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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

970 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 970
Reviews: 659
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 38
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
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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 DogFood11
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served into a Samuel Smith's Pint glass. Light copper to tan in color with a nice healthy froth white head that is slightly off white...more like a swiss coffee type color. saucey lacing that is sporadic.

Got a good wiff of bitter hops but quickly settled by a nutty earthy type malt tone. Also some sweet notes.

Had a hearty body that was impressive for this style. I could sweart this is almost a torn down version of the nut brown. Alot of the same characteristics just a moderate version. Malts were dominant and fairly chewey. Hops cleaned up and the usual dry finish for this style held true. A unique version and fairly earthy but definately session material. I'm a big fan of the beer and the brewery. Now If I could get this stuff at non-import prices I'd have this all the time.

Photo of RedwoodGeorge
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can't believe I've never had a Samuel Smith Pale Ale before! Certainly the Stouts (Oatmeal and Imperial) the Nut Brown Ale and the Taddy Porter gather more attention but it would only make sense that Samuel Smith would make a classic style English Pale Ale.

The pour is highly inviting - the beer is a clear, deep red in color with a large, sticky tan head. The head sticks around like whipped cream on hot cocoa but oddly leaves very little lacing.

The smell is textbook English Pale Ale - plenty of fruit and malt notes to savor. Major notes are apricot and warm bread with a wee bit of floral hops to round out the experience.

Taste is right on the mark - lots of sweet malt up front, plenty of fruity notes and then a touch of English hops to round out the sip. The beer is a bit on the sweet side which draws attention to the fruitiness but the hopping keeps it all from being cloying.

Mouthfeel isn't what I'd normally look for in a beer; it's a bit on the under carbonated side (after that nice head!) and rather oily on the tongue but then that's (again) exactly to style for an English Pale Ale. If I could find anything to quibble about at all I'd have asked for a little bit more hopping to bring out some astringency but it truly would be a quibble...

All in all very drinkable. The clear glass bottle didn't seem to have harmed the brew in the least (good handling or just good luck?) If you're looking for a good English Pale Ale there are a few major brands you can choose without going wrong (Youngs, Fullers) It's safe to say you can add Samuel Smith to that list.

Photo of Opethsprite
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pulled from a Samuel Smith sampler (which also includes their Oatmeal Stout and Nut Brown, as well as a Samuel Smith), and I'm pleased to say that this will have to be a regular for me! It's a lovely, medium-dark brown with a bit of red. The head is a fluffy, off-white which disappeared before long to leave some lacing. It smells much sweeter than I'd expect--lots of carmel with coffee and chocolate as well. It is a beautifully well-rounded beer with not-too-in-your-face hops and it's not-overpoweringly either. Medium bodied with carbonation, and it finishes slightly dry. I love this beer!!!

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burnished orange-bronze with bright orange highlights at the margins. The impressive looking head of creamy, caramel colored foam looks to be going nowhere fast. Arching streamers of lace are beginning to stick to the glass and are the capper on a wonderful looking English pale ale.

Eau de skunk has almost completely faded, although traces of it remain when I finally get around to assessing the aroma. It's easily ignored at this point, but dammit, why do we have to put up with clear glass bottles? The nose is equal parts lightly toasty caramel malt and herbal, earthy, slightly musky English hops. I prefer my pale ales to be more highly hopped.

Old Brewery Pale Ale is solid, even though it's just about as hop-deficient as they come. The flavor profile is dominated by bready caramel malt with traces of buttered toffee that I find more delicious each time I upend the glass. What hoppiness is able to be appreciated is predominantly herbal and earthy, along with a little orange juice fruitiness. I'm reminded of English Breakfast tea, as I often am when drinking an English pale ale.

Although this is a rather simple beer overall, and would probably benefit from a slightly more assertive hoppiness, it's delicious. The mouthfeel is medium for the style with a softness that isn't quite negated by a slightly too generous amount of carbonation.

Samuel Smith is a quality brewery. Given the fact that Old Brewery Pale Ale leans so heavily toward malt, I'm a little surprised that I like it as much as I do. Quality is quality, though, and I will happily continue to give these guys my hard-earned money for their well-brewed beer.

Photo of mynie
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

RED. Deep and dark. Nice head to boot. Fantastic.

Subdued ripe fruit smell with ample grains and a kiss of hops. Lame by modern standards, but still enjoyable.

Tastes more or less like it smells. Perhaps a bit stale, but that might be due to the clear bottle. Big fruit upfront, followed by pale grain and ending with a light hop. Nothing intense, but good.

Goes down smooth.

Photo of jdhilt
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cream, one-finger head that vanishes quickly leaving no lace. Slightly cloudy amber color. Medium-strong carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is faintly sweet. Starts on the sweet side with some hops hiding in the background. Clean finish, this is a good pale not loaded with hops. $3 for a 550ml bottle from Northend Superette Manchester, NH.

Photo of cracgor
4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: A nice amber transparent colored beer with hues of orange. A tan rocky head...with good sticking/lace. Great retention. stays with a sheet of head forever.

