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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

950 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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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 illidurit
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

illidurit, Mar 16, 2008
Photo of armock
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

armock, Mar 14, 2008
Photo of hyland24
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

hyland24, Mar 12, 2008
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

JohnGalt1, Mar 11, 2008
Photo of mnstorm99
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

mnstorm99, Mar 06, 2008
Photo of jdmorgan
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

jdmorgan, Mar 05, 2008
Photo of nasty15108
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

nasty15108, Mar 04, 2008
Photo of beeroclock
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

beeroclock, Feb 29, 2008
Photo of maddogruss
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

maddogruss, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of Antilochus
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 550mL bottle (no freshness statement) into a pint glass. Appearance is copper red, nice off white head that quickly turns filmy.

Sharpish hop aroma when poured. Sugared grapefruit. Some malty caramel, candied apple, brown sugar, butterscotch (diacetyl), sour milk, sponge toffee, a bit musty. Something herbal here! Could use some more aromatic hops to keep it fresh.

Fairly sweet on the palate, very very subtly bitter on the back of the tongue. This is a malt bomb. Caramel, bread, apples, brown sugar, metal, salt. Buttery. Subdued alcohol. A little bit of spice. Medium to light bodied, low carbonation.

As an APA - mediocre to bad. EPA - pretty darn good.

Antilochus, Feb 23, 2008
Photo of trackstar1043
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Darker that I expected, rich carmel hue, unclouded and a long lasting thick head that left behind a heavy lace as it disapated.

S - Rich smell of carmal, citrus and hops.

T - More of a bite than other pale ales, with a distinctive finish of bitter flavors.

M - Almost creamy in feel with low carbonation went down great.

D - Very good as an occational beer, but not an everyday choice.

trackstar1043, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of DoubleJ
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found the organic version to be impressive, so I have high standards for this one. On to the beer:

As I might have expected, it looks equally impressive as the organic counterpart; a chill hazed orange with a sticky white head. Soft buttered bread and diacetyl make up the aroma. Moving on to the taste, it's a little cleaner than I was expecting, but still has some diacetyl that coats the palate. It's a simple balance of malt and hops. Smooth and quaffable.

Not nearly at the same level as the organic ale, but this is still worth a look. For the optimal experience, give it some time to warm up.

DoubleJ, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of PhageLab
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into the ole Hobgoblin nonic.

A - Nice amber/brown coloration. Murky upon pouring, then after a few moments it all settled in. Nice two tip head which displayed excellent retention. Lacing was fine as well.

S - Bready and slightly bitter. Malt presence is detectable, but no noticeable hops.

T - Sweet caramel malt profile with an earthly tone. Finish was bitter. Not too complex but very tasty and refreshing.

M - Light bodied, nice carbonation level, very clean feel.

D - Not bad at all, a finely crafted sessionable brew that seems perfect to take the edge off after a hard day's work. I could see this as being a reliable fallback beer and one to have in stock. Reco!

PhageLab, Feb 14, 2008
Photo of smcolw
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Large rocky head that leaves plentiful lace. The color is orange, copper. There is the slightest of haze.

Sweet caramel aroma; no noticable hop.

Full bodied with a low amount of carbonation. There is a smoothness to this beer. Lots of berry-like flavors. Nice hop finish. The aftertaste is a combination of light hop and sour milk.

This is what I would call a mellow pale ale. There is none of the in-your-face hop that is common in the American versions of pale ales.

smcolw, Feb 08, 2008
Photo of dirtsocks
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice amber color with 2 fingers of tan head.

S- Has a sweet smell with some malts and little hops.

T- The taste is sweet and has a mild bitter. Has nice malt flavors

M- Smooth and dry in the mouth

D- Easy drinking, this could be a nice everyday beer

dirtsocks, Feb 05, 2008
Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass and received a one-finger head that stuck around due to carbonation. A mix between between copper and oragne is how I would describe the light, seethru body. A strong smell eminates, giving off a strong hop presence but also underlined by a small malt and bread presence with a hint og citrus. The beer has a ryeish, dry hop taste that contains earthy tones and is not very complex but good. Balanced out by the malts for a refreshing, smooth ale that keeps you wanting more. I wouldn't session this beer, one or two is fine and perhaps I was a overly critical since I know Samuel Smith makes better beers.

clayrock81, Jan 29, 2008
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish/ yellow color with a small light tan head. In the aroma, sweet and somewhat buttery. In the taste, a small hop and fruity, like pears. A bitter mouthfeel and a semi dry fruity pear aftertaste. Smooth and easy, and interesting fruity pear taste.

