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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

950 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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

Deep copper with a reddish tint to it...one finger off white head..fading fast.
Smells of caramel malts...sweet with a kiss of hops.
Tatse is very malty. Once again I taste caramel , with some bready characteristics.
Not as "hoppy" as I would expect, but very well balanced. I guess it is dead on for style...not the Americanized versions.
Very good beer.

dmamiano, Jan 18, 2008
Photo of Scooter77
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.

Scooter77, Mar 22, 2003
Photo of thekevlarkid
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An English style pale as opposed to an IPA thus showing less hops and a deeper character. Pours beautifully, frothy cream-colored head comprised of small bubbles that form a nice cap. Good retention and lacing, quality already. Malty nose reflects the forward malt flavors followed by a quick, dry hop finish. Clean. Medium body, nice mouthfeel, true amber color. Delightful. A great example of what a beer can be and what an English Pale should be.

thekevlarkid, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of santa109
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle served at 45 degrees.

A: Poured a nice orange color into a pint with small head that quickly faded away.

S: First impression of candy-like fruitiness. Also a bit musty.

T: Biscuity malts with an underlying fruitiness and a hint of hop bite. Very well balanced, everything seems to fit together perfectly. I'm very impressed, it feels very "fresh" and clean.

M: Leaves a drying finish in the mouth. Perfect carbonation.

D: Extremely easy to drink. I would gladly have a few of these in a session.

Overall, I'm quite impressed once again with Samuel Smith's beers. This one was perfect for this spring Sunday afternoon.

santa109, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of EricHeff
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish brown color with very little head.
It goes down smooth but leave a nice little complex hoppy taste behind. I can't really pin-point any exact flavors in here but it sure is good. I could defiantly drink a few of these in a row and not get tired of it. I would say this Pale Ale is a step above most Pale Ale's.

EricHeff, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of NJpadreFan
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale
$3.50 for a 550 ml bottle.

Appearance- dark chestnut brown with a thick creamy tan head that holds together well.
Smell- roasted hops and malt with a hint of woodsiness.
Taste- roasted hops, ash, slight caramel and malt.
Mouthfeel- slighty watery but crisp. Slight to no aftertaste.

Overall- a delicious beer that went well after my jog. A beer you can treat yourself with from time to time.

NJpadreFan, Sep 01, 2004
Photo of BierFan
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 550ml bottle into my Samuel Smith pint glass.

Appearance: Reddish orange with a big light tan head. Nice head retention and lacing.

Smell: Mouth-watering sweet aroma. Faint hops.

Taste: Sweet caramel malts up front followed by a lightly hopped finish.

Another well constructed and subtle beverage from Samuel Smith's. Don't pass this one by.

BierFan, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of Traquairlover
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Nice light caramel, copper color. Had an impressive head but dissipated quickly with no lacing.

S = Nice malty smell, traces of caramel, hay, nuts. Strong malt.

T = Taste closely tracks the smell. Slight hops bitterness, rich, roasted malt flavors, nice caramel taste in the background.

M = Nice mouthfeel but pretty average. Not too thin, good light frothy carbonation feeling.

D = I give this high drinkability. It has a very distinctive taste, while still being firmly a representative English Pale Ale. If it weren't somewhat expensive, I could easily make this my standard beer to always have on hand for guests and myself.

Traquairlover, Nov 24, 2007
Photo of jlervine
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.

jlervine, Apr 17, 2003
Photo of Riggo
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.)

Riggo, Apr 10, 2003
Photo of flyingpig
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (550ml from Fenwick, Newcastle):
A bright red to orange coloured amber with a thumb sized, bubbly white head that settles to a thin lacing around the top.

Mix of malts and fruity hops that make the beer seem quite lively and refreshing. There is some roasted malts, brown sugar and some good fruit smells in the mix as well as some good toffee notes from the middle towards the end.

Fruity with some apples initially followed by a great toffee, a lot of fruity hops and earthy malts flavour mixed with some sugary sweetness to it as well. A great balance and a touch of bitterness right at the end round things off rather nicely.

Medium and quite smooth tasting as well as being very sweet and well-balanced. There is a touch of spice and a nice good amount of carbonation.

Very enjoyable beer with a great fruity flavour and plenty of hops on top of a strong malt base. Everything was well-balanced and worked well together giving a lingering, sweet hoppy taste.

flyingpig, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of acevenom
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours copperr with a biege head. The head dissipates slowly, leaving some lacing on the side of the glass. The aroma is of sweet bready malt and some mild floral hops. The taste is sweet and bready. There are some mild hops on the back end. The flavors are very well balanced. The body is medium with adequate carbonation. The beer is smooth. The drinkability is very high. This is an excellent pale ale and certainly the best English pale ale I've tried.

acevenom, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of pkalix
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

definitely a copper colored pour with a decent opaque one finger head. the head settles nicely and rests on top, becoming a filmy attribute with minimal lacing.
definitely an 'england' style smell (i HAVE to learn my malts and hops more!) and the taste matches the slightly malty smell. typical english smells and flavors. never have been able to explain the differences between english and german brews, but i've always just preferred the german stuff.
i guess the stuff is good to drink; it's a little difficult to session on, but it's not bad overall. i remember having to cross this beer off my list at the famous DER BARON's in las vegas back in the late 80's and it was one of the special ones i looked forward to. it's a good one to try, now and then, but i dont think i want a full six pack of the stuff. maybe a whiskey chaser with it??
one more note- i noticed the pictureon the site has the words on the label with a BLACK background and the bottle i have has a BLUE background. i remember it always being black. wonder if i have something different? or did they change the color?

pkalix, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of ROMER79
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour was straight out of the bottle into a Samuel Smith Pint Glass. It was a copper orange with a thick three finger white/tan head. Honey, citrus, and hops were all present in the smell. It had a good blend of malts, spices, honey, citrus, and hops in the taste. The mouthfeel was smooth and it was a very easy beer to drink.

