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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

962 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 962
Reviews: 657
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 36
Gots: 22 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001)
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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear copper color from a 12 oz bottle, with no ABV or freshness date on the bottle.
One finger frothy, foamy head that dissipates fairly slowly to a thin film that stays.
Rich malty aroma with hints of spice and hops.
Taste, similar to the aroma, is high on malts. There is a lingering bitterness from the hops in the finish.
Crisp, refreshing and easy to drink. Perfect sessions beer.
This is an ale for all times. Definitely worth a try and comes highly recommended.

Photo of HabiMendes
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The reddish-brown of this excellent beer looked very nice, but the soon-to-follow aroma... oh, it was impressive! The caramelized malty character shows itself so well, but yet so unobtrusively. We also have a background tofee-like smell. The controlled bitterness at the beginning, which precedes an unexpected, but real, carbonation impression at the palate, is very soothing actually. In the end, the hops appear more clearly, which is pleasant and refreshing. Fantastic beer!

Photo of morimech
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with a large white head that hangs around for awhile. The head eventually settles to a thin cap but plenty of lacing is left in its wake. The aroma is full of floral and earthy hops. Wonderful English hops. The flavor likewise is full of English hops balanced by biscuit and caramel malt flavors. Bitterness is fairly low for having this much hop flavor. The body is a little thin and the carbonation is fizzy. About the only thing I can complain about in this beer. I was hesitant about this beer because bottled English Ales do not hold their flavor for long. After being assured about the freshness of the bottle, I pulled the trigger and brought it home. Glad I did. Find a fresh bottle and bring one home with you.

Photo of MaxBrews
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

18.7 ounce or 550ml Bottle poured into a 16oz glass.

Appearance: This beer pours with a nice soft 1 and a half finger white head, that dissipates leaving no lacing behind. The color is a medium amber.

Smell: A very malty aroma with sour fruit esters. Aromas of pear & apple with a touch of dark fruit prunes & raisins. It also has touches of bourbon wood and honey, Very slight hop aroma.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Big flavor from this ale. Like the aroma it has an abundance of malt, sour fruit and dark fruit. You can't taste the hops per-say in this beer however they provide a pleasant and assertive bitter bite in the finish. Well carbonated and bitter without being overbearing.

Drinkablity: An English pale ale done properly. This beer amazes me, it has all the strong & complex malt and fruity esters of an English Barley wine yet remains with a modest Alcohol content. Its not as warming alcohol wise of course but all the flavor is there. If you really want a sessionable ale that is complex and extremely flavorful this your beer. I've always been a fan of American Pale Ales with a strong malt taste and a touch of bitter hops. This beer however is changing my mind a bit, instead of floral flavors this is packed full of malt and fruit. A total English Classic and world class Pale ale.

Photo of ProfessorHomer
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: reddish brown, thinnish head, no lacing to speak of. good carbonation.

S: malty, raisins & apples. Malty. some alcohol.

T: fantastic English Pale Ale. Smooth & creamy. Malt notes hit you aright away and linger on. Nicely balanced alcohol. Not much hop notes to speak of - this is a proper English Ale, by jove.

M: full, creamy, balanced.

O: a very very fine representation of the style. Would love to have this on tap. Like all Samuel Smith's beers, this is afire, fine beer. Recommended!

Photo of JayTheFinn
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the best session beers in a bottle ever! It's not the greatest ale ever brewed, but it's just really drinkable and tasty. From brown body, solid head with decent lacing, great mix of hops and malts with a touch a yeasty goodness, which spreads across the tongue and touches nearly every tastebud, this one from Sam Smith's goes down smooth and easy...again and again!

Photo of Loki
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 18.7 oz or 500 mL bottle.

Appearance: Light brown in color with a big off-white head. Webs of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Simple english malt and very delicate floral Fuggals and Kent Golding hops. This is not the hop bomb that many American Pale ales are. This is a archetype English Pale Ale.

Taste: Sweet malt that leads into a slight hop bitterness and mild dryness. Slight fruit sweentess with a grassy, floral taste that is just perceptible, but not dominant or even leading.

Mouthfeel: Solid medium body with a slight dryness and mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Wonderfully balanced and consistant. Easily a session beer that could be enjoyed everyday without tire. While not boring it is not challenging either. A beer that could be enjoyed by nearly anyone.

Photo of jaz58
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good beer here. Copper red and clear in the glass. Great hints of malt and caramel in the nose. Blonde frothy head with lots of lace. A good dry finish yet it is mellow. Mouthfeel was satisfying. Nice warm hops flavour with a generous bitters yet not overwhelming.

Photo of Duhast500
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a pint bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a dark amber/orange with a slight off white head.

The smell is slightly hoppie, some hints of fruit like tangerine, notes of caramel, has a malty overtone and it a bit smother than expected.

Taste is of rich malts, hops are present with the fruity flavor of tangerine, lemon, and orange.

