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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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950 Ratings

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Ratings: 950
Reviews: 657
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 32
Gots: 19 | 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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Photo of crookedhalo
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paler copper colored with a thin beige head. Notes of diacetyl, butterscotch and a healthy dose of floral English nobles present. Hoppy and smooth; quite enjoyable. Malty and rich with a silky mouthfeel. Slightly effervescent. Hoppier than one might expect, not in an American pale ale way, though. Very drinkable.

crookedhalo, Nov 26, 2003
Photo of HeyGentlemanJake
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

HeyGentlemanJake, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of shohen
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

shohen, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of WilstonOreo
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

WilstonOreo, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of KindaFondaGoozah
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

KindaFondaGoozah, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of nasty15108
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz brown with gold foil into a pint glass.

A - A deep amber color, with a slightly off-white head. Lots of lacing on the glass.

S - Slightly fruity with a hint of honey and hops.

T - Smooth and creamy with a definate dry finish and slightly bitter after taste.

MF&D - smooth and dry to the palate with a very slight feel of carbonation.

Pairs well with spicy food. This would definatly qualify as a top notch session beer.

nasty15108, Mar 04, 2008
Photo of NEhophead
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Creamy, slightly frothy off white head that recedes to a thin film. Some spotted lace, but not much strength. A glowing light maple in color.

A well rounded sweetness; caramel and molasses with a warming toasted malt aroma. Slight almond and hazlenut tones.

Semi-sweet caramel and toasted malt character. This initial sweetness really thins out almost immediately. Some very subdued hop flavors joined by a bit of skunkiness. A minor bitterness that leads to an aftertaste that is filled again with the initial sweet caramel and toastiness.

Medium bodied; a very pleasant maltiness that fills out on the palate quite well. Smooth and balanced.

A good version of the style; a standard of Sammy Smith's. The aromais sweet and inviting, but the flavor somewhat drops off (or is that due to that damn clear bottle?). Nevertheless, a good version of the style I'd be happy to drink anytime.

NEhophead, Jun 11, 2005
Photo of SpongeRuiner
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

SpongeRuiner, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of Brad007
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color: Copper/amber color with a generous head of foam.

Aroma: Bread/biscuit aromas make their presence known upfront. A bit of hop bitterness shows through as well.

Taste: Bready/biscuity taste. Very mellow. Very mild hop bitterness. More buttery than I expected (outdated?).

Mouthfeel: Bready/biscuity. Smooth. Goes down ok.

Drinkability: Still quite drinkable but not impressive beyond that. A typical british pale ale.

Verdict: Drinkable and smooth. Not much else. Classic pale ale here. It would taste better fresh but because I can't decipher the production codes, I have no clue.

Brad007, Apr 07, 2008
Photo of mikepcarney
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

mikepcarney, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of grumpygerman
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

grumpygerman, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of OldTime
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

OldTime, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of hunteraw
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a brown bottle - is this one of the Samuel Smith's beers that recently changed from a clear bottle?

Appearance: Deep orange/amber in color, large two/three finger fluffy off-white head that exhibits excellent retention and lacing.

Smell: Sweet malt and diacetyl, a bit reminiscent of Bass in aroma (not surprising to be reminded of another English Pale Ale). Aroma is on the light side, little in the way of hops aroma - the hops character that is present is reminiscent of a pilsner somehow - maybe I'm picking up on the hops used?

Taste: Much more bitter than I had expected based on the aroma alone. Bread from the malt, diacetyl from the yeast, and a slight acidic orange juice citrusy-ness from the hops.

Mouthfeel: Creamy mouthfeel. Acidic and dry finish. Good carbonation, a little bit on the light side - good for the style.

Drinkability: Not a bad session English Pale Ale. Perhaps curiously for an American beer drinker, I think I prefer this to their IPA - I find the diacetyl lower in this one, and maybe just as bitter.

hunteraw, Feb 18, 2007
Photo of chewy6935
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

chewy6935, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of rcatalano
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

rcatalano, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of KSather
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

KSather, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Slatetank, May 25, 2013
Photo of ChrisinRI
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

ChrisinRI, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

zestar, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of BigBarley
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

BigBarley, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of Tresha
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is known as the brewery's flagship beer! When you pour it in a glass, its a copper coloured beer. The head and big and fluffy. When you gulp it, the beer will tease your palate and you will get the aroma of malt, hops and even a hint of apple. It has great flavours and aromatics. A nice drink for the holiday season!

Tresha, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of RobertColianni
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

RobertColianni, Mar 18, 2014
Photo of BeerAngel
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear but dark caramel color with a 2 finger head that that leaves a lace all the way down. The appearance is beautiful! The smell is slightly fruity and lightly hoppy. The taste is consistant with the smell but also reveals a malty taste and mouthfeel. It surprisingly doesn't finish as dry/hoppy as some other pale ales that I've tried. I wasn't overly impressed, but wasn't too disappointed either. Cheers!

BeerAngel, Sep 08, 2002
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

t0rin0, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

MarkyMOD, Apr 05, 2012
Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
87 out of 100 based on 950 ratings.