Smell: Has a very hoppy smell though not like the oily American Pale Ales. A salty sour apple/lemony smell, and a bit of nutty aroma.

Taste: A sweet hopped beer. A little grassy. Tastes like green apple. A sweet malt, caramel flavors as well as a buttery taste.

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium bodied. Very clean and refreshing. ON the dry side.

Drinkability: A great beer for session drinking. Good flavor but not overwhelming.

Photo of Zraly
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light amber/copper color with a beautiful two finger head that brings elegance and poise to a Samuel Smith nonik pint glass. Soft nose of malts and fresh bread.

The flavor of this ale is wonderful, a playful take on mild butterscotch diacetyl and balanced hop character. A strange *earthy funk* brings a fuller body to this ale (possibly from fermentation techniques & yeast the brewery uses...two cheers for "house flavors"! I recall the same note in other Sam Smith products), which runs a bit counter to its American pale ale siblings. The focus is not so much on the hops, but the pleasantness of smooth malt flavor. A bit bready. A slight slickness in the mouthfeel. Toasty and dry in the finish. It's interesting and wonderful.

A wonderful way to begin a dinner of cajun-style sausage and rice. Would do well with a grilled steak paired up with a bleu cheese maitre d' butter. Or drink it on its own and honor a tried and true tradition.

Photo of karst
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copper and crystal clear. I was a little worried about the clear bottle but this one is not skunked. Two finger persistent nitrous like head. Aroma of earthy Fuggles and Goldings hops mingle with fruity British yeast esters and a mild butterscotch diacetyl. A medium light body with stonger carbonation than I expected for the style. The sweetness from crystal malt balanced with hops. Improves with warming - showing off its lightly roasted malt base and burnt caramel that lingers with light hop and finishes with dry biscuit malt notes.

Photo of slitherySOB
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My last of the Samuel Smith beers. Until, of course, I'm lucky enough to find more. This ale pours a nice, copper colour with a small but firm white head. About a finger's worth of foam floating atop the copper. Their are a few whisps of lace. But, not much. No more than a few strings here and their. Smells of fruit candy, grass, lemon and bread. Taste is mild. Bready, sweet, with a bit of a bitter grass finish. Mouthfeel is a bit granular, rough. I like it. Drinkable as a session beer. But, not overly complex. Simplicity is what makes this beer good.

Photo of chilidog
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This Old Brewery Pale came as part of a 550 gift pack.
The beer poured from its clear bottle a darker brown or nut color than I expected. A small but tight off white head sat attop with little lace to notice.The nose was sweet malt with again a hint of nut.The taste to me, was sweet grain malt with hints of toffee and wal-nut. A side of herb hops to balance the brew and leave the mouth a slight dry.
A simple but complex beer this is. Alot goes on here without alot of overkill. To be honest, I thought I picked up the Nut Brown Ale, for I thought, this Pale is just nuts!!
Sammy Smith is Always worth a try, do so!

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Sweetly malty and robust. Mild scent of alcohol along with sweet fruits of dates, and figs. Low hop aroma and caramelly.

Appearance: Copper and light browns. Mostly clear. Nicely carbonated, creamy though not over done. Dense off white head. Held its firmness for duration.

Taste: Nice sweet barley complex. Well matured. Enough hops in the right locations to add appropriate flavoring and bittering. Full round body, but not thick. Very mellow, yet firm throughout the body. Finishes mildly sweet, pruny, raisony, slightly bitter.

Aftertaste: sweetness of dark rich fruits. Alcohol more pronounced, but still not dry.

Impression: A classic strong ale. Maybe not as strong as I am used to , but well balanced and appropriate.

Photo of merlin48
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a surprise to find a four pak of these at one of my local beer stores across the state line in Virginia.
Appearance: Pours a clear copper body with a small wisp of offwhite hued head that soon falls to film and collar. Sparse patches of lace are left on the glass.
Aroma: Very aromatic nose, with a floral/herbal hops profile atop a solid malt backbone of caramel and toffee notes.
Mouthfeel: Light medium to medium body with lively carbonation and a lovely metallic accent.
Taste: Herbal and floral hops bitterness is assertive and lingering in a very English style hops profile. A pleasant metallic note seems to burst through the carbonation and blend with the sweet toffee malt tastes. Mildly bitter herbal hops finish.
Drinkability: An excellent rendering of the English Pale Ale style and, perhaps, a benchmark for the style. Very enjoyable, with superb drinkability, essentially a session ale.

Photo of NEhophead
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Creamy, slightly frothy off white head that recedes to a thin film. Some spotted lace, but not much strength. A glowing light maple in color.

A well rounded sweetness; caramel and molasses with a warming toasted malt aroma. Slight almond and hazlenut tones.

Semi-sweet caramel and toasted malt character. This initial sweetness really thins out almost immediately. Some very subdued hop flavors joined by a bit of skunkiness. A minor bitterness that leads to an aftertaste that is filled again with the initial sweet caramel and toastiness.

Medium bodied; a very pleasant maltiness that fills out on the palate quite well. Smooth and balanced.