This beer is a great beer on it's own .A better I.P.A. A sweet taste, it will give you the incentive to come back for more.

Photo of gpogo
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Beautiful clear amber copper with a moderate sized off-white head. Head dissipated, but left a nice sparse lacing.

A- Nice bready aroma. Floral hop aroma.

T- Nice malty flavor. Lots of caramel flavor and bready tasting. As the beer warms up more a florally bouqet of hops appears more in the flavor. A nice complexity of flavors.

M- Medium body with a moderate carbonation. A very smooth drinking beer.

D- A tad on the expensive side, though it is quite a good representation of an English Pale Ale.

Photo of albern
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I haven't had a Sam Smith in awhile and almost forgot how enjoyable it truly is. This is a pale ale worthy of name. The color is a nice copper, decent sized head, good carbonation and retention of both head and carbonation. The smell is very good, a little on the malty sweetish side, very enticing. The taste is excellent. This is a British pale ale! Medium bodied, a little on the dry side, malty, a little sweet in the middle, very subdued bitterness, no after bite at all. Very drinkable. I won't wait so long this timeto have my next one. L'Chaim.

Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazed red-copper with an off-white one and a half finger head. Shows good retention but leaves minimal spotty lacing. A fruity, toasted pale malt nose with crystal malt, faint diacetyl and weak english hop aromas. Initial pale malt sweetness, caramel, and toasted notes are met by an assertive sugarplum fruitiness and butterscotch flavor. Semi-dry aftertaste, mild fuggle or E. Kent hop flavor and subdued bitterness keep the taste on the sweeter side. Medium in body, with a comfortable hard-water texture that never quite becomes cloying. Medium-high carbonation aids in keeping the mouthfeel crisp and not slick. There are an abundance of flavors here, but it finishes remarkably soft and drinkable. Probably one of the best examples of the English style Pale Ale commercially available.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear amber/brown color with a 1 inch head that fades to a 1/2 inch cap. Lacing is not that great.

S - Smells of biscuit and sweet fruits.

T - Tastes like a biscuit with fruit preserves. There is VERY little bitterness or hop taste to this beer.

M - Very creamy and smooth.

D - Very tasty. Another great offering from Samuel Smith.

Photo of allengarvin
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear walnut color, moderate head.

Aroma: Toasty, rather nutty malt aroma. Slight hop nose, but restrained.

Flavor: Great malt flavor up front, not sweet at all but toasted. Light fruitiness and a lot of buttery diacetyl. Some musty hop flavor, moderate bitterness, and a very dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Oddly, both creamy and slightly astringent. Medium carbonation.

One of my favorite beers since I learned to drink good beer. I first tasted Sam Smith Pale Bitter (a slightly different, less strong version) in Yorkshire in 1992, and I've drunk many bottles over the years. It's my favorite of the line, and though occasionally I've gotten a skunked bottle, most times I've been completely satisfied.

Photo of Vancer
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hey now, this was quite a twist, compared to an American pale ale. Yeah, it has the real nice clear oak/mahogany color, with a frothy ivory head. And you can defiantly pick up on the sharp floral tones in the aroma.

But the taste, superb! Malts and coffee, with just a hint of floral hops in the finish- the balance between the two sides was excellent. Lightly carbonated, very smooth to drink and enjoy. I hope to have this one in the market basket again!

Photo of kbub6f
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think I may have a bias for English Pale Ales. I just can't get enough of the rich, tangy, toffee, buttery, nutty, bitter goodness. This one gives up two fingers of noisy, uneven, foamy, cream-colored head. The color of the beer is a nice rusty-red-amber-brown and clear. Sweet, tangy, caramel, toffee, Brit-malt, awesome nose. Caramel starts the show turning full, malty, buttery toward a tangy, nutty, bitter finish. Absolutely delicious.

Photo of Parrotbeak
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pristine copper color, with a half-inch, off-white head that fades gradually, leaving some thick lacing on the glass.
Smell is caramel malts and yeast, with some grassy hops. Some citrus notes in there, as well as some buttery toffee notes.
Taste is more caramel notes with some light spices and yeast. Light hops as well. Toffee and citrus notes come in towards the finish. Good malt backbone.
Mouthfeel is a good balance of crispness and smoothness. Finish is fairly clean. Light-to-medium body.
Drinkability is very good. Refreshing and tasty.

Photo of bigrzman
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of 12oz bottle into my Sam Smith pint glass. Pours out with a 1/2 inch head and a nice red-copper color. Carbonation is moderate and appropriate for this style.

Smells of sweet malts, bready overtones, earthy fuggle, hops and stone. Very pleasant.

Tastes like earthy hops up front intertwined with a sweet bread and caramel malts and mild citrus in the back. there is a lot of mineral content in this one.

Mouthfeel is light-medium with a nice drying effect at the back end. Carbonation tingles the tongue.

