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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

933 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 933
Reviews: 657
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 30
Gots: 16 | 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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Boilermaker88

California

2.98/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a dark copper color with a 1" off-white head that dissipated rather quickly and left no lace.
Smell was of floral hops and caramel malt with a slight skunkiness.
Taste: started with a sweet caramel flavor. Transitioned to a hefty bitter hops taste with a slight sourness. Finished strongly hoppy.
Feel: medium bodied with a rather soda-like carbonation feel.
The lingering bitter taste was not to my liking. Nor was the slight skunkiness. Not a bad beer but I've had better pale ales.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2003 21:34:00 | More by Boilermaker88
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RenoZymurgist

Nevada

3.13/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Nice one inch thick white head with a little lace to be left behind and it dosen't dissipate that quickly either. There is an aroma of a carmelly sweet malt and a floral hop accent. The taste is salty due to the water with a definte sweetness due to tha carmel malt and a hop flavor that follows up to finish with a hop bitterness. Body is horrible as this beer has so much carbonic bite that it is a task in itself to find the flavors while the carbonation attacks your tongue. This beer is probably excellent if it is on cask but with artificial carbonation it is not very good, though maybe i served it too cold and too much of the carbonation was in solution instead of dissipating on opening the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2003 07:02:47 | More by RenoZymurgist
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longpondbeerman

Maine

3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a very light, floral brew that pours a clear light amber that is typical of the English Pale Ales. There's little head, and less lace, and by the smell, you'd almost think you were about to consume water laced with a hop or two and some lemon. The taste is fortunately more full-bodied, even complicated. It's not too bitter, but what bitterness there is sticks with you throughout. It does not fade. The sweetness, that floral taste, is of rose hips offset by a twist of lemon--a fun and tantalizing feature. The mouthfeel is light and more bubbly than I expected. A good brew, really--though costly over on this side of the Atlantic.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2003 22:40:53 | More by longpondbeerman
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oberon

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown with slight amber tones with a real nice big head,the aroma was more malty with some light hop aromas lingering.The taste up front is of lightly sweet malt with a hop smack that hits and lingers thru the finish.There is a winey,fruity undertone to this beer wich I like and havent tasted on any other pale,a good solid English classic.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2003 02:57:39 | More by oberon
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JohnnyDuvel

Florida

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

I realized recently, after reading an article about English ales, that I had never tried this one (despite the fact that I love Samuel Smith's beers). This is a very tasty (albeit subdued) ale. Typical butterscotch-like flavor (like a lot of other English ales), nice balance - which seems to be Smith's calling card. Goes down incredibly easy for an ale, which is the high point of this offering. Certainly nothing earth shattering, but holds up well against the competition (Fuller's, Young's etc.) As good as most pale ales I've had.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2003 16:29:26 | More by JohnnyDuvel
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bmills1608

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the big clear bottle a deep clear amber with red highlights. Really nice big thick head. A pretty beer. On the nose was caramel malts, butterscotch, some soft herbal hops and brewed tea. A very nice nose, but nothing overly complex.

Taste starts out a bit malt-sweet and faintly nutty. The distinctive Samuel Smith flash of flint/metal followed the malt. Some smooth diacetyl and low ale fruitiness also were evident. As with all S.S. brews, hops balanced beautifully with the malt. A nice Goldings bitterness rounded out the flavors nicely and put the beer in supreme balance. Doughy mouth coating flavors and some mild dryness from the hops finished the beer nice and clean. Highly drinkable. Mouthfeel I thought was above average - lightly creamy and very smooth with tight and somewhat sparse carbonation.

Overall impression - A solid Sam Smiths offering. Less complex I thought then some of their other beers, but what it may not have had in the complexity department is made up in drinkability. A prototypical English pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2003 16:52:35 | More by bmills1608
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avylover

Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a nice dark brown with a very small white head. Aroma was instantly of british hoppiness, with some maltiness in the background. Taste is nice & bitter up front, then finishes with a beautiful butterscotch taste. Nice carbonation and very clean mouthfeel too to make this one drinkable beer. Went great with some traditional style cheese fondue - I could have drank all night, but I was too stuffed after such a great meal!!

