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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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658 Reviews

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Reviews: 658
Hads: 990
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 14.51%
Wants: 43
Gots: 35 | 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 beerdrifter
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the biggest beer store in the UK, Beers of Europe Ltd. Clear copper-amber pour with two finger head, decent retention and nice lacing. Earthy, malty nose with hints of caramel, butterscotch, perfume, and a touch of metal. The taste follows suit. Earthy, fruity and nutty with a nice tangy, herbal fresh hop bite. A solid toffee, malty base balances it out nicely with a hint of butterscotch and a touch of molasses. A little fizzy at first, but smoothed out nicely becoming very drinkable as it warmed. Great balance with a nice slightly dry, tangy bitter finish. Another great beer from Samuel Smith's.

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Photo of jkrich
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brown 12 oz. bottle with no freshness date - part of a 4 pack. I can recall years ago purchasing the 6 packs....Poured a beautiful, clear copper with red and orange highlights. The creamy off-white head lingers throughout most of the quaffing.

The aroma was rather restrained, but it had the characteristic spicy, fruity and earthy aromas I have come to expect from an English ale.

The flavor is malt forward with a refreshing, dark fruity taste. The hops are surprisingly assertive, offering a balanced, round flavor. This most be a fresh bottle. There are no exotic, "off flavors" that one often encoutered with English imported ales.

The mouthfeel was soft and creamy with a nice, cleansing fruity flavor on the palate. The carbonation was restrained for the style with just enough to add to the refreshing mouthfeel.

I don't often purchase this product when I visit the local beer store. Perhaps it is the price and no freshness date. I was delighted with the freshness of this bottle. This is a complex but quaffable ale for any season.

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Photo of chrisdenny
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from pint bottle into pint glass:

A - A very nice copper/red colored ale with plenty of creamy white head. The head seems to hang around throughout with some nice lacing left behind.

S - Not quite the aromatic I was expecting out of this pale ale, but the malts are sweet and there are some hints of spicier hops.

T - A really clean, well-rounded taste. They spicy hops blend well with the almost buttery-like malts. I'd like a bit more hop kick to it, but overall a nice taste.

M - This beer seems to be well carbonated, but it is pretty pleasing to the palate.

D - Should suffice well for a single or a session. It's not too heavy or overwhelming to have more than one.

Overall, I was pleased with this brew, not as much as other Samuel Smiths brews, but I would definitely have another.

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Photo of ToasterChef
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A cellar temperature bottle was split between two beer fans. I've poured myself a sample size in my 8 oz NERAX glass.

The beer has a tarnished copper color and a white foamy head. Lots of carbonation is clinging to the sides of the glass. Plenty of pretty lacnig is present as the head recedes. Some film and foam is left behind when I swirl the glass.

The aroma is a little cidery with some spicy hops.

This is a malty beer with a few grass hops. As I swallow, I taste some apple juice sweetness. It is a bit of a dry finish.

The body is of medium intensity, with above average carbonation. I can feel the bubbles on my tongue. There is a slight, watery coat left behind. It isn't sticky.

The beer goes down well enough, but the apple juice/cider qualities are a limiting factor for me. They are a but too strong for my tastes.

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Photo of bigrzman
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of 12oz bottle into my Sam Smith pint glass. Pours out with a 1/2 inch head and a nice red-copper color. Carbonation is moderate and appropriate for this style.

Smells of sweet malts, bready overtones, earthy fuggle, hops and stone. Very pleasant.

Tastes like earthy hops up front intertwined with a sweet bread and caramel malts and mild citrus in the back. there is a lot of mineral content in this one.

Mouthfeel is light-medium with a nice drying effect at the back end. Carbonation tingles the tongue.

Drinkability is high. I could drink pint after pint of this excellent Pale Ale from Tadcaster!

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Photo of scootny
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper with an off white head. Decent head with moderate lacing. Smell is full of caramel and brown bread. A big fruity aspect brings plums and light figs. Taste features the aforementioned with a mineral edge. Earthy finish brings more minerals to the fore. Not a bad thing just a bit sharp and metallic. Body is full of caramel and fruit. Sweet yeasty brown bread with toasted notes as well. Feel is smooth and gently carbonated with a touch of creaminess. Medium weight has a touch of chew to it. Goes down nicely with a satisfying heartiness for a pale ale.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Pours copper with a foamy off-white head. Aroma is of bready malt, caramel and ripe fruit. Medium, slightly crisp body. Taste is dominated by earthy, peppery hops while caramel malt provide some balance. Long, peppery finish. Quite an ordinary bitter.

