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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

935 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 935
Reviews: 657
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 31
Gots: 15 | 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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Herrbrokt

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +15%

550 ml. bottle. Served into pint glass. no fresh by.

Pours an amberish brown. Nice beige head that sticks around for the fun.

Smells of dough and fruits.

Fantastic balance in the taste. sweet malt, buttery dough and the all important kick of hops. Real nice.

It lays a bit thicker on the tongue than I expected though. not as dry and bright as many pale ales. only criticism on this one.

overall big hit. I'll pick up a stack.

08-18-2008 01:02:48 | More by Herrbrokt
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -7%

A - Bronzish Copper color... Thick fluffy head fades to a finger of foam... Great head retention through out... Mild carbonation...

S - Very faint scents... Malt... Butter... Flour...

T - Biscuit... Faint hops and grape fruit... Excellent blend of flavors... Subtle but intriguing...

M - Smooth... Creamy... Rich but not heavy... Luscious...

D - Love the mouthfeel... Slick and enjoyable... Nothing is overboard, but still a very well crafted brew... Slightly more hops would make this brew a homerun...

08-13-2008 02:21:45 | More by philbe311
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spointon

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%

I poured this ale from a 16.9oz brown bottle into a pint glass as part of my pale English beer flight.

A= This ale poured a perfectly clear copper color with a 2.5 inch light tan head. The head was like creamy foam and left serious lacing down the glass.

S= This ale gave subdued aromas of sweet malt, with even fainter aromas of earthy hops and green orchard fruits also present.

T= Typical of the style, this ale sported malty sweetness up front with biscuit and caramel notes. The hops appeared just enough to take the edge off the malt sweetness and lead to a slightly dry finish.

MF= This was medium bodied with appropriate carbonation levels.

D= This was a very good English pale ale. I drank this an hour or so after drinking (and reviewing) the Fuller's London Pride, and I have to say it takes second seat to the Fullers. That said though, this is a great beer in its own right and proves again that Samuel Smith's knows what they are doing.

08-04-2008 18:19:50 | More by spointon
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PatronWizard

California

3.83/5  rDev -1%

Grabbed a 4-Pack from a local liquor store. It's possible they were sitting there for a while, but I always like to get something I've never had before.

A: Dark amber, completely clear, absolutely gorgeous. Nice head that hangs out for a minute and really nice legs. I just kept picking up the glass and gazing at it. I guess I really enjoyed the color.

S: Forgive me, I'm still learning to pick out individual scents and flavors, but this one definitely had a smell and it was nice. My daughter said "it smells like beer." Uh, yeah.

T: My wife frowned, but I smiled and drank some more. Good stuff man.

M: Don't exactly know how to judge mouthfeel yet either but I promise to work on it. Every day.

D: Loved the first bottle so I had another, and another. Turns out my four pack had an odd bottle of some other Sam Smith variety in it, so I only got to drink three of these pale ales. The first was on an empty stomach and I have to say it sure felt nice when I was done. Hope I didn't overrate it since this is my first actual review. Maybe I'll get some known crap beer to review for reference as well as some highly rated IPA.

Overall, Daddy likes it.

08-02-2008 19:22:21 | More by PatronWizard
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Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -3.6%

NIce looking ale with A brilliant, bright copper red color and clarity like no tomorrow. Nice rich head and lacing that clings very nicely.

Rich malt aroma. Reminded me of honey and raisins @ the same time. Some floral hop in the back.

Malt was pre-imminent over the hop in the initial swig. Earthy. Dry, dry finish.

Smooth, maybe a touch high on the carbonation side of things.

Nice and if I was in a pub 'over there' I certainly could have more than one, but I found something about it that was slightly off compared to other EPA's i've tried.