OWSLEY069, Jan 23, 2008
Photo of Gehrig
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Old Brewery Pale Ale presents itself very well. Cider orange in color, it pours two durable full fingers of white-pink foam that densely laces the DAB mug. I'm less impressed with the smell, which emits good earthy malt and is mildly hopped, but less than many other pale ales I've had. The taste follows suit with the hops, but makes up for it with good fruit--orange peel, some lemon. There is a bitter undertow that I like and, although it's a little too subtle in taste, Pale Ale is well textured. The mouthfeel is really good, just the right carbonation, making this easy to down and grab another.

It's fine pale ale, a little shy on flavor for me, but smooth and finely crafted as all Samuel Smith beers are. Well worth the purchase.

Gehrig, Jan 23, 2008
Photo of slyke
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale pours a lovely copper color with and generous light tan head.

The smell has some caramel sweetness, a touch of citrus, and leathery note. The taste also has the sweetness and touch of citrus and finishes crisp and dry.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a pleasing aftertaste. This is a very drinkable beer - one to find if you love a good English Pale Ale.

slyke, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of MerkinMan
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Solid.

Pours a nice copper color with a thick head that does not stay around too long, which is to be expected of English pale ales. The smell is clean.

This beer is balanced perfectly. This is what Bass wished it was. Complex grain tastes with gentle hop tickle to follow.

Carbonated nicely, but not too much.

If this beer was a little cheaper, it would be my everyday beer.

Anyone know of any clone recipes?

MerkinMan, Jan 18, 2008
Photo of dmamiano
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep copper with a reddish tint to it...one finger off white head..fading fast.
Smells of caramel malts...sweet with a kiss of hops.
Tatse is very malty. Once again I taste caramel , with some bready characteristics.
Not as "hoppy" as I would expect, but very well balanced. I guess it is dead on for style...not the Americanized versions.
Very good beer.

dmamiano, Jan 18, 2008
Photo of bobsy
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from the LCBO. Split with the missus, and accompanied by roast beef and yorkshire puddings. Complimented the dinner perfectly. Pours a dark amber, with a good muddied white head. The aroma of hops and malt is continued in the flavour, and replaced with a nutty finish. There is a nice mild hoppy bitterness to this brew.

bobsy, Jan 14, 2008
Photo of ccrida
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

550ml bottle into my Samuel Smith's imperial pint glass, the Pale Ale is a hazy, dull copper with a medium sized, orange tinged khaki head that leaves moderate lace.

Smell is grassy hops and sweet, sugary fruit.

Taste is heavy on the esters, sweet, biscuit malt, wet grass and a bit tinny, with a bitter, dry finish, with lingering fruity esters. I don't care for the watery taste of most english ales, which this one certainly has, but it has enough flavor to satisfy. Not my cup of tea, but a good example of the style.

Mouthfeel is really nice and smooth, with a medium light body.

Drinkabilty is ok, I don't care for the tinny, grassy taste, but it's pretty light and easy drinking. Nice to see they dropped the clear glass and started using brown bottles.

ccrida, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of meechum
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received this as part of a gift pack from my brother in law for Christmas (Thanks Breadslicer).

A - Poured a deep amber or copper into a Sam Smith's pint tumbler. Had a nice deep 2 to 3 finger head that fell slowly leaving a nice big lace down the glass.

S - Had a nice toasty smell along with a flowery hop aroma

T - Had a big malt presence up front..nice and toasty...some slight nutty flavor..and then a dry bite of hops at the back end that is just perfect couter balance to the sweetness of the malts

M - A nice crips carbonation along with a slightly thick feel..give this beer a wonderful feel

D - To me this is the epitome of what a Pale Ale should be...I could literally drink this all night long..at 5% it's the perfect session brew and it's taste is satisfying and left me wanting more...I was bummed when I finished it and didn't have any more to go...I will be making this a regular place in my weekly beer stock

meechum, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden amber with lots of head and some lacing to show for it.

Smell is a bit too grainy and herbal even though there is some malt aroma upfront.

Not overly sweet and not overly hoppy (although herbal), not overly anything to be special for a pale ale. Beer has a good amount of carbonation though and is quite smooth and buttery which helps.

deltatauhobbit, Dec 30, 2007
Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
87 out of 100 based on 950 ratings.