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color when poured was a dark amber, with a reddish hue. Very little foam, but fair lace retention on the glass. The taste was of mild roasted malts with a lack luster hoppy flavor. Weak on the aftertaste, but a bit to bitter. Overall, not a big smell, weak flavor and a little to bitter.

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Photo of CraftAleRookie
3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a Dogfish Head Pint Glass

A- Nice clear, deep amber color; 1 finger white head that turned into thick foamy lace. Nice retention.

S- slight sweet hop up front, followed by malt notes. Not an overpowering aroma at all, very light scents.

T- Suprisingly mild taste for such a good looking amber ale- I was expecting more forward flavors. Malts dominate the flavor with just a hint of hops- for a pale ale, the lack of forward hop notes is disappointing.

M- Again, the look of this brew hints to a much livelier feel than is actually experienced. Tame- a bit on the flat side.

D- A malty, light to medium body amber ale that I'd only choose if the only other choices were regular lager.

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Photo of TheSarge
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been a while since I've had an English Pale Ale. Pretty fond of the style, so Sam Smith shouldn't let me down.

Pours quite well with a light tan cranium that is about three fingers thick, and retains perfectly.

The aroma is leathery, herbal, toffee, and a hint of cooked vegetable.

Taste wise it's got the typical tea flavors with buttery toffee and a very slight tart fruitiness.

Feels smooth, crisp, and dry to the palate. Altogether a nice sessionable pale ale.

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Photo of BDJake
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden abber with a nice fluffy white head, leaving decent lacing. Grassy, grainy, and herbal tones hit the nose. Sweet malts, a biscuit-like grain tone and the slightest of hops in the taste. Medium bodied with a dry feel, and a toasted feeling in the aftertaste. A decent drinker, one I imagine would be even better off tap.

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Photo of wcudwight
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Russet in color with a 1/2" pillowy cream colored head. Head quickly fades to a tight lace on top. Lot's of sweet malt in the nose with some herbal and grassy hop aromas. It's the simple complexity that makes this beer so delicious. Caramal malts, sweet breads, just enough grassy and herbal hops. Incredibly balanced. Incredibly simple. Incredibly delicious. This is the standard to which I hold all English Pale Ales. Very dry mouthfeel with a toasty aftertaste. Easy to drink and very enjoyable.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a mixed sixer for 10.99 not a bad price at all!

A - Pours a nice dark amber color, full of carbonation and a bit of head that clear to a nice ring of lace.

S - smells of a slight grain smell, maybe a bit of caramel but not offending.

T - Kind of grainy with slight hops. Finishes rather sweet with malts and a bit of sugar but dry which is a surprise. Repeated sip reveals the same so its pretty balanced.

M - Light to medium body. Grains are not as bitter as expected.

D - Well I like it and its hard to believe its an English pale ale since most offend me with herb notes this one is sweet yet bitter and kind of a dry finish. Not something I would hunt for but I would pick it up at the same price.

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Photo of jibbyvonjibb
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber color. Clear. Tall head. A beautiful beer all round. Lace sticks to glass well.

S: Earthy, floral hops. Maybe some butterscotch. I love this aroma. Possibly the best part of this beer.

T: Sweet caramel malt. Woodsy - oak. Slight tartness in back. Fairly dry finish.

M: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Smooth.

O: Very drinkable beer. I really like the earthiness of this one. Aroma is especially pleasant. Hits the spot some days. This is one of the beers that made me fall in love with beer in general, and I still haven't gotten tired of it. Though it's not the best beer I've ever tried, it might just be the best in its category (the organic version is great too). Anyways, I'd recommend this beer to anyone - you might not love it, but I bet you'll appreciate it.

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Photo of Rauknar
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a ceramic mug.

A - Produced a foamy head that subsided in a few minutes. Not much to look at in the dark mug . . looks like beer!

S - Slightly sour smell with some hop aroma that comes through, not much for grain scents.

