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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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BA SCORE
87
very good

933 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 933
Reviews: 657
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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pkalix

California

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

definitely a copper colored pour with a decent opaque one finger head. the head settles nicely and rests on top, becoming a filmy attribute with minimal lacing.
definitely an 'england' style smell (i HAVE to learn my malts and hops more!) and the taste matches the slightly malty smell. typical english smells and flavors. never have been able to explain the differences between english and german brews, but i've always just preferred the german stuff.
i guess the stuff is good to drink; it's a little difficult to session on, but it's not bad overall. i remember having to cross this beer off my list at the famous DER BARON's in las vegas back in the late 80's and it was one of the special ones i looked forward to. it's a good one to try, now and then, but i dont think i want a full six pack of the stuff. maybe a whiskey chaser with it??
one more note- i noticed the pictureon the site has the words on the label with a BLACK background and the bottle i have has a BLUE background. i remember it always being black. wonder if i have something different? or did they change the color?

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 00:15:49 | More by pkalix
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ROMER79

Pennsylvania

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

The pour was straight out of the bottle into a Samuel Smith Pint Glass. It was a copper orange with a thick three finger white/tan head. Honey, citrus, and hops were all present in the smell. It had a good blend of malts, spices, honey, citrus, and hops in the taste. The mouthfeel was smooth and it was a very easy beer to drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2008 01:47:00 | More by ROMER79
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BillyBoysPie

Kentucky

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

From a bottle into a pint glass. I'm still wishing for an imperial pint glass to appear into my cupboard...

Pours a great copper color with an almost tan head - solid inch and a half. Really pretty to look at. Lacing is there.

Nice clean hoppiness. A touch of pine, but mostly real hop scent - probably the goldings. A touch of sweet caramel, but mostly hop. Not much spice, but a touch of basil.

Great flavor - lemony zest with a little orange, some rhubarb and a bit of caramel. Nice balance with the clean finish. Worth savoring.

Nice light carbonation, typical of the British style. Well rounded, light mouthfeel, but a nice bit of "zap" at the end to get a touch of the astringent qualities. Easy to drink - glad it comes in the imperial pint.

Try it. You'll probably like it.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2009 02:32:33 | More by BillyBoysPie
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Offa

California

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

This is flavourful, well-balanced, and ultimately very satisfying.

Dark amber, it has a big, dense, light tan head that shrinks only slowly and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is robust malty grain, dust, dry leaves, bread, piney hops, and a tad musty.

The taste is fairly rich and full-bodied with earthy and very leafy malt, light toasted quality, excellent sweet-bitter balance, a hint of sourness, with a nice long, slightly bitter finish of nutty grain and leafy hops.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2008 19:06:17 | More by Offa
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wcudwight

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Russet in color with a 1/2" pillowy cream colored head. Head quickly fades to a tight lace on top. Lot's of sweet malt in the nose with some herbal and grassy hop aromas. It's the simple complexity that makes this beer so delicious. Caramal malts, sweet breads, just enough grassy and herbal hops. Incredibly balanced. Incredibly simple. Incredibly delicious. This is the standard to which I hold all English Pale Ales. Very dry mouthfeel with a toasty aftertaste. Easy to drink and very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 22:10:00 | More by wcudwight
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fx20736

New York

4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a British Pint glass.

Cloudy translucent, apricot with a 1 finger tan head that leaves a palimpset of nice lacing.

Aroma of bready malt, apricots and clover-honey. As the beer warms Caramel and Diacetyl announce themselves.

Mouthfeel: That Tadcaster water wins every time.

Taste: A bed of malt spread with honey, sprinkled with white pepper that leaves a thick patina of musty, earthy, English Hops, coated in sweet caramel.

Notes: Killer. This beer instantly joins the Pantheon. I allow the sweetness of this beer to pass through the gates unmolested as the overall composition of this masterpiece works in every way.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 19:20:56 | More by fx20736
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JeremiahLyle

Oklahoma

4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Poured into goblet with a little over an inch of head. Nice coloring with little solid lacing. Head goes away at a slow jogs pace.

Smell - Very light fruitiness and an almost light candy smell I'm having a hard time describing.

Taste - Consistent as expected with the smell with a nice light bready taste finishing with an almost syrupy bland candy taste that is quite nice and different.

Mouthfeel - mouthfeel is perfect in the sense that it rolls through your mouth not overpowering it like a pale ale should and almost enhances the syrupy taste.

