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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.

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Photo of Sixpoint

New York

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. ;-)

10-23-2007 22:06:38 | More by Sixpoint
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.

10-22-2007 20:08:17 | More by GPHarris
Photo of ralree


4.78/5  rDev +23.5%

A: Clear reddish orange with a fantastic head. Big bubbles mostly - dissipates in a marbled fashion. Good retention and lacing.

S: Smells really good for a pale ale - caramel and maybe some toffee malts, with nice-smelling English hops in the background.

T: I didn't get it from the smell, but caramel and a slight amount of coffee dominate the taste! Flowering hops and sweet caramel malt come in second. Finishes with a sweet and slightly smoky bread flavor. Slight alkaline taste that is evident in the first to drinks. A fine pale ale - my favorite so far.

M: Medium-light and perfectly carbonated. No way to improve this area.

D: Goes down smoother than other pale ale's I've tried. No problem finishing this one. My girlfriend even stole some from me - and she doesn't usually like beer!

10-11-2007 01:02:10 | More by ralree
Photo of Amalak

New York

4.22/5  rDev +9%

A: Nice looking beer out of the bottle. Copper/dark red. Nice foamy head. Nice lacy ring to it.

S: Slight, fruitish kind of smell.

T: Great flavorful rich taste. Thick bodied, full beer.

M: A little bit dry. Leave a nice flavor though.

D: Great aftertaste, sits nicely.

Big fan of this beer. It's a nice hefty beer with ample flavor.

10-05-2007 01:35:27 | More by Amalak
Photo of jbsteiny


3.73/5  rDev -3.6%

A nice bronze color -- kind of dark for the style, but attractive -- with a thin head that left thin lacing all the way down. Very subtle aromas, but I love it -- rich malts (toasty caramel), grassy hops, peat? The malt dominates the flavor, as I understand an English pale ale should, but it's fairly mild regardless. I think some spiciness might liven it up a bit. An earthy, simple pale ale, but well crafted, as I'd expect from Sammy Smith.

09-22-2007 09:40:57 | More by jbsteiny
Photo of hustlesworth


4.15/5  rDev +7.2%

heyyy tadcaster old buddy.

A- 2in off white creamy foam above a slightly hazy copper amber brew with waves of sticky lace.

S- honey, cantaloupe, and used coffee grounds, earthy soil

T- dry orange with an apple-currant tartness gives way to a bready biscuit malt flavor with a lingering yeasty sourness to balance out the honey-dried aromatic sandalwood sweetness.

MF- clean dry finish with a crisp feeling, very complex with mid-range carbonation

D- totally dude this is like winter welcome with hops substituted for the spiciness.

09-19-2007 23:47:13 | More by hustlesworth
Photo of jar2574


3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

Light amber colored. Not that much head, although it may have been an uneven pour. Plenty of carbonation. Smells of hops and honey.

Interesting taste. Honey, butter, hops and a touch of coffee. Never had a beer quite like this, so I give it points for originality.

Tasty, satisfying brew.

09-09-2007 20:16:07 | More by jar2574
Photo of ThatWineGuy

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -6.2%

Poured amber and clear, presented a copper hue in the glass. Modest half finger tan head with good carbonation. Smell of all spice, fruit zest, hops. Taste of orange rind, hops again, bitter but with a slightly sour finish. Sharp, dry texture, mouthfull of spiced apple and some oak showing but I thought the overall experience was slightly less than I expected from the appearance and fragrance.

09-04-2007 03:03:22 | More by ThatWineGuy
Photo of kellyst


4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

A: Medium white head. Light brown, slight copper hue.

S: Fruity esters, herbal hop nose.

T: Light sweetness and some fruit notes. Herbal hop taste and moderate bitterness. Some biscuity taste in the background. Very well balanced and delicious.

D: Very high.

08-29-2007 19:42:34 | More by kellyst
Photo of burnstar


4.4/5  rDev +13.7%

Clear red/copper with a nice persistant off white head. Smell is carmel and toasted malt. Taste is light toasted malt with a carmel note. Some herbal hops. Just a touch of bitterness. Nice bready carmel aftertaste. Very british tasting pale ale (obviously). Mouthfeel is medium, maybe a bit on the light side. Really nice for this beer. Very drinkable and a very nice pale ale overall. I'd like to find this on tap.

08-26-2007 23:17:34 | More by burnstar
Photo of BucBasil

South Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -4.4%

Appearance: Poured from a bottle into a Samuel Smith imperial pint glass. Color is a dark orange-red that is completely clear. Pours to a nice 2 finger foamy off-white head. I was not expecting a beer called "Pale Ale" to be this color... nevertheless, it's a good looking beer, especially in it's own Samuel Smith glass.

