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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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kellyst

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Medium white head. Light brown, slight copper hue.

S: Fruity esters, herbal hop nose.

T: Light sweetness and some fruit notes. Herbal hop taste and moderate bitterness. Some biscuity taste in the background. Very well balanced and delicious.

D: Very high.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2007 19:42:34 | More by kellyst
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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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BucBasil

South Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from a bottle into a Samuel Smith imperial pint glass. Color is a dark orange-red that is completely clear. Pours to a nice 2 finger foamy off-white head. I was not expecting a beer called "Pale Ale" to be this color... nevertheless, it's a good looking beer, especially in it's own Samuel Smith glass.

Smell: Pretty inviting - there is a certain fruity sweetness that I can't quite identify in there with a nice balanced hop/sweet malt background.

Taste: Very nice, and lighter than the color would have had me believe. Well balanced, with a bready malt character that finishes with a pleasant, cleansing hop note. Sweet on the midpalate, and refreshing going down, this is a great tasting beer.

Mouthfeel: Not a fan of this one. This is very watery feeling, with some hint of light carbonation. Leaves a sort of oily sensation in the mouth that almost nullifies the fantastic taste of this beer.

Drinkability: Very sessionable at 5%. This large pint went pretty quickly for me. I'll probably pick this one up again sometime in the future for it's uniquely sweet and balanced flavor.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2007 22:38:23 | More by BucBasil
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Bookseeb

Washington

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a rich amber with a nice creamy head. Aroma of sweet malts and hops. Taste: roasted malts, nutty, lightly sweet and a slight grassy note having a good amount of hop and carbonation making it crisp and refreshing, but still lacking something. Mouthfeel is light - medium that goes down smooth, I should try more of these British PA's, a good one to try.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2007 03:05:35 | More by Bookseeb
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Dukeofearl

California

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Last reviewed in January, 2005. Time to look again.

$3.49 at Bevmo in Redlands, CA. in August, 2007 for 0.5 l brown bottle.

Pours a slightly chill-hazed, but clear amber-brown with the slightest of head and no carbonation. Aroma of toasty malts and a light hop tingle. Slight sweetness.

Flavor is a solid pleasant malt base and interesting floral herbal hoppiness that is very subtle (compared to our American Pale Ales) and quite interesting. A bit of black pepper in the generally mild hops. I obviously missed all of this the first time. Now it is quite enjoyable, just not over the top. A good sipper!

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2007 02:51:34 | More by Dukeofearl
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biggmike

Mississippi

3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

White head didnt hang around too long. Nice lacing. Aroma is a bit caramelly and fruity. A roasty maltiness is the dominating character of the flavor with hints of fruit. Very balanced flavor. Mouthfeel is medium. Very drinkable beer with low amount of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2007 17:23:22 | More by biggmike
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rowew

Colorado

3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 550 ml clear bottle, gold foil around the neck and cap. No date information. I think this has been sitting around a while, but its been in my fridge for most of that time (if there was a date I would know for sure!).

Appearance: Reddish brown in color, clear with a good sized head that fades to average lacing.

Smell: Caramel malt, just a hint of butterscotch (diacetyl?).

Taste: Smooth mouthfeel, great carbonation level (low, but still there). Nice caramel malts, just a bit of sweetness without being too much.

Overall impression: Nicely balanced and highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2007 22:57:49 | More by rowew
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MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

4.68/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

550ml brown bottle from Lou's in Augusta. Red-copper translucent body with around an inch of initial off-white head that dissipates rather quickly. Smells caramelly and fruity, with hints if a peaty quality. A roasty maltiness dominates the flavor with hints of fruit, diacetyl (coming through as a very pleasing butterscotch flavor). No one quality of the flavor overpowers another I would say. A nice balance and a medium-bodied mouthfeel make this extremely drinkable. Definitely glad I finally tried it, and I'm sure the brown bottle helped the flavor. A new favorite!

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2007 01:38:22 | More by MrHurmateeowish
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JayTheFinn

California

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!

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2007 02:12:01 | More by JayTheFinn
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mcarroll10177

Massachusetts

4.7/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A truely great beer from one of the great breweries

A- copper brown with a nice off white head.

