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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

942 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 942
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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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -2.3%

Pours a coppery brown with a decent off-white head and outstanding rings of lace with every sip. Very very nice.

Smell is subdued. Some sweet malt scents, a little fruit, and some hop leaf.

Tastes of sweet malt, but more like sweet brown grain or whole grain bread elements. Hop bitterness is present, but nothing over the top. No citrus, or extra (unneeded) flavors here.

Medium body, fair carbonation. A drinkable pale ale for sure. I find it a little on the mild side. Very smooth, with no bold distinctive flavors. Very well crafted and balanced.

09-25-2008 00:37:20 | More by OtherShoe2
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.7/5  rDev -4.4%

Poured with a nice head and a bit of lace. Clear dark amber color. Malty hoppy aroma. Great flavor with very interesting English hops going on. Plenty of malt to balance. Excellent beer. Decent finish. Easy session beer. Pale ale in name but similar to a special bitter.

09-19-2008 22:49:35 | More by drpimento
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RodBurg

Missouri

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%

Poured a dark copper/amber color, different for a pale ale. Small off-white head, minimal lacing.

Burnt, caramel malt and floral hops mix well in the nose.

Caramel malt hits first on the palate and is balanced very well by the hops. Finishes with a bready malt. Very drinkable with a great flavor and balance. Great session beer.

09-18-2008 17:00:07 | More by RodBurg
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -6.2%

A: When poured from a bottle to a pint glass, this beer had an amber color and a slightly cloudy consistency. There was about a half inch of head and some good lacing.

S: Above anything else, the malt came through in this category. Also some hops and a nutty quality.

T: As with the the smell, malt was the most prevalent component. Kind of acidic, in a way, but pretty well done.

M: A decent amount of carbonation and a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This beer wasn't exactly like other pale ales I've had before - there was much more malt in this one. Not a bad beer, but not my favorite.

09-08-2008 13:02:43 | More by avalon07
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mtstatebeer

West Virginia

2.65/5  rDev -31.5%

355 ml. bottle. Pours an amber with small off-white head. Initial smell was not very good (maybe got a bad bottle). Taste was a little better, bitter, malty, a little hoppy. Medium body and a slight metallic finish.

I wanted to rate this now, even though it maybe be skewed by a bad beer. Will re-rate.

08-27-2008 23:03:57 | More by mtstatebeer
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changeup45

Florida

3.33/5  rDev -14%

Pretty good beer but not as good as some of their others. The color is a little darker than most Pale Ales I've tried. It does have a nice foamy tan head and a lot of lace on the glass. The aroma is mild, I just didn't get a whole lot. Malty and spicy flavors with a hoppy, fruity finish. Decent EPA.

08-24-2008 15:27:28 | More by changeup45
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

4.38/5  rDev +13.2%

An English style pale as opposed to an IPA thus showing less hops and a deeper character. Pours beautifully, frothy cream-colored head comprised of small bubbles that form a nice cap. Good retention and lacing, quality already. Malty nose reflects the forward malt flavors followed by a quick, dry hop finish. Clean. Medium body, nice mouthfeel, true amber color. Delightful. A great example of what a beer can be and what an English Pale should be.

08-20-2008 14:24:22 | More by thekevlarkid
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Herrbrokt

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +15%

550 ml. bottle. Served into pint glass. no fresh by.

Pours an amberish brown. Nice beige head that sticks around for the fun.

Smells of dough and fruits.

Fantastic balance in the taste. sweet malt, buttery dough and the all important kick of hops. Real nice.

It lays a bit thicker on the tongue than I expected though. not as dry and bright as many pale ales. only criticism on this one.

overall big hit. I'll pick up a stack.

08-18-2008 01:02:48 | More by Herrbrokt
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -7%

A - Bronzish Copper color... Thick fluffy head fades to a finger of foam... Great head retention through out... Mild carbonation...

S - Very faint scents... Malt... Butter... Flour...

T - Biscuit... Faint hops and grape fruit... Excellent blend of flavors... Subtle but intriguing...

M - Smooth... Creamy... Rich but not heavy... Luscious...

D - Love the mouthfeel... Slick and enjoyable... Nothing is overboard, but still a very well crafted brew... Slightly more hops would make this brew a homerun...

08-13-2008 02:21:45 | More by philbe311
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spointon

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%

I poured this ale from a 16.9oz brown bottle into a pint glass as part of my pale English beer flight.

A= This ale poured a perfectly clear copper color with a 2.5 inch light tan head. The head was like creamy foam and left serious lacing down the glass.

S= This ale gave subdued aromas of sweet malt, with even fainter aromas of earthy hops and green orchard fruits also present.

T= Typical of the style, this ale sported malty sweetness up front with biscuit and caramel notes. The hops appeared just enough to take the edge off the malt sweetness and lead to a slightly dry finish.

MF= This was medium bodied with appropriate carbonation levels.

D= This was a very good English pale ale. I drank this an hour or so after drinking (and reviewing) the Fuller's London Pride, and I have to say it takes second seat to the Fullers. That said though, this is a great beer in its own right and proves again that Samuel Smith's knows what they are doing.

