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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

658 Reviews
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Reviews: 658
Hads: 982
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 39
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
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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 tony223366
4.36/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Wow, this beer couldn't look anymore attractive right now. Easily 3+ fingers of off-white, dense foam that has real lasting power. The color is gorgeous too. A deep ruby amber color with perfect clarity. Surprisingly enough... this gets a 5 from me.

S: Tons of crisp aromas. The hops are what get me first are the piney hop aromas. Then it's all about the fruitiness of this beer. I get lots of dark fruits as well as some brown sugar. There's a lot of sweetness in the nose. It smells really nice though.

T: Hops are more subdued than your normal American Pale (duh!) but they are certainly there. This beer is really quite nice. The first thing that I get is some of that piney hop flavors. Somewhat floral. Then it moves to the rich, fruity malt base. I get lots of brown sugar, some nice rich caramel-like flavors. It's incredibly crisp and has a clean finish!

M: I let this beer sit out for a while before I tasted it and it's spot on. It's got a nice light carbonation with a smooth almost creamy body.

O: Wow, such a clean...tasty, complex beer. A true session beer in my opinion. I could drink this straight through dinner and into dessert. The Samuel Smith's India Pale Ale is next for tonight and I couldn't be more excited! (1,244 characters)

Photo of jcomp21
4.58/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer reminds me of a lighter version of a belgian quadruple, same sweet flavours just a bit lighter.

A - Dark copper. The body is on the clear side with a light cream head that settles to a sturdy cap.

S - There is a nice balance of sweet malt and earthy Fuggle hops.

T - Sweet malt with a banana toffee stawberry bite and toasted bread notes. Smooth flavour. Finishes with a hop flavor as well as carmelized banana.

M - Dry and crisp with a light-to-medium thickness.

O - This is a well made English pale ale. Very enjoyable and much different than an american Pale Ale. (584 characters)

Photo of Cozzatoad
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355ml bottle, best before april 2012

A- Deep and slightly hazy copper colour. Huge and healty off-white that shows very good retention throughout the whole tasting, while also leaving some nice amounts of lacing on the sides of the glass

S- Soft and slightly earthy combination of bready and caramel malts, with some light background fruity notes. Has some kind of a buttery feel to it

T- Biscuity malts with sweet notes of caramel and maybe honey. A slight leafy/earthy feel from the hops (Fuggles?) may be noticed. Some delicate fruity undernotes show up as the smell suggested. Finishes surprisingly quite dry, with a nice hint of clean hop bitterness that makes you longing for another sip. Perfect balance between sweet and bitter notes. Not extra flavourful or complex but somehow still highly satisfying

M- Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Soft, butterish mouthfeel on both tongue and palate. Dry on the finish and in the aftertaste as already mentioned

O- A very fine, perfectly balanced ale that manages to feel highly satisfying despite not having loads of flavours or high compexity. Highly drinkable and even decently refreshing (1,158 characters)

Photo of Samp01
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber with a small white lasting beige with good retention. Aroma and Taste is sweet caramel malt, some citrus and fruity notes, some yeast and bread, with some light piney hops. A medium body brew with moderate carbonation on the palate with a smooth mouthfeel. Finishes with a good sweet caramel malt character, some yeast, followed by some fruity citrus notes ending with some good bitter hops to balance the sweetness. Overall a good, balanced session brew. (474 characters)

Photo of Foto14
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was a more than satisfactory choice for my first review.

Color: Deep amber with a lovely gradient and almost two fingers of head

Aroma: Malty with a bit of citrus and hops. I almost instantly thought of honey lemon tea, actually. Not the most potent aroma, but this is not a complaint

Taste: Caramel, again, I thought of honey, a nice balance of hops and malt. Nothing too crazy, but there is plenty happening.

Mouth feel: Light carbonation, goes down smooth, and has a nice lingering aftertaste that doesn't take over your tongue.

Overall: I continuously read and hear that England knows how to pay attention to balance, and this beer is living proof. Can't wait to enjoy another! (697 characters)

Photo of YAndreK47
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

my first review so please excuse the lack of description

color: rich amber
head: rocky but eventually dissipates to less than 1/8" in 5 minutes and lingers
aroma: hoppy and fruity esters
taste: crisp followed by hoppy bitterness followed by smooth finish
motuhfeel: medium body but closer to the dry side
overall: very drinkable beer (334 characters)

Photo of Dave1999
4.46/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into a standard pint glass.

Rich red in colour with a white foamy head.

Smells of malts and grapefruit as well as malts.

A complex array of tastes including hops, malts, lemon, treacle and barley.

Goes down smooth with just the right amount of carbonation.

This is just a fantastic pale ale, complex layers of flavour and just a great beer. I'd recommend this to anyone. (387 characters)

Photo of hooliganlife
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a dull copper with a nice creamy head. light retention as it dissipates.

lots of caramel and malt with some faint floral hops

more flavorful with a stronger hop presence. nice mix of floral and bitter hops. nice caramel malt backbone.

a bit moderate carbonation with some bite. moderate body.

very good, loads of flavor for this english pale. (354 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a slightly hazy orangish copper color. The off-white head settles quickly to a film with decent sticky lacing. The beer smells mostly of malts with a slight sweetness poking through. The beer tastes very malty with some caramel sweetness. The hop presence is there, but not dominant. A very well-balanced beer. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and very easy to drink.