S- some nice clean hops, not overpowering or overly bitter, just a strong clean hops smell

T excellent. Clean and crisp upfront with a nice hop bite in the back. Spot on for the style

M- balanced with just the right amout of carbination

D- an easy drinking ale that goes well with any food pairing or very quaffable all on its own

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2007 13:51:28 | More by mcarroll10177
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irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice head forms when poured and lasts till the end. Lacing is well distributed. The aroma is hard to pick up on, caramel, some fruits and the hops are barely noticeable. Very clean and refreshing on my young palate has some creamy toffee/caramel notes. Not much on the hop scale but an extremely balanced delight.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2007 04:31:37 | More by irishkyle21
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OKCNittany

Oklahoma

3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

550ml clear bottle into a pilsner glass

A: 1/2" tan head, decent retention & lacing. Brown to amber body.

S: A mostly fruity aroma with a hint of grapes (I think). Not much hop presence.

T: A somewhat unique flavor for a PA (or maybe I just don't drink many English Pales). A grape, almost candy like flavor stands out. Hops are a bit light for my tastes, but overall a nice flavor anyway.

M: Dry (as expected) - but a bit over carbonated.

D: Goes down ok, but it's not special enough to make me want a lot of them. A nice changeup, but that's about it.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2007 17:01:10 | More by OKCNittany
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elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Last time I had this beer was before I wrote reviews, figured now was a good time to revisit.

Very clear and copper coloured, with a tan head that started out two fingers and creamy, and has been very slow to recede.

Smell is a bit reminiscent of a pilsner, a bit grassy and faint spice, but the base has more of a caramel impression.

Relatively sweet for the style, quite a firm toffee taste in the front. Toffee fades, but carries all the way back finally letting in a herbal and floral hop finish. A little fruity, perhaps a bit of apple to it. Very smooth and well balanced in the flavours.

The mouthfeel could set a good standard for the style. Active carbonation and a smooth but light body make for an easy drinker. I could easily imagine sitting in a pub somewhere and sessioning this brew. Better than I remember it being.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2007 04:00:22 | More by elricorico
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BrewSomerville

Ontario (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aromas of vanilla, caramel, grass, floral hops, butterscotch.

Looks amber/red in colour. Average sized off-white head. Head fades down to a thin cover in about one minute. Good, fine lacing.

It tasted fairly well balanced. Lots of butterscotch, vanilla, and caramel flavours. Some herbal/grassy hop notes.

Mouthfeel was average with average carbonation, and it was medium bodied.

Overall, it's not the greatest English Pale Ale that I've ever had. It was alright though, not a bad Beer either. Probably one of the highest levels of diacetyl that I have been able to detect in a Beer, it is very obvious.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2007 18:20:59 | More by BrewSomerville
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soulgrowl

United Kingdom (England)

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Blushing brownish honey amber, barely translucent, with a creamy, nougaty head with decent retention.

Smell: Toasty malts act as the base here, with a subtle sweet richness, full of toffee and a bit of mocha. Diacetyl provides some light and sweet butterscotchy notes along with a velvety vanilla that combines with the mildly woody spice of the hops to create the distinct impression of Bourbon. Very nice. There's a light fruitiness here as well, something like ripe cherries or peaches.

Taste: Balanced and pleasant, but not as interesting as I hoped from the nose. Lightly sweet brown sugar malts countered by the dry, bitter tang of hard water and estery English hops. Finish is nutty, toasty, and slightly woody.

Mouthfeel: Smooth but zipping with lively carbonation. Though it's fairly dry and clean on the palate, the finish is surprisingly sticky.

Drinkability: This is nice, but not my favorite. Certainly an easy drinker, but it could be even more so if it were a little bit more interesting and/or a bit cleaner.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2007 10:25:55 | More by soulgrowl
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

$3.99 at Beverage Resort in Kennesaw, GA.

Appearance: Pours a reddish-copper body with a foamy, yellow head.

Smell: Light aroma of floral, soapy hops with a bit of earthy butterscotch.

Taste: A fairly light, almost vacant butterscotch maltiness with some mild, English hops showing in the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: A humdrum offering from Samuel Smith's Old Brewery that really pales in comparison to their Imperial Stout, Oatmeal Stout, Taddy Porter, and Nut Brown Ale. Ah well.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2007 02:31:45 | More by ChainGangGuy
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SSBrennan

District of Columbia

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark gold with a thick tan head that falls slowly with lacing. Good clarity but little visible carbonation.

The smell is of unbaked bread with subtle herbal hops, very little detectable bitterness. The smell is dominated by malts with only subtle indicators of the other flavors.