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2003 18:43:44 | More by avylover
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Reidrover

Oregon

3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of the excellent Sam Smith beers I had yet to taste.
Comes in the Sam Smith 550 cl CLEAR bottle of course..with the White rose of Yorkshire prominent on the label.
After pouring into my British Imperial pint mug the beer looks nice crystal clear darkish brown with a rather large frothy off white head..good lacing.
Oh man..this does not smell to good..I detetct a little skunk! I had heard this was a problem with Smiths beers but this is the first time I have had it happen.
The taste is not too badly affected by the skunkiness though..so maybe it was just slightly skunked?Its a well balanced pale ale to be sure malts preedominate..but the hops are ever present underneath.Not a great falvour though.
rather average mouthfeel.
Its drinkable..but I would rather have an American Pale..this is below my expectations for Sam Smith.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2003 15:00:28 | More by Reidrover
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hotstuff

Indiana

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I found this beer to have a very smooth flavor to it along with a fruity aroma.There was no overwhelming bitter aftertaste observed with this beer.While I would not consider this to be an outstanding beer, it is one that I would consider drinking for the evening.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2003 23:07:45 | More by hotstuff
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TheDM

Indiana

3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ah much better than that lousey Budweiser I just had. The aroma was very hard for me to place, but its color is a nice amber brown and yielded an invigorating head of small to medium light brown bubbles. A slightly above average taste yet very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2003 15:31:00 | More by TheDM
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MJR

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark copper with a hint of red. The body is crystal clear with a tan head that settles to a sturdy cap.

Smell: Overall, the aroma is a bit weak. What's there is a good balance of sweet malt and earthy Fuggle hops. As is the standard for Sammy Smith brews, there's a fair amount of buttery diacytel.

Taste: Starts off with a restrained, but firm bitterness. The sweet malt shows up midway, with slighty fruity and toasted bread notes. The diacytel is there, but is well controlled. Finishes with a green, hop flavor as well as a slighty burnt edge.

Mouthfeel: Dry and crisp with a light-to-medium thickness. The finish has a bit of a grainy astrigency.

Drinkability: Fairly good. This is a well made English pale ale. No great characteristics, but no serious flaws either. I could do without the astrigency on the finish, but it's a small issue in an otherwise solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2003 12:46:18 | More by MJR
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ElGuapo

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A deep reddish amber pour with a large off-white covering of foam on top. Sweet malts and floral hops make a great balance in the nose.

A rich bodied pale ale done just the way it should be. Big sweet malts come in first and are then met with hops. This is an english pale that defines the style. A little bit sweet, but definitely not cloying. It does have a somewhat nutty flavor. It seems like a bit of the nut brown was presenet in this one. This is one great ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2003 09:38:48 | More by ElGuapo
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer is a deep copper color with a thin, but steady head. It’s quite clear, and has medium carbonation. Aroma is a mix of floral hops and a sweet mustiness. The taste is exactly what I’d expect from a good pale. Fine balance of hops and malt. It’s a bit on the sweeter side, with a woody-nutty tone, and has a medium mouthfeel. Finish is a mildly hoppy, and could certainly stand additional bitterness. This is a pleasant, drinkable pale ale….no off-flavors, and it’s certainly better than average.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2003 13:36:33 | More by Suds
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GeoffRizzo

Texas

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber hue, a struggling head with spotted lacing. Faint, dull aroma, some hops and raisins tough to detect. English malts and hops, some fruit noted off the top, somewhat bitter, yearning for the hops. Some spices and a dry and rich body. Hoppy and bitter balanced makes it a good drink, anytime, anyplace. Another SS top quality brew, mark as a staple.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2003 18:27:25 | More by GeoffRizzo
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very fine specimen. A nice rich amber colour with a fair white foamy head that lasts a minute or so, leaving a fine lace on it's way down the glass. Strong malty aroma with a bit of spicy hops.
Rich malty flavour balanced out nicely by the hops, goes down very easy and is quite refreshing. The malt definitelty dominates over the hop content in this pale ale. A formidable session brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2003 09:38:18 | More by IronDjinn
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Tballz420

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber color with a pillowy creamy white head on top. Nice malty aroma. The taste is pretty similar to some other english style PAs that ive had. A pretty malty taste with a nice blast of hops. I can definately picture myself having another one of these soon. Damn fine beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2003 12:58:52 | More by Tballz420
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Garin

Alberta (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On the pour, this is a slightly cloudy coppery orange. The head is billowy and creamy, and fades within a couple of minutes leaving a nice clingy lacing.

The aroma is mild, sweet, and yeasty, with malt and a touch of hops. Flavours of herbs, orange, spice, and hops are detectable. The malt vs. hops is very nicely balanced, with assertive kicks of each alternately taking centre stage. Some butteriness is obvious, but not overwhelming. A nice toasted grainy/grassy flavour complements the dry and bitter in the finish.