Smell: Pretty inviting - there is a certain fruity sweetness that I can't quite identify in there with a nice balanced hop/sweet malt background.

Taste: Very nice, and lighter than the color would have had me believe. Well balanced, with a bready malt character that finishes with a pleasant, cleansing hop note. Sweet on the midpalate, and refreshing going down, this is a great tasting beer.

Mouthfeel: Not a fan of this one. This is very watery feeling, with some hint of light carbonation. Leaves a sort of oily sensation in the mouth that almost nullifies the fantastic taste of this beer.

Drinkability: Very sessionable at 5%. This large pint went pretty quickly for me. I'll probably pick this one up again sometime in the future for it's uniquely sweet and balanced flavor.

08-22-2007 22:38:23 | More by BucBasil
Photo of Bookseeb


3.93/5  rDev +1.6%

Appearance is a rich amber with a nice creamy head. Aroma of sweet malts and hops. Taste: roasted malts, nutty, lightly sweet and a slight grassy note having a good amount of hop and carbonation making it crisp and refreshing, but still lacking something. Mouthfeel is light - medium that goes down smooth, I should try more of these British PA's, a good one to try.

08-22-2007 03:05:35 | More by Bookseeb
Photo of Dukeofearl


3.88/5  rDev +0.3%

Last reviewed in January, 2005. Time to look again.

$3.49 at Bevmo in Redlands, CA. in August, 2007 for 0.5 l brown bottle.

Pours a slightly chill-hazed, but clear amber-brown with the slightest of head and no carbonation. Aroma of toasty malts and a light hop tingle. Slight sweetness.

Flavor is a solid pleasant malt base and interesting floral herbal hoppiness that is very subtle (compared to our American Pale Ales) and quite interesting. A bit of black pepper in the generally mild hops. I obviously missed all of this the first time. Now it is quite enjoyable, just not over the top. A good sipper!

08-15-2007 02:51:34 | More by Dukeofearl
Photo of biggmike


3.65/5  rDev -5.7%

White head didnt hang around too long. Nice lacing. Aroma is a bit caramelly and fruity. A roasty maltiness is the dominating character of the flavor with hints of fruit. Very balanced flavor. Mouthfeel is medium. Very drinkable beer with low amount of carbonation.

08-11-2007 17:23:22 | More by biggmike
Photo of rowew


3.55/5  rDev -8.3%

Presentation: 550 ml clear bottle, gold foil around the neck and cap. No date information. I think this has been sitting around a while, but its been in my fridge for most of that time (if there was a date I would know for sure!).

Appearance: Reddish brown in color, clear with a good sized head that fades to average lacing.

Smell: Caramel malt, just a hint of butterscotch (diacetyl?).

Taste: Smooth mouthfeel, great carbonation level (low, but still there). Nice caramel malts, just a bit of sweetness without being too much.

Overall impression: Nicely balanced and highly drinkable.

08-08-2007 22:57:49 | More by rowew
Photo of MrHurmateeowish


4.68/5  rDev +20.9%

550ml brown bottle from Lou's in Augusta. Red-copper translucent body with around an inch of initial off-white head that dissipates rather quickly. Smells caramelly and fruity, with hints if a peaty quality. A roasty maltiness dominates the flavor with hints of fruit, diacetyl (coming through as a very pleasing butterscotch flavor). No one quality of the flavor overpowers another I would say. A nice balance and a medium-bodied mouthfeel make this extremely drinkable. Definitely glad I finally tried it, and I'm sure the brown bottle helped the flavor. A new favorite!

08-01-2007 01:38:22 | More by MrHurmateeowish
Photo of JayTheFinn


4.33/5  rDev +11.9%

This is one of the best session beers in a bottle ever! It's not the greatest ale ever brewed, but it's just really drinkable and tasty. From brown body, solid head with decent lacing, great mix of hops and malts with a touch a yeasty goodness, which spreads across the tongue and touches nearly every tastebud, this one from Sam Smith's goes down smooth and easy...again and again!

07-31-2007 02:12:01 | More by JayTheFinn
Photo of mcarroll10177


4.7/5  rDev +21.4%

A truely great beer from one of the great breweries

A- copper brown with a nice off white head.

S- some nice clean hops, not overpowering or overly bitter, just a strong clean hops smell

T excellent. Clean and crisp upfront with a nice hop bite in the back. Spot on for the style

M- balanced with just the right amout of carbination

D- an easy drinking ale that goes well with any food pairing or very quaffable all on its own

07-29-2007 13:51:28 | More by mcarroll10177
Photo of irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +5.4%

A nice head forms when poured and lasts till the end. Lacing is well distributed. The aroma is hard to pick up on, caramel, some fruits and the hops are barely noticeable. Very clean and refreshing on my young palate has some creamy toffee/caramel notes. Not much on the hop scale but an extremely balanced delight.

