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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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very good

950 Ratings

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Ratings: 950
Reviews: 656
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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4/5  rDev +3.4%

smi, Apr 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a very clear coppery amber. A finger of white head settles soon to frothy surface swirls. Light lacing glances along the inside of the glass.

The aroma is malt first, with caramel and light sugar sweetness in play. A more understated breadiness lays low beneath a subtle but distinctive floral hoppiness, mildly spicy and genuinely British in character.

Upon tasting, it's malt once again to the fore, sweetly caramel and berry fruit, but very refined in nature. The hops are again very subtle and feathery, though a bit spicier here to counter the floral tone of the Golding-esque presentation. A notable biscuit caress fades before a soothingly bitter and dry finish lingers. The blending is first rate, and only the muscle of the malt keeps the hops from starring.

Light bodied, the malt presence is credible and the hoppy glow is a very nice memory.

The note was a bit thinner and more vague than I anticipated, but the flavor won me over with a bold but subtle blending of good things from England. It's easily as drinkable as one could hope for, with one leaving the urge for another in its wake. This is a testament to a classic style, one that came before "extreme" was the hot trend. And while I do love extreme, sometimes a little pat is more in line than a big smack.

Foxman, Jan 23, 2007
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Soterios, Jun 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a clear and brassy brew which sports a prolific and stubborn bubbly tan head. Lace is thin and spotty where it exists. Smells of caramel malts, some light fruits, grain, some faint hops and tannins. Really complex for the style. Tastes of sweet malts, more light fruits, faint cinnamon and tea leaves. A slight nuttiness comes out later on. Goes down smooth and almost creamy. Highly drinkable yet interesting makes for a great combo.

stephens101, May 25, 2010
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Jim_DemonDeacon, Mar 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

bluntedboywonder, Mar 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

RblWthACoz, Oct 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550ml bottle in to nonic pint glass
the apearance is a hazy nut brown color ith a frothy offwhite/lightbrown head
the smell is of faint hops and something a little sweeter that reminds me of peanut brittle, but i dont think thats it.
it has a complex yet subtle flavor that seems to be the case with most of the beers i have tried from sam smith. it has a faint hops, with some sweetness nutty flavor that is very faint. it tastes of layers that conintu e to unravel and never overwhelm. there is some malt flavors as well as all the rest, all in harmony
the mouthfeel is medium with a nice roundess that rolls down the throat leaving a very slight dry feeling
very good beer, a little different than american pale ales, and should not be compared(obviously since this is an english pale ale) but it fits the profile extremely well. very enjoyable

Redwood21, Apr 22, 2007
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

TrojanWheels, Jan 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber color with one finger of head. A bit of lacing left on the glass. The smell is light, with some sweetness from malt mixed in with a hoppy aroma. The taste has caramel maltiness and is sweet at first. The finish has a good bit of hops. The body is pretty thick and smooth, and the drinkability is nice. A solid pale ale.

SheepNutz, Aug 14, 2004
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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Boy, I am NOT an English ale kinda guy, but damn is this good. Scent is the only thing holding this one back. Smell is a bit light and kinda metallic. Great pour, excellent head retention. Tracing on the glass. Tastes terrific, of toffee and is creamy and very nutty. Really nice flavors in the beer, shoot all around the palate. Nice hop balance on the back end. Great session brew. Way tooo expensive. A fair price for this beer may be $11 bucks a sixer but it is that for only four. If it were affordable, Old Brewery Ale would be in my fridge daily!

bigdeuce, Feb 21, 2009
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Beefytits4, Nov 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden orange color with 2 fingers worth of rocky head

S: Slightly fruity yeast, pale malts, and some light earthy hops. Simple, but good

T: Follows the nose. Starts out with plenty of fruity goodness rounded out with pale malts and light earthy hops that provide a nice light bitterness. Again, fairly simple, but good

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A good little English pale with a nice profile and great drinkability. Worthy of the name and a purchase

BEERMILER12, Jan 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Lawnboy33, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I realized recently, after reading an article about English ales, that I had never tried this one (despite the fact that I love Samuel Smith's beers). This is a very tasty (albeit subdued) ale. Typical butterscotch-like flavor (like a lot of other English ales), nice balance - which seems to be Smith's calling card. Goes down incredibly easy for an ale, which is the high point of this offering. Certainly nothing earth shattering, but holds up well against the competition (Fuller's, Young's etc.) As good as most pale ales I've had.

JohnnyDuvel, Aug 08, 2003
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

zenithberwyn, Dec 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

johntfox, May 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

AndrewMichael, Jan 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Blaze5445, May 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

dansmcd, Oct 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper-colored and clear with a big, frothy white head that held pretty well, left a generous lace, and receded slowly.

Smell is lightly bready malt, slight European hoppiness, and a little bit of yeast and nuttiness.

Flavor is clean with a slightly doughy stereotypical English malty flavor, with just a touch of butter and nuttiness in there. Finish is somewhat dry and just a little bit yeasty. Mouthfeel is medium and firm.

Overall: A very nice offering, better than most English pales I've had.

whartontallboy, Dec 31, 2005
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Nordicsk8er, Oct 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale pours a light copper color with a tan head from a brown half liter bottle. The aroma is malty. The flavor is dominated by malt, caramel being the lead taste, and a bit fruity and buttery too. Hops are minimal, but this is a very good English pale ale nonetheless.

Drew966, Oct 27, 2008
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

RichD, Aug 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

BillRoth, Dec 05, 2013
Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
87 out of 100 based on 950 ratings.