Drinkability - Very nice in the sense that it dries nicely towards the end and leaves your mouth wanting more. Keeps my tastebuds very inquisitive wanting to know what else is in this very well put together beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 02:53:34 | More by JeremiahLyle
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daliandragon

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I realize that quality prejudice might come into effect here but how come people slam beers like Corona for a clear bottle and are quiet when the same is practiced by Samuel Smith's?
This is a good looking beer. A rich light amber color with foamy head and thicker than usual lacing. While sniffing I manage to dunk my nose in the foam but still detect fruit and a nice roasted malt.
The taste is long lasting and very satisfying. My first instinct is malt but then I get a blast of hoppy bitterness that continues long into the aftertaste. The finish is a bit dry but overall mouthfeel is quite good. Not a thirst quencher but still very tasty.
This generally seems to be among the higher rated breweries in England if not the whole of the British Isles and this isn't even one of their signature products. Most impressive. I like hoppy pale ales and this one is pretty special, even for the "specter'd isle".

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2005 05:27:05 | More by daliandragon
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Came in a clear pint bottle, in a gift set that included coasters and a Samuel Smith tulip. Hazy rust colored with an off-white head. Smells of fruit, hops, and sweetness. Has a hearty flavor that gives way to a layer of hops to finish. Pretty tasty, I could drink several of these. I would like more hops, but I say that about every beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2004 01:33:30 | More by TastyTaste
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WeezyBoPeep

Florida

4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a big bottle into a Samuel Smith's pint glass.

A: Amazing looking ale. Amber/red with a perfect creamy tan head.

S: Nice, fragrant hops, caramel, toast and a wave of zesty tobacco at the end. This one screams complexity.

T: A hoppy, caramel character is complimented well by hints of white chocolate and a rich, coffee-like finish.

Drinkability: Excellent. Something you could see Sherlock Holmes drinking in his favorite pub with Watson by his side.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 16:07:35 | More by WeezyBoPeep
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tony223366

California

4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Wow, this beer couldn't look anymore attractive right now. Easily 3+ fingers of off-white, dense foam that has real lasting power. The color is gorgeous too. A deep ruby amber color with perfect clarity. Surprisingly enough... this gets a 5 from me.

S: Tons of crisp aromas. The hops are what get me first are the piney hop aromas. Then it's all about the fruitiness of this beer. I get lots of dark fruits as well as some brown sugar. There's a lot of sweetness in the nose. It smells really nice though.

T: Hops are more subdued than your normal American Pale (duh!) but they are certainly there. This beer is really quite nice. The first thing that I get is some of that piney hop flavors. Somewhat floral. Then it moves to the rich, fruity malt base. I get lots of brown sugar, some nice rich caramel-like flavors. It's incredibly crisp and has a clean finish!

M: I let this beer sit out for a while before I tasted it and it's spot on. It's got a nice light carbonation with a smooth almost creamy body.

O: Wow, such a clean...tasty, complex beer. A true session beer in my opinion. I could drink this straight through dinner and into dessert. The Samuel Smith's India Pale Ale is next for tonight and I couldn't be more excited!

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 18:09:05 | More by tony223366
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mithrascruor

California

4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

550 mL. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a coppery-amber color with a nice thick off-white head that lasts for a while and laces the glass.

Smell: Has an aroma of hops, tempered with some fruity smells.

Taste: Plenty of hops, plus a good bit of malty and fruity flavors. Not too bitter, but everything seems well-balanced.

Mouthfeel: Relatively light-bodied, with a good tingly carbonation and a mild grainy feel.

Drinkability: Good taste, so you can have a few of these. Alcohol is just fine too.

Overall, quite a tasty beer, and a bit different from other English pale ales that I've had. Nothing spectacular, but definitely a solid and enjoyable beer that I'd be more than happy to have again.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2007 04:02:59 | More by mithrascruor
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dmamiano

West Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep copper with a reddish tint to it...one finger off white head..fading fast.
Smells of caramel malts...sweet with a kiss of hops.
Tatse is very malty. Once again I taste caramel , with some bready characteristics.
Not as "hoppy" as I would expect, but very well balanced. I guess it is dead on for style...not the Americanized versions.
Very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2008 01:15:43 | More by dmamiano
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Scooter77

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Smith’s is well known for it’s great beers and this one’s no exception. Pours a hazy golden color with a thin, bubbly head that dissipates quickly, leaving a very thin lace on the glass. Nose is full of floral hops with small hints of sweet malts and caramel. Taste is sweet with mild hops. Very well balanced. This is a very smooth and refreshing brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2003 05:14:39 | More by Scooter77
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An English style pale as opposed to an IPA thus showing less hops and a deeper character. Pours beautifully, frothy cream-colored head comprised of small bubbles that form a nice cap. Good retention and lacing, quality already. Malty nose reflects the forward malt flavors followed by a quick, dry hop finish. Clean. Medium body, nice mouthfeel, true amber color. Delightful. A great example of what a beer can be and what an English Pale should be.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2008 14:24:22 | More by thekevlarkid
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santa109

Quebec (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle served at 45 degrees.

A: Poured a nice orange color into a pint with small head that quickly faded away.

