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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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938 Ratings

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Ratings: 938
Reviews: 657
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 31
Gots: 17 | 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 tjd112

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%

Poured this into Sam Smith's nonic, included in gift pack. Poured amber colour with creamy white head which retains well and has good lacing. The smell and taste consists of earthy hops with a touch of fruitiness. Mouthfeel is smooth, light, and a little bit of dry as well. Overall, a great beer, but I prefer the nut brown.

03-24-2010 15:19:06 | More by tjd112
Photo of meeekyh


3.68/5  rDev -4.9%

This one came from a 550ml bottle and was poured into a mug.

The beer is a solid amber with a light tan, fluffy head. There is not but a bit of lacing.

Nose is mild so I poured it into a snifter to see what I can learn from that. Estery with a bit of pear and piny hop. Still like a mild brown ale.

Malts and bitter hops along with a slight metallic flavor. There is a bit of caramel there but overall a mild and balanced beer. Pear, I taste pear.

Mouthfeel is light to medium and carbonation a moderate while the finish is dry.

I find this a drinkable beer and expect the style is typically so.

I am not blown away by this one but it is a solid beer.


03-05-2010 03:01:54 | More by meeekyh
Photo of Mandrake

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +9%

Pours a brilliantly clear deep copper with a tight and creamy pale tan head (rather dark for an EPA though) that lasts very well, leaving plenty of lacing. Smell is mildly hoppy, bang on for the style, with the Goldings hops and subtle earthy tones coming alongside the rich malt profile. A tad medicinal, but the light maltiness comes through as well. Taste is led by the malts. Caramel and mild diacetyl with a bit of breadiness and grass as well. The hops are very understated, but noticible, especially in the dry finish. Mouthfeel is full and well carbonated, and drinkability is excellent.

A classic English-style ale, the subtleties and craftsmanship apparent in this ale are welcome at any time. Expecting it to be a hop bomb will lead to disappointment, and is a great disservice to a stellar ale. Take it for what it is trying to be, and one can't fail to appreciate what the brewers at Sam Smith's achieve with virtually every single one of their brews.

11-24-2006 02:38:05 | More by Mandrake
Photo of 12owls


4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

02-09-2013 21:45:03 | More by 12owls
Photo of avylover


4.4/5  rDev +13.7%

Poured a nice dark brown with a very small white head. Aroma was instantly of british hoppiness, with some maltiness in the background. Taste is nice & bitter up front, then finishes with a beautiful butterscotch taste. Nice carbonation and very clean mouthfeel too to make this one drinkable beer. Went great with some traditional style cheese fondue - I could have drank all night, but I was too stuffed after such a great meal!!

07-27-2003 18:43:44 | More by avylover
Photo of horndecker

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +9%

Luminous, clear, orange-brown with a full tan head of fine froth.
The smell is hay and malt, along with a mild piney hop aroma. A slight alcohol odor and, oddly, something that smells like rosemary.
The taste has a wash of mineral fizz at the start, delivering a nutty, round malt and a bit of butterscotch. It has a dry hoppy finish and a lingering beautifully bitter aftertaste. It's a nice mouthful and a great session beer.

04-29-2005 15:15:56 | More by horndecker
Photo of cheers2beers


2.8/5  rDev -27.6%

Appearance: This beer pours a pale looking dark amber with a white head that didn't stack up very high at all. No laceing but plenty of beads can be found.

Smell: Has woody aromas with some sour pale malts, a hint of tangerine hops. No alcohol in the nose.

Taste: The flavors are bitter sweet malts with a vague hop character. Nutty/woody palate blended well with a slight alcohol.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is mostly watery with a bitter nut finish. Light to medium body with a medium level of carbonation.

Drinkability: I have come to the conclusion,that I am a fan of American Pale Ales over English. This wasn't a bad beer but it doesn't have that hoppy character that I have come to love from beers such as Sierra Nevada and Sam Adams. It is worth a try but I think most people will agree with my previous statement.


04-21-2006 22:39:09 | More by cheers2beers
Photo of Lee45102


4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

04-17-2013 01:42:56 | More by Lee45102
Photo of WhiskeeTango


4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

06-05-2012 16:11:08 | More by WhiskeeTango
Photo of JayNH

New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%

A- Pours a slightly cloudy copper with a large foamy head. Leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

S- slightly sweet toasty malt and a mild tea like hoppiness.

T- Excellent balance. A toasty malt and an earthy hoppiness. Finishes dry.

M- Medium bodied and very smooth, carbonation is just right.

D- Excellent. Perfect balance, I could could drink quite a few of these.

03-03-2009 23:04:46 | More by JayNH
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

I really enjoyed this beer. I thought it was very mellow and full of flowery hop aroma. Poured a nice rich head. A very clear and crisp amberish color. Taste was very light. Not much of a hoppy flavor at all. Most seemed to come from the aroma. Very light and refereshing mouthfeel as well.

12-22-2003 23:52:09 | More by HochFliegen
Photo of bob3701

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

Part of a gift pack poured into the pint glass that came with set. Pours a beautiful clear cooper color with a nice big head that stays around. Was surprised by the lack of lacing minimal at best. A very neutral aroma to my nose. This ale is well balanced and not real big on flavor but pleasant to drink, would pair nicely with a large variety of foods. Would make a good session brew.

12-30-2009 15:46:07 | More by bob3701
Photo of BeerArchivist


5/5  rDev +29.2%

11-18-2011 05:55:35 | More by BeerArchivist
Photo of Johnq1964

United Kingdom (England)

3.25/5  rDev -16%

08-25-2013 18:51:09 | More by Johnq1964
Photo of witster18


3.63/5  rDev -6.2%

like their other offerings this brew is good but not great. Looks good with a hazy copper... 1" head. The nose is awesome with lots of floral and fruit(citrus and mellon). Probobly the easiest drinker of the sammy brews I've had and they all go down pretty easy. Lacks kick.... wish it delivered the same with the taste as it does with the nose. I'm sure this is traditional and I know it's fine quality... but for the price hand me an American Pale... or somethin with some hop bang which this lacks.

