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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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941 Ratings

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Ratings: 941
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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Photo of Offa


4.35/5  rDev +12.4%

This is flavourful, well-balanced, and ultimately very satisfying.

Dark amber, it has a big, dense, light tan head that shrinks only slowly and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is robust malty grain, dust, dry leaves, bread, piney hops, and a tad musty.

The taste is fairly rich and full-bodied with earthy and very leafy malt, light toasted quality, excellent sweet-bitter balance, a hint of sourness, with a nice long, slightly bitter finish of nutty grain and leafy hops.

05-09-2008 19:06:17 | More by Offa
Photo of PatrickJR

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -8.3%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Deep transparent copper, 1/2 inch head that recedes quickly to thick white collar. Nice stream of bubbles from the bottom.

S - Predominantly coffee and caramel, with some spicy hop character in the background.

T - Lots of caramel malt with dark fruit overtones and a faint hop bitterness in the background. Usual Sam Smith's sourness near the finish.

M - Pretty smooth with a decent amount of carbonation.

D - I wouldn't mind drinking a few of these, but I wouldn't mind not drinking a few either. It's good, but it's something inbetween a pale ale and a light stout or porter.

A fairly poor representation of a pale ale if you ask me, but a tasty beer nonetheless. The hops don't shine through at all, one of the hallmarks of the style, and the malts are far too dark to constitute "pale." The beer is on point, but like their India Ale, I feel the name is a misnomer.

05-07-2008 06:09:26 | More by PatrickJR
Photo of naterock


4.4/5  rDev +13.7%

Reviewed from notes
Poured from a bottle into a dokel
C: Very nive Yellowish orange, good head retention and lacing
S: Not too overwhelming, not what i'd expect from a palt but good.
T: very smooth not as hoppy as some pale ales have been lately. I like that it doesn't try to be a IPA like some APAs. a very satisfying APA
M: nice medium carbonation, it allows the bitterness to come to the front of the pallate
D: this is a very enjoyable PAle ale, I could drink this one a while.

05-03-2008 20:01:10 | More by naterock
Photo of SpecialK088


4.15/5  rDev +7.2%

A-Pours a very deep amber color with a nice head on it.
S-Smells very fragrantly of bannana almost floral that you can smell even as you pour it
T-Very malty light on hops almost an earthy taste finish leaves a bit of bitterness on the back of your tongue also note a slight carmel flavor.
M-Very smooth easy to drink but as stated before a little bitter and light on hops.
D-Easy to drink i could see having a few very easily.

04-27-2008 23:48:35 | More by SpecialK088
Photo of BamaBeerBuff

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%

A: Pours a coppery-amber with a creamy off-white head. Retention is decent and it leaves moderate amounts of lace.

S: Caramel malt is prominent and balances well with earthy hops (that same subdued English hop aroma in the IPA from SS). It's also got some citrus or fruit smells and diacetyl/butterscotch, as well.

T&M: Malty and smooth with a biscuit-like malt flavor that tapers off into a smooth tamed-hop finish. Some earthy notes in the hop flavor with slight hints of fruitiness about halfway through. It's medium bodied with moderate carbonation. This one's a real easy-drinker. The flavor definitely has distinctive aspects, but they are well balanced and make for a solid pale ale. A perfect balance between character and drinkability for me. It's got an almost tea-like character to it...

D: This is a very drinkable session ale. The hoppy finish beckons you to drink more, but it's not overpowering at all. This is a really refreshing pale ale. Yet another wonderful offering from the Tadcaster brewery. This is one hell of a refreshing and tasty pale ale.

04-27-2008 21:18:17 | More by BamaBeerBuff
Photo of OldYoda


3.35/5  rDev -13.4%

Poured a color a little darker than amber into a standard pint glass, with a very modest white head and minimal lacing.

Smell is subdued with an almost apple cider aroma.

Taste follows smell - very subdued with minimal hops an apple like lingering taste.

Mouthfeel was a little thin and watery.

Drinkability was excellent - a number of these would be no problem.

Overall a very decent beer but a little disappointing as I was hoping for more.

04-24-2008 01:47:11 | More by OldYoda
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.23/5  rDev -16.5%

A. Copper color, head dissipates quickly.

S. Slightly hoppy.

T. Sweet like honey with a bit of bitter hops. Well balanced.

M. Light and smooth.

D. Could put a few down. I will say Samual Smith offers better.

Overall: A weaker IPA, left me wanting alittle more.

04-21-2008 21:28:35 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of AKBelgianBeast


4.43/5  rDev +14.5%

Pours a good clear amber orange brown with good fizzy off white head that dissipates fairly quick. Nose is appley as hell with a bit of a coppery smell. Taste is nice and complex, but simple enough to session quite easily. Maltiness is most noticeable with a good kiss of english hops on the finish. An overall smooth flavor with a bit of apple flavor, some very smooth earthy malts, but not overpowering or too sweet. A nice dry finish is graced with some slight hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is quite good, Drinkability is about as good as it gets. This is one of my all time favorite session brews for summertime at the cabin. I absolutely love this brew for session drinking, or even to enjoy just one. I think when my tax returns arrive I will stock my fridge with these. Great brew.