08-04-2008 18:19:50 | More by spointon
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PatronWizard

California

3.83/5  rDev -1%

Grabbed a 4-Pack from a local liquor store. It's possible they were sitting there for a while, but I always like to get something I've never had before.

A: Dark amber, completely clear, absolutely gorgeous. Nice head that hangs out for a minute and really nice legs. I just kept picking up the glass and gazing at it. I guess I really enjoyed the color.

S: Forgive me, I'm still learning to pick out individual scents and flavors, but this one definitely had a smell and it was nice. My daughter said "it smells like beer." Uh, yeah.

T: My wife frowned, but I smiled and drank some more. Good stuff man.

M: Don't exactly know how to judge mouthfeel yet either but I promise to work on it. Every day.

D: Loved the first bottle so I had another, and another. Turns out my four pack had an odd bottle of some other Sam Smith variety in it, so I only got to drink three of these pale ales. The first was on an empty stomach and I have to say it sure felt nice when I was done. Hope I didn't overrate it since this is my first actual review. Maybe I'll get some known crap beer to review for reference as well as some highly rated IPA.

Overall, Daddy likes it.

08-02-2008 19:22:21 | More by PatronWizard
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Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -3.6%

NIce looking ale with A brilliant, bright copper red color and clarity like no tomorrow. Nice rich head and lacing that clings very nicely.

Rich malt aroma. Reminded me of honey and raisins @ the same time. Some floral hop in the back.

Malt was pre-imminent over the hop in the initial swig. Earthy. Dry, dry finish.

Smooth, maybe a touch high on the carbonation side of things.

Nice and if I was in a pub 'over there' I certainly could have more than one, but I found something about it that was slightly off compared to other EPA's i've tried.

08-01-2008 03:16:29 | More by Shadman
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brendan13

Australia

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%

A - Poured from the bottle into a pint glass a fairly clear copper colour with a couple of centimetres of off white head that hangs around for a while.
S - A slight toffee malt aroma hits first followed by some slight floral and fruity hop notes.
T - Nice bready maltiness backed up by some floral and fruity hop notes & a touch of spice.
M - Light to medium bodied, fairly low carbonation, dryish finish.
D - Hits all the right spots for what it's supposed to be. Not a beer that will blow your mind but rather a good quality & quite tasty sessioner.

07-21-2008 10:53:16 | More by brendan13
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mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

A - Clear, dark auburn brew with a large foamy tan head. Carbonation is barely noticeable. Some lacing, but not much.

S - A light caramel malty aroma with hints of biscuits and some esters of elderberries and currants as well.

T - The flavor is initially of some light and biscuity malt, then it is joined by some sharp grassy hops that I would generally expect to find in a lager. The aftertaste is a bland, clean bitterness with only a faint lingering hop. A little unpleasant.

M - Eerily silky with a medium body and a harsh carbonation - like sand in the silk. Not very refreshing.

D - Pretty good. A classic English pale ale. I might have again, but I doubt it. It isn't really my style.

07-17-2008 06:12:42 | More by mrasskicktastic
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babaracas

Florida

4.22/5  rDev +9%

Pours a clear copper with creamy head. Smell: candied fruit, buttery, hint of earthy hops. Taste: sweet malts upfront, fruit, biscuity, followed by earthy slightly spicy hops. Grain and bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel: smooth with soft carbonation, sticky finish. Well-balanced tasty pale ale, sessionable too.

07-11-2008 04:14:42 | More by babaracas
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ChrisCage

Alberta (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%

A- I gave this a hard pour and was impressed with the thick creamy slightly golden head that lasts a fairly good length of time. This is a clear brew, with a dark amber/reddish coloring. Not too much carbonation upon inspection and there is also little to no lacing. I quite like the masculine looking bottle with the old school labelling....the foil neck is a nice touch!

S- Overall the aromas are fairly mild, but I could definately pick up the hopiness that is to come. It also has a deep, earthy smell to it that reminds me of damp soil. I do pick up some faint malts and grains but not much else.

T- I think this tastes wonderful! Well balanced with a good hop kick on the finish! I tasted the earthy notes that are apparent in the aroma. At the beginning of the taste is where I noticed some of the creamy malts but also some slightly raw grain flavors. A good strong tasting beer but without the edge.

M- As stated before, there is a creamy texture to this that almost feels like it's melting in your mouth. It's a decently full bodied brew, with a reasonably low carbonation level, more so if you let it sit for a few minutes. It kind of just rolls around on the palate and lets you take in it's flavors.

D- This isn't a chugging beer! I'd probably have a couple of pints before getting filled up. Lots of flavor and a great texture contribute to me recommending this to anyone who wants to drink what I consider a very good version of this style. I will definately pick up more of this when I get the chance again.

07-03-2008 01:12:37 | More by ChrisCage
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alarusse

California

4.53/5  rDev +17.1%

A+S: Beautiful and clear, deep amber hue with a light brown head which disappeared relatively quickly. No lace, which is a negative for me, personally, as I love the satisfaction of watching a brew slink down the side of a glass, leaving a trail of delightful remembrance. Sweet, syruppy aromas with a slightly alcohol tinge.

