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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

658 Reviews
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Reviews: 658
Hads: 984
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 42
Gots: 34 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001

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Photo of Cpherg
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Darker apple juice with little to no head, hazy with no suspended particles

S: A cidery, nutty nose with a total absent of hops.

T: Sweet apple with a dry finish. Nice hoppyness. Little beyond apple.

M: Medium bodies beer with a fizzyness that leaves the mouth dry

O: An easy beer to drink, light for a medium bodied beer (329 characters)

Photo of nimrod979
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours copper with a beautifully frothy off white head... Lacing stays glued to the glass as you drink it down. Aroma is unique. Kind of a toasty banana scent, caramel and bready malts with hint of floral hops. Flavor has a sweet caramel malt flavor with a light bitter finish. Exceptionally creamy mouthfeel, medium body. Very pleasant beer. Thanks Sam. (353 characters)

Photo of abeerlovr
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a burgandy wine glass, I know, but we were drinking wine prior to popping this open.

A: nice caramel, copper color, not much head, noticeable lacing.

S: nutty, in fact after a few sniffs I detected nutmeg, don't know if that was really there or if anyone gets that, but I distinctly smelled nutmeg. Some citrus detected. Sweet smelling which then worried me but...

T: lovely flavor, caramelly, nutty but a little bitter hops on the back of the tongue, a little hint of citrus, a smooth drink

M: sweet yet had a hoppy bitterness at the finish, nice.

Overall: I enjoyed this, it may have been my first English Pale Ale and is not comparable to American Pale Ales. I little heavier because of the sweetness and not as hoppy bitter. (745 characters)

Photo of beerman21
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm far lacking in the department of English Pale Ale's. I’m so used to the American version that often I miss interpret and what this style is all about. Not often do I have true English Pales around to get a better idea to how to critique it, will see how it goes, have to remember this is probably not going taste like a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

Anyways bought this beer at my local market, they also have there Oatmeal Stout which is very good Samuel Smith. Its my understanding that this is a very old brewery and that they haven’t deviated from how they make it so im very curious.

Came in 550ml bottle with gold wrapping at 3.49 a bottle it was a good deal.

A- Pours a deep reddish amber with cellos looking soapy head, diminished to a rather thin lace.

S- Strong sweet Carmel malts is very upfront and forward, with a fig candy aroma to go along with. Very subtle in the hop aroma but its there; perfume like if you will.

T/M/O- Dry, Carmel malts upfront, sweet candy type flavor; I've read prior to this review of other saying flavors of jolly rancher, grape flavor comes to mind or maybe a hint of watermelon. Hop bitterness is minimal, I really like the dry bite to this brew, flavor is there with a strong complex presence, and then dissipates quickly. Very good stuff, although one or two of these is plenty for my tastes. To strong in the Carmel maltiness of it, i could see getting fatigued with that. Overall its a good beer. (1,450 characters)

Photo of ProfessorHomer
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: reddish brown, thinnish head, no lacing to speak of. good carbonation.

S: malty, raisins & apples. Malty. some alcohol.

T: fantastic English Pale Ale. Smooth & creamy. Malt notes hit you aright away and linger on. Nicely balanced alcohol. Not much hop notes to speak of - this is a proper English Ale, by jove.

M: full, creamy, balanced.

O: a very very fine representation of the style. Would love to have this on tap. Like all Samuel Smith's beers, this is afire, fine beer. Recommended! (495 characters)

Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a some big ass glass...

Appearance-Amber body, very dark Pale Ale. Sucha creamy 3 finger off white head. Beautiful Retention and nice lacing. Very appealing as it should be.

Smell-Sweet malts, light hops. Some skunk, not sure what the date is on this bottle...

Taste-Tart granny smith apple along with some sweet caramel malts. A light bitterness lingers throughout.

Mouthfeel-Medium bodied, nicely carbonated. Refreshing and easy to drink.