04-17-2008 03:37:20 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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3.9/5  rDev +0.8%

A- The appearance is a red-copper, with a large head that disappears fairly rapidly.
S- The smell is biscuit and light malt with some distant floral scents going on as well. It was a little weak on the scent though.
T- The taste was decent, biscuity in nature with weak hops in the background. Not as hoppy as I expected. It also has a bit of butteryness going on.
M- The butteriness contributes to the post-drink feeling too, good but it almost seems like a buttery residue is left in my mouth. It is light in weight as well so having a couple or three with a meal is not out of the question.
O- A decent pale ale, particularly good when paired with food.

04-10-2008 05:28:55 | More by jsprain1
Photo of Durge


3.63/5  rDev -6.2%

This pale ale is a deep amber colored brew with a modest white head and similar lace. It brings a very mild caramel aroma, some brown sugar, but pretty weak. The taste is nutty with charcoal and caramel with mild floral dry hops. Hops and brown sugar become most prominent as you work your way through the glass. It's reasonably drinkable but pretty dry overall. Based on my experience with most Sam Smith's stuff, I expected this would wow me more than it did, but it is certainly a good ale and one you should try for yourself.

04-07-2008 01:40:59 | More by Durge
Photo of Brad007


3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Color: Copper/amber color with a generous head of foam.

Aroma: Bread/biscuit aromas make their presence known upfront. A bit of hop bitterness shows through as well.

Taste: Bready/biscuity taste. Very mellow. Very mild hop bitterness. More buttery than I expected (outdated?).

Mouthfeel: Bready/biscuity. Smooth. Goes down ok.

Drinkability: Still quite drinkable but not impressive beyond that. A typical british pale ale.

Verdict: Drinkable and smooth. Not much else. Classic pale ale here. It would taste better fresh but because I can't decipher the production codes, I have no clue.

04-06-2008 23:39:17 | More by Brad007
Photo of ROMER79


4.35/5  rDev +12.4%

The pour was straight out of the bottle into a Samuel Smith Pint Glass. It was a copper orange with a thick three finger white/tan head. Honey, citrus, and hops were all present in the smell. It had a good blend of malts, spices, honey, citrus, and hops in the taste. The mouthfeel was smooth and it was a very easy beer to drink.

04-01-2008 01:47:00 | More by ROMER79
Photo of Pencible


3.78/5  rDev -2.3%

This poured a clear, light amber with nice off-white head. It smelled like hazelnut and malt with a bit of orange hops. It tasted very much like it smelled - nutty and malty with some subtle hops. It was smooth and semi-thick with no carbonation and a slightly bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a different sort of pale ale, not quite as dark as a brown ale, but pretty good.

03-29-2008 21:39:01 | More by Pencible
Photo of jaz58

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +11.9%

A good beer here. Copper red and clear in the glass. Great hints of malt and caramel in the nose. Blonde frothy head with lots of lace. A good dry finish yet it is mellow. Mouthfeel was satisfying. Nice warm hops flavour with a generous bitters yet not overwhelming.

03-29-2008 02:43:13 | More by jaz58
Photo of czfreeman


4.1/5  rDev +5.9%

An aggressive pour yields a dark orange-coppery colored beer. The head is a very light tan color and leaves plenty of sticky lacing around the glass.
Aromas of grains, fresh breads, malts, caramels greet the nose. The aromatics on this EPA are quite delicious
Taste is malts, breads, balanced by a nice citrusy hop finish that is very cleansing. This beer is not nearly as sweet or rich as the aromas suggest, so drinkability is very easy.
What a standard, great on the nose, light balanced flavors with a mouthfeel leaning on the lighter side. A highly drinkable brew.

03-28-2008 18:38:53 | More by czfreeman
Photo of champ103


3.98/5  rDev +2.8%

A: Pours a bright copper/orange color. A large white and foamy head forms that sticks around for a little bit and leaves good lace down the glass.
S: Lots of toasty and roasted malt at first. A bit nutty as well. As the aroma lingers, floral hops come out that are fruity and a very nice balance. Overall, a nice and complex aroma.
T: Sweet toasted malt that is not quiet cloying, but almost. Some biscuit and nutty flavors from the malt as well. There is a substantial hop presents that brings a nice bitterness and fruitiness to the palate.
M/D: It seems a bit watery a thin in the mouth to me. Fairly easy drinking, maybe a bit to sweet and bitter but nothing much to complain about.

I enjoyed this beer. A nice malt and hop presents on the tongue and nose that makes for a very well balanced beer.

03-20-2008 01:40:14 | More by champ103
Photo of illidurit


3.6/5  rDev -7%

Crystal clear amber color with a big thick head. Retention is insane, with a half-inch cap lasting the duration. Leaves lots of sticky lacing. Aroma is a bit typical, with sweet maltiness and mild fruitiness. Flavor is mostly toffee and caramel, maybe some diacetyl. Hops are all but undetectable. A little tannic bitterness comes out in the finish. Dry, and smooth with a medium-light body. Really easy to drink, but not really as robust as I like my pales.