The mouthfeel is nice and creamy, with medium carbonation. The carbonation is just a touch more than I'd like it to be, but I'm not really complaining.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2003 08:17:02 | More by Garin
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jlervine

Georgia

4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally, proof that my Samuel Smith run tonight was not in vain. This ale poured a copper color with a thick head that took forever to go away. The remnants followed the beer all the way down. Fragrant hops reach my nose from the glass. The taste is fantastic. Sharp, crisp, lightly bitter, and then gone, with a lingering maltiness and bitterness duking it out on the back of my tongue. This is what I like from a pale ale. Simply fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2003 19:07:40 | More by jlervine
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Riggo

Oklahoma

4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A classic, to my mind, but subtle compared to so many of the "big" ales brewed in America. This mellow and tasty ale has a certain un-nameable charm that causes me to love it despite its lack of "bells and whistles". There is something of the old country in this brew that just never quite seems duplicated here in the states.

Fills my glass with a brilliant golden copper color, like dark scotch. A sturdy beige head is tightly-beaded and the texture of sea foam. Head retention is good, with moderate lacing. An understated yet alluring nose is musty and malty with notes of buttersotch, mineral-chalkiness, fruit (apples), caramel, and tobacco. In the mouth, an exceptionally well-balanced ale, nutty and malty, with a clean hop background. Fruity (orange and lemon) and earthy (oak, malt, buttery toffee, caramel) with a long malty yet dry finish. Aftertaste is dry and lemony. Mouthfeel is good, especially the lower carbonation. Drinkability on this one is high, especially in the sense of looking forward to another glass.

A subtle yet charming brew that gives me what I think may just be a hint of what real cask beer in England might be like. I suspect that this ale loses a good deal on the trip overseas and even in being bottled rather than on tap or handpump in the motherland. (Incidentally, I have had a few bottles of this beer that were most likely lightstruck. I had reason to believe that this particular bottle was kept relatively protected from light and that seemed to be borne out in tasting.)

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2003 15:16:21 | More by Riggo
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Pegasus

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy amber colored with a large off-white head, good carbonation, and lots of sticky lace. Substantial aroma of floral hops, lesser notes of malt. Tasting begins with toasted malts and slight fruit notes, soon the taste flows into mildly bitter hops. Finishes dry with dark malt notes. The mouth feel is quite pleasant. A rather fine pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2003 18:33:24 | More by Pegasus
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beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a nice off white head, slowly settling on top of beautifully clear golden-amber liquid tinged with red. Nose is the "patented" Sam Smith buttery/diacetyl, with grassy notes & little hop. Taste is marvelously smooth and fruity, nice gentle carbonation makes this go down quickly. Restrained but adequate hoppiness mixes nicely with a medium-bodied maltiness. Finishes slightly sweet, with a bit of dryness coming back after the swallow. All in all, a fine English-style Pale Ale, unique in character and taste.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2003 16:53:54 | More by beerluvr
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Running4beer

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an deep amber/rust color with an off white head that was thick but settles to a thin lace quickly. The aroma of malts jump at your nose and some caramel does too. Sweet malt and caramel taste is followed by a slight bitterness a good one, two punch to this tasteful beer. Light carbonation and smooth mouthfeel. The balance of flavors and mouthfeel make this an easily drinkable brew.

Cheers!!!

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2003 12:17:18 | More by Running4beer
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Bruiser81

Kansas

3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured a deep amber color with an impressive head. However it dwindled quickly leaving just a ring around the glass. The aroma was malt and maybe a little bit of maple or molasses. The smell was also a bit skunky, but it wasn't bad. The taste was a bit calm with nothing really jumping out at first. There is a little bit of sweet malt up front. The finish balances out well with just a little bit of a bitter hop taste. This beer goes down smooth with just the right amount of carbonation. I will probably drink this brew again. I'm not a big fan of Pales but this one was decent.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2003 19:54:21 | More by Bruiser81
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Scooter77

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Smith’s is well known for it’s great beers and this one’s no exception. Pours a hazy golden color with a thin, bubbly head that dissipates quickly, leaving a very thin lace on the glass. Nose is full of floral hops with small hints of sweet malts and caramel. Taste is sweet with mild hops. Very well balanced. This is a very smooth and refreshing brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2003 05:14:39 | More by Scooter77
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WaltTrombone

New York

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer came in a 550ml clear glass bottle, as part of a Samuel Smith's Beer Nut package. It poured a medium amber, with a huge off-white head. The aroma was a sweet malty one. Taste was also sweet malt, balanced by a touch of bitter hops, and some grapefruit notes. The mouthfeel was posh and luxurious, and a smooth, light hoppy finish.

An excellent beer! I liked this better than the Nut Brown Ale, very smooth and drinkable. A good session ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2003 16:46:42 | More by WaltTrombone
Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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