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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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001)
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Sachsenfreude

Germany

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance; pale, slightly hazy, chestnut color. Light lacing after the tan head dissipates. A collar of foam remains thoughout the drink.

smell; toasty and sweet malts with an overall nutty backbone, quite characteristic of this brewery. Slightest bit of alcohol and hop herbals.

taste; upfront nuttyness that changes to a hint of sour, for only a moment, before ending in a nutty malt finish. Some bitterness hangs around in the aftertaste and dances with warm nutty malts.

mouthfeel; rich and creamy, finishes a little dry but smooth.

drinkability; the aftertaste hangs around for a bit too long but besides that a pretty drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 19:13:19 | More by Sachsenfreude
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gutbuster

Kentucky

3.25/5  rDev -16%

05-13-2012 03:18:21 | More by gutbuster
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Loki

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 18.7 oz or 500 mL bottle.

Appearance: Light brown in color with a big off-white head. Webs of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Simple english malt and very delicate floral Fuggals and Kent Golding hops. This is not the hop bomb that many American Pale ales are. This is a archetype English Pale Ale.

Taste: Sweet malt that leads into a slight hop bitterness and mild dryness. Slight fruit sweentess with a grassy, floral taste that is just perceptible, but not dominant or even leading.

Mouthfeel: Solid medium body with a slight dryness and mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Wonderfully balanced and consistant. Easily a session beer that could be enjoyed everyday without tire. While not boring it is not challenging either. A beer that could be enjoyed by nearly anyone.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2003 18:06:37 | More by Loki
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humulusphile

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

12-17-2013 06:35:46 | More by humulusphile
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AaronRed

New York

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Overall, an everyman's beer. (Or it should be instead of commercial swill). Nice balance of malt and hops. Not very assertive, as it mellows with any food. This beer has a creamy texture for a pale ale, but with enough bite to keep it going.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2002 18:13:59 | More by AaronRed
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KindaFondaGoozah

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

07-08-2014 00:23:26 | More by KindaFondaGoozah
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Swervine44

California

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

11-22-2012 20:45:06 | More by Swervine44
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beerceller99

Louisiana

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

50 cl. bottle.
Pours a clear copper color with an off white head. Has an herbal, spicy , grainy smell. Medium bodied and softly carbonated. Earthy, woody, toasted grain flavor. Finishes slightly bitter.
A good English pale ale considering the long boat ride to the colonies.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2005 15:33:45 | More by beerceller99
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palma

New York

4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Body is a dark copper hue with a long lasting off white color head. Produces a great lace as well. Very nice aroma consisting of pungent sweet malt and grains. Taste is very grainy and bready with a tasty sweet malt flavor throughout. English hops are definitely in there and cannot be missed. A good tasting bitterness in the end. Also a bit on the dry side which makes it even more enjoyable. A very easy drinking brew and a great pale in my opinion.

One note: what the hell is with the clear bottle??

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2004 21:00:51 | More by palma
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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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JoeAmerican77

Colorado

2.8/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out into a samuel smith pint glass. Its a tonic dark red fire amber with orange licking the sides when held to light. A formidable off-white head that lasts at its inch and a half til drunk.

Smells a tad bready, some almond and soft leather, slight yeast and floral.

Tastes sweet at first touch with a hint of alcohol at the swallow. There is a little bit of bitter dough and an oh so slight metallic tinge, which is strange considering it goes from stone to glass to get here in the states. Not what you go for if you want an american pale ale. Mmm some citrus/strawberry hits further into the session.

Mouthfeel is lower to medium body with nothing sticking but a tannin feel on the back of the tongue, and again, i know this is taste oriented, but I'm getting iron flavors when focusing on the back of the feel. Light comfortable carbonation.

Semi easy to drink, it is not a beast in any way too powerful, nor is it too weak for any mention, but it really is just not that good. I'd recommend going a different direction when it comes to the purchase of this beer, but hey Sammy Smith has a great Imperial Porter as well as other brews much more lauded than this.

The price was reasonable, but I would not buy this beer again so I guess it is not worth it.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2010 01:41:39 | More by JoeAmerican77
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erz316

Indiana

3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle into sam smith pint glass

body isn't quite as pale as it is a slightly copper tinged brown. the body is completely transparent, and the head is a slightly off white orange colour. the nose is dull, a slight aroma of hops at the most. the taste is also quite dull, a touch of hops that leave a long biter aftertaste and a bit of a grainy taste. just kind of a 'meh'. the body has some heft to it and the carbonation is fine.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 23:59:30 | More by erz316
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Cwrw

Alberta (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2004 10:43:41 | More by Cwrw
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Wally1912

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +29.2%

12-26-2011 01:14:16 | More by Wally1912
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endincolorado

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Cloudy, deep red-amber with about an inch of foamy cream-colored head. Nice head retention, light lacing.

Smell- Earthy and slightly fruity hops in the nose, with a buttery caramel malt background

Taste- Sweet toasty, bready malts in the foreground, wonderful buttery flavor- biscuitty maltiness, balanced with slightly bitter hops

Mouthfeel- Medium mouthfeel, fairly creamy and smooth. Appropriate carbonation.

Drinkability- Medium to high. Excellent pale ale, not too much alcohol, sweet buttery flavor could be overpowering after a few.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2009 02:27:39 | More by endincolorado
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JudgeRoughneck

Louisiana

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

An average puring of this beer produces a massive orange sherbert head that is slow to retreat. It is a bit darker shade of the classic english pale oxidized copper. The nose is faint and sugary with a wisp of spice.

The taste starts off kind of woody, with a slight vegetal note on its heels, then comes a wash of sweet caramel malt base earthy and spicy hops to play on. Cinnamon notes appear here and there. There is a long but strangly astringent finish. Mouthfeel is mid-bodied and slick.

I don't think Sam Smith makes any bad beers, but I was a little less blown away by this one. It is a tasty, drinkable, down to earth pale. Interestingly, I had it with a gingery dish and that slight cinnamon came out in a big way that was quite pleasing. Try it sometime.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2006 18:52:26 | More by JudgeRoughneck
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jharkins07

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

02-09-2012 19:56:38 | More by jharkins07
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steevbr

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.4%

07-16-2013 04:52:13 | More by steevbr
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kp29

Arizona

2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

05-27-2013 05:44:41 | More by kp29
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soper2000

Texas

3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2004 23:41:43 | More by soper2000
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rph97

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

05-10-2013 20:03:56 | More by rph97
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mtstatebeer

West Virginia

2.65/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

355 ml. bottle. Pours an amber with small off-white head. Initial smell was not very good (maybe got a bad bottle). Taste was a little better, bitter, malty, a little hoppy. Medium body and a slight metallic finish.

I wanted to rate this now, even though it maybe be skewed by a bad beer. Will re-rate.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2008 23:03:57 | More by mtstatebeer
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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
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jdkitchi

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +3.4%

04-17-2014 01:34:39 | More by jdkitchi
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TwoForty

Florida

5/5  rDev +29.2%

06-30-2013 02:18:45 | More by TwoForty
Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
87 out of 100 based on 933 ratings.