03-16-2008 04:34:52 | More by illidurit
Photo of armock

New York

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%

A - Poured a copper color with a tan head that leaves some lacing

S - Is of some hops with some caramel malt

T - Starts with malt upfront and finishes with hops

M - This is a smooth beer lightly carbonated

D - This is a very good EPA I think one of the best that I've had I would recommend this beer to my friends very enjoyable

03-14-2008 01:11:24 | More by armock
Photo of hyland24

New York

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%

Poured from a bottle into an American pint glass.

The beer poured an amber brown with an inch thick off white/tan foam head. It settled down to a 1/2 inch after the first sip. There was a web like lacing throughout the pint.

The smell was spicy and hoppy with hints of raisin and alcohol.

The taste was very good. The initial taste was malty and slightly bready with hints of raisin. The finish was mildly spicy with the presence of hops and bitter.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with good carbonation. It felt a little creamy which surprised me coming from this style. It left a good aftertaste which stayed behind until the next sip.

Overall a very impressive beer. The taste was super and I could definitely drink a bunch of these, though they are definitely not a pounding beer. Dont pass-up the chance to try this one. I have not been let down by any ofSamuel Smith's beers.

03-12-2008 05:45:26 | More by hyland24
Photo of JohnGalt1


3.65/5  rDev -5.7%

18.7 oz brown bottle picked up a couple weeks ago at the Coop for $3.50 ... poured into my New Belgium snifter.

2 finger head lasts quite a bit and leaves very nice lacing... Brew is very clear copper amber... looks pretty for sure ... darker than one would think for a pale ale.

Aroma is low grassy hops with alot of traditional English fruity esters... Light caramel and pale malts are sorta eclipsed by the esters.

Flavor is a very satisfying mix of bready malts and more of the English yeast. Diacetyl is subtle but present in appropriate amounts. Floral hoppiness melds well. Slightly metallic mid palate with the caramels and very light butterscotch mixing in the finish. Middle of the road sweetness with a low bitter backbone.. Flavor is what I think of English as it warms. Palate is on the thick side for a 5% brew.. but persistent small bubble carbonation helps a bunch. Drinkability would be my only "complaint" ... I would need to be in a pub to have more than 1-2... I get bored easily.

Overall, I forget about the Samuel Smith brews because I always seem to have access to the main stable... I really should pick these up more often and I definitely will next time I am going to try and brew anything with an English profile.

03-11-2008 07:29:49 | More by JohnGalt1
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3.33/5  rDev -14%

Pour looks goo with a nice white head on top on a clear copper beer.
Aroma is malty and floral hops, nothing pronounced, but there, smells a little skunky even.
Taste is lacking, not exciting, not even that good, but ok. It has a malty mix that tastes like almost every other EPA I have had with a touch of spicy floral hop that is kind of nice, but nothing out of the ordinary.
mouthfeel is ok, but over carbonated for me, I could have a couple of these they just really seem plain, but not even that good.

03-06-2008 14:26:48 | More by mnstorm99
Photo of jdmorgan


4.22/5  rDev +9%

This PA poured a copperish hue with a one-finger white head.

The smell had soft hop aromas and a very subtle sweet malt aroma as well. The taste had a sturdy malt body, a bit of fruity flavor, and a medium hop presence that was floral and very English. The consistency was medium as was the carbonation.

This was a very drinkable pale ale and was of a very high quality. It had good balance and a nice ABV which give it good drinkability. Great beer!

03-05-2008 02:41:17 | More by jdmorgan
Photo of nasty15108

New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Poured from a 12oz brown with gold foil into a pint glass.

A - A deep amber color, with a slightly off-white head. Lots of lacing on the glass.

S - Slightly fruity with a hint of honey and hops.

T - Smooth and creamy with a definate dry finish and slightly bitter after taste.

MF&D - smooth and dry to the palate with a very slight feel of carbonation.

Pairs well with spicy food. This would definatly qualify as a top notch session beer.

03-04-2008 18:39:41 | More by nasty15108
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United Arab Emirates

3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

Poured into a mug at European Street Cafe. No head, dark copper almost brown.
Smelled of sweet bread, some fruits, maybe apple.
Tasted of caramel and some fruit qualities. Sweeter than expected, very nice flavor though, not overdone.
Mouthfeel was smooth, but no carbonation left little aftertaste.
Very nice brew, easy to drink.

02-29-2008 20:06:53 | More by beeroclock
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.4%

Picked this up in a Sam Smith sampler. Poured it out into a Sam Smith pint glass that came with the set.

A: Pours an amber body with a small, off-white head with good retention and a nice lacing left along the sides of the glass until the finish.

S: Nice, sweet malts were very evident with undertones of caramel and toffee.

T: A sweet, slightly floral/fruity taste with a nice, bittersweet toffee finish. Hints of caramel in the aftertaste, but not too evident.

M: A nice mouthfeel. Full-bodied and smooth as silk.

D: Definitely a drinkable brew. Excellent combination of taste and mouthfeel. Definitely worth a try if you can get your hands on it.

02-24-2008 21:31:53 | More by maddogruss
Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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