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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

944 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 944
Reviews: 657
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 31
Gots: 18 | 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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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%

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.

NJpadreFan, Sep 01, 2004
Photo of baiser
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%

Poured a dark copper colour, slightly cloudy. Light tan coloured head, and sticky strings of lace.

Smelled of sweet sweet caramel and fruitiness. Slight hop aromas.

Had a good biscuity, caramel flavour. Sweetness from slightly roasted malts. Ends kind of dry, and bitter. Medium bodied.

One of the great english pale ales.

baiser, Aug 23, 2004
Photo of SheepNutz
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Pours a deep amber color with one finger of head. A bit of lacing left on the glass. The smell is light, with some sweetness from malt mixed in with a hoppy aroma. The taste has caramel maltiness and is sweet at first. The finish has a good bit of hops. The body is pretty thick and smooth, and the drinkability is nice. A solid pale ale.

SheepNutz, Aug 14, 2004
Photo of claytri
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%

It pours a nice opaque brown with a thin off-white head. It smells heavily of malt with hops and spice in the background. This a good tasty malty ale with some spicieness and a sweet cherry finish. The feel is very smooth and oily. While I don't buy it as often as the Pure Lager, it's my choice of Pale Ales

claytri, Aug 01, 2004
Photo of coasterfreak75
2.95/5  rDev -23.8%

The pour was a dark copper red with a two finger head that quickly dissapated and left a thin white ring around the top of the beer.

The smell was that of Heiniken, really, it was total skunk with only a hint of hop spice and malt.

The taste followed the smell drink for drink, until it warmed slightly. Once it warmed the mouth was filled with a lingering skunk.

Sorry I wasn't totally impressed with this beer. I could have gotten Heiniken for less money, but I didn't dog it because I like Heiniken.

coasterfreak75, Jul 23, 2004
Photo of Gavage
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%

Pours a clear orange / copper color with a thick 2"+ off white head. Some minor lacing develops. The aroma is great as a bready, nutty caramel tone is easy to detect. The flavor is nice as the mild nuttiness and caramel tones are all over this with a nice mellow bitterness. Some quiet fruity tones lurk in the background.

The mouthfeel is smooth with a slightly dry finish. The malt lingers a bit after swallowing. Nicely drinkable and it is always a pleasure to drink this simple and pleasurable english style pale ale.

Gavage, Jul 22, 2004
Photo of cypressbob
4/5  rDev +3.4%

550ml 'victorian pint' sized bottle, clear

Pours with a dark amber body, decent foaming head, nice amber tan head, little lacing

Smell, aromas of toasted malt, slight sweetness coming off

Taste, dry and malty, thick and slightly musky

A very nice little pale ale, slick hop oils also sit around on the palette for a while after

cypressbob, Jul 14, 2004
Photo of donnebaby
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%

Deep-looking dark copper appearance, with a creamy tight 2cm off-white head. Smell is great, of fresh-baked bread and flour, with light breezy malts to promise.

Taste is malts punctuated by high carbonation in the mouth. Not sweet at all. Creamy finish fades into more fresh bread crusts and mild hops, with some lasting malt accents. Medium body, combined with the carbonation, made this beer very filling in my tummy.

donnebaby, Jul 05, 2004
Photo of diablo14
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%

very nice pale ale from sammy's, but as others have expressed here, not their best offering.i certainly dont mind grabbing one every so often, and like all their other brews, tasty and easy to knock down.

if it wasnt for the fact they also have a nut brown ale, id suggest this often resembles a brown in nature. lovely garnet hue, solid head that has some go with minimal carbonation. smell is reminiscent of newky brown. sweet, nutty, with some hoppy tinges there. taste is also very similar to newky, but firmer, more robust with a touch more complexity. hazelnuts and caramel come through, with a tasty hop bitterness that is subdued, but lingering. it also creeps up on you as you get further into the pint. feels fuller and more developed than newk.

again, not the pick of sammy smiths beers, but still a well constructed, well balanced beer that is satisfactory in every department. wont blow your mind but cant be classified as a disappointment either.

diablo14, Jun 27, 2004
Photo of cbl2
3.03/5  rDev -21.7%

Appearance:

A clear brown with a huge white head that is slow to settle.

