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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

658 Reviews
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Reviews: 658
Hads: 984
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 42
Gots: 34 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001

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Photo of srandycarter
3.26/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into the tulip...

A - Dense honey, small head, light sudsy lacing.

S - Malt up front here. Bread-like yeasty note.

T - Simple grain and hop combo. Nothing out of the realm here.

M - Thinner than I hoped but not bad.

D - Good beer. Wish it was a little more complex and fuller bodied. (295 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle

Texas Liquor
Carlsbad, CA

Copper and auburn with a thick, pillowy, persistent light brown head that leaves small lines of lace down the glass.

Sweet caramel and toffee lead the way in the aroma, with biscuity and bready malts combining for a pleasantly sweet aroma. There isn't much hop presence, but as an English pale ale, that is to be expected. Very nice.

The flavor too is lacking in distinct hop character, which I don't mind in this style. The caramel, toffee, and bready flavors combine well for an incredibly easy drinking pale.

Medium bodied with ample carbonation.

A definitive version of the style. Malty and delicious. (644 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (980 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
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 (576 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
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. (722 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pleasing copper amber color with a thick creamy foamy head. Lacing down the side.

Smell was muted - amlty hop aroma, not much else.

Taste was classic english pale - malt open with a balanced hop finish. Very mild citrus hint. Moderately carbonated in the mouthfeel.

Highly drinkable. While not the best offering from Sam Smith, this is a solid brew, and one I come back to every few months or so. Always reliably tasty. (431 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale pours a clear copper color with a small, frothy white head on top. The foam dissolves quickly to a ring around the surface.

The aroma is malty and bready with notes of caramel and hints of floral hops.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is slick on the palate with a firm carbonated fizz and dry finish. The flavor has a lot of caramel malt and bready pale malt. Slightly nutty with a metallic and coppery taste mixed in. Finishes hoppy with floral notes. Once gone the caramel malt lingers on the palate.

This is what I think of when I think of a British Pale ale. Lots of malt, easy to drink and very flavorful. (653 characters)

Photo of bobsy
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from the LCBO. Split with the missus, and accompanied by roast beef and yorkshire puddings. Complimented the dinner perfectly. Pours a dark amber, with a good muddied white head. The aroma of hops and malt is continued in the flavour, and replaced with a nutty finish. There is a nice mild hoppy bitterness to this brew. (327 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 550 ml bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Bright amber orange with lots of rising bubbles. Big four finger off white head with good retention and lots of lacing sticking around the glass.

Smell: Sweet toasted caramel malts with apples, bread, dark berries, figs, nuts, and hints of citrus hops. Very malt driven. Smells a lot like apple cider.

Taste: Like the smell. A big taste of bready sweet caramel malts with apples, toffee, nuts, berries, and figs. There is a light but noticeable presence of citrus hops in the finish. Tastes a lot like apple cider but the small kick of hops in the finish reminds you that its a beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy in the mouth and smooth.

Overall: A very fine English pale ale. Very malty but the sweetness is nice and not too much. Pretty well balanced. (883 characters)

Photo of arizcards
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 550ml bottle from BevMo in late November for $2.99.

Beer poured an amber-orange with a decent off white head. Nose is toasted biscuity malts and a hint of hop flower. Taste is well balanced with biscuity malts and a pear-apple hop finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, well carbonated, and pretty smooth. Overall drinkability is good. This is a well balanced session pale ale that is a bit spendy but definitely worth trying if you are a English pale ale fan. (470 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark copper with light carbo's and a rather inadequate foamy head. Nice and clear though.
Smells a bit on the bread side hops are understated.
Taste is balance between hops and malts. The hops are understated which is normal for the English version and perfectly fine here as well.
Malts have a slight biscuit taste.
Mild in flavor, smooth and balanced with a dry finish.
Good lacing.
drink up chaps (407 characters)

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
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. (437 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another clear bottle. I'm not sure of this. The beer pours a ruby amber color, with a finger of head that falls to coat the beer. The initial scent is a skunked beer, but after letting it sit, the nose is a lot of caramel sweetness, and not much hop. The flavor is mosthy caramel malt, very sweet without much hop to bring balance. Its not bd, but not great. The feel is just moderate at bes, with a decent carbonation that works well with the beer. The drinkability is okay on this as well. I'd drink this again. (513 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy amber colored with a large off-white head, good carbonation, and lots of sticky lace. Substantial aroma of floral hops, lesser notes of malt. Tasting begins with toasted malts and slight fruit notes, soon the taste flows into mildly bitter hops. Finishes dry with dark malt notes. The mouth feel is quite pleasant. A rather fine pale ale. (343 characters)

