Thinner than I hoped but not bad.

D - Good beer. Wish it was a little more complex and fuller bodied.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I drank this from a bottle into a chalice.

This beer pours amber with a 2 finger white head and good lacing.

It smeels sweet with vanilla and spices.

Its a very light tasting beer, smooth throughout but nothing to distinguish itself.

This is nothing like a true English Ale.

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Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
87 out of 100 based on 658 ratings.