Overall, this is a very easy drinking Pale Ale. There is a sort of musty feel about it that I find in all of Samuel Smith's beers, but I'm not saying that's a bad quality, I like it, and I think this beer falls in line with all of their other wonderful brews. (673 characters)

Photo of TheHammer
4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Two fingers of head that retained like crazy and produced modest lacing. The body is the classic pale copper with steady carbonation, without a hint of cloudiness. A bit more lacing would earn the perfect score.

Smell: Well balanced caramel malt and fruity yeast with touches of piney hops. Warming didn't really help it's case and it's exceptionally good, but it's just not potent enough.

Taste: Nice sweet caramel malt that turns into a more fruity and yeasty note that is lightly dusted off with a decent but not overpowering hit of hops. There is nothing bad I can say about the taste of this beer. Nothing too complex, but nothing boring.

Mouthfeel: Exceptional transitioning as the experience seamlessly blends together. The carbonation assists the entire beer, the aftertaste is a present mild fruity malt. Once again, there is nothing I can complain about.

Drinkability: I little bit heavier then I'd expect, but still easy to drink regardless. Refreshing, keeps down nicely and smooth. I really like that the aftertaste never gets out of control.

Final Thoughts: I find myself finding the English and Scottish styles far better suited to my pallet then their American counterparts. I think this unseats St-Ambroise as my pale ale of choice. I think the best part is that they kept bitterness in check and didn't aim closer to IPA territory. Highly recommend this one. (1,394 characters)

Photo of BrownNut
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Copper/amber. True to form, this Samuel Smith's yields a thick biscuit of textured foam that lingers. You could eat it with a spoon.

Smell - very yeasty, like rising bread dough

Mouthfeel - kind of soft

Taste - what at first seemed fruity became more like honey. It's malt but leans towards a honey taste. It's pretty light and easy drinking, bordering on watery but not quite getting there. The fruit peeks back in just a bit now and then. A little banana? Apple? Not sure.

Aftertaste - Just the barest hint of bitterness. I love the smell as I exhale out of my nose for a while after a sip. The taste fades away fairly quickly. After five minutes it's at a very low level and the mouth feels clean and barely astringent.

Overall - Despite loving Samuel Smith's, I have steered clear of this one for years because the Nut Brown and the Oatmeal and the Imperial were always sitting right next to it and because I'm not a pale ale or IPA guy in general. But this is great. What a nice and drinkable pairing of honey malty sweet and mild hop bitter in a light and refreshing package. If I could ask for anything it might be a bit more robustness on the back end to increase the richness and to slow me down a bit. But on the whole it's a very pleasant, sessionable, well-made, and pleasingly flavored beer. (1,322 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear copper with a tight, compact off-white head.

S: Very earthy on the nose, with aromas of leather, tobacco, moist earth, pepper, and lemon really standing out.

T: Notes of minerals, toffee, butterscotch, leather, tobacco, pepper, moist earth, herbs, and lemon wash across the palate. The finish is earthy and mildly spicy with an abundance of pepper, leather, tobacco, and toffee notes.

M: Medium-bodied and dry. Carbonation is crisp. This is an incredibly refreshing ale, and in terms of mouthfeel, really nails the feeling that one expects of a typical English pale ale.

O: I've always really liked this beer and my opinion has not changed in the slightest over the years. Few English pale ales, or at least few that I've tried, are as flavorful as Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale. This is an exquisite ale. If your familiarity with English pales stops at Whitbread and/or Bass, then this beer should be a must try for you. (948 characters)

Photo of OMGTheyKilkenny
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550 ml bottle into a stein.

A: Pours a pale reddish golden copper. Fairly clear with an inch of foamy light tan head that has fairly good staying power.

S: Bready with pungent fruit, sweet and sour. A yeasty aroma with toasted malts. How else to put this? Extremely British.

T: Toasted malts and caramel reminiscent of a much heavier ale. Hints of green apple, but overall a bit like drinking liquid bread dough. Very mild floral hop character lends just a hint of bitterness on the aftertaste.

MF: Full mouth presence that lingers for a bit. Sturdy carbonation, but goes down smooth.

D: If American craft beers are renowned for being innovative, the Brits are known for doing the same exact thing fairly well for generations. This is most certainly a British beer. Could easily see throwing a few of these back in a pub. (826 characters)

Photo of Greggy
3.37/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A soapy white head. Minimal lacing but thin cap.

S Pine resin, marmalade, earthy

T earthy pine and some distant marmalade finish is quick

M on par per style. Would like to see more carbonation.

D ok but nothing special. Overall a textbook English pale (255 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle

Texas Liquor
Carlsbad, CA

Copper and auburn with a thick, pillowy, persistent light brown head that leaves small lines of lace down the glass.

