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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

941 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 941
Reviews: 657
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 31
Gots: 17 | 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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prosper

Alberta (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -14.7%

pours a deep copper. very clear. Big, dense head.

Smells of dark malts - toasty, slight acridness.

Tastes strongly of dark caramel - molasses, dried fruits. Sweet. Not much hop flavour, and only just enough bitterness to balance out the sticky-sweet malt.

Mouthfeel is medium.

05-01-2010 01:59:01 | More by prosper
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BeerManDan

California

3.3/5  rDev -14.7%

The color when poured was a dark amber, with a reddish hue. Very little foam, but fair lace retention on the glass. The taste was of mild roasted malts with a lack luster hoppy flavor. Weak on the aftertaste, but a bit to bitter. Overall, not a big smell, weak flavor and a little to bitter.

02-09-2011 00:23:02 | More by BeerManDan
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dpasotti

Indiana

3.3/5  rDev -14.7%

This is an attractive-looking beer all around. Translucent, light copper shade under a long-lasting, fine ivory head. The aroma is comprised of lightly sweet caramel malt, English hops, and a fruity ester presence.

The taste is quite a bit different, with the yeasty apple/grape flavor in front. The English hop presence is well-balanced and not intrusive. A slightly biscuity and sweet malt base rounds things out. There is also a prominent metallic taste that is appropriate for the style.

Excellent mouthfeel. A medium-full body and modest carbonation render quite a smooth texture. This beer is good but not great, as it falls short in the flavor department. Not one of my favorite styles, nor my favorite brew from Mr. Smith.

06-05-2010 02:22:37 | More by dpasotti
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EStreet20

New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev -14.7%

550 ml bottle poured into a Sam Smith's nonic pint glass.

A - A nice deep amber color topped by a gorgeous fluffy two finger head. Lots of lacing on glass.

S - nice hoppy aroma ( bit grassy) with some sweet malts.

T - Extremely dry witht he tiniest bit of malt sweetness. Not a whole lot going on flavor wise though.

M - A bit more watery than exepcted.

D - I could see this being a good session beer for some but it really just lacks too much in the flavor dept in my opinion.

12-24-2005 02:33:43 | More by EStreet20
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Cpherg

District of Columbia

3.3/5  rDev -14.7%

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

08-22-2011 01:38:19 | More by Cpherg
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.3/5  rDev -14.7%

I drank this from a bottle into a chalice.

This beer pours amber with a 2 finger white head and good lacing.

It smeels sweet with vanilla and spices.

Its a very light tasting beer, smooth throughout but nothing to distinguish itself.

This is nothing like a true English Ale.

07-27-2009 20:53:13 | More by jrallen34
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bundy462

Texas

3.33/5  rDev -14%

A: Copper with an off white head.

S: Dominant fruity smell and slightly buttery. Reminds me somewhat of a sweet wine smell.

T: Dominant fruity malt taste that finishes dry. Very slight hops.

M: Medium bodied, carbonation seems a little light.

O: Good, it's a complex pale ale that is a nice change of pace.

A good beer by Samuel Smith, but doesn't even compare to their Nut Brown Ale or Oatmeal Stout.

06-04-2010 01:59:44 | More by bundy462
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mnstorm99

Minnesota

3.33/5  rDev -14%

Pour looks goo with a nice white head on top on a clear copper beer.
Aroma is malty and floral hops, nothing pronounced, but there, smells a little skunky even.
Taste is lacking, not exciting, not even that good, but ok. It has a malty mix that tastes like almost every other EPA I have had with a touch of spicy floral hop that is kind of nice, but nothing out of the ordinary.
mouthfeel is ok, but over carbonated for me, I could have a couple of these they just really seem plain, but not even that good.

03-06-2008 14:26:48 | More by mnstorm99
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changeup45

Florida

3.33/5  rDev -14%

Pretty good beer but not as good as some of their others. The color is a little darker than most Pale Ales I've tried. It does have a nice foamy tan head and a lot of lace on the glass. The aroma is mild, I just didn't get a whole lot. Malty and spicy flavors with a hoppy, fruity finish. Decent EPA.

08-24-2008 15:27:28 | More by changeup45
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jampics2

Ohio

3.33/5  rDev -14%

8oz or so, enjoyed at a beer tasting with Samuel Smith, the son of the current head of the brewery @ the Winking Lizard. Consumed in a branded English half-pint glass.

The beer is copper with some amber and orange highlights. It's not cloudy; instead, it's quite clear and has just a small film of head. Great color but poor head retention.

The smell of this beer is enjoyable but not what I like in the style. I prefer just a touch more expression from the hops. I know English Pale Ales should be more malty than their American counterparts and lack the citrus and pine aromas, but this had very little from the Golding hops Samuel said they use. Some bready malt, caramel, and minor wet cardboard I can only assume was mild oxidation.

The mild malt in the taste sets the stage for what could be an epic beer. But there's little to balance it, just some earthy hops and medium bitterness. Just not as flavorful as I like, and there's no contrast of sweet and bitter flavors.

The mouthfeel is decent, with a crisp medium bodied beer having nice carbonation and a lingering mildly bitter finish.