Overall-Simple, and straight to the point. Like all Sam Smith beers it's very drinkable. This 550 will be finished shortly. (582 characters)

Photo of Buggies
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty straight forward English pale ale. Aromas of malt and fruit. Just the slightest hop aromas. Maybe earthy.

Tastes really good. Slightly sweet. Maybe a little citrus and fruit. Just a slight bitterness present.

Really good and highly drinkable. Maybe just a little too sweet for the style maybe? But really good. I could sit and drink a pile of these. (358 characters)

Photo of leansean88
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Let me just say that this was not at all what I expected, in a good way. I got this beer because I like Samuel Smith's, not because I'm a big pale ale person. I can easily say it was unlike any pale ale I've ever had. It was a very smooth, very enjoyable taste. It was a hint of hops and malt bathed in pure smooth creaminess. I really cannot get over how much I enjoyed it. Like all Sam Smith's I've had so far, the mouthfeel cannot be beat.

Notes: The Nut Brown was quite nice, the Imperial Stout was amazing, and this beer falls somewhere between those two. I've still got two more bottles of Sam Smith's to try before I pick my favorite. As far as pale ales go, I think I have a new champion. (697 characters)

Photo of micmillon18
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a Samuel Smith's Imperial pint glass. No born on date, something I wish Samuel Smith's would finally institute. I love their beer but I'm we've all been duped into buying skunked bottles due to lack of dating.

A - Pours an amber color with a small white head. No lacing.

S - Sweet toffee maltiness with a nice, mellow hoppiness.

T - Sweet toffee and bready malts are followed by a balancing hoppy bitterness, reminiscent of lemon. Finishes semi dry with a lasting biscuit flavor.

M - Medium bodied with balanced carbonation and finishes semi dry.

O - Easily one of my favorite EPA's, a beer I could easily have 3 or 4 of in a night. (676 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear light amber/copper in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high sense beige head that quickly died down but never completely faded away, leaving some lacy patterns of bubbles on the surface along with a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: The smell has moderately strong fruity aromas of apples along with some hints of toffee.
T: Like the smell, the taste is quite fruity (apples seem to stand out in particular) and also has some flavors of biscuit and bready malts, toffee and hints of tea.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very sessionable as it’s easy to drink and goes down very smoothly. (758 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.49/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nobody panic! My avatar recently changed and I am not drinking beer from a CAN, bottle be getting back to The CANQuest (TM) real soon. For now, I want to concentrate on the Samuel Smith's oeuvre.

Mine is a heavy brown bottle, vice the clear one in the picture. My pour created a finger of tawny head with decent retention. Color was a slightly hazy orangish-amber. Nose was highly malty, underlain with grassy hops. Mouthfeel was silky smooth with tastes of honey and raspberries on the tongue. Great goshdarn! How have I overlooked this beer for so long?!? Finish was very fruity with a little butteriness, to boot. How do they do that? I gotta make a mental note of this one. (679 characters)

Photo of TacoSaladin
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
A clear and crisp copper color with a light/frothy white head with semi-decent head retention. I feel the color was a little on the dark side for the style (I classify this beer as a SB) but in hind sight the room was a bit on the dark side.

Aroma:
The overall aroma is sweet and of hops, leaning more to the sweet. Also this beer has hints of caramel.

Taste:
This beer was less bitter tasting than expected. There was more of a focus on the malts. The carbonation was appropriate with a dry (sweet) finish with a hint of hops.

Overall:
All-in-all I think this beer is a little too mild on the bitterness for a English Pale Ale (SB). With that said, this is a very enjoyable drink. (696 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale pours a clear copper color with a small, frothy white head on top. The foam dissolves quickly to a ring around the surface.

The aroma is malty and bready with notes of caramel and hints of floral hops.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is slick on the palate with a firm carbonated fizz and dry finish. The flavor has a lot of caramel malt and bready pale malt. Slightly nutty with a metallic and coppery taste mixed in. Finishes hoppy with floral notes. Once gone the caramel malt lingers on the palate.

