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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

938 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 938
Reviews: 657
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 31
Gots: 17 | 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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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

10-27-2013 02:04:18 | More by CalgaryFMC
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Wobbly

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

10-22-2013 17:44:55 | More by Wobbly
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hopmashian

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

10-15-2013 22:39:02 | More by hopmashian
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dansmcd

Australia

4/5  rDev +3.4%

10-08-2013 12:04:56 | More by dansmcd
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Bosoxfan20

Missouri

3.83/5  rDev -1%

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.

09-28-2013 04:19:40 | More by Bosoxfan20
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Hugonaut13

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

09-27-2013 13:28:57 | More by Hugonaut13
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

09-22-2013 03:05:01 | More by acurtis
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quakeroatmealstout

New York

3.25/5  rDev -16%

09-21-2013 03:44:46 | More by quakeroatmealstout
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dreamchaser

Ontario (Canada)

4.09/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

09-04-2013 20:37:17 | More by dreamchaser
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SpongeRuiner

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

08-31-2013 21:14:38 | More by SpongeRuiner
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mpayne5

Indiana

4/5  rDev +3.4%

08-27-2013 04:05:04 | More by mpayne5
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vette2006c5r

South Dakota

3.63/5  rDev -6.2%

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.

08-27-2013 02:31:33 | More by vette2006c5r
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csfcmitchell

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.4%

08-26-2013 19:44:20 | More by csfcmitchell
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Johnq1964

United Kingdom (England)

3.25/5  rDev -16%

08-25-2013 18:51:09 | More by Johnq1964
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GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

08-21-2013 06:38:05 | More by GRG1313
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longisland1983

New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

08-18-2013 21:17:45 | More by longisland1983
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vinicole

United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

08-15-2013 19:40:22 | More by vinicole
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EBeckett3

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.4%

08-15-2013 03:45:05 | More by EBeckett3
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lsummers

California

3.64/5  rDev -5.9%

Pours a fantastic color of amber, copper. Somewhat cloudy with a nice one finger fluffy cream colored head. I love when lighter styles look flavorful.

Smells of some toffee biscuits. Very sweet with just a hint of some floral hop notes. Overall, bready, malty, sweet, and a little funky.

Taste is very nutty and creamy. Notes of toffee, brown sugar, and biscuit along with some slight dried fruit. Not much hop notes at all poking through the bready malt sweet notes. I wouldn't mind having some more hop notes, although I wonder if fresher the bottle the more hop notes you get. Having this fresh might have a lot to do with it.

Mouthfeel has some medium carbonation which helps the every so slight touch of hops on the flavor. There's not that much so it's nice to have a mouthfeel that accentuates that bitterness bite you get from hops. It's slighty creamy and feels somewhat fat. Mouthfeel is very nice and instantly reminds me I'm drinking an english pale.

Overall, a very enjoyable english pale. Samuel Smiths brewery seems to do nothing bad, they just have more offerings that are better. A solid English Pale Ale, but not my most favorite pale and definitely not my most favorite from this brewery. You should try this at least once.

08-11-2013 20:51:49 | More by lsummers
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nygannon

California

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

08-03-2013 21:20:28 | More by nygannon
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UffDaBock

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +3.4%

07-26-2013 20:16:20 | More by UffDaBock
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GibbonsTheBeerGuy

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

07-23-2013 15:41:57 | More by GibbonsTheBeerGuy
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FLBeerGuy

Florida

4/5  rDev +3.4%

07-20-2013 21:50:49 | More by FLBeerGuy
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steevbr

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.4%

07-16-2013 04:52:13 | More by steevbr
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crobinso

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

07-13-2013 01:30:47 | More by crobinso
Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
87 out of 100 based on 938 ratings.