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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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chunkylover53

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2004 03:16:15 | More by chunkylover53
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LiquidBreadMan

Texas

2.68/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2003 08:54:28 | More by LiquidBreadMan
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santa109

Quebec (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 18:44:37 | More by santa109
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micmillon18

Massachusetts

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 02:01:01 | More by micmillon18
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tconboy

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2009 02:29:22 | More by tconboy
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CrazyEasyBartender

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

01-05-2014 22:14:58 | More by CrazyEasyBartender
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cannunzi

Florida

4/5  rDev +3.4%

05-29-2013 19:20:28 | More by cannunzi
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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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beerman21

California

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 22:49:44 | More by beerman21
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AmishT

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2008 01:31:57 | More by AmishT
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dpasotti

Indiana

3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2010 02:22:37 | More by dpasotti
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Cattafin


4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

03-23-2012 01:30:13 | More by Cattafin
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beakerboy

Kentucky

3.08/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2006 01:37:05 | More by beakerboy
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Herrbrokt

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2008 01:02:48 | More by Herrbrokt
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columbiankramer

Missouri

4/5  rDev +3.4%

01-14-2012 07:25:23 | More by columbiankramer
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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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ProfessorHomer

New York

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

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!

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 23:20:54 | More by ProfessorHomer
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jtk

California

5/5  rDev +29.2%

12-14-2011 14:41:07 | More by jtk
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Trentonator

Kansas

2.13/5  rDev -45%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2004 02:46:04 | More by Trentonator
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dbONE

California

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

The beer is light brown in color, with a flapjack thin head that keeps a ring around the top.

With the smell of caramel, toffee, nuts and spices with touch of lite hops, it's hard to keep from snorting it.

Very sweet at the front of the tounge with strong caramel flavor and the dryness of honey. A sweet bready balance balances well with a nice hop flavor that has a nice spice to it. With a
very clean finish.

This is a true English Ale, a session beer for anyone.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2008 18:17:41 | More by dbONE
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gdogalishus

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a glass mug. Poured an old copper color with a good looking 1 inch head. Mildly carbonated. Strong malt aroma with little to no hop bitterness in the nose. A sweet, caramel aroma. The flavor reflects the strong malt backbone but is balanced a little more than the aroma would indicate. Smooth easy to drink and a good example of an English Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2006 01:56:07 | More by gdogalishus
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CNeilP09

Georgia

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

Wonderful beer. Strong birch-ey presence, crystalline brown coloring, supple dryness, floral nose, lovely finish. Average person could drink two or twelve depending on tenacity. Fragile head, colorfully floral nose, dark brown- rich mahogany color, depth in taste with earthiness from the malts, and a good balance of solid citrus and coriander from the hops. This is a beer to savour and not to swill.
Great Beer. Period.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2006 02:16:55 | More by CNeilP09
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vlodko62

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

04-01-2012 17:17:32 | More by vlodko62
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GotWad629

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber/copper color with a thick creamy white head

Smells of malted barley, pine, earthy hops, caramel, and vanilla

Tastes is extremely smooth, slight hint of caramel, pine, and vanilla

A nice medium mouthfeel

Overall a well balanced and easy drinking brew. A good break from the super hopped up American pale ales. Just what I would expect from the Brits, balance and modesty.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2012 04:00:44 | More by GotWad629
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EliottJW

California

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

I haven't had a whole lot of samuel smith's... but I know they run a lot of old recipes and have set many benchmarks with their beers, so I've GOT to respect that much.

what a beautiful pour this beer's got. deep amber with a super tight, whippy looking head... not a whole lot of lacing to speak of, but the initial pour is gorgeous.

smells sweet and estery. not much bitterness to the nose. I feel as though english pales are in large a touch more sweet than we're used to state side, and that's what I'm getting with a quick quaff.

the taste is much along the lines of the nose... sweet, fruity, some green apple hints at the front. soon though, the fruitiness gives way to some serious bite at the back of the throat... formidable bite for a pale. it finishes out with a mild biscuity flavor that sits quite nicely.

wonderful mouth on this. it comes in right in the middle of the spectrum. with a medium body and slight creaminess, I really enjoy the mouthfeel on this one.

while I've scored this beer pretty well in every category, I can simply say it's not my cup of tea. personal drinkability doesn't rank all that high for the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2009 04:56:09 | More by EliottJW
Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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