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

55cL bottle. Pours clear dark copper with a large, rocky tan head. Smells of sweet, honey-like malt, slightly floral, earthy notes, and a hint of brown sugar. The taste is again mostly sweet, earthy malt, along with some light hop character. Buttery flavors from diacetyl; they actually add to it though. Medium, smooth body. Nice, mild, flavorful beer.

philipquarles, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of laituegonflable
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden brown colour with an ecru head, lightly dispersed and hanging around reasonably well. Some very nice lacing effects, but slightly thin. No carbs, clear body. Looks tasty.

Nose has some nicely balanced malt and hop characters. A strong, almost syrupy pale malt character blends with a slight grassy hint of hops. Actually, on second thoughts I think the malt dominates and it's slightly sweet, kind of mediciney but not bad.

First taste is a bitter one, especially compared with the smell. A quite strong malty mid-palate is fenced in by a spicy front and a slightly herbal and also sour, earthy finish. Quite an interesting palate although there is still that slight medicinal flavour lingering at the back which gives it a bit of a downer. Mouthfeel is quite stimulating - the beer looks smooth but comes alive with a bit of a tingling, sparkling effect over the tongue.

This is a good ale, well-balanced and interesting. Too polite and British to offend or excite me.

laituegonflable, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Perfectly clear amber, with a nice small but solid head of beige foam. No carbonation visible. Looks syrupy and still in the glass. Lacing is good. Looks pretty tasty.

Copper and malt on the nose, quite sweet, with a hint of preserved lemon citrus character. There's a good backbone of solid caramel/candy sweetness, but it's not huge. Nice characters, but not particularly powerful.

The caramel malty richness is present on the palate too, but there's a good firm English hoppy bitterness to balance it here. Green and sharp and quite robust. Nice, it just cuts through the malt the way you want it to. It leaves the sweetness as the canvas, but the hops as the striking contemporary design swished over the top.

Mouthfeel is quite smooth, perhaps not as creamy as a good real ale could be - and this would benefit from a little of that.

A very drinkable brew, well balanced and well made. If it seems a tad on the sweet side at first, it manages to balance itself out by the end.

lacqueredmouse, Apr 13, 2009
Photo of youngblood
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this as part of a 4 pack gift set. Pours a very shimmery gold and amber with a very white head. Smells of fruit and some light citrus. Bit of unplaced sweetness in there as well. The taste is super clean with the malt sweetness working very well with the clean hop profile. Extremely refreshing. Leaves the mouth slightly dry and wanting another sip. This is one to drink all day.

youngblood, Apr 06, 2009
Photo of witster18
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

like their other offerings this brew is good but not great. Looks good with a hazy copper... 1" head. The nose is awesome with lots of floral and fruit(citrus and mellon). Probobly the easiest drinker of the sammy brews I've had and they all go down pretty easy. Lacks kick.... wish it delivered the same with the taste as it does with the nose. I'm sure this is traditional and I know it's fine quality... but for the price hand me an American Pale... or somethin with some hop bang which this lacks.

witster18, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of Kromes
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a thick head. Very good carbonation. Smells "earthy" with hop aroma. Taste is toasted malts followed by a very muted floral grassy hop flavor and then a bitterness in the finish. Don't know why, but it reminded me of an herbal tea. Good drinkability and flavor.

Kromes, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of arizcards
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 550ml bottle from BevMo in late November for $2.99.

Beer poured an amber-orange with a decent off white head. Nose is toasted biscuity malts and a hint of hop flower. Taste is well balanced with biscuity malts and a pear-apple hop finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, well carbonated, and pretty smooth. Overall drinkability is good. This is a well balanced session pale ale that is a bit spendy but definitely worth trying if you are a English pale ale fan.

arizcards, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of mwagner1018
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a four banger of this one a couple of weeks ago...I have had it several times, but have to admit it is not one my "go to" beers...figured I would review it...

A- Nice medium amber color, decent creamy head, nice 2 fingers.

S- Decent smell, notes of light hops...smells like Goldings...Good balance to the aroma, but nothing too exciting...I think that the balance in aroma is definitely more a toffy/caramel character...definitely reflective of the malt more than the hops...

T- Really nice balanced taste, really showcases the malt/hop interaction, refreshing....allowed to warm up to room temp, I think shows more of the complexity of this beer.

M- Nice carbonation level, low and characteristic of the English old Ale style...good tingle of hops in the back of the tongue, and clean on the pallet...really nice in the mouth, caramel from the malt...

D- Very drinkable, nice alcohol content, makes this one a great "session" ale...although not for the price...I like this beer, but will probably continue to drink on a pretty infrequent basis...I do like this beer though...

mwagner1018, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of SickBrew
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Smith's brew's are growing on me and they are consistently good!