Photo of beerguy101
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium brown color, medium head. Aroma is malty with some hops. Medium bodied pale ale. Mild flavor, kind of typical for English Pale Ale. Malts and hops are evident, but not overpowering. Kind of buttery tasting. Well-balanced beer. Nice taste. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is crisp and a touch dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. (338 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very fine specimen. A nice rich amber colour with a fair white foamy head that lasts a minute or so, leaving a fine lace on it's way down the glass. Strong malty aroma with a bit of spicy hops.
Rich malty flavour balanced out nicely by the hops, goes down very easy and is quite refreshing. The malt definitelty dominates over the hop content in this pale ale. A formidable session brew. (390 characters)

Photo of grub
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. sampled feb 5/09.

pours crystal clear deep orange, nearly red really, wtih a big cap of off-white head. the head drops fairly fast but leaves tons of lace behind.

aroma is nice. biscuit and white bread. touch of alcohol. earthy and slightly spicy hops. touch of light fruity character too.

taste is good. fairly low bitterness level. biscuit and whole wheat bread. earthy and spicy hops again. nice light fruity character here too. a bit nutty too, almond and a bit of hazelnut. touch of alcohol.

mouthfeel is nice. just a touch over medium carbonation, which i think is a bit too much. medium-light body.

drinkability is good. nicely balanced, hiding its alcohol very well. a solid and tasty english pale. (725 characters)

Photo of dsa7783
4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The third brew from this company and I have yet to be dissapointed... top quality from all their products, and this pale ale goes above and beyond... the appearance was great... a ruby-red slightly brownish color that frothed with a nice head... smell was full of malts and caramel, and the taste was creamy, slightly bready with a nice hint of malts, caramel, butter, and a slight vanilla after-taste... the mouthfeel and drinkability were exceptional.. the beer went down so easily and had no bitter traces at all... Copped a 550 ml bottle that came in a Samuel Smith gift set that included a nice pint glass... I will definitely purchase this beer again and its quality has made me eager to sample more brews from this outstanding company... Definitely recommended... (770 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was the first English Pale Ale I have tried. I noticed a lot of carbonation as I opened the bottle. The bubbles rushed to the top of the bottle and bubbles formed at the top of the bottle. I was expecting an impressive head after this but there was almost no head and it dissipated very quickly. The color was dark, clear amber. The taste reminded me of a Marzen and also a bit like Smithwick's. The mouthfeel was a bit thin (I'm comparing it to Smithwick's). Drinkability was ok, but this is not a beer I would necessarily seek out. Pretty average. (554 characters)

Photo of ADR
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear and amber, spicy aroma and 1/4 inch pillowy head. Hops in the flavor are restrained, malts are more niticeable and a little like pumpkin pie filling. Not a lot of finish despite a medium-bodied mouthfeel. but there is little fade in the mouth. Pretty good balance in the hop/malt arena but then again Sam knows what they're doing. I tend to prefer American Pales but would love to try this stuff on tap. (414 characters)

Photo of bubseymour
2.43/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I have always been a big fan of Samuel Smith beers. Unfortunately the Old Brewery Pale Ale did not work for me. There was an undescribable flavor/taste to this particular S.S. that I just did not care for. I plan to stick with many of the other beers from their line. (267 characters)

Photo of mdagnew
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.... (913 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: shiny amber body, 2 finger head, patchy lacing

S: biscuit malt, apple, grain

T: light apple, grain malt, light bitter crisp finish

M: light/med body, dry crisp mouth

O: This is good English pale ale.
Great session brew and would
recommend to others.

WELL DONE, GIVE IT A GO! (284 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper body, topped by foamy, frothy four-finger off-white head. Outstanding lacing. Aroma has biscuits, floral and herbal hops, and a proper dash of British sulfur. Taste is malty but dry, with enough hops to dry out the initial malt surge, and have some left over for a little tingle in the aftertaste. Nothing too big here, this is basically a slightly stronger session beer, or what passes for a session beer from Sam Smith. I don't think I could afford to actually use their beers for that purpose. This is a fine English ale though.

Regarding the clear bottles and skunkiness, I offer three possibilites. 1. I 've been incredibly lucky in never having a skunked Sam Smith. 2. Some reviewers imagine skunkiness at the sight of a clear bottle. 3. What some call skunkiness is the sulfur quality characteristic of many English ales. (844 characters)

Photo of Danny1217
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber color A nice off-white head. Caramel and dry hops on the nose. A nice combination. The taste is similar. A sweet caramel taste balanced with a slight bitterness. Feels thick and creamy on the mouth. I could drink this all day.

One of the best English pale ales I've tried. It makes me want to travel back over to England. (337 characters)

Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
87 out of 100 based on 658 ratings.