A good version of the style; a standard of Sammy Smith's. The aromais sweet and inviting, but the flavor somewhat drops off (or is that due to that damn clear bottle?). Nevertheless, a good version of the style I'd be happy to drink anytime.

Photo of BeerBob
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale pours a dark walnut from a 550ml clear glass bottle. Light tan head went to over three fingers and has some staying power along with fine lacing qualities.

Nose is of damp barley malts and traces of diacetyl. Palate is a sweet malt with butterscotch along with a bit of gypsum and maybe some milk sugar as well. The level of carbonation leaves the palate clean and refreshed... ready for the next pint.

A nice pale ale from Samuel Smith, that I have had many times before and that I will have many times again.

Photo of Brian700
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear light amber color with a fluffy white head that sticks around for a few minutes. The aroma is the only part of this beer that isn't suprisingly good. It has a mild malt aroma coupled with a mild floral hopping. The taste is mostly malty with a nice little hoppiness in the middle and in the finish. Medium carbonation, overall a good mouthfeel. I think this is a very drinkable beer. I like this one and would recommend it to anyone. Try this one and then buy a Fullers London Pride. Let the competition begin.

Photo of beersarang
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper with hints of orange ruby in the light. A delightful frothy tan head presides over the beer and leaves behind some wispy and sticky lace down the glass.

Aroma is nutty, toffee, faint floral hops.

Nice lightly toasted malts flavor with a fairly generous but well balanced delivery of crisp hops. The hop quality of this beer is quite enjoyable even though it is not neccesarily very bitter. Leaves the palate a little dry with a some mild astringency. Overall full flavored and a solid English pale ale.

A little thin bodied with some nice carbonation. Pretty drinkable and pairs well with pork and chicken dishes.

Photo of horndecker
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Luminous, clear, orange-brown with a full tan head of fine froth.
The smell is hay and malt, along with a mild piney hop aroma. A slight alcohol odor and, oddly, something that smells like rosemary.
The taste has a wash of mineral fizz at the start, delivering a nutty, round malt and a bit of butterscotch. It has a dry hoppy finish and a lingering beautifully bitter aftertaste. It's a nice mouthful and a great session beer.

Photo of shutter
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Much like other Samuel Smith beers I've had, this Pale Ale was great to drink.

Appearance was good, light gold in color with just the just the right amount of head.
Smell was pleasant, slightly aroma of hops and fruit.
Taste was representative of the smell, a bit hoppy and fruity.
Mouthfeel was medium bodied, plenty of texture and finished a little dry.

I found this beer to be very drinkable and I definately recommend it.

Photo of beerceller99
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

50 cl. bottle.
Pours a clear copper color with an off white head. Has an herbal, spicy , grainy smell. Medium bodied and softly carbonated. Earthy, woody, toasted grain flavor. Finishes slightly bitter.
A good English pale ale considering the long boat ride to the colonies.

Photo of Schwarzbart
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bottle came in a 3 bottle variety pack and came with a Samuel Smith glass. Pouring the beer into that glass yielded a nice 1 finger head. Color was a brown amber and the beer had nice carbonation. Aroma is of dried fruits, English malts, caramel and a tad of hops. Tastes like sweet malts but is very dry in the mouth and again just a tad of hop flavor. I also seem to taste a little hazelnut flavor. This beer is very easy to drink and is a good solid English pale ale.

Photo of beertastegood
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice copper color with a big light tan head that lingers for quite some time. Smells of nutty caramel, and grassy hops.

Tastes of lightly roasted coffee and nuts, followed by a medium floral hop flavor that fades nicely into a clean, dry nutty finish. Mouthfeel is very nice, medium bodied with just the right amount of carbonation. Drinkability is high.

Another excellent brew from the Sam Smith brewery.

Photo of ski271
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an attractive dark copper with a very small, off-white, thin head that reduced to a persistent film.

Smell: Wow! I wasn’t expecting such a malt sweetness. Caramel, floral hops, and a bit of raison. Smells like some doppelbocks I’ve had. Odd… but good.

Taste: Still malty with a nice hop kick, caramel, nutty, and a bit of hazelnut. Finish is long and sweet and tea-like.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body, thick texture, low carbonation.

Drinkability: Well, it was not what I was expecting, but it was still good, I went through this bottle with relative ease, and I’d probably have another if they weren’t so stinkin’ expensive.

Photo of foamer
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a coppery brown with a cream coloured-domed frothy head which diminishes rather quickly to a layer of bubbles on the surface. Some malts with some hops in the nose, but not much. Grainy malts in the taste lead to a very nice lingering bitter hop finish. Good mouthfeel with not too aggressive carbonation. A classic English Pale Ale, and a good solid beer. Too bad Samuel Smith only cask-conditions the OBB.

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Old Brewery Pale Ale has a distinct, almost glowing bright copper color. The head is about average in size and moderately creamy. The aroma is of lightly sweet toasted malts with just a touch of English hops. The taste is of light caramel malt with a dry hop backbone. The finish is dry with a touch of sweet grain. This brew is very tasty and almost too easy to drink. I see this being in my shopping cart often in the future.

Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
87 out of 100 based on 970 ratings.