The taste shows the the bitterness that is lacking in the aroma. Fairly significant hop flavor, slightly soapy, with mostly dry roasted malt flavors.

The mouthfeel is good with prickling carbonation and the right weight.

A very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2007 14:58:34 | More by SSBrennan
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dstc

Florida

3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper color with a full white head that sticks around. Once it falls it leaves a trace of lace behind.

It has a sweet malty smell to it. Quite nice.

Nice medium bodied beer with a sweet maltyness to it. It also has that bitter, though very slight, aftertaste to it that I normally do not enjoy but it works here (maybe I'm getting use to bitterness).

Smooth and medium bodied in the mouth with decent carbonation.

This beer has grown on me as I reach the bottom of the glass. I wouldn't mind trying this again. Nice brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2007 01:19:33 | More by dstc
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pavandal

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer poured a deep ruby color. There was some head to start, but the beer settled and the head dissapeared.

I smelled butterscotch and citrus scents, along with a spicey, almost olive like scent. Interesting!

The taste was lacking something though. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't a bad beer, it just didn't have a lot of flavor depth. A slight hop bite to start things off, followed by a slight citrus burn in the back of the tongue. Overall, this was rather weak on flavors, as far as my tongue can tell.

The mouthfeel and drinkability, though, are excellent. This would make a great sippin' brew, being that it is very light bodied and it's not an all out assault on the senses.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2007 04:09:43 | More by pavandal
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July2Nov

Hawaii

3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Ruby-tinted golden brown. Not much of a head at all on this one.
S: Mild with a slight bannana hint to it.
T&M: Generally mild and a bit watery w/ a slight carbonated tail to it. It's good without being spectacular.
D: It is so mild that I could pound 3 to 4 in any given time. I'm just a tad dissapointed with this one because overall, the companies brews are pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2007 16:49:23 | More by July2Nov
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Redwood21

Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550ml bottle in to nonic pint glass
the apearance is a hazy nut brown color ith a frothy offwhite/lightbrown head
the smell is of faint hops and something a little sweeter that reminds me of peanut brittle, but i dont think thats it.
it has a complex yet subtle flavor that seems to be the case with most of the beers i have tried from sam smith. it has a faint hops, with some sweetness nutty flavor that is very faint. it tastes of layers that conintu e to unravel and never overwhelm. there is some malt flavors as well as all the rest, all in harmony
the mouthfeel is medium with a nice roundess that rolls down the throat leaving a very slight dry feeling
very good beer, a little different than american pale ales, and should not be compared(obviously since this is an english pale ale) but it fits the profile extremely well. very enjoyable

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2007 20:43:26 | More by Redwood21
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albern

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2007 22:36:17 | More by albern
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jtslay

Colorado

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a very thick and beautiful head. It has a light copper color. This is a very smooth beer with a clean aftertaste. The aroma is similar to the nut brown ale. This is a very drinkable beer due to the clean aftertaste. Follow this beer with a stout or the brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2007 23:08:55 | More by jtslay
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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

500ml brown bottle from The Vintage, Antrim...

Poured a dark coppery orange colour. Creamy head with some rusty tinges poured thick, foamy and meringue like then faded slowly to nice thick layer... sparse carbonation... some light patchy lacing...

Aroma - Nice strong biscuity malts with caramel sweetness coming through strongly, lightly spiced fruits (oranges, figs, some apricots), some honey notes, some breadiness, quite nutty, light pepperiness, grassy tinges...

Taste – Biscuity malts to the fore, light caramel / toffee sweetness, nice light spicy / peppery hop bitterness, some fruity notes (oranges, figs), definite nutty sweetness, light floral / pine notes...

Feel - Quite sharp initially then becomes smoother... very very refreshing and drinkable... a supreme session beer...

Overall - Another excellent brew from Samuel Smiths... so drinkable and thirst quenching... recommended....

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2007 14:41:53 | More by mdagnew
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haz77

Australia

3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A – Pours a deep orange-hued copper, with a frothy off-white head. This falls to a thin cap. Small bubbles of low carbonation.

S – Grassiness, background citrus, boiled sweets.

T – Breadiness up front, with a little sweet fruit coming through. Slight caramel before the restrained hops come through and lead to a dry, crisp finish.

M – Crisp, refreshing, medium body, with soft carbonation.

D – Easy drinker, with subtle flavours. Well worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2007 12:19:39 | More by haz77
Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
87 out of 100 based on 933 ratings.