Smell:

Sadly the best description I can come up with is: smells like beer. There are some faint hops and malts, but nothing spectacular.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

I am disappointed in this offering from Sam Smith. It is smooth, but doesn't offer a lot of flavor, or leave you wanting more as the rest of their beverages do. A so-so beer from a spectacular brewer.

cbl2, Jun 18, 2004
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3.78/5  rDev -2.3%

This beer was part of the 3-beer mix pack (which includes a sweet Samuel Smith Tulip Glass!)

Amber/Copper color with a monsterous, fluffy white head. A touch of hops in the aroma, but mostly sweet malt. This beer has a great taste to it. Malty and full-bodied, it's a nice change from the usual pale ales I have tasted. Mouthfeel is a bit dry, slightly bitter, which also brings down the drinkability in my opinion.

A distinctive beer with a lot of flavor to it. Can't wait to crack open that Oatmeal Stout when I get home from work tonight and start grilling!

Jacobob10, Jun 18, 2004
Photo of halfpgl
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Nice dark amber colour with a nice malted nose. This beer is something I would pair with a BBQ rack of ribs, since that is what I think of as I drink. Nice and filling and yet has a delicate finish that let’s you ponder the subtle spice. This is a very nice brew.

halfpgl, Jun 17, 2004
Photo of joecast
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%

great ruby red and brown color with a tanned head.
full malty sweet aroma, like pale malted grains.
some sweetness in the flavor, but real smooth. some bitterness at first but seems to change to an alcohol dryness.
very smooth mouthfeel.
chenge of pace from american pale ales. i guess thats obvious since its not american. trades in the blatant hop influence for a more restrained character.

joecast, Jun 08, 2004
Photo of Soybomb
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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
Photo of Cwrw
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%

I am beginning to wonder if Samuel Smith can brew anything bad. Their consistent quality is matchless.

Thick, viscous, bubbly head tops a rich red/copper, very clear but not weak looking, beer. I see amber, light red, and light brown colouration. It leaves islands of lace of varying sizes on the glass, with good longevity. The aroma is ideally balanced with caramel malt and perfumy, fragrant, spicy hop notes. Besides the delightful caramel and butter smells, there exist touches of coffee, cream, sweet candy, pepper, dark fruits, fresh lettuce or other dark vegetables(yes, vegetables), and even meat, such as roast or peppered steak, most easily detectable immediately after pouring. The aroma is very organic; earthy. This is the way a good pale ale should smell, for my personal tastes: nicely balanced, with no overpowering, numbing hop presence, but still with a definite hop character. A grainy maltiness introduces itself to the palate upon the first sip: immediately detectable are the roasted qualities of the beer. Toasted bread tastes, with a very granular presence on the tongue, oatmeal-like. Strong cereal taste, but balanced enough with the bittering hops, which is felt nicely on the finish: oily and satisfactorily dry. Actually the hop feel becomes more and more pronounced with each subsequent sip. Adequate carbonation. For those who like a good bitter Pale Ale, this should be engagingly effortless to consume. Old Brewery Tadcaster does it again. I taste merry old England in every swallow.

Cwrw, May 19, 2004
Photo of PopeJonPaul
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%

Pours an amber-ruby color with a thick, puffy off-white head, not much smell to speak of. Very effervescent, tickels the tongue nicely however makes for quite a belch engine. Silky-smooth in the mouth with a caramelized grain flavor, with a bit of cinnamon. Not very complex but the mellow flavor by itself makes it pretty drinkable, however the excessive carbonation will keep you from drinking very many.

PopeJonPaul, May 19, 2004
Photo of garymuchow
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%

Pretty straight aroma of sweet water quality from malt with a slight caramel quality. No hops to speak of.
Color is an orangish amber and clear. 1/4 to 1/2 inch head steady biegish head.
Light in flavor in that it's not a bold beer. Interesting mix of malts and hop with both present form the start to finish. Malts are similar to aroma with less caramel but more of an almost slightly toast (maybe I'm picking up the bisquit others have noted). Hop present with a steady bitterness from start through a long lingering after the finish. Caramel increases as warms. Also a little sourness presents.
Carbonation is fairly intense, especially in the beginning. It lends an intensity that contrasts a softness that's slightly creamy. The creaminess increases as warms.
Other than the aroma this beer stands out for me for its variety of stimulating the senses and its complexity (subtle as it is) of the drinking experience. Really smooths out as warms becoming a very good drink.

garymuchow, May 16, 2004
Photo of woemad
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%

550ml bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $2.99.