This is what I think of when I think of a British Pale ale. Lots of malt, easy to drink and very flavorful. (653 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
3.08/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: bright clear copper. white head dies pretty quick but survives around the rim.

S: heavier on the malty side. the caramel is subtle, but definitely sweet smelling. hard to find any english hop aroma.

T: i would say this one is on the maltier side, but the hops do play a roll to keep the sweetness in check.

M: pretty moderate carbonation on this medium body.

D: eh, good but not great. maybe im just not a fan of EPA's but i cant really get stoked on this one. a little too sweet in my opinion. (505 characters)

Photo of keithmurray
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance - rich reddish copper hue with fluffy tan head

smell - rich malt, hint of cherries & caramel

taste - malt, graham cracker, some hops

mouthfeel - mediun bodied, ample carbonation, somewhat bitter upfront, mineral/metallic in the finish

overall - good beverage trhat was a pleasure to drink (303 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer pours a burnt orange color with a nice finger or so of slightly off-white head.

S: Light floral aromas up front but other than that, sort of blah. Toffee and stale bread with a small amount of butter in there, too. Slight butterscotch as well.

T: Luckily the flavor picks things up a bit. Still on the sweet side, as to be expected from an English pale. Malty all the way with caramel and toffee, but there is a nice little bite of floral hops and bitterness.

M: Medium in body with a lively carbonation and a dry finish, despite the sweetness.

O: Wish I could give this one a higher score, but the nose was just off-putting. Too bad. (650 characters)

Photo of midwestbrewers
2.8/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark copper color with a 1 finger head that dissipates after a bit. Creamy looking head leaves some lacing.

S: Hints of sweet caramel and malts with a touch of chocolate in the background.

T: Crisp and carbonated. Malty body throughout the drink but lacking in a hops character.

A twist on what I was expecting for a pale. This being my first EPA i was sadly surprised at the lack of a hop character. The flavor profile was excellent but lacked in that citric bite. Glad I tried it but would probably not purchase again. Good brew Samuel Smith Old Brewery. (570 characters)

Photo of Nerudamann
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - amber in color, a little murky, with about half a fingers worth of off-white foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell - interesting hop aroma, and maybe with a slight butteriness to it. The malt is also pretty strong in the smell.

Taste and Mouthfeel - again, interesting hop flavor, but not one that I recognize. Smooth taste all around, stronger on the upper palate in the middle and end, but there's a quick fade at the end that leads to a very faint aftertaste. Not terribly bitter. The texture is quite well balanced.

Overall - somewhat interesting in taste, and even still good tasting in general. Worth a try! (662 characters)

Photo of Tearik
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - It appears a little bit darker than what I was expecting from a pale ale.

S - Very earthy

T - Strong hints of caramel and kind of nutty. Leaves a not unenjoyable bitter after taste.

M - Thicker on the pallet than I expected. Overall good feel though.

O - Very nice ale. Will definitely buy it again. This ale has a lot to offer the drinker.

Serving type: bottle (371 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This Pale ale pours out slightly darker than most of the typical pale ales out there today. This look more like an IPA with its really nice copper color. The head is white and doesn't have the best retention. The aroma is earthy and had a strong backbone of malts coming from it. The flavor is a little hoppy, but it's more grainy than anything. The mouthfeel was decent, good carbonation and drinkable on mostly all aspects. (425 characters)

Photo of mpyle
2.68/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Copper color, brilliant clarity. Pours a nice white head, tight and creamy and with good retention.

Initial aroma was somewhat mineraly (sp?), but ultimately a rich maltiness with a hint of raisin. Slight earthy hop aroma?

Starts with some malty sweetness, but becomes somewhat sour by the finish. Finishes with a stale bitterness. Tastes old and oxidized.

