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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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931 Ratings

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Ratings: 931
Reviews: 656
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 30
Gots: 16 | 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.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

03-27-2012 02:15:44 | More by Nate
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

08-18-2013 21:17:45 | More by longisland1983
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

01-16-2012 05:36:34 | More by Sarunas7
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

10-09-2012 05:36:50 | More by schopenhauerale
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

07-04-2014 21:40:07 | More by LaughingZebra
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

01-05-2014 22:14:58 | More by CrazyEasyBartender
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3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a dark copper color with a nice and thick cream colored head. Lots of lacing down the glass.

S: Toasted grain, pale malt, a hint of golden raisins and some freshly baked bread.

T: This isn't the hop bomb I've come to look for in pale ales, but it's sneaky good. Some toasted caramel malt, honey malt, and grain with just a touch of hop bitterness. Some fruity esters linger in the background. Finish is squeaky clean. Super drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 22:39:10 | More by notchucknorris
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3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one in the Samuel Smith varity pack with the pint glass included (very good value). I had pretty high expectations from this brew as every Sammy Smith beer i've had has been excellent. This one didn't disappoint but i don't think it'll be making my regular rotation. I've have yet to gain an apreciation for subtlety. It poured a proud copper with a small white head, pretty appealing. Smell was very faint with some notes of fruit and malt. Taste... Hmmm.. I wish I could give this higher marks but it was very plain to me. Some sweet malt flavor was present and it was balanced very well, but nothing really jumped out at me Mouthfeel was fine as was drinkability. I'm hoping this will be a beer i grow to love, but as of this moment it just seemed very basic, very subtle. I plan to revisit this beer in a year, as my palate refines, to see what i think of it. It is obviously a solid brew and i wish i could appreciate it more.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2004 23:41:43 | More by soper2000
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Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into the branded glass a clear amber liquid presents itself. Atop this is a thick mocha coloured head, thick and porous like volcanic rock, it lasts well to the halfway point.

Caramel apple and floral hop aromas greet the nose held up by gram cracker malt aromas. Fruity resin of the hops quickly follows this, reminiscent of melon rind at times.

Bitter hop flavours mix well with the balancing malt; with its slight toasted nutty notes. The overall taste is very subdued. As one drinks on sweet malt becomes more prevalent masking some of the hops.

A medium light body with relatively low carbonation this one is very quaffable.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2010 20:57:01 | More by Reinheitsgebot71
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3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: a clean golden amber w/ a 1/4" white head that fizzes up and fades; a center column of white bubbles can be seen through the clear body

s: sweet grainy malts; hay; sweet honey; light grape; light hoppy bitterness; apples

t: grainy malts; dry grain; light bitterness; to me this is typical boring englishness

m: a little too much carb for me; light cloy; light/med mouthfeel; a little aggressive for an english beer the way i see it

d: the beer is very mellow and light and very english standard in terms of all of its parts except the overcarbing. I think this is a good drinkable beer that is perhaps more than the sum of its parts in its classic drinkability, but it may be a little boring for some (like me)

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2009 04:18:21 | More by hoegaardenhero
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3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a some big ass glass...

Appearance-Amber body, very dark Pale Ale. Sucha creamy 3 finger off white head. Beautiful Retention and nice lacing. Very appealing as it should be.

Smell-Sweet malts, light hops. Some skunk, not sure what the date is on this bottle...

Taste-Tart granny smith apple along with some sweet caramel malts. A light bitterness lingers throughout.

Mouthfeel-Medium bodied, nicely carbonated. Refreshing and easy to drink.

Overall-Simple, and straight to the point. Like all Sam Smith beers it's very drinkable. This 550 will be finished shortly.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 00:38:50 | More by SWMeyer4141
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3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

One of the nicest pours I've seen. Poured from a 550ml bottle into a nonic, very rich but clear golden/reddish amber with an incredibly frothy dark beige head..

Rich malt aroma. Butter, toffee, and biscuit, with just a hint of herbal hops to balance it out.

Unfortunately by thte time I got to actually tasting this beer, I was let down. Very toasted and earthy malts that aren't as rich as the aroma put out, with just a hint of citrus hops to throw in a little bitterness.

Light-medium bodied. Not too good, not too bad, but definitely not as good as some other brews I've had from Samuel Smith's. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2006 02:15:25 | More by Phocion
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3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle has the traditional sammy smiths gold foil top.