ROMER79, Apr 01, 2008
Photo of BillyBoysPie
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle into a pint glass. I'm still wishing for an imperial pint glass to appear into my cupboard...

Pours a great copper color with an almost tan head - solid inch and a half. Really pretty to look at. Lacing is there.

Nice clean hoppiness. A touch of pine, but mostly real hop scent - probably the goldings. A touch of sweet caramel, but mostly hop. Not much spice, but a touch of basil.

Great flavor - lemony zest with a little orange, some rhubarb and a bit of caramel. Nice balance with the clean finish. Worth savoring.

Nice light carbonation, typical of the British style. Well rounded, light mouthfeel, but a nice bit of "zap" at the end to get a touch of the astringent qualities. Easy to drink - glad it comes in the imperial pint.

Try it. You'll probably like it.

BillyBoysPie, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of Offa
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is flavourful, well-balanced, and ultimately very satisfying.

Dark amber, it has a big, dense, light tan head that shrinks only slowly and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is robust malty grain, dust, dry leaves, bread, piney hops, and a tad musty.

The taste is fairly rich and full-bodied with earthy and very leafy malt, light toasted quality, excellent sweet-bitter balance, a hint of sourness, with a nice long, slightly bitter finish of nutty grain and leafy hops.

Offa, May 09, 2008
Photo of ProfessorHomer
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
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!

ProfessorHomer, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of JayTheFinn
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

JayTheFinn, Jul 31, 2007
Photo of Loki
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 18.7 oz or 500 mL bottle.

Appearance: Light brown in color with a big off-white head. Webs of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Simple english malt and very delicate floral Fuggals and Kent Golding hops. This is not the hop bomb that many American Pale ales are. This is a archetype English Pale Ale.

Taste: Sweet malt that leads into a slight hop bitterness and mild dryness. Slight fruit sweentess with a grassy, floral taste that is just perceptible, but not dominant or even leading.

Mouthfeel: Solid medium body with a slight dryness and mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Wonderfully balanced and consistant. Easily a session beer that could be enjoyed everyday without tire. While not boring it is not challenging either. A beer that could be enjoyed by nearly anyone.

Loki, Nov 10, 2003
Photo of jaz58
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good beer here. Copper red and clear in the glass. Great hints of malt and caramel in the nose. Blonde frothy head with lots of lace. A good dry finish yet it is mellow. Mouthfeel was satisfying. Nice warm hops flavour with a generous bitters yet not overwhelming.

jaz58, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of Duhast500
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a pint bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a dark amber/orange with a slight off white head.

The smell is slightly hoppie, some hints of fruit like tangerine, notes of caramel, has a malty overtone and it a bit smother than expected.

Taste is of rich malts, hops are present with the fruity flavor of tangerine, lemon, and orange.

This beer is a great beer on it's own .A better I.P.A. A sweet taste, it will give you the incentive to come back for more.

Duhast500, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of gpogo
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Beautiful clear amber copper with a moderate sized off-white head. Head dissipated, but left a nice sparse lacing.

A- Nice bready aroma. Floral hop aroma.

T- Nice malty flavor. Lots of caramel flavor and bready tasting. As the beer warms up more a florally bouqet of hops appears more in the flavor. A nice complexity of flavors.

M- Medium body with a moderate carbonation. A very smooth drinking beer.

D- A tad on the expensive side, though it is quite a good representation of an English Pale Ale.

gpogo, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of albern
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I haven't had a Sam Smith in awhile and almost forgot how enjoyable it truly is. This is a pale ale worthy of name. The color is a nice copper, decent sized head, good carbonation and retention of both head and carbonation. The smell is very good, a little on the malty sweetish side, very enticing. The taste is excellent. This is a British pale ale! Medium bodied, a little on the dry side, malty, a little sweet in the middle, very subdued bitterness, no after bite at all. Very drinkable. I won't wait so long this timeto have my next one. L'Chaim.

albern, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazed red-copper with an off-white one and a half finger head. Shows good retention but leaves minimal spotty lacing. A fruity, toasted pale malt nose with crystal malt, faint diacetyl and weak english hop aromas. Initial pale malt sweetness, caramel, and toasted notes are met by an assertive sugarplum fruitiness and butterscotch flavor. Semi-dry aftertaste, mild fuggle or E. Kent hop flavor and subdued bitterness keep the taste on the sweeter side. Medium in body, with a comfortable hard-water texture that never quite becomes cloying. Medium-high carbonation aids in keeping the mouthfeel crisp and not slick. There are an abundance of flavors here, but it finishes remarkably soft and drinkable. Probably one of the best examples of the English style Pale Ale commercially available.

PBRstreetgang, Oct 25, 2006
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear amber/brown color with a 1 inch head that fades to a 1/2 inch cap. Lacing is not that great.

S - Smells of biscuit and sweet fruits.

T - Tastes like a biscuit with fruit preserves. There is VERY little bitterness or hop taste to this beer.

M - Very creamy and smooth.

D - Very tasty. Another great offering from Samuel Smith.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 26, 2010
Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
87 out of 100 based on 950 ratings.