Poured a dark copper color with a big white head. Sheets of lace drip down the sides of the glass but leave no evidence they were ever there.

Smell is nutty and buttery, with a hint of caramel and toffee apples.
Definitely an English style pale ale (as if this is any surprise).

The nutty, buttery aspect is what gets noticed first. Then there's a lingering caramel sweetness. There's also a slightly burnt apple pie flavor in the background.

This is somewhere between medium and full-bodied. A little bit thick for a pale ale.

This is a quite drinkable, tasty English pale ale. It might be a little bit too thick to be considered a good lawnmower beer, but it still hits the spot nicely

woemad, May 16, 2004
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4.33/5  rDev +11.9%

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.

kbub6f, May 14, 2004
Photo of far333
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Iced tea colored with a dark beige tight head that rises up and settles quickly. Aroma is hoppy, with notes of malt and raisin. Smooth mouthfeel with light carbonation leads to a pungent flavor of sharp malt, burnt brown sugar, fig and raisin. Bits of caramel and toffee come through in the finish. Lots of depth for a pale ale.

far333, May 13, 2004
Photo of Shaw
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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
Photo of Trentonator
2.13/5  rDev -45%

When I took my first drink of this beer, I felt like I was sucking the smelt off of a copper mine. This beer has a bitter, unforgiving and relentless afterbite. More bitter than my ex girlfriend, and an aftertaste that haunts you like her memory, and will not go away. I needed crackers to remove the aftertaste. I needed therapy to remove her memory. I did not like this beer, not one bit.

Trentonator, Apr 13, 2004
Photo of granger10
4.53/5  rDev +17.1%

This beer pours a copper color with a small white head that held for a few minutes. The smell is really bready, akin to biscuits with honey poured on top. The main flavor I get when tasting this beer is caramel. There seems to be a lot of caramel which is complemented by various fruit esters, green apple leading the way. Kind of like a caramel covered apple. There is a grainy base to this which helps the flavors from getting too sweet and works with a floral hop element to complement the caramel. The finish is slightly yeasty sour and quite thirst quenching. Very creamy and smooth with a medium body. This is a classic.

granger10, Apr 11, 2004
Photo of DaveGood
2.93/5  rDev -24.3%

I have enjoyed just about every Samuel Smith's beer that I have tried previously, so I had very high hopes for this one. Unfortunately, I found the Pale Ale to be quite average.

It poured a nice copper color with a nice white head that diminished quickly, leaving a nice lace along the glass. The aroma seemed to be lacking as I could only faintly detect some sweet malts, possibly a butterscotch scent but virtually no hops. The taste was very bland as well as it had a subdued sweet malt taste, almost caramel-like flavor up-front and slightly hoppy on the back end. There was not a lot going on with the way of mouth-feel, possibly a little dryish.

Overall, I would classify this as a very average Pale Ale. As far as drinkability is concerned, it goes down extremely smooth but there doesn't appear to be much going on in the way of complexities here.

DaveGood, Apr 07, 2004
Photo of soper2000
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%

Got this one in the Samuel Smith varity pack with the pint glass included (very good value). I had pretty high expectations from this brew as every Sammy Smith beer i've had has been excellent. This one didn't disappoint but i don't think it'll be making my regular rotation. I've have yet to gain an apreciation for subtlety. It poured a proud copper with a small white head, pretty appealing. Smell was very faint with some notes of fruit and malt. Taste... Hmmm.. I wish I could give this higher marks but it was very plain to me. Some sweet malt flavor was present and it was balanced very well, but nothing really jumped out at me Mouthfeel was fine as was drinkability. I'm hoping this will be a beer i grow to love, but as of this moment it just seemed very basic, very subtle. I plan to revisit this beer in a year, as my palate refines, to see what i think of it. It is obviously a solid brew and i wish i could appreciate it more.

soper2000, Apr 06, 2004
Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
87 out of 100 based on 944 ratings.