Pours a dark amber color with a 1/2 inch off white head. Much darker than most pale ales I feel.

I don't get a lot of aroma from the beer.

Nice carbonation level, pretty big bubbles. Almost a little much,

More bitter than most english pale ales. There is a slightly harsh flavor to the beer that I can't quite identify that hits on the back of the mouth. Perhaps a slight burnt coffee or toffee flavor.

Would certainly drink again, though might not choose over other examples of the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 06:07:03 | More by thekoz
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Alberta (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

NIce looking ale with A brilliant, bright copper red color and clarity like no tomorrow. Nice rich head and lacing that clings very nicely.

Rich malt aroma. Reminded me of honey and raisins @ the same time. Some floral hop in the back.

Malt was pre-imminent over the hop in the initial swig. Earthy. Dry, dry finish.

Smooth, maybe a touch high on the carbonation side of things.

Nice and if I was in a pub 'over there' I certainly could have more than one, but I found something about it that was slightly off compared to other EPA's i've tried.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2008 03:16:29 | More by Shadman
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3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice bronze color -- kind of dark for the style, but attractive -- with a thin head that left thin lacing all the way down. Very subtle aromas, but I love it -- rich malts (toasty caramel), grassy hops, peat? The malt dominates the flavor, as I understand an English pale ale should, but it's fairly mild regardless. I think some spiciness might liven it up a bit. An earthy, simple pale ale, but well crafted, as I'd expect from Sammy Smith.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2007 09:40:57 | More by jbsteiny
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3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice amber color with 2 fingers of tan head.

S- Has a sweet smell with some malts and little hops.

T- The taste is sweet and has a mild bitter. Has nice malt flavors

M- Smooth and dry in the mouth

D- Easy drinking, this could be a nice everyday beer

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2008 01:16:48 | More by dirtsocks
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3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a glass tulip goblet.

Appearance - This is probably the most beautiful bear I've ever poured. The head is very thick from the pour, about 4 fingers. It is slightly tan and very velvety and creamy. The brew itself is a spectacular amber-orange color that is crystal clear. The head dissipates to a constant quarter-finger thickness with excellent lacing all the way down.

Smell - The most noticable aroma is a crisp and bitter hop presence. The malt character is moderate, and definitely in the background.

Taste - Right away the hops crab you. There are crisp, perfectly bitter, slightly citrusy, and have lots of big character. The rich malt flavor comes right after that, but is not quite as strong as I prefer. The Stone Pale ale or Red Seal Ale have a nicer malt character, in my opinion. However, this stuff tastes excellent, make no mistake. The aftertaste is dominated by the hops with only a hint of the malt remaining in your mouth.

Mouthfeel - This is a medium-bodied beer. The carbonation is excellent. This brew has a good mouthfeel.

Drinkability - Excellent drinkability. This stuff goes down without any strain or effort. You can take a big gulp without making a face.

Overall this is an average pale ale, in my opinion. While it has a fantastic appearance, everything else is only slightly above average (for microbrews).

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2006 02:35:38 | More by dblinkhorn
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3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an attractive dark copper with a very small, off-white, thin head that reduced to a persistent film.

Smell: Wow! I wasn’t expecting such a malt sweetness. Caramel, floral hops, and a bit of raison. Smells like some doppelbocks I’ve had. Odd… but good.

Taste: Still malty with a nice hop kick, caramel, nutty, and a bit of hazelnut. Finish is long and sweet and tea-like.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body, thick texture, low carbonation.

Drinkability: Well, it was not what I was expecting, but it was still good, I went through this bottle with relative ease, and I’d probably have another if they weren’t so stinkin’ expensive.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2005 21:06:43 | More by ski271
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3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

the glory of these beers is their price, less than 4 bucks per go? are you kidding me?! the quality to price point is unrivaled in the beer world. while some are outstanding, standard setters, others are just okay. this pale ale is somewhere in between. its clear in the pours, more red than copper, with a finger of off white bubbles that pop down to a thin skin before long. the nose is quintessentially English, with all the caramel malt dusty attic you could ever want, but with a welcomed touch of vanilla extract. the yeast doesn't really manifest itself until the flavor, neither do the hops. the yeast combines with the caramel malt to give a doughy cereal profile, while the hops finish the beer nice and bitter, balancing the vanilla expertly. tastes just a tad old at the end, but ill bet this is nearly perfect at the source on tap. thinner body, which im back and forth between liking and not, and airy carbonation that keeps this beer drinking easily. overall this isn't my favorite beer from sam smiths, but now that I have worked my well into their lineup, I can safely say that the quality of this brew is up to the high bar of the others. again, the economics cannot be beat.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2013 04:20:14 | More by StonedTrippin
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3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