S: First impression of candy-like fruitiness. Also a bit musty.

T: Biscuity malts with an underlying fruitiness and a hint of hop bite. Very well balanced, everything seems to fit together perfectly. I'm very impressed, it feels very "fresh" and clean.

M: Leaves a drying finish in the mouth. Perfect carbonation.

D: Extremely easy to drink. I would gladly have a few of these in a session.

Overall, I'm quite impressed once again with Samuel Smith's beers. This one was perfect for this spring Sunday afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 18:44:37 | More by santa109
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EricHeff

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish brown color with very little head.
It goes down smooth but leave a nice little complex hoppy taste behind. I can't really pin-point any exact flavors in here but it sure is good. I could defiantly drink a few of these in a row and not get tired of it. I would say this Pale Ale is a step above most Pale Ale's.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2010 02:30:00 | More by EricHeff
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cjgator3

Florida

4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber color with a nice off-white head. Smell is malty and slightly hoppy. Taste is malty that finishes very dry as the hops set in. The taste is also slightly nutty and there is a kind of metallic taste as well. The mouthfeel is medium and lightly carbonated. Overall this is another superb brew from Samuel Smith's that I will enjoy time and time again.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2006 20:16:51 | More by cjgator3
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avylover

Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a nice dark brown with a very small white head. Aroma was instantly of british hoppiness, with some maltiness in the background. Taste is nice & bitter up front, then finishes with a beautiful butterscotch taste. Nice carbonation and very clean mouthfeel too to make this one drinkable beer. Went great with some traditional style cheese fondue - I could have drank all night, but I was too stuffed after such a great meal!!

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2003 18:43:44 | More by avylover
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MerkinMan

Georgia

4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Solid.

Pours a nice copper color with a thick head that does not stay around too long, which is to be expected of English pale ales. The smell is clean.

This beer is balanced perfectly. This is what Bass wished it was. Complex grain tastes with gentle hop tickle to follow.

Carbonated nicely, but not too much.

If this beer was a little cheaper, it would be my everyday beer.

Anyone know of any clone recipes?

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2008 20:58:55 | More by MerkinMan
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burnstar

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear red/copper with a nice persistant off white head. Smell is carmel and toasted malt. Taste is light toasted malt with a carmel note. Some herbal hops. Just a touch of bitterness. Nice bready carmel aftertaste. Very british tasting pale ale (obviously). Mouthfeel is medium, maybe a bit on the light side. Really nice for this beer. Very drinkable and a very nice pale ale overall. I'd like to find this on tap.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2007 23:17:34 | More by burnstar
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beertastegood

Texas

4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice copper color with a big light tan head that lingers for quite some time. Smells of nutty caramel, and grassy hops.

Tastes of lightly roasted coffee and nuts, followed by a medium floral hop flavor that fades nicely into a clean, dry nutty finish. Mouthfeel is very nice, medium bodied with just the right amount of carbonation. Drinkability is high.

Another excellent brew from the Sam Smith brewery.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2005 20:15:32 | More by beertastegood
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naterock

Missouri

4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes
Poured from a bottle into a dokel
C: Very nive Yellowish orange, good head retention and lacing
S: Not too overwhelming, not what i'd expect from a palt but good.
T: very smooth not as hoppy as some pale ales have been lately. I like that it doesn't try to be a IPA like some APAs. a very satisfying APA
M: nice medium carbonation, it allows the bitterness to come to the front of the pallate
D: this is a very enjoyable PAle ale, I could drink this one a while.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2008 20:01:10 | More by naterock
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.41/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale has a very thick, soapy, cream-colored head, lots of thick lacing rings left behind, and a somewhat hazy, amber appearance, with a few bubble streams and some little brown particles floating about. The aroma is pungent, sweet, bready, roasted, and full. Taste is of the same elements, with toffee and a pleasant, and even sharp, hop bitterness in the middle-to-end of the sip. Mouthfeel is medium and slick, and Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale finishes dry, refreshing, and quite drinkable. Overall, this is a most excellent beer!

RJT

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 14:42:21 | More by RonaldTheriot
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AKBelgianBeast

Alaska

4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a good clear amber orange brown with good fizzy off white head that dissipates fairly quick. Nose is appley as hell with a bit of a coppery smell. Taste is nice and complex, but simple enough to session quite easily. Maltiness is most noticeable with a good kiss of english hops on the finish. An overall smooth flavor with a bit of apple flavor, some very smooth earthy malts, but not overpowering or too sweet. A nice dry finish is graced with some slight hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is quite good, Drinkability is about as good as it gets. This is one of my all time favorite session brews for summertime at the cabin. I absolutely love this brew for session drinking, or even to enjoy just one. I think when my tax returns arrive I will stock my fridge with these. Great brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2008 03:37:20 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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