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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

932 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 932
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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HabiMendes

Rhode Island

4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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!

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 00:00:23 | More by HabiMendes
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purppy

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.4%

01-27-2013 00:09:48 | More by purppy
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SpectralAbyss

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

01-24-2013 23:23:03 | More by SpectralAbyss
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

550 ml (1 pint) bottle, uncapped and poured into a Boulevard tulip glass. No bottled on date present.

A - Pours a rich robust copper color with a nice thick fizzing two and a half finger cream colored head.

S - Figs and dark fruit sweetness hits me at first. Alcohol smell, but a pleasing alcohol smell. Some roasted bready malts and nut scent in the backbone, to be sure. Roasted malts seem to become more dominant as the beer warms a bit.

T - Roasted malts and dark fruits. Very malty, well-watery finish with a hint of green apple sugars lingering for a bit. Slight hint of cream maybe as the beer begins to warm. Almost reminds me of this nice 18 year old bottle of Hermes Glogg (mulled wine) that I drank last summer. Not extraordinarily hoppy, like many of the pale ales that I have come to favor, but this beer has a well-crafted sweetness to it, and is definitely worth having.

M - Smooth, clean body. Dry finish, but not too dry. Again, the lingering taste of green apple sweetness and some dark cherry and fig sweetness complimenting one another well.

In all, a flavorful beer to be sure. Reminds me almost of the Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout, only smoother and lighter in body. A nicely balanced beer, and easy sippin with a moderate 5.0% abv. I would probably opt for the Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout over this beer, but it was definitely worth checking out.

Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale ---4/5.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2013 02:09:14 | More by mfnmbvp
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AnitaBrewski

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

01-21-2013 23:42:43 | More by AnitaBrewski
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notchucknorris

California

3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a dark copper color with a nice and thick cream colored head. Lots of lacing down the glass.

S: Toasted grain, pale malt, a hint of golden raisins and some freshly baked bread.

T: This isn't the hop bomb I've come to look for in pale ales, but it's sneaky good. Some toasted caramel malt, honey malt, and grain with just a touch of hop bitterness. Some fruity esters linger in the background. Finish is squeaky clean. Super drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 22:39:10 | More by notchucknorris
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FredWho


4/5  rDev +3.4%

01-17-2013 06:01:12 | More by FredWho
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bh123

California

3.25/5  rDev -16%

01-17-2013 03:51:31 | More by bh123
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.4%

01-14-2013 02:14:50 | More by spycow
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BEERMILER12

Maine

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden orange color with 2 fingers worth of rocky head

S: Slightly fruity yeast, pale malts, and some light earthy hops. Simple, but good

T: Follows the nose. Starts out with plenty of fruity goodness rounded out with pale malts and light earthy hops that provide a nice light bitterness. Again, fairly simple, but good

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A good little English pale with a nice profile and great drinkability. Worthy of the name and a purchase

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 06:01:57 | More by BEERMILER12
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Deininger


4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

01-03-2013 21:28:57 | More by Deininger
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hunkler

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

01-02-2013 23:12:21 | More by hunkler
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Gerasimos

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

01-02-2013 16:44:38 | More by Gerasimos
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Sipchue

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

12-31-2012 00:21:42 | More by Sipchue
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elcrawl

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

12-30-2012 02:29:02 | More by elcrawl
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MAJ85

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

12-27-2012 22:19:05 | More by MAJ85
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LoFiDave

California

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

12-27-2012 02:34:15 | More by LoFiDave
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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

12-27-2012 02:04:57 | More by t0rin0
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.4%

12-21-2012 05:01:06 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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FLima

Brazil

2.83/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Amber color, a bit darker, and with a decent head.
Faint smell of caramels, malt and vanilla.
Taste follows smell, sweet malty taste with caramels and vanilla. Flavor got a bit unpleasant after it warmed up, a bit soapy.
Light to medium body with low carbonation.
Malty beer, traditional English Pale ale, don’t look for complexity. Second time I tried and this one didn’t go well, maybe because I had it too warm, I will need to give it a new try.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 21:32:27 | More by FLima
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ThisDudeAbides

California

3.25/5  rDev -16%

12-18-2012 03:24:51 | More by ThisDudeAbides
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mscudder

Georgia

3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Into a pint.

A - Deep amber hue, much darker than a traditional pale ale. Two-finger off-white head sits atop. Good retention with some nice lacing.

S - Some sweet caramel malts and biscuit notes. Nothing big going on here.

T - Lots of pale buttery malts with some mild dryness on the finish. This pale ale is on the sweet side but by no means is the sweetness robust.

M - Slightly watery medium body with average carbonation.

O - There seems to be a decent reason why I looked past this brew for such a long time. The other brews out of Sammy Smith's dwarf what this beer presents.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2012 03:13:29 | More by mscudder
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vidisad

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

12-16-2012 05:32:02 | More by vidisad
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mattporter2

California

4/5  rDev +3.4%

12-16-2012 04:52:27 | More by mattporter2
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sendbeer

Georgia

4/5  rDev +3.4%

12-15-2012 05:40:02 | More by sendbeer
Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
87 out of 100 based on 932 ratings.