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

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very good

950 Ratings

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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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3.25/5  rDev -16%

Johnq1964, Aug 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

GRG1313, Aug 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

longisland1983, Aug 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

vinicole, Aug 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

EBeckett3, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of lsummers
3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fantastic color of amber, copper. Somewhat cloudy with a nice one finger fluffy cream colored head. I love when lighter styles look flavorful.

Smells of some toffee biscuits. Very sweet with just a hint of some floral hop notes. Overall, bready, malty, sweet, and a little funky.

Taste is very nutty and creamy. Notes of toffee, brown sugar, and biscuit along with some slight dried fruit. Not much hop notes at all poking through the bready malt sweet notes. I wouldn't mind having some more hop notes, although I wonder if fresher the bottle the more hop notes you get. Having this fresh might have a lot to do with it.

Mouthfeel has some medium carbonation which helps the every so slight touch of hops on the flavor. There's not that much so it's nice to have a mouthfeel that accentuates that bitterness bite you get from hops. It's slighty creamy and feels somewhat fat. Mouthfeel is very nice and instantly reminds me I'm drinking an english pale.

Overall, a very enjoyable english pale. Samuel Smiths brewery seems to do nothing bad, they just have more offerings that are better. A solid English Pale Ale, but not my most favorite pale and definitely not my most favorite from this brewery. You should try this at least once.

lsummers, Aug 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

nygannon, Aug 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

UffDaBock, Jul 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

GibbonsTheBeerGuy, Jul 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

FLBeerGuy, Jul 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

steevbr, Jul 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

crobinso, Jul 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

jewellrunner, Jul 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

jakubh17, Jul 08, 2013
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

WOLFGANG, Jul 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

JamLand, Jun 30, 2013
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5/5  rDev +29.2%

TwoForty, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Amber/copper; huge foam on bottle opening, but didn't last in glass

Aroma: Malty; dried fruit; hints of butterscotch

Taste: Sligthly dry, bitter start moving quickly into malty, juicy, vinous fruit mid; finishes with a dry, nutty flavor

Remarks: Pretty well balanced; pretty good flavor overall

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

IchLiebeBier, Jun 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

SoCalBeerIdiot, Jun 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

DeutschesBier, Jun 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

2beerdogs, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of rangerred
3.49/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

550ml bottle into an English pint.

Pours a crystal clear deep copper with a one finger fluffy off-white head. Ok head retention with a few streaks of lacing.

The aroma I feel is a little on the weak side and is full of dark fruit, caramel, and toast. I would have liked it all to be just a little more forward, however.

This same lack of excitement carries over into the taste. Nice dark fruit and some grassy hops up front quickly followed by toast and burnt caramel. A nice moderate bitterness lasts throughout adding to the burnt character. Full, slick mouthfeel ending with a bit of stickyness.

Overall, a decent offering from Samuel Smith but I find it a bit lacking. There are better examples out there.

rangerred, Jun 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

cannunzi, May 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

DrunkenMonk, May 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Bnoise11, May 28, 2013
Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
87 out of 100 based on 950 ratings.