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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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very good

944 Ratings

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Ratings: 944
Reviews: 657
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 31
Gots: 19 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Sipchue, Dec 31, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

elcrawl, Dec 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

MAJ85, Dec 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

LoFiDave, Dec 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

t0rin0, Dec 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Hopheadjeffery, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of FLima
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.

FLima, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of ThisDudeAbides
3.25/5  rDev -16%

ThisDudeAbides, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of mscudder
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.

mscudder, Dec 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

vidisad, Dec 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

mattporter2, Dec 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

sendbeer, Dec 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

WilstonOreo, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of GotWad629
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.

GotWad629, Dec 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

cliff1066, Dec 09, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

MelissaMonosoff, Dec 09, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

saburky, Dec 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

WebGuyMike, Dec 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

zenithberwyn, Dec 03, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

swungomonkey, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of beergoot
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful, exceptionally clear copper color crowned with a rich, creamy, dense, sticky and faintly tan head. Richly sweet caramel malt prevails with a faint apricot presence (not very sweet or anything, but still a very light and subtle fruit scent) underneath; sweet sticky bun. Nice light, sweet, grainy malt flavor overall; soft caramel at first; bread-like; nice fade-in of hop bitterness gently complements the malt sweetness. Medium-body, clean, semi-dry finish.

A most enjoyable beer; nicely balanced with a low-key complexity.

beergoot, Nov 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

KalanM, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of 401J
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into a wine glass on a snowy new england night in the colonial seaport town of Bristol, R.I. while watching The Voice with my auburn haired mistress.

This beer pours a beautiful sharp orange color with a nice head of some unorganized larger bubbles.

The nose is mild of vanilla and hints to me that this brew will have a creamy fell to it.

Upon tasting, I am treated to a mouthful of balance. I get all of the vanilla and cream mouthfeel I had hoped for then a late introduction to hops that do not overstay their welcome and fade at the most appropriate of times.. Lovely

This, to me, is the benchmark for pale ales in my young beer tasting career..

401J, Nov 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Thunderballroom, Nov 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Kahlerbock, Nov 26, 2012
Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
87 out of 100 based on 944 ratings.