Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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4.08/5 rDev +5.4%
Looks pretty standard. Coppery with a nice white head that fades quickly. Looks a little more carbonated than the usual SS beers.
That smell is all Samuel Smith's - tangy. Unlike the others in their line there is a nice sweet fruity smell which accompanies the sourness.
Mmmm, that sweetness is all malt. There is no bitterness. The hops only make an appearance as a light floral aspect that barely pushes through the malt. This is no american pale ale, it actually has hop-to-malt balance. Exceptionally smooth.
I don't know how, but SSPA is very creamy. This sort of mouthfeel is also something I have never found in an American PA.
Yeah, I could drink a ton of these. Its just that simple.
SSPA is another great offering by this great brewery. Looking for a bridge beer for your friends, try this at your next BBQ. Solid and refreshing.
03-11-2004 03:59:14 | More by krberg
3.55/5 rDev -8.3%
I'm far lacking in the department of English Pale Ale's. I’m so used to the American version that often I miss interpret and what this style is all about. Not often do I have true English Pales around to get a better idea to how to critique it, will see how it goes, have to remember this is probably not going taste like a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.
Anyways bought this beer at my local market, they also have there Oatmeal Stout which is very good Samuel Smith. Its my understanding that this is a very old brewery and that they haven’t deviated from how they make it so im very curious.
Came in 550ml bottle with gold wrapping at 3.49 a bottle it was a good deal.
A- Pours a deep reddish amber with cellos looking soapy head, diminished to a rather thin lace.
S- Strong sweet Carmel malts is very upfront and forward, with a fig candy aroma to go along with. Very subtle in the hop aroma but its there; perfume like if you will.
T/M/O- Dry, Carmel malts upfront, sweet candy type flavor; I've read prior to this review of other saying flavors of jolly rancher, grape flavor comes to mind or maybe a hint of watermelon. Hop bitterness is minimal, I really like the dry bite to this brew, flavor is there with a strong complex presence, and then dissipates quickly. Very good stuff, although one or two of these is plenty for my tastes. To strong in the Carmel maltiness of it, i could see getting fatigued with that. Overall its a good beer.
08-11-2011 22:49:44 | More by beerman21
3.8/5 rDev -1.8%
For a pale, it's pretty dark, but it's a really nice reddish-yellow colour with a big, foamy head.
Smell: Faint, but some hops and fruit.
Taste: Very hoppy. Quite bitter. Surprisingly thick mouthfeel.
I could drink a lot of this, which is good since the bottle is big.
12-10-2004 03:16:15 | More by chunkylover53
2.68/5 rDev -30.7%
The clear bottle is attractive, but I have to wonder if it affected the taste in a bad way. No doubt, Samuel Smith Pale Ale looks good -- really good. However, the taste reminded me of the canned Carling Black Label that we used to hide in the woods, as young teenagers.
The poured appearance is richly golden with a light amber hue (hey, I said it looked good), with a thick short-lived head. Aroma wasn't bad, but it was on the malty side -- not citrusy such as I expect with a Pale Ale. The taste was very Budweiser-esque, or warm canned Carling Black Label: overly sweet (corn, no doubt) with a putrid (skunky) finish. Carbonation, which may have helped this brew, was almost nonexistent.
02-16-2003 08:54:28 | More by LiquidBreadMan
4.38/5 rDev +13.2%
500 ml bottle served at 45 degrees.
A: Poured a nice orange color into a pint with small head that quickly faded away.
S: First impression of candy-like fruitiness. Also a bit musty.
T: Biscuity malts with an underlying fruitiness and a hint of hop bite. Very well balanced, everything seems to fit together perfectly. I'm very impressed, it feels very "fresh" and clean.
M: Leaves a drying finish in the mouth. Perfect carbonation.
D: Extremely easy to drink. I would gladly have a few of these in a session.
Overall, I'm quite impressed once again with Samuel Smith's beers. This one was perfect for this spring Sunday afternoon.
03-22-2009 18:44:37 | More by santa109
3.93/5 rDev +1.6%
Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a Samuel Smith's Imperial pint glass. No born on date, something I wish Samuel Smith's would finally institute. I love their beer but I'm we've all been duped into buying skunked bottles due to lack of dating.
