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Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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BA SCORE
87
very good

950 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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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%

jak, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of Shaw
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Shaw, Apr 19, 2004
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

FriedGold2112, Apr 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

AlaskanYoung, Dec 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

afsdan, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of RonfromJersey
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

RonfromJersey, Mar 01, 2003
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

rab53, Dec 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Ryan1423, Nov 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A light brown/amber color. Good head retention and lacing.

Smell: Biscuity malts, with a little bit of sweetness.

Taste: Considerably malty, per the English pale ale style. Slightly sweet, also a little buttery taste. That signature Tadcaster well water taste comes through more than with some Samuel Smith beers. Good hop flavor provides a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, but that goes without saying for any Samuel Smith beer. One of the more carbonated beers I've encountered from this brewery.

Drinkability: Full malt and hop flavors, but nothing offensive, plus a low ABV, make this a beer one could drink several of.

Notes: This is one of my lesser favorite beers I've had from Samuel Smith. However, this is more of a commentary on my preference, or lack thereof, for pale ales, and not on the beer itself. When I do crave an English pale ale in the future, I most likely will drink this. I'll also have to try Samuel Smith's organic version of a pale ale to compare the two.

Josievan, Jan 25, 2010
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Blind, May 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Chucker17, Mar 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

mattparsons, May 18, 2013
Photo of Luigi
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a rich amber color with ruby highlights. The head starts off two/three fingers high. The retention is good, as it leaves a lace around the glass.

The aroma is sweet. Fruity, kind of reminds me of grape skins, and some citrus from the hops. Has a light buttery taste and some bitterness from the well water used dominated with sweet d to brew this ale. Some hints of mineral water and grainy malts.

The flavor is dominated with sweet malt. Bread and yeast come just before the dry hoppy bitterness.

Finishes clean and dry. Has a nice and creamy mouth feel. This is truly a very drinkable English pale ale.

Luigi, Mar 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

columbiankramer, Jan 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

drbenderdo, Jan 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

SkinniePost, Apr 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

WebGuyMike, Dec 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Soloveitchik, Feb 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark/tea colored brown with a really nice head that drops to a very thin head over the beers surface. Leaves lacing in the glass.

Smell: A sweet smell and a semi-bread like aroma are there.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Starts rather sweet, but finishes dry. Medium bodied. Higher carbonation carries it off the palate well. No hops are jumping out at me. Maybe a little bit of a nutty flavor similar to their nut brown flavor.

Notes: Meh. Not fantastic, but certainly not bad, and very drinkable. The standard you expect from this brewery. Not my favorite style though so while its good I probably wont be specifically looking for this bottle again.

Soybomb, Jun 05, 2004
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

mpayne5, Aug 27, 2013
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4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle

Texas Liquor
Carlsbad, CA

Copper and auburn with a thick, pillowy, persistent light brown head that leaves small lines of lace down the glass.

Sweet caramel and toffee lead the way in the aroma, with biscuity and bready malts combining for a pleasantly sweet aroma. There isn't much hop presence, but as an English pale ale, that is to be expected. Very nice.

The flavor too is lacking in distinct hop character, which I don't mind in this style. The caramel, toffee, and bready flavors combine well for an incredibly easy drinking pale.

Medium bodied with ample carbonation.

A definitive version of the style. Malty and delicious.

ehammond1, Dec 07, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 550 ml bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Bright amber orange with lots of rising bubbles. Big four finger off white head with good retention and lots of lacing sticking around the glass.

Smell: Sweet toasted caramel malts with apples, bread, dark berries, figs, nuts, and hints of citrus hops. Very malt driven. Smells a lot like apple cider.

Taste: Like the smell. A big taste of bready sweet caramel malts with apples, toffee, nuts, berries, and figs. There is a light but noticeable presence of citrus hops in the finish. Tastes a lot like apple cider but the small kick of hops in the finish reminds you that its a beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy in the mouth and smooth.

Overall: A very fine English pale ale. Very malty but the sweetness is nice and not too much. Pretty well balanced.

MattyG85, Aug 27, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fairly dark copper-orange brew with a small white head. The head faded quickly. Lacing looks alright, but a little slick maybe.

Pine and citrus dominate the scent. It's lemony citrus. There's a hint of a metalic scent. A touch of spice too.

Sweet malt up front with a little caramel mixed in. Some of the citrus flavor comes in around the middle. Fades to a hoppy, bitter flavor at the end. Grapefruit-like on the bitterness, but not nearly as intense.

Fairly smooth and mellow mouthfeel. Medium bodied. A slight carbonation prick on the tongue. Like I said, it starts with a smooth sweetness and fades to a slightly harsher hoppy bitterness. Fairly well-balanced.

Not bad. There something about these English Pale Ales that's appealing to me. This wouldn't make a bad session beer, but I think I'd prefer it on-tap if it were available.

skillerified, Feb 05, 2006
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4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear russet body (with orange highlights when held to the light) is topped by a rocky light tan head that holds quite well and leaves excellent lace. The nose displays an earthy malt and lightly grassy hops as well as an affirmative diacetyl / butterscotch note. The body is medium light, and combines with a very fine & gentle carbonation to create a nicely creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is mainly of a lightly caramel & biscuity malt that's enhanced by a touch of buttery diacetyl, a distinct earthiness, some mild fruitiness, a light hop flavor and a firm balancing bitterness. In the finish, the hoppiness combines with the sweet buttery malt to give a light spiciness on the tongue and throat similar to that of black licorice candy. A really enjoyable English pale that probably deserves more attention than it gets.

NeroFiddled, Dec 18, 2002
Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
87 out of 100 based on 950 ratings.