MF - Light to medium body, fairly light carbonation. No astringency, but some drying on the outside of the tongue, indicative of oxidation.

Overall - No freshness date on the bottle, but guessing the single bottle I picked up at Trader Joes isn't exactly brewery fresh. Put an asterisk on this review - given the reputation of the brewery I'm sure a quality sample of the beer is significantly better! (763 characters)

Photo of eric5bellies
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from my Bomabardier Conic Pint glass

A - Pours a nice red amber colour with an off white head that retains well and laces.

S - Caramel and fruits aroma and a little dusty

T - A malty caramel presence is dominant, a little biscuit and nuttiness also. Slightly bitter on the finish.

M - Medium body and light to medium carbonation.

O - A very sesionable ale with plenty on offer. (388 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.67/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is an English pale ale at its best (at least I think so tonight).

I'm a big fan of the unique "country" nuances throughout the range of Sam Smith's offerings. By "country", I suppose I mean the overall character of their beers has a "not made in an industrial brewery" thing about it. Maybe its the choice blend of generous, superbly-tuned diacetyl (butterscotch), busting juicy red berries, and nurtured funkomyces.

I've noticed in this and in their other ales a peculiar effect in its appearance where I suppose I get the illusion of it being more dense or concentrated, more rich, or heavier in body than most ales. And, mind you, it has a very clean look - this one sporting lovely a red-copper, almost sepia color to it. Excellent creamy blanket on top. Lace - random.

The scent of esters, resembling weak wine in its fruitiness in combo with a mild aroma of an arguably faint vinegar/alcohol, bursts forth in the nose, enticing next to fairly aromatic malts and butterscotch syrup. Subtle herbaceous hop in the distance. Still sniffing...

I can't help but picture an old country home, maybe Victorian-style, with gaudy, dusty furniture and sallow walls darkened and dulled with age. Tasting that, along with all the smells. Oven-browned malt/bread crust and diacetyl upfront, a touch of bitter on top of the palate, apple/cherry sweetness below, lingering behind.

A strange, wonderful feel to it. Silky. The opposite of harsh in its carbonation. You could tell me this was just pulled-off via engine and I'd bite.

When this is fresh and well-kept - sophisticated, transcendent, satisfying as hell. (1,614 characters)

Photo of wvsabbath
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark burnt orange, not much head, some lacing.

Smell - Malts, yeast, some hops, mild sugars, some floral, grapefruit.

Taste - Bitter, yeasty and some grapefruit bitter hop kick. Smooth as usual for sammy smith beers. Kinda not alot of flavor just straight up pale ale. Has a grassy dry finish.

Mouthfeel - Very bitter and dry. Thin though, low alcohol and not high on flavors. Rather a simple straightforward beer.

Overall - The beer is good but doesnt offer anything new or special to the pale ales. Solid and easy to drink, a good starter beer or if you enjoy bitter beers. I could live without this one imo. (651 characters)

Photo of Shrews629
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - A nice amber/reddish color. Clear. An off white head that was of nice size. The head stuck around for a nice little bit. The lacing was pretty good too.

Smell - A fruity aroma. Dark fruit. Wasn't expecting that. Some caramel malt. Some nuttiness. Rather sweet smelling also.

Taste - The taste revealed a more relaxed fruit tone than the smell. A malty, biscuit tone. Some light touches of caramel. Some nuttiness. Some light bitterness. Not as much as I was expecting. It is nicely balanced though.

Mouthfeel - Medium to medium/light mouthfeel. Very, very smooth. Mostly dry and crisp. An easy drink. Decent amount of flavor left behind. Not as much as I was hoping.

Drinkability - This beer is very easy to drink. Solid all around. Could be enjoyed year round also. I thought it might be a bit fuller, but that's ok. It is what it is. I mean it's Sam Smith's, how bad could it be? It's still head and shoulders above any macro. (947 characters)

Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
87 out of 100 based on 658 ratings.