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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

944 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 944
Reviews: 657
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 31
Gots: 18 | 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 DoubleJ
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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
Photo of FatheadBrew
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%

Part of a mix pack I got for Christmas. Three beers, a pint glass and some coasters.

A: Deep amber with decent 1/2 inch off-white frothy head.

S: Fresh grain smell, also a distinct mineral smell that I find common to all SS beers.

T: Clean, crisp, simple. Very slight sweetness upfront. A faint hop flavor and then a clean finish that ends with a mineraly taste that is very pleasant.

M: Medium, not too filling, but definitely not watery. Carbonation was right where it should be.

D: This is a true session beer if I ever had one. Could down plenty of these.

FatheadBrew, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of dsa7783
4.55/5  rDev +17.6%

The third brew from this company and I have yet to be dissapointed... top quality from all their products, and this pale ale goes above and beyond... the appearance was great... a ruby-red slightly brownish color that frothed with a nice head... smell was full of malts and caramel, and the taste was creamy, slightly bready with a nice hint of malts, caramel, butter, and a slight vanilla after-taste... the mouthfeel and drinkability were exceptional.. the beer went down so easily and had no bitter traces at all... Copped a 550 ml bottle that came in a Samuel Smith gift set that included a nice pint glass... I will definitely purchase this beer again and its quality has made me eager to sample more brews from this outstanding company... Definitely recommended...

dsa7783, Dec 19, 2007
Photo of zeff80
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%

A - Poured out a burgandy/orange color with a tan, bubbly, three-finger head. It left a small amount of lace.

S - It smelled of malt and clove. There was also a fruity aroma.

T - It tasted of mild malt. It had an earthy grassiness that added a slight bitter flavor.

M - It was smooth,soft and creamy. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is an okay beer. It just isn't something I'd run out a buy every week.

zeff80, Dec 12, 2007
Photo of botham
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%

pint bottle poured into a nonic. pours a crystal clear golden amber with a few fingers of light orangish, frothy head. moderate lacings here.

aroma is of munich and caramel malts, with a light yeasty character. overall a sweet aroma; no real hop character to speak of. a grainy character is present, acting as an undertone to the malts.

taste is of munich and caramel malts, with floral yeast as well. generally smooth and sweet on the palate, with a dry finish of hops. bold in flavor and well matched in aroma. good concentration, and good breadth of flavor here.

mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with a smooth feel until swallowing, when the character goes dry and hoppy. overall a well balanced pale ale.

this is a very drinkable brew. well balanced and bold in flavor, this one is another great from Samuel Smith. cheers!

botham, Dec 12, 2007
Photo of srandycarter
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%

Poured into the tulip...

A - Dense honey, small head, light sudsy lacing.

S - Malt up front here. Bread-like yeasty note.

T - Simple grain and hop combo. Nothing out of the realm here.

M - Thinner than I hoped but not bad.

D - Good beer. Wish it was a little more complex and fuller bodied.

srandycarter, Nov 25, 2007
Photo of Traquairlover
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Nice light caramel, copper color. Had an impressive head but dissipated quickly with no lacing.

S = Nice malty smell, traces of caramel, hay, nuts. Strong malt.

T = Taste closely tracks the smell. Slight hops bitterness, rich, roasted malt flavors, nice caramel taste in the background.

M = Nice mouthfeel but pretty average. Not too thin, good light frothy carbonation feeling.

D = I give this high drinkability. It has a very distinctive taste, while still being firmly a representative English Pale Ale. If it weren't somewhat expensive, I could easily make this my standard beer to always have on hand for guests and myself.

Traquairlover, Nov 24, 2007
Photo of CanuckRover
4.22/5  rDev +9%

A clean looking beer. A copper penny with a decent head that went away pretty quickly. Good lacings. Crystal clear, very nice.

As with any good English ale, malt stands out in the aroma. Fruity, grape juice'ish with a fresh hoppy tang.

Surprisingly hoppy for the style. Some nice English-style bitterness from the hops provides great contrast to the very fruity malt. I mean VERY fruity malt. Some hay in there as well giving a bit of the English country feel.

English session ale, you could toss a few back, I'm sure it would be a beauty from the cask. A good example of my favourite style, a balanced, malt focused pale ale.

CanuckRover, Nov 08, 2007
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%

This one pours out a nice dark amber, plenty of bubbles and good carbonation with a creamy, sticky off-white colored head that dissipates slow and remains a constant.

Herbalized grainy malt, bready and very hearty on the nose.

A bready, grainy malt flavor with wheat and an earthy, semi-bitter hop balance. Pretty simple overall but it achieves a nice well-rounded effect.

Medium bodied, with a crsipness and smoothness with a firm bite at the end.

This is Pale ale English style!

GratefulBeerGuy, Oct 29, 2007
Photo of mnfinnkidd
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

Appearance: Light brownish hue with slight tan 1/4" head. Brilliantly clear, filtered

Noise: Sweet, caramel, candy, fresh bread

Mouthfeel: Heavy in the front, light through the middle, and clean off the back

Taste: well balance with a malt forward character. Caramel with biscuit notes. Bitterness is very mild enough to clean the palate.

Overall: This being my second English pale this seemed like the hops were lacking but that could be my American pales skewing my palate. It was very drinkable and wouldn't mind have a couple more....

mnfinnkidd, Oct 24, 2007
Photo of Sixpoint
2.95/5  rDev -23.8%

Not too crazy about this one. Yeah, I didn't find any "technical" flaws with this beer, but I guess I just wasn't feeling the chalky flavor. The beer had an incredible alkaline tinge to it that coated every sip. Don't know if it was from the water or from the hops...

At any rate, I would much rather drink a nice citrus-hop flavored brew to complement some hard water rather than some stale, floral weak hops that cover up chalky-flavored beer.

Sorry limies. We do it better. ;-)

Sixpoint, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of GPHarris
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%

a - poured a two-fingers thick tan and fluffy head into a snifter. left sticky sides that just coat the glass and nice sheeting and lacing throughout. the body is a dark amber color, bordering on purple.
s - citrusy hops with a muted malt balance.
t - hints of caramel, grapefruit and a bready finish as it warms.
m - medium and slick on the tongue.
d - easily quaffed and a nice session brew.

GPHarris, Oct 22, 2007
Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
87 out of 100 based on 944 ratings.