T - Hops up front balanced with malt characteristics. Not tasting any malt sweetness but slightly tangy aftertaste.

M - Light mouth-feel, watery for my palate.

Overall: A good balanced, drinkable pale ale. This beer does not have all the qualities I was hoping to taste, however it is still very enjoyable.

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Photo of beerprovedwright
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour resulted in a two finger head of light brown thick suds. Great clinging lace with nice pattern. The color is a 20 on the SRM beer color chart with just a slight bit of haziness. Smells of sour dough bread, caramel, and some earthly tones. Flavorful, with hints of bread, caramel, molasses, sweet malt, and hops. Full body of creaminess in my mouth. Good tight flavor with lots of character, will have more of this in the future.

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Photo of NightINgale
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

550ml bottle poured into my Samuel Smith's tulip pint glass... This bottle was a year old, although this ageing was not planned upon.

A - Clear copper body with a nice frothy head. Very good head retention and impressive lacing. A truly beautiful Pale Ale!

S - Very earthy, with hints of caramel, sourdough bread and plum. Nothing too special about it, yet nice.

T - I suppose the water used in the brewing is on the hard side, which gives this ale a distinctive dry texture. At first you get some roastiness, along with caramel and toffee notes, which is followed by an apparent fruit taste, with apple and plum notes. The finish is bitter yet balanced by a moderate toffee-like sweetness and a lingering bready feel.

M - Medium-bodied. Quite dry, yet very smooth. The carbonation level is low and very appropriate for this style of beer. As I was drinking it, the beer became almost creamy, smoothly coating my palate.

D - Drinks smoothly and goes down well, provided you are used to pale ales. The ABV is more than reasonable. I would not go as far as to call it a session ale, but this beer is very drinkable nonetheless.

Overall, this is another great offering from Samuel Smith's. I was genuinely impressed, as I was not expecting that much from it. Truly English, Truly Ale. Recommended!

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of bubseymour
2.43/5  rDev -37%
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.

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Photo of thekoz
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle has the traditional sammy smiths gold foil top.

Pours a dark amber color with a 1/2 inch off white head. Much darker than most pale ales I feel.

I don't get a lot of aroma from the beer.

Nice carbonation level, pretty big bubbles. Almost a little much,

More bitter than most english pale ales. There is a slightly harsh flavor to the beer that I can't quite identify that hits on the back of the mouth. Perhaps a slight burnt coffee or toffee flavor.

Would certainly drink again, though might not choose over other examples of the style.

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Photo of jsh420
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours copper with a 1+ finger head that left some spotted lacing

smells like grapes?? and caramel

taste is just like the nose - its a caramel grape apple

mouthfeel is medium body with low carbonation that is close to being flat

drinkability is ok - good price good taste - its just the mouthfeel that kills it a little

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Photo of biglite351
2.8/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - slightly cloudy amber color. Nice tall creamy head that leaves some lacing.

S - Malty like a stout but then a fruity offness counes out.

T - tangy... fruit and malts, some caramel flavor in the mix. mnild bitterness in the after taste.

M - mild coating, a hit on the entire front of the tongue.

D - quite drinkable, but not my overall style.

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Photo of wahhmaster
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a light copper color with a foamy, white head that dissipates slowly and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: Has an earthy hop aroma with a bit of a candy-like sweet smell.

Taste: Has a slightly fruity and malty taste up front that becomes a slightly hoppy flavor towards the back supported by biscuity and grainy notes. Very tasty and very well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Reasonably full-bodied with a crisp edge to it.

Drinkability: An excellent exemplar of the English Pale Ale style. Definitely something lovers of the style should try and something I certainly wouldn't mind having again.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.44/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a 2" head which dissipates to 1/8". Surprisingly dark for a pale ale, looks like Lipton tea. In fact both in bottle and in glass my sample looks surprisingly dark compared to the photo in the BA reviews. Has a nice creaminess, some malt, and a hint of coffee in the flavor. Honestly, to me this seems like an aborted stout, like they started to make multiple things out of their stout process and with more time or a little tweaking this pale ale would indeed have been a stout. Enjoyable, but not what I expect from a pale ale.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
2.83/5  rDev -26.7%
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.

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