This beer pours a hefty shade of pale orange to amber with a finger's worth of solid, slightly off-white head. The head does dissipate to a scamp covering after several slugs but continuous to leave some nice lacing. Nose is more malty than hopy unlike many of its American cousins. Taste is also on the malty side and actually quite refreshing given all the crazy over the top hop beers around. Additional flavors include light caramel and some faint toasty notes - almost like an amber. Body is medium light and the carbonation level is relatively high. Overall this is a great beer that I will be having again.

SickBrew, Mar 24, 2009
Photo of wheatyweiss
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 550 mL bottle into an imperial pint.

Pours a light rust color with a short lived 1/2 inch head that leaves decent lacing.

Aroma is of light roast malt, floral undertones and tannins.

Flavor is malty and buttery with a small floral flavor that hints at hops. Tannic flavor like iced tea comes through in the middle along with a nutty flavor. Finishes slightly dry with a nice toasty malt flavor that lets the hops come through slightly.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium. Creamy carbonation with a slightly stinging bite which may be from the minerals in the water.

Very nice, easy to session ale.

wheatyweiss, Mar 23, 2009
Photo of santa109
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle served at 45 degrees.

A: Poured a nice orange color into a pint with small head that quickly faded away.

S: First impression of candy-like fruitiness. Also a bit musty.

T: Biscuity malts with an underlying fruitiness and a hint of hop bite. Very well balanced, everything seems to fit together perfectly. I'm very impressed, it feels very "fresh" and clean.

M: Leaves a drying finish in the mouth. Perfect carbonation.

D: Extremely easy to drink. I would gladly have a few of these in a session.

Overall, I'm quite impressed once again with Samuel Smith's beers. This one was perfect for this spring Sunday afternoon.

santa109, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of KTCamm
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pleasing copper amber color with a thick creamy foamy head. Lacing down the side.

Smell was muted - amlty hop aroma, not much else.

Taste was classic english pale - malt open with a balanced hop finish. Very mild citrus hint. Moderately carbonated in the mouthfeel.

Highly drinkable. While not the best offering from Sam Smith, this is a solid brew, and one I come back to every few months or so. Always reliably tasty.

KTCamm, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of Rayek
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Brilliant amber with very active carbonation from small bubbles. Small cream head has nice retention, but doesn't leave much lace behind.

S: Mild, yet complex. Fresh toasted bread, dry earth, black tea and even a hint of tobacco interplay nicely. The fruity aroma I come to expect from Samuel Smith beers is here in the form of cherries.

T: Nicely balanced overall. Toasted malt and black tea flavors start things out. Bitterness has a lemon and pepper blend to it. There is a mild general fruitiness in the background. Finishes a bit dry and somewhat tart.

M: Medium-light body has bit too much fizz to it.

D: Another really nice Samuel Smith offering. Refined to a T and very drinkable. Not there most impressive offering, but still an excellent example of the style.

Rayek, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of bashiba
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a nice clean amber color with a tons of carbonation leading to a thick and almost perfect off white head.

The smell was lightly and slightly fruity with hints of minerals.

The flavor is very classic english Pale Ale. Has a nice toasted malt bready backbone with an earthy and minerally finish with just a touch of hop bitterness along with some light fruity notes.

The mouthfeel has a nice bit of oily thickness to it with lots of zippy carbonation.

Very drinkable and solid English Ale. I would consider it a benchmark English pale.

bashiba, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of RJLarse
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought a bomber of Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale in a grocery store. Poured in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a brown brew about the color of tea. Creamy thick off-white head has an orange tinge to it.

Smell is earthy sweet, hints of peat and toffee with a litle rum presence.

Taste is like the smell. Peaty, with a rum candy flavor. Mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel is smooth, medium body, mildly carbonated with a dry bitter aftertaste.

Average drinkability I guess. I'm not much on the style and the English brews always seem to have a rum candy or brandy flavor to them that I find a bit off

RJLarse, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: a clean golden amber w/ a 1/4" white head that fizzes up and fades; a center column of white bubbles can be seen through the clear body

s: sweet grainy malts; hay; sweet honey; light grape; light hoppy bitterness; apples

t: grainy malts; dry grain; light bitterness; to me this is typical boring englishness

m: a little too much carb for me; light cloy; light/med mouthfeel; a little aggressive for an english beer the way i see it

d: the beer is very mellow and light and very english standard in terms of all of its parts except the overcarbing. I think this is a good drinkable beer that is perhaps more than the sum of its parts in its classic drinkability, but it may be a little boring for some (like me)

hoegaardenhero, Mar 05, 2009
Photo of JayNH
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a slightly cloudy copper with a large foamy head. Leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

S- slightly sweet toasty malt and a mild tea like hoppiness.

T- Excellent balance. A toasty malt and an earthy hoppiness. Finishes dry.