07-27-2007 04:31:37 | More by irishkyle21
Photo of OKCNittany


3.35/5  rDev -13.4%

550ml clear bottle into a pilsner glass

A: 1/2" tan head, decent retention & lacing. Brown to amber body.

S: A mostly fruity aroma with a hint of grapes (I think). Not much hop presence.

T: A somewhat unique flavor for a PA (or maybe I just don't drink many English Pales). A grape, almost candy like flavor stands out. Hops are a bit light for my tastes, but overall a nice flavor anyway.

M: Dry (as expected) - but a bit over carbonated.

D: Goes down ok, but it's not special enough to make me want a lot of them. A nice changeup, but that's about it.

07-22-2007 17:01:10 | More by OKCNittany
Photo of elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.4%

Last time I had this beer was before I wrote reviews, figured now was a good time to revisit.

Very clear and copper coloured, with a tan head that started out two fingers and creamy, and has been very slow to recede.

Smell is a bit reminiscent of a pilsner, a bit grassy and faint spice, but the base has more of a caramel impression.

Relatively sweet for the style, quite a firm toffee taste in the front. Toffee fades, but carries all the way back finally letting in a herbal and floral hop finish. A little fruity, perhaps a bit of apple to it. Very smooth and well balanced in the flavours.

The mouthfeel could set a good standard for the style. Active carbonation and a smooth but light body make for an easy drinker. I could easily imagine sitting in a pub somewhere and sessioning this brew. Better than I remember it being.

07-13-2007 04:00:22 | More by elricorico
Photo of BrewSomerville

Ontario (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -21.7%

Aromas of vanilla, caramel, grass, floral hops, butterscotch.

Looks amber/red in colour. Average sized off-white head. Head fades down to a thin cover in about one minute. Good, fine lacing.

It tasted fairly well balanced. Lots of butterscotch, vanilla, and caramel flavours. Some herbal/grassy hop notes.

Mouthfeel was average with average carbonation, and it was medium bodied.

Overall, it's not the greatest English Pale Ale that I've ever had. It was alright though, not a bad Beer either. Probably one of the highest levels of diacetyl that I have been able to detect in a Beer, it is very obvious.

07-09-2007 18:20:59 | More by BrewSomerville
Photo of soulgrowl

United Kingdom (England)

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%

Appearance: Blushing brownish honey amber, barely translucent, with a creamy, nougaty head with decent retention.

Smell: Toasty malts act as the base here, with a subtle sweet richness, full of toffee and a bit of mocha. Diacetyl provides some light and sweet butterscotchy notes along with a velvety vanilla that combines with the mildly woody spice of the hops to create the distinct impression of Bourbon. Very nice. There's a light fruitiness here as well, something like ripe cherries or peaches.

Taste: Balanced and pleasant, but not as interesting as I hoped from the nose. Lightly sweet brown sugar malts countered by the dry, bitter tang of hard water and estery English hops. Finish is nutty, toasty, and slightly woody.

Mouthfeel: Smooth but zipping with lively carbonation. Though it's fairly dry and clean on the palate, the finish is surprisingly sticky.

Drinkability: This is nice, but not my favorite. Certainly an easy drinker, but it could be even more so if it were a little bit more interesting and/or a bit cleaner.

06-28-2007 10:25:55 | More by soulgrowl
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.35/5  rDev -13.4%

$3.99 at Beverage Resort in Kennesaw, GA.

Appearance: Pours a reddish-copper body with a foamy, yellow head.

Smell: Light aroma of floral, soapy hops with a bit of earthy butterscotch.

Taste: A fairly light, almost vacant butterscotch maltiness with some mild, English hops showing in the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: A humdrum offering from Samuel Smith's Old Brewery that really pales in comparison to their Imperial Stout, Oatmeal Stout, Taddy Porter, and Nut Brown Ale. Ah well.

06-28-2007 02:31:45 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of SSBrennan

District of Columbia

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%

Pours a dark gold with a thick tan head that falls slowly with lacing. Good clarity but little visible carbonation.

The smell is of unbaked bread with subtle herbal hops, very little detectable bitterness. The smell is dominated by malts with only subtle indicators of the other flavors.

The taste shows the the bitterness that is lacking in the aroma. Fairly significant hop flavor, slightly soapy, with mostly dry roasted malt flavors.

The mouthfeel is good with prickling carbonation and the right weight.

A very drinkable beer.

06-26-2007 14:58:34 | More by SSBrennan
Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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