08-01-2008 03:16:29 | More by Shadman
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brendan13

Australia

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%

A - Poured from the bottle into a pint glass a fairly clear copper colour with a couple of centimetres of off white head that hangs around for a while.
S - A slight toffee malt aroma hits first followed by some slight floral and fruity hop notes.
T - Nice bready maltiness backed up by some floral and fruity hop notes & a touch of spice.
M - Light to medium bodied, fairly low carbonation, dryish finish.
D - Hits all the right spots for what it's supposed to be. Not a beer that will blow your mind but rather a good quality & quite tasty sessioner.

07-21-2008 10:53:16 | More by brendan13
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mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

A - Clear, dark auburn brew with a large foamy tan head. Carbonation is barely noticeable. Some lacing, but not much.

S - A light caramel malty aroma with hints of biscuits and some esters of elderberries and currants as well.

T - The flavor is initially of some light and biscuity malt, then it is joined by some sharp grassy hops that I would generally expect to find in a lager. The aftertaste is a bland, clean bitterness with only a faint lingering hop. A little unpleasant.

M - Eerily silky with a medium body and a harsh carbonation - like sand in the silk. Not very refreshing.

D - Pretty good. A classic English pale ale. I might have again, but I doubt it. It isn't really my style.

07-17-2008 06:12:42 | More by mrasskicktastic
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babaracas

Florida

4.22/5  rDev +9%

Pours a clear copper with creamy head. Smell: candied fruit, buttery, hint of earthy hops. Taste: sweet malts upfront, fruit, biscuity, followed by earthy slightly spicy hops. Grain and bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel: smooth with soft carbonation, sticky finish. Well-balanced tasty pale ale, sessionable too.

07-11-2008 04:14:42 | More by babaracas
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ChrisCage

Alberta (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%

A- I gave this a hard pour and was impressed with the thick creamy slightly golden head that lasts a fairly good length of time. This is a clear brew, with a dark amber/reddish coloring. Not too much carbonation upon inspection and there is also little to no lacing. I quite like the masculine looking bottle with the old school labelling....the foil neck is a nice touch!

S- Overall the aromas are fairly mild, but I could definately pick up the hopiness that is to come. It also has a deep, earthy smell to it that reminds me of damp soil. I do pick up some faint malts and grains but not much else.

T- I think this tastes wonderful! Well balanced with a good hop kick on the finish! I tasted the earthy notes that are apparent in the aroma. At the beginning of the taste is where I noticed some of the creamy malts but also some slightly raw grain flavors. A good strong tasting beer but without the edge.

M- As stated before, there is a creamy texture to this that almost feels like it's melting in your mouth. It's a decently full bodied brew, with a reasonably low carbonation level, more so if you let it sit for a few minutes. It kind of just rolls around on the palate and lets you take in it's flavors.

D- This isn't a chugging beer! I'd probably have a couple of pints before getting filled up. Lots of flavor and a great texture contribute to me recommending this to anyone who wants to drink what I consider a very good version of this style. I will definately pick up more of this when I get the chance again.

07-03-2008 01:12:37 | More by ChrisCage
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alarusse

California

4.53/5  rDev +17.1%

A+S: Beautiful and clear, deep amber hue with a light brown head which disappeared relatively quickly. No lace, which is a negative for me, personally, as I love the satisfaction of watching a brew slink down the side of a glass, leaving a trail of delightful remembrance. Sweet, syruppy aromas with a slightly alcohol tinge.

T: Delightful. Slightly sweet, biscuity and remotely whiskey-flavored.

M: Works for me. Thin, but the flavor lingers for a few seconds.

D: Not a burden to drink at all. No bitterness on my palette, nice carbonation, especially after a few swishes around the mouth.

Poured from a bottle into half-pint glasses.

06-27-2008 03:14:14 | More by alarusse
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AmishT

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Poured from bottle into pint

A - Amber in color with a nice cream colored head that retains well.

S - Fruity esters, bready malt, and floral hops. Aromas are a bit weak, but a pleasant nose to say the least.

T&M - A delicious, balanced flavor. A nice biscuity malt backbone blends with some floral hops brilliantly. Unfortunately, the mouthfeel is a little thin for me; I'd like the flavors to endure better. Low carbonation level doesn't aid with the kinda weak feel.