Drinkability is high. I could drink pint after pint of this excellent Pale Ale from Tadcaster!

Photo of botham
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pint bottle poured into a nonic. pours a crystal clear golden amber with a few fingers of light orangish, frothy head. moderate lacings here.

aroma is of munich and caramel malts, with a light yeasty character. overall a sweet aroma; no real hop character to speak of. a grainy character is present, acting as an undertone to the malts.

taste is of munich and caramel malts, with floral yeast as well. generally smooth and sweet on the palate, with a dry finish of hops. bold in flavor and well matched in aroma. good concentration, and good breadth of flavor here.

mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with a smooth feel until swallowing, when the character goes dry and hoppy. overall a well balanced pale ale.

this is a very drinkable brew. well balanced and bold in flavor, this one is another great from Samuel Smith. cheers!

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale
$3.50 for a 550 ml bottle.

Appearance- dark chestnut brown with a thick creamy tan head that holds together well.
Smell- roasted hops and malt with a hint of woodsiness.
Taste- roasted hops, ash, slight caramel and malt.
Mouthfeel- slighty watery but crisp. Slight to no aftertaste.

Overall- a delicious beer that went well after my jog. A beer you can treat yourself with from time to time.

Photo of BierFan
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 550ml bottle into my Samuel Smith pint glass.

Appearance: Reddish orange with a big light tan head. Nice head retention and lacing.

Smell: Mouth-watering sweet aroma. Faint hops.

Taste: Sweet caramel malts up front followed by a lightly hopped finish.

Another well constructed and subtle beverage from Samuel Smith's. Don't pass this one by.

Photo of Traquairlover
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Nice light caramel, copper color. Had an impressive head but dissipated quickly with no lacing.

S = Nice malty smell, traces of caramel, hay, nuts. Strong malt.

T = Taste closely tracks the smell. Slight hops bitterness, rich, roasted malt flavors, nice caramel taste in the background.

M = Nice mouthfeel but pretty average. Not too thin, good light frothy carbonation feeling.

D = I give this high drinkability. It has a very distinctive taste, while still being firmly a representative English Pale Ale. If it weren't somewhat expensive, I could easily make this my standard beer to always have on hand for guests and myself.

Photo of jlervine
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally, proof that my Samuel Smith run tonight was not in vain. This ale poured a copper color with a thick head that took forever to go away. The remnants followed the beer all the way down. Fragrant hops reach my nose from the glass. The taste is fantastic. Sharp, crisp, lightly bitter, and then gone, with a lingering maltiness and bitterness duking it out on the back of my tongue. This is what I like from a pale ale. Simply fantastic.

Photo of Riggo
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A classic, to my mind, but subtle compared to so many of the "big" ales brewed in America. This mellow and tasty ale has a certain un-nameable charm that causes me to love it despite its lack of "bells and whistles". There is something of the old country in this brew that just never quite seems duplicated here in the states.

Fills my glass with a brilliant golden copper color, like dark scotch. A sturdy beige head is tightly-beaded and the texture of sea foam. Head retention is good, with moderate lacing. An understated yet alluring nose is musty and malty with notes of buttersotch, mineral-chalkiness, fruit (apples), caramel, and tobacco. In the mouth, an exceptionally well-balanced ale, nutty and malty, with a clean hop background. Fruity (orange and lemon) and earthy (oak, malt, buttery toffee, caramel) with a long malty yet dry finish. Aftertaste is dry and lemony. Mouthfeel is good, especially the lower carbonation. Drinkability on this one is high, especially in the sense of looking forward to another glass.

A subtle yet charming brew that gives me what I think may just be a hint of what real cask beer in England might be like. I suspect that this ale loses a good deal on the trip overseas and even in being bottled rather than on tap or handpump in the motherland. (Incidentally, I have had a few bottles of this beer that were most likely lightstruck. I had reason to believe that this particular bottle was kept relatively protected from light and that seemed to be borne out in tasting.)

Photo of flyingpig
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (550ml from Fenwick, Newcastle):
A bright red to orange coloured amber with a thumb sized, bubbly white head that settles to a thin lacing around the top.

Mix of malts and fruity hops that make the beer seem quite lively and refreshing. There is some roasted malts, brown sugar and some good fruit smells in the mix as well as some good toffee notes from the middle towards the end.

Fruity with some apples initially followed by a great toffee, a lot of fruity hops and earthy malts flavour mixed with some sugary sweetness to it as well. A great balance and a touch of bitterness right at the end round things off rather nicely.

Medium and quite smooth tasting as well as being very sweet and well-balanced. There is a touch of spice and a nice good amount of carbonation.

Very enjoyable beer with a great fruity flavour and plenty of hops on top of a strong malt base. Everything was well-balanced and worked well together giving a lingering, sweet hoppy taste.

Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
87 out of 100 based on 962 ratings.