A - Pours an amber color with a small white head. No lacing.
S - Sweet toffee maltiness with a nice, mellow hoppiness.
T - Sweet toffee and bready malts are followed by a balancing hoppy bitterness, reminiscent of lemon. Finishes semi dry with a lasting biscuit flavor.
M - Medium bodied with balanced carbonation and finishes semi dry.
O - Easily one of my favorite EPA's, a beer I could easily have 3 or 4 of in a night.
07-07-2011 02:01:01 | More by micmillon18
4.43/5 rDev +14.5%
Pours a beautiful clear dark amber with a nice foamy white head that lasts, moderate lacing. This one looks nice. The first sip, and I'm very impressed. Smooth, light carbonation, a fantastic blend of malt and a hint of bitterness, with a little nut flavor and very smooth and highly drinkable. I am blown away by this. I'm not too familiar with the style, but I'm definitely going to have to seek out similar beers because this is very enjoyable.
01-24-2009 02:29:22 | More by tconboy
3.23/5 rDev -16.5%
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.
05-29-2007 04:09:43 | More by pavandal
3.75/5 rDev -3.1%
Poured from bottle into pint
A - Amber in color with a nice cream colored head that retains well.
S - Fruity esters, bready malt, and floral hops. Aromas are a bit weak, but a pleasant nose to say the least.
T&M - A delicious, balanced flavor. A nice biscuity malt backbone blends with some floral hops brilliantly. Unfortunately, the mouthfeel is a little thin for me; I'd like the flavors to endure better. Low carbonation level doesn't aid with the kinda weak feel.
D - Low abv and great flavor make this an easy beer to drink
06-20-2008 01:31:57 | More by AmishT
3.3/5 rDev -14.7%
This is an attractive-looking beer all around. Translucent, light copper shade under a long-lasting, fine ivory head. The aroma is comprised of lightly sweet caramel malt, English hops, and a fruity ester presence.
The taste is quite a bit different, with the yeasty apple/grape flavor in front. The English hop presence is well-balanced and not intrusive. A slightly biscuity and sweet malt base rounds things out. There is also a prominent metallic taste that is appropriate for the style.
Excellent mouthfeel. A medium-full body and modest carbonation render quite a smooth texture. This beer is good but not great, as it falls short in the flavor department. Not one of my favorite styles, nor my favorite brew from Mr. Smith.
06-05-2010 02:22:37 | More by dpasotti
3.08/5 rDev -20.4%
Part of Liquor Barn's Ultimate Brew Crew Nov '06 - Pale Ales
The beer pours a dark orange with a tan head. The aroma is fairly malty with a hint of chocolate malt. Very little hop aroma. The flavor is also malty, with toffee and burnt malt flavors dominating. Medium body with little carbonation. Overall it's ok, a little light on the hops for me.
10-31-2006 01:37:05 | More by beakerboy
4.45/5 rDev +15%
550 ml. bottle. Served into pint glass. no fresh by.
Pours an amberish brown. Nice beige head that sticks around for the fun.
Smells of dough and fruits.
Fantastic balance in the taste. sweet malt, buttery dough and the all important kick of hops. Real nice.
It lays a bit thicker on the tongue than I expected though. not as dry and bright as many pale ales. only criticism on this one.
overall big hit. I'll pick up a stack.
08-18-2008 01:02:48 | More by Herrbrokt
3.85/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
04-06-2007 23:08:55 | More by jtslay
4.33/5 rDev +11.9%
A: reddish brown, thinnish head, no lacing to speak of. good carbonation.
S: malty, raisins & apples. Malty. some alcohol.
T: fantastic English Pale Ale. Smooth & creamy. Malt notes hit you aright away and linger on. Nicely balanced alcohol. Not much hop notes to speak of - this is a proper English Ale, by jove.
M: full, creamy, balanced.
O: a very very fine representation of the style. Would love to have this on tap. Like all Samuel Smith's beers, this is afire, fine beer. Recommended!
08-08-2011 23:20:54 | More by ProfessorHomer
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.
04-13-2004 02:46:04 | More by Trentonator
Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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