50 cl. bottle.
Pours a clear copper color with an off white head. Has an herbal, spicy , grainy smell. Medium bodied and softly carbonated. Earthy, woody, toasted grain flavor. Finishes slightly bitter.
A good English pale ale considering the long boat ride to the colonies.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2005 15:33:45 | More by beerceller99
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3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Copper/amber. True to form, this Samuel Smith's yields a thick biscuit of textured foam that lingers. You could eat it with a spoon.

Smell - very yeasty, like rising bread dough

Mouthfeel - kind of soft

Taste - what at first seemed fruity became more like honey. It's malt but leans towards a honey taste. It's pretty light and easy drinking, bordering on watery but not quite getting there. The fruit peeks back in just a bit now and then. A little banana? Apple? Not sure.

Aftertaste - Just the barest hint of bitterness. I love the smell as I exhale out of my nose for a while after a sip. The taste fades away fairly quickly. After five minutes it's at a very low level and the mouth feels clean and barely astringent.

Overall - Despite loving Samuel Smith's, I have steered clear of this one for years because the Nut Brown and the Oatmeal and the Imperial were always sitting right next to it and because I'm not a pale ale or IPA guy in general. But this is great. What a nice and drinkable pairing of honey malty sweet and mild hop bitter in a light and refreshing package. If I could ask for anything it might be a bit more robustness on the back end to increase the richness and to slow me down a bit. But on the whole it's a very pleasant, sessionable, well-made, and pleasingly flavored beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 01:05:18 | More by BrownNut
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3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear glowing dark amber colored beer. A light tan head formed when poured, and sank down to a thin coating after a while. The smell is of butterscotch and sweet malt, not much in the hop department. Smooth, clean body. The flavor is a splash of floral hops, and ringwood yeast? Most of what I thought was flavor was the aroma carried over into the light flavor. I like this one, and I'm assuming the characteristics of an English pale ale are different than an American style Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2003 02:56:26 | More by HappyHourHero
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3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer is a deep copper color with a thin, but steady head. It’s quite clear, and has medium carbonation. Aroma is a mix of floral hops and a sweet mustiness. The taste is exactly what I’d expect from a good pale. Fine balance of hops and malt. It’s a bit on the sweeter side, with a woody-nutty tone, and has a medium mouthfeel. Finish is a mildly hoppy, and could certainly stand additional bitterness. This is a pleasant, drinkable pale ale….no off-flavors, and it’s certainly better than average.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2003 13:36:33 | More by Suds
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South Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from a bottle into a Samuel Smith imperial pint glass. Color is a dark orange-red that is completely clear. Pours to a nice 2 finger foamy off-white head. I was not expecting a beer called "Pale Ale" to be this color... nevertheless, it's a good looking beer, especially in it's own Samuel Smith glass.

Smell: Pretty inviting - there is a certain fruity sweetness that I can't quite identify in there with a nice balanced hop/sweet malt background.

Taste: Very nice, and lighter than the color would have had me believe. Well balanced, with a bready malt character that finishes with a pleasant, cleansing hop note. Sweet on the midpalate, and refreshing going down, this is a great tasting beer.

Mouthfeel: Not a fan of this one. This is very watery feeling, with some hint of light carbonation. Leaves a sort of oily sensation in the mouth that almost nullifies the fantastic taste of this beer.

Drinkability: Very sessionable at 5%. This large pint went pretty quickly for me. I'll probably pick this one up again sometime in the future for it's uniquely sweet and balanced flavor.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2007 22:38:23 | More by BucBasil
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Rhode Island

3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550ml brown bottle served in my Samuel Smith nonic. Poured a translucent copper with a frothy, creamy white head embedded with sizzling and popping ringlets. Head settles into a half inch cap, leaving strands of lacing adhering to the walls of the glass during the session. Nose is light - cereal grains and a kiss of aromatic hops. Taste consistent with nose - a little bit watery, perhaps a little earthy/peppery in the mix and finishes slightly bready/malty/caramely. Mouthfeel is fairly light in body with a lively carbonation level and a somewhat clean finish. Pretty easy drinking session beer and a solid example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2010 00:33:21 | More by Jwale73
Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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