M- Medium bodied and very smooth, carbonation is just right.

D- Excellent. Perfect balance, I could could drink quite a few of these.

JayNH, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of Kendo
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a pint glass, the body is coppery-orange with a small cream-colored head. Leaves behind a decent amount of lace.

S: Malty and earthy -- light biscuit or bready malt and a slight bit of mustiness.

T: Body is mainly light malt flavors -- biscuity, bready with a slight sweetness -- and a moderate bitterness on the finish. Not terribly flavorful, and there's a slight metallic sense to the finish.

M: Lighter side of medium in heft. Carbonation is low, reminding me in feel that this is a British ale.

D: Solid. Easy-drinking.

Kendo, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of endincolorado
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Cloudy, deep red-amber with about an inch of foamy cream-colored head. Nice head retention, light lacing.

Smell- Earthy and slightly fruity hops in the nose, with a buttery caramel malt background

Taste- Sweet toasty, bready malts in the foreground, wonderful buttery flavor- biscuitty maltiness, balanced with slightly bitter hops

Mouthfeel- Medium mouthfeel, fairly creamy and smooth. Appropriate carbonation.

Drinkability- Medium to high. Excellent pale ale, not too much alcohol, sweet buttery flavor could be overpowering after a few.

endincolorado, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of PirateUlf73
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an English-style pint glass.

A: Clear reddish-amber in color with a substantial off-white head. Good retention and pretty decent lacing.

S: Not a very strong nose. Some hop earthiness with perhaps a smattering of toasted caramel malt.

T: Soft hop spice mingles with semi-dry caramel and toasty sweetness. Neither one really overpowers the other. Very balanced and tasty.

M: Silky medium body with a bit lower carbonation than expected. Finish is bitter, dry and almost chalky.

D: A good 'ol fashioned drinking ale. Goes down smooth and easy.

I was a bit underwhelmed by this beer at first, perhaps because I've become somewhat jaded on the hop monsters in the U.S.A. However, it grew on me as I drank it, and as I realized what it was supposed to be: a good solid English pub ale. Makes me wish I had some fish and chips to go with it.

PirateUlf73, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of bigdeuce
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Boy, I am NOT an English ale kinda guy, but damn is this good. Scent is the only thing holding this one back. Smell is a bit light and kinda metallic. Great pour, excellent head retention. Tracing on the glass. Tastes terrific, of toffee and is creamy and very nutty. Really nice flavors in the beer, shoot all around the palate. Nice hop balance on the back end. Great session brew. Way tooo expensive. A fair price for this beer may be $11 bucks a sixer but it is that for only four. If it were affordable, Old Brewery Ale would be in my fridge daily!

bigdeuce, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of gabe23
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Crystal clear amber color with slowly fading white head. Lacing is scattered.

S - Mild aroma with a toasty malt mixed with a bit of sweet fruit. A slight earthy hop aroma is in there somewhere, but malt dominates.

T - The start is mildly bitter and hoppy, with a metallic tinge to the taste. A sweet malt fruitiness then takes over and leads to a slightly dry finish. Very nice, and not as sweet as the aroma would indicate.

M - Medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Slightly thick on the tongue, but not heavy.

D - This is a very drinkable beer with a balanced flavor and low ABV. Perfect for downing a few pints or enjoying with a meal.

gabe23, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of jujubeast6000
3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reviewed 8/16/2007 (bottle):

Pours a clear brown colored body, with a white-brownish colored head, average to small in size. Has a malty aroma, with some honey. Malty effervescent, honey taste. Fresh tasting. Lots of honey aftertaste. Nice session beer.

jujubeast6000, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of roadhouse
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 18.7 oz. bottle into an imperial nonic.

Appearance is copper in color with a quarter inch off-white head that falls to a skim and leaves some moderate lacing.

Aroma is very weak overall, I'm barely getting anything. There's a bit of caramel malt, some toastiness, and a light hop presence of the spicy herbally variety.

Taste is pretty much the same as the aroma. There's caramel and toasty notes up front with a finish that consists of mild herbal hops.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, pretty creamy. Nice carbonation.

Overall, I wasn't really impressed by this and have had better English Pales. Still, it's not a bad beer, just not worth the cost.

roadhouse, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of sentomaster
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice bright copper color with a two finger off white head. Good retention.

S- Nice bouquet of flowers with citrus and light orange fruitiness.

T- Smooth pale malt flavors of fresh soft biscuit up front with a soft fruitiness that carries through. A very slight hop bite in the middle with notes of citrus and lemon rind. A bit of spicy esters in the finish with a classic pale ale dryness.

M- Very smooth medium body with a nice grainy texture.

D- An outstanding pale ale with nice layers. Eternally drinkable.

sentomaster, Feb 09, 2009
Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
87 out of 100 based on 950 ratings.