D - Low abv and great flavor make this an easy beer to drink

06-20-2008 01:31:57 | More by AmishT
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dbONE

California

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

The beer is light brown in color, with a flapjack thin head that keeps a ring around the top.

With the smell of caramel, toffee, nuts and spices with touch of lite hops, it's hard to keep from snorting it.

Very sweet at the front of the tounge with strong caramel flavor and the dryness of honey. A sweet bready balance balances well with a nice hop flavor that has a nice spice to it. With a
very clean finish.

This is a true English Ale, a session beer for anyone.

06-19-2008 18:17:41 | More by dbONE
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Natural510

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%

Pours from bottle with an amber-tan color and thick head which slowly dissipates into a creamy layer which coats the glass well.
Smells of mellow malts & subtle hops.
Malted barley is backed up by a creeping hop presence in flavor. There is graininess, tartness & sweetness which blend well together. Everything is subdued & well-balanced.
Goes down creamy & very smooth.
All in all a wonderfully drinkable English pale; does everything right & nothing wrong. I'll have another, please...

06-15-2008 10:17:20 | More by Natural510
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.08/5  rDev +5.4%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a very thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of strong elements of caramel, toffee, honey, nuts and spices with slight touch of hops.

T: The taste is sweet up front with flavors of caramel, honey and some spice. There's a mild hops presence that provides some balance. The malt character is hearty and brings good substance to the beer. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, it's a little sweeter than I've seen in most EPA's but it's a nice beer to drink for a long time.

06-15-2008 02:11:37 | More by TheManiacalOne
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phishgator

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Poured into an imperial pint glass. The tight lacey white foam head is creamy in texture. The color is light copper/amber. Carbonation is pronounced. The aroma is of garden variety english hops. The taste is a splash of clean bitterness and a carmel, buttery costing of the mouth. The body is ideal for a pale ale and it is a session brew that could go on for the entire night.

06-05-2008 11:25:39 | More by phishgator
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BBM

New York

4.58/5  rDev +18.3%

This beer pours a hazy burnt amber color into a pint glass with a thin, beige head atop it. Nice amount of lacing around the glass. Aroma was sweet with that distinct aroma of English hops.

Everything here is in fine and subtle balance, with a toasted bread-like malt and a spicy, tart English hop flavor. Crisp, clean, and toned. A light citrus hop buzzes through the brew as well. Delightful from beginning to end. Mouthfeel is well carbonated. I could truly drink this all day, the consummate English pale ale. If there is a finer brewery in England, I know not of it.

05-27-2008 19:29:24 | More by BBM
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cvstrickland

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%

550 ml bomber poured into a tulip yields a crystal clear reddish-copper body topped with 3 fingers of rocky white foam that recedes to a chunky sheet and leaves lots of webby lacing.

Smell is buttery with caramel, spicy flowers and sweet earth.

Taste is lightly nutty malt, minerally, with nice tinge of tart citrus with a soft bitterness that presides throughout and lingers.

Smooth and medium-bodied; mild, crisp, and nicely carbonated. Superb drinkability.

05-24-2008 22:26:07 | More by cvstrickland
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Nipitato

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +9%

Purchased a bottle at Brookline Liquor Mart in Brighton, MA.

A: Copper hue with brilliant clarity. Pours with a 1/2" tan head that dissipates to a thin topping.

S: Definate caramel malt aroma - probably the best caramel aroma I have smelled in a pale ale. Mild bitterness in aroma. A little fruity but not pronounced or owning any specific characteristic.

T: Soft flavors. Moderate bitterness throughout. Some mineral flavors amplify the earthy hop flavors. Malt has some biscuity character. Good lingering bitter aftertaste.

MF: Soft and fluffy mouthfeel. Moderately high carbonation. Smooth.

D,notes: Appropriately bitter with a reasonable amount of malt backing. Smooth and fluffy mouthfeel adds to drinkability. Obviously a very good session beer.