Sweet caramel and toffee lead the way in the aroma, with biscuity and bready malts combining for a pleasantly sweet aroma. There isn't much hop presence, but as an English pale ale, that is to be expected. Very nice.

The flavor too is lacking in distinct hop character, which I don't mind in this style. The caramel, toffee, and bready flavors combine well for an incredibly easy drinking pale.

Medium bodied with ample carbonation.

A definitive version of the style. Malty and delicious. (644 characters)

Photo of greenborn
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a very nice pale ale. The color and the smell were fine but the taste was very traditional barley malt with just a touch of hops. The balance of the malt and hops are what make this ale so good. First there is the malt smell then the tasted of malt which trails off into the mild hop crispness. I liked this ale very much and recommend it to those who enjoy English traditional ales. (392 characters)

Photo of airforbes1
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange color. The head is one finger thick, and a thin layer remained throughout the beer. On the nose, I didn't smell too much, with sour apple being the primary aroma.

The sour apple sensation became even stronger on the taste The beer even made me pucker on my first few sips. The hops don't make an appearance. Neither do the typical diacetyl overtones. I wonder how fresh this bottle is, but I can only go off what I'm tasting right now.

Anyway, going off the bottle I had, I'd say this isn't a bad beer, but it doesn't compare well to the Fuller's London Pride I had earlier in the evening. (611 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: shiny amber body, 2 finger head, patchy lacing

S: biscuit malt, apple, grain

T: light apple, grain malt, light bitter crisp finish

M: light/med body, dry crisp mouth

O: This is good English pale ale.
Great session brew and would
recommend to others.

WELL DONE, GIVE IT A GO! (284 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brownish amber with 1/2" of dense, foamy head with good retention. The smell is cooked apples, faint caramel, and light, bready malts. The taste is bready, caramelly malt with some sweet apple-like fruitiness and faint alcohol phenols. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and well carbonated.

This is a well balanced, malty, delicious example of the style. I've had it on several occasions, and I've enjoyed it every time. (440 characters)

Photo of fx20736
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a British Pint glass.

Cloudy translucent, apricot with a 1 finger tan head that leaves a palimpset of nice lacing.

Aroma of bready malt, apricots and clover-honey. As the beer warms Caramel and Diacetyl announce themselves.

Mouthfeel: That Tadcaster water wins every time.

Taste: A bed of malt spread with honey, sprinkled with white pepper that leaves a thick patina of musty, earthy, English Hops, coated in sweet caramel.

Notes: Killer. This beer instantly joins the Pantheon. I allow the sweetness of this beer to pass through the gates unmolested as the overall composition of this masterpiece works in every way. (655 characters)

Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Fuller's London Pride.

A: Clear light amber with few tiny bubbles and a two-finger, off-white creamy head that lasted a couple of minutes. Pretty good lacing.

S: Malt. Apples and dark fruit. Very mild.

T: Light sweetness and bitterness. Apples and citrus hops. A hint of nuttiness.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Creamy and smooth. Just slightly dry.

O: I was a bit dissappointed by the head retention and lacing. The smell was a bit too mild. Overall, very drinkable though, and very smooth. I like the flavor. (570 characters)

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear copper color from a 12 oz bottle, with no ABV or freshness date on the bottle.
One finger frothy, foamy head that dissipates fairly slowly to a thin film that stays.
Rich malty aroma with hints of spice and hops.
Taste, similar to the aroma, is high on malts. There is a lingering bitterness from the hops in the finish.
Crisp, refreshing and easy to drink. Perfect sessions beer.
This is an ale for all times. Definitely worth a try and comes highly recommended. (483 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 550 ml bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Bright amber orange with lots of rising bubbles. Big four finger off white head with good retention and lots of lacing sticking around the glass.

Smell: Sweet toasted caramel malts with apples, bread, dark berries, figs, nuts, and hints of citrus hops. Very malt driven. Smells a lot like apple cider.

Taste: Like the smell. A big taste of bready sweet caramel malts with apples, toffee, nuts, berries, and figs. There is a light but noticeable presence of citrus hops in the finish. Tastes a lot like apple cider but the small kick of hops in the finish reminds you that its a beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy in the mouth and smooth.

Overall: A very fine English pale ale. Very malty but the sweetness is nice and not too much. Pretty well balanced. (883 characters)

Photo of dudelove7485
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to pint glass.

Copper with slightly cloudy consistency. Thin, off-white head, though definite lacing. Malty apple aroma with hints of berry. Creamy medium body with med-high bitterness. Malty, caramel taste, slightly toasty with a refreshing finish. Nice representation of an ESB. (300 characters)

Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Small amount of fluffy head over a golden orange body. Nose is bready white toast with a faint fruity hop character. Flavor is the same as nose. Light bready flavor with a metallic sourness. Some fruity hops notes but I'm thrown off by this malty sourness. It doesn't taste infect but just a bad mix of malts. I drank the whole bottle but won't be buying this again. (366 characters)

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