03-30-2009 19:43:38 | More by witster18
Photo of HabiMendes

Rhode Island

4.29/5  rDev +10.9%

The reddish-brown of this excellent beer looked very nice, but the soon-to-follow aroma... oh, it was impressive! The caramelized malty character shows itself so well, but yet so unobtrusively. We also have a background tofee-like smell. The controlled bitterness at the beginning, which precedes an unexpected, but real, carbonation impression at the palate, is very soothing actually. In the end, the hops appear more clearly, which is pleasant and refreshing. Fantastic beer!

01-29-2013 00:00:23 | More by HabiMendes
Photo of cracgor


4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Appearance: A nice amber transparent colored beer with hues of orange. A tan rocky head...with good sticking/lace. Great retention. stays with a sheet of head forever.

Smell: Has a very hoppy smell though not like the oily American Pale Ales. A salty sour apple/lemony smell, and a bit of nutty aroma.

Taste: A sweet hopped beer. A little grassy. Tastes like green apple. A sweet malt, caramel flavors as well as a buttery taste.

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium bodied. Very clean and refreshing. ON the dry side.

Drinkability: A great beer for session drinking. Good flavor but not overwhelming.

08-01-2005 00:43:03 | More by cracgor
Photo of MrHassellYaHurd


4.05/5  rDev +4.7%

Pours a crystal-clear deep copper and is capped with a thin off white head. Very little visual carbonation.

The smell is huge on malts, deliciously sweet, and accompanied with just the slightest hint of a fuggles-like hop note. Scents of bananas and cotton candy play on the wonderful sweetness.

Toasted bread and caramel are at the fore of the taste. The hops don't seem to carry into the flavor, but a slight and gentle bitterness from the roasted grains.

The body is mild with a silky-smooth texture and a clean finish, making it very drinkable.

04-27-2010 03:53:09 | More by MrHassellYaHurd
Photo of TheSteak22


4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

07-17-2012 20:01:54 | More by TheSteak22
Photo of fank2788


4.1/5  rDev +5.9%

550ml bottle poured into a pint glass
Old brewery pale ale pours a beautiful deep red copper with a slight white head which laces a bit. The smell is a bit week but I can dectect low levels of bready malts, light malts and floral hops. The taste is classic pale ale light maltiness with a fair bit of floral hops. The finish is dry with no aftertaste. The mouthfeel is good for a pale ale, good levels of carbonation with a body that is light enough to make drinking enjoyable. On to drinkability this is really hard to top, this is a very solid pale ale.

01-06-2007 15:00:33 | More by fank2788
Photo of Vendetta

New Jersey

2.65/5  rDev -31.5%

Original Rating Date:
September 4, 2008

Nose in the bottle leads to a really odd, funky smell at first- like stinky feet. After the pour it opens up and smells a bit more of sour hops. Still not a great smell... reminds me of sour dog piss, no kidding. Nice bronze color to it, though. As long as I keep my nose away I can easily handle it- some good bitter, a bit sour hops. Sam Smith loves their ESB, and they do them well. This is an enjoyable beer but not a pale ale in the least. A bit tart, very malty. Average mouthfeel- what I expected. Another good brew from Samuel Smiths. I'm becoming an enormous Samuel Smiths fan, these are some high quality brews for no more than $3. Thumbs up.

12-14-2008 17:49:01 | More by Vendetta
Photo of casualfan

New York

4/5  rDev +3.4%

02-15-2013 00:25:21 | More by casualfan
Photo of Antilochus

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

Poured from a 550mL bottle (no freshness statement) into a pint glass. Appearance is copper red, nice off white head that quickly turns filmy.

Sharpish hop aroma when poured. Sugared grapefruit. Some malty caramel, candied apple, brown sugar, butterscotch (diacetyl), sour milk, sponge toffee, a bit musty. Something herbal here! Could use some more aromatic hops to keep it fresh.

Fairly sweet on the palate, very very subtly bitter on the back of the tongue. This is a malt bomb. Caramel, bread, apples, brown sugar, metal, salt. Buttery. Subdued alcohol. A little bit of spice. Medium to light bodied, low carbonation.

As an APA - mediocre to bad. EPA - pretty darn good.

02-23-2008 03:34:31 | More by Antilochus
Photo of coasterfreak75

North Carolina

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.

07-23-2004 04:57:52 | More by coasterfreak75
Photo of sinistermadman


3.93/5  rDev +1.6%

I am a big fan of Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout, but this is the first time I've tried this pale.

This brew pours a nice amber-brown with a white froathy head. Foam lingers throughout the whole pint...leaves a nice lacing on the side of the glass after a good swig.

Ahhh. Smells pretty good. Malty hops are at the forefront. Without even tasting it I know that the malt will dominate the flavor. My mouth froths in anticipation as my olfactory sensors take it in.

The taste is not what I expected from the smell. It's kind of whispy, lacking depth I usually associate with Sam Smith brews. It is a well balanced ale, though not overly complex. This would probably be good with spicy Thai food.

As I already pointed out the mouthfeel leaves something to be desired. It is pleasant, but I like a bit more tinge and bitterness. Still pretty good though. Very balanced.

This is a very drinkable pale ale. Next time I'm going to try with some kind of food, as I think it would lend itself pretty well as a dinner beer. I think I'll stick with the oatmeal stout or nut brown ale.

01-30-2005 22:06:02 | More by sinistermadman
Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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