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Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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950 Ratings

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Ratings: 950
Reviews: 657
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 32
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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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

HRamz3, Dec 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

humulusphile, Dec 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

kjkinsey, Dec 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

gmerrick, Dec 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

BillRoth, Dec 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Chugs13, Nov 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

dbaker61, Nov 23, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

pipinmalikonj, Nov 21, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

djrn2, Nov 19, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

BrandonOakes, Nov 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

chewy6935, Nov 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

capuchinpilates, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Oak & Vine on 16 Ave in Calgary, only place so far in this city I have found this classic. Pours an amazing bronze amber hue, almost marmalade orange, with a lot of white foam. I had to rush to contain the initial fizzy blast but things very quickly settled down. Aroma was heady and multifaceted, with sweet malts, stone fruits, and earthy hops predominating. This beer is a classic quintessential English ale, with ample character and complexity. Earthy woody English hops lead the way with a hint of apricot (Goldings aroma) against a rich toffee backdrop, considerable crystal malt sweetness but a lot of hop character to provide balance. Some sour crabapple and marmalade citrus flavors add complexity. Dark fruit (raisin) character and diacetyl butterscotch emerge in the finish, along with a mineral bite and old wine fermented notes. Great tapestry of English beer flavors. Body medium thick, with a lingering syrupy sweetness. Lots of residual sugars here. I am an unabashed Samuel Smith fan and this is one of the classics of the genre. Bottles may come off as a bit "old" in flavor but the overall effect is that of a timeless examplar of one of the great beer styles of the world.

CalgaryFMC, Oct 27, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

Wobbly, Oct 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

hopmashian, Oct 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

dansmcd, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Clean copper with a 1.5 finger off white head with strong staying power. Sick lacing that clings for dear life.

S- Maltier than most pales I have had as the English style comes through. Most US pales pound the nose with hops, but that is not the case here. Toasted bread and burnt caramel. Some sweet notes come through. Light floral and pine

T- Earthy to say the least. Toasted breads, rich charred wood, herbal like hop presence. Smooth but bitterness not completely hidden. A true English style ale.

M- Fantastic feel. Light bordering on mid body. Perfect carbonation for the style. A bit more wet than the style dictates, but I don't mind.

O- An outstanding pale. Highly recommended for those that don't care to be bombarded with IBUs. A delicious herbal flavor.

Bosoxfan20, Sep 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Hugonaut13, Sep 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

acurtis, Sep 22, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16%

quakeroatmealstout, Sep 21, 2013
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4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A well executed, authentic pale ale. Sweet, malty aroma with notes of burnt sugar or molasses. Appearance is bright, clear copper, with a light, relatively fast-dissipating head. Flavour is quite sweet with a strong hop-layered finish, that lingers and hints at toffee. The balance is slightly toward bitter, but a well-balanced beer overall. The mouthfeel is generally light and effervescent, and contrasts sharply with the complexities within the malt and hop flavours.

dreamchaser, Sep 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

SpongeRuiner, Aug 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

mpayne5, Aug 27, 2013
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3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Old Brewery pale ale pours a darker cooper color with a small lacing head. There is a floral aroma with a creamy note that Is full of nut and toffee notes, but its enjoyable. The taste has some floral notes, but it has a very unique okay undertone, and the flavor has some warmth from the alcohol, strong nut and toffee flavors. Easy to drink, just a tad watery. Overall its a pale, with some very unique flavors.

vette2006c5r, Aug 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

csfcmitchell, Aug 26, 2013
Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
87 out of 100 based on 950 ratings.