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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

971 Ratings

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Ratings: 971
Reviews: 659
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 38
Gots: 27 | 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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001

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Ratings: 971 | Reviews: 659
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Darkish pale ale with a healthy white head.

S: Someone else said Jolly Ranchers, and that is spot on: maybe apple flavored ones.

T: I bit of sweet/candy type flavors up front, and a mild hop bitterness is the back. That's when it's cold. As it warms, I get toasted biscuit, and a subtle green grape flavor.

M: Dry finish and medium bodied.

O: I really love flavorful English Pale and this is a fine example. Sometimes I prefer it to the American variant, as they tend to be more on the side of IPA that's toned down a bit. But this beer, with its distinctive English flavors, really is enjoyable and I will have again and again.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As always this was a great product from Sam Smiths! A classic Engligh Pale Ale packed with flavour! This beer poured a beautiful copper colour and smelled of hops and malts. It tasted wonderfully sharp and had a nice level of carbonation as well. This had a very big creamy mouthfeel and an awesome drinkability to boot. One of the best Pale Ales!

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear copper with a huge creamy head.

Smell is mostly of earthy maltiness. Very light hop and fruit aroma and rather sweet.

Taste is dominated by the roasted caramel malt. Slightly buttery. As in the nose the hops are understated, but there is a definite fruitiness. finish has a welcome lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is meduim with generous carbonation.

Another solid offering from Sam Smith.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Shaw
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale pours a nice copper color with a foamy head that settles down to about a quarter inch.

There is a lot more hop aroma in this beer than I expected. Granted, it's not like a super-hoppy American brew, but there is a good floral smell. There is also a bit of malt sweetness in the aroma.

The taste is just as good as the smell. It's rich, with enough bitterness to keep the beer from being too sweet. The flavor leans toward sweet rather than bitter.

The mouthfeel is substantial. This beer has more body than many American pale ales.

This beer is another good one from the excellent Samuel Smith. This is a pale ale to seek out.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper body, topped by foamy, frothy four-finger off-white head. Outstanding lacing. Aroma has biscuits, floral and herbal hops, and a proper dash of British sulfur. Taste is malty but dry, with enough hops to dry out the initial malt surge, and have some left over for a little tingle in the aftertaste. Nothing too big here, this is basically a slightly stronger session beer, or what passes for a session beer from Sam Smith. I don't think I could afford to actually use their beers for that purpose. This is a fine English ale though.

Regarding the clear bottles and skunkiness, I offer three possibilites. 1. I 've been incredibly lucky in never having a skunked Sam Smith. 2. Some reviewers imagine skunkiness at the sight of a clear bottle. 3. What some call skunkiness is the sulfur quality characteristic of many English ales.

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Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
87 out of 100 based on 971 ratings.