05-15-2008 16:31:40 | More by Nipitato
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firkinhophead

Georgia

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%

Pours a light copper with a bit of chill haze that clears nicely. Rocky, two finger off-white head settles to a dense, creamy cap that is clingy but not much lacing.

Aroma is of floral, grassy Fuggles hops, a bit of toasted grains, earthy herbs. A bit of overripe apple fruitiness as it warms. Subtle but pleasant.

Taste is toasted cracker-like grains, dry malt; grassy, spicy hops; dry leaves and wood; some cidery, pear-like fruit. A pleasant bitterness and some nuttiness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, dry, mineraly, with a bit of yeasty tang. Crisp, bitter finish, with a lingering bit of citrusy hops.

Very easy drinking and nicely balanced. A fine session ale that is more complex than is first apparent.

05-11-2008 02:39:11 | More by firkinhophead
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Offa

California

4.35/5  rDev +12.4%

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.

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

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -8.3%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Deep transparent copper, 1/2 inch head that recedes quickly to thick white collar. Nice stream of bubbles from the bottom.

S - Predominantly coffee and caramel, with some spicy hop character in the background.

T - Lots of caramel malt with dark fruit overtones and a faint hop bitterness in the background. Usual Sam Smith's sourness near the finish.

M - Pretty smooth with a decent amount of carbonation.

D - I wouldn't mind drinking a few of these, but I wouldn't mind not drinking a few either. It's good, but it's something inbetween a pale ale and a light stout or porter.

A fairly poor representation of a pale ale if you ask me, but a tasty beer nonetheless. The hops don't shine through at all, one of the hallmarks of the style, and the malts are far too dark to constitute "pale." The beer is on point, but like their India Ale, I feel the name is a misnomer.

05-07-2008 06:09:26 | More by PatrickJR
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naterock

Missouri

4.4/5  rDev +13.7%

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.

05-03-2008 20:01:10 | More by naterock
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SpecialK088

Missouri

4.15/5  rDev +7.2%

A-Pours a very deep amber color with a nice head on it.
S-Smells very fragrantly of bannana almost floral that you can smell even as you pour it
T-Very malty light on hops almost an earthy taste finish leaves a bit of bitterness on the back of your tongue also note a slight carmel flavor.
M-Very smooth easy to drink but as stated before a little bitter and light on hops.
D-Easy to drink i could see having a few very easily.

04-27-2008 23:48:35 | More by SpecialK088
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BamaBeerBuff

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%

A: Pours a coppery-amber with a creamy off-white head. Retention is decent and it leaves moderate amounts of lace.

S: Caramel malt is prominent and balances well with earthy hops (that same subdued English hop aroma in the IPA from SS). It's also got some citrus or fruit smells and diacetyl/butterscotch, as well.

T&M: Malty and smooth with a biscuit-like malt flavor that tapers off into a smooth tamed-hop finish. Some earthy notes in the hop flavor with slight hints of fruitiness about halfway through. It's medium bodied with moderate carbonation. This one's a real easy-drinker. The flavor definitely has distinctive aspects, but they are well balanced and make for a solid pale ale. A perfect balance between character and drinkability for me. It's got an almost tea-like character to it...

D: This is a very drinkable session ale. The hoppy finish beckons you to drink more, but it's not overpowering at all. This is a really refreshing pale ale. Yet another wonderful offering from the Tadcaster brewery. This is one hell of a refreshing and tasty pale ale.

04-27-2008 21:18:17 | More by BamaBeerBuff
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OldYoda

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -13.4%

Poured a color a little darker than amber into a standard pint glass, with a very modest white head and minimal lacing.

Smell is subdued with an almost apple cider aroma.


Taste follows smell - very subdued with minimal hops an apple like lingering taste.

Mouthfeel was a little thin and watery.

Drinkability was excellent - a number of these would be no problem.

Overall a very decent beer but a little disappointing as I was hoping for more.

04-24-2008 01:47:11 | More by OldYoda
Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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