T: Delightful. Slightly sweet, biscuity and remotely whiskey-flavored.

M: Works for me. Thin, but the flavor lingers for a few seconds.

D: Not a burden to drink at all. No bitterness on my palette, nice carbonation, especially after a few swishes around the mouth.

Poured from a bottle into half-pint glasses.

06-27-2008 03:14:14 | More by alarusse
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AmishT

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Poured from bottle into pint

A - Amber in color with a nice cream colored head that retains well.

S - Fruity esters, bready malt, and floral hops. Aromas are a bit weak, but a pleasant nose to say the least.

T&M - A delicious, balanced flavor. A nice biscuity malt backbone blends with some floral hops brilliantly. Unfortunately, the mouthfeel is a little thin for me; I'd like the flavors to endure better. Low carbonation level doesn't aid with the kinda weak feel.

D - Low abv and great flavor make this an easy beer to drink

06-20-2008 01:31:57 | More by AmishT
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dbONE

California

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

The beer is light brown in color, with a flapjack thin head that keeps a ring around the top.

With the smell of caramel, toffee, nuts and spices with touch of lite hops, it's hard to keep from snorting it.

Very sweet at the front of the tounge with strong caramel flavor and the dryness of honey. A sweet bready balance balances well with a nice hop flavor that has a nice spice to it. With a
very clean finish.

This is a true English Ale, a session beer for anyone.

06-19-2008 18:17:41 | More by dbONE
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Natural510

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%

Pours from bottle with an amber-tan color and thick head which slowly dissipates into a creamy layer which coats the glass well.
Smells of mellow malts & subtle hops.
Malted barley is backed up by a creeping hop presence in flavor. There is graininess, tartness & sweetness which blend well together. Everything is subdued & well-balanced.
Goes down creamy & very smooth.
All in all a wonderfully drinkable English pale; does everything right & nothing wrong. I'll have another, please...

06-15-2008 10:17:20 | More by Natural510
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.08/5  rDev +5.4%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a very thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of strong elements of caramel, toffee, honey, nuts and spices with slight touch of hops.

T: The taste is sweet up front with flavors of caramel, honey and some spice. There's a mild hops presence that provides some balance. The malt character is hearty and brings good substance to the beer. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, it's a little sweeter than I've seen in most EPA's but it's a nice beer to drink for a long time.

06-15-2008 02:11:37 | More by TheManiacalOne
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phishgator

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Poured into an imperial pint glass. The tight lacey white foam head is creamy in texture. The color is light copper/amber. Carbonation is pronounced. The aroma is of garden variety english hops. The taste is a splash of clean bitterness and a carmel, buttery costing of the mouth. The body is ideal for a pale ale and it is a session brew that could go on for the entire night.

06-05-2008 11:25:39 | More by phishgator
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BBM

New York

4.58/5  rDev +18.3%

This beer pours a hazy burnt amber color into a pint glass with a thin, beige head atop it. Nice amount of lacing around the glass. Aroma was sweet with that distinct aroma of English hops.

Everything here is in fine and subtle balance, with a toasted bread-like malt and a spicy, tart English hop flavor. Crisp, clean, and toned. A light citrus hop buzzes through the brew as well. Delightful from beginning to end. Mouthfeel is well carbonated. I could truly drink this all day, the consummate English pale ale. If there is a finer brewery in England, I know not of it.

05-27-2008 19:29:24 | More by BBM
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cvstrickland

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%

550 ml bomber poured into a tulip yields a crystal clear reddish-copper body topped with 3 fingers of rocky white foam that recedes to a chunky sheet and leaves lots of webby lacing.

Smell is buttery with caramel, spicy flowers and sweet earth.

Taste is lightly nutty malt, minerally, with nice tinge of tart citrus with a soft bitterness that presides throughout and lingers.

Smooth and medium-bodied; mild, crisp, and nicely carbonated. Superb drinkability.

05-24-2008 22:26:07 | More by cvstrickland
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Nipitato

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +9%

Purchased a bottle at Brookline Liquor Mart in Brighton, MA.

A: Copper hue with brilliant clarity. Pours with a 1/2" tan head that dissipates to a thin topping.

S: Definate caramel malt aroma - probably the best caramel aroma I have smelled in a pale ale. Mild bitterness in aroma. A little fruity but not pronounced or owning any specific characteristic.

T: Soft flavors. Moderate bitterness throughout. Some mineral flavors amplify the earthy hop flavors. Malt has some biscuity character. Good lingering bitter aftertaste.

MF: Soft and fluffy mouthfeel. Moderately high carbonation. Smooth.

D,notes: Appropriately bitter with a reasonable amount of malt backing. Smooth and fluffy mouthfeel adds to drinkability. Obviously a very good session beer.

05-15-2008 16:31:40 | More by Nipitato
Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
87 out of 100 based on 942 ratings.