The pale ale, unfortunately, was my least favorite of the evening. But it paired well with the roast beef, horseradish mashed potatoes, and yorkshire pudding we enjoyed with it. I just wish it was a bit more flavor-forward and expressive. While discussing this with Samuel, we talked about American Pale Ales and he mentioned he enjoyed a few in Seattle the previous evening and said they were fantastic but certainly too hoppy for a session ;)

10-10-2010 21:07:22 | More by jampics2
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OldYoda

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -13.4%

Poured a color a little darker than amber into a standard pint glass, with a very modest white head and minimal lacing.

Smell is subdued with an almost apple cider aroma.


Taste follows smell - very subdued with minimal hops an apple like lingering taste.

Mouthfeel was a little thin and watery.

Drinkability was excellent - a number of these would be no problem.

Overall a very decent beer but a little disappointing as I was hoping for more.

04-24-2008 01:47:11 | More by OldYoda
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July2Nov

Hawaii

3.35/5  rDev -13.4%

A: Ruby-tinted golden brown. Not much of a head at all on this one.
S: Mild with a slight bannana hint to it.
T&M: Generally mild and a bit watery w/ a slight carbonated tail to it. It's good without being spectacular.
D: It is so mild that I could pound 3 to 4 in any given time. I'm just a tad dissapointed with this one because overall, the companies brews are pretty good.

05-18-2007 16:49:23 | More by July2Nov
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RJLarse

Washington

3.35/5  rDev -13.4%

I bought a bomber of Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale in a grocery store. Poured in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a brown brew about the color of tea. Creamy thick off-white head has an orange tinge to it.

Smell is earthy sweet, hints of peat and toffee with a litle rum presence.

Taste is like the smell. Peaty, with a rum candy flavor. Mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel is smooth, medium body, mildly carbonated with a dry bitter aftertaste.

Average drinkability I guess. I'm not much on the style and the English brews always seem to have a rum candy or brandy flavor to them that I find a bit off

03-08-2009 23:43:02 | More by RJLarse
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OKCNittany

Oklahoma

3.35/5  rDev -13.4%

550ml clear bottle into a pilsner glass

A: 1/2" tan head, decent retention & lacing. Brown to amber body.

S: A mostly fruity aroma with a hint of grapes (I think). Not much hop presence.

T: A somewhat unique flavor for a PA (or maybe I just don't drink many English Pales). A grape, almost candy like flavor stands out. Hops are a bit light for my tastes, but overall a nice flavor anyway.

M: Dry (as expected) - but a bit over carbonated.

D: Goes down ok, but it's not special enough to make me want a lot of them. A nice changeup, but that's about it.

07-22-2007 17:01:10 | More by OKCNittany
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.35/5  rDev -13.4%

$3.99 at Beverage Resort in Kennesaw, GA.

Appearance: Pours a reddish-copper body with a foamy, yellow head.

Smell: Light aroma of floral, soapy hops with a bit of earthy butterscotch.

Taste: A fairly light, almost vacant butterscotch maltiness with some mild, English hops showing in the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: A humdrum offering from Samuel Smith's Old Brewery that really pales in comparison to their Imperial Stout, Oatmeal Stout, Taddy Porter, and Nut Brown Ale. Ah well.

06-28-2007 02:31:45 | More by ChainGangGuy
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.35/5  rDev -13.4%

Pours a huge, and well-retained creamy head, with a pale amber color. Aroma is soft, slightly floral, faint fruitiness, some citrus, but very mellow in the hop department. Overall, a sweetish palate, practically nil on the bitterness scale.
Light texture, very easy mouthfeel, lacks some substance. Doesn't need any really, for the purposes of this style. It's a pub ale, with not so much flavor to take your attention from the football or the darts. Slightly coppery, tangy taste, a little buttery.
My least favorite Samuel Smith's beer, just too mild and pale for my taste, although perfect for what it tries to be. I compare all "pale ales", sometimes unfavorably, against hoppier American craftbrew versions.

02-27-2003 18:24:59 | More by feloniousmonk
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -12.7%

A pleasant ambour color with nice creamy white head. Proves that pale means traditionally, an ale that is not dark but ratehr clarified. Astringent, bitter taste but modified by food. Can be appreciated a mug member. They have superior products to this.

01-11-2004 02:02:13 | More by Sammy
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quikfish13

Ohio

3.38/5  rDev -12.7%

The first English Pale Ale I have ever had the pleasure of tasting, Samuel Smith's was a different experience for me straying away from my usual IPAs. The body shown through the glass in a red-amber color with a off white foamy some what fluffy 2-finger head. Fairly tasty looking to start with.

Upon smelling the beer what actually stood out to me the most was lack of aroma. Not as intense as what I am used to but I did detect a deffinite sweet hops scent. Not overwhelmed with the smell but it did not have quite enough to impress me.

Tasting of the beer was enjoyable, with a slightly bitter citrus taste that proves more dominent towards the end. Gradually from begining to middle the flavor of malts comes across as it finishes with the powerful hops punch.

A bitterness seemed to linger in my mouth for longer than I would have liked after each drink. But I cannot argue that it goes down fairly smooth. A beer that I would drink again would I have the chance but I have the feeling that there is probably better out there.

02-23-2007 08:40:09 | More by quikfish13
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Greggy

Minnesota

3.38/5  rDev -12.7%

A soapy white head. Minimal lacing but thin cap.

S Pine resin, marmalade, earthy

T earthy pine and some distant marmalade finish is quick

M on par per style. Would like to see more carbonation.

D ok but nothing special. Overall a textbook English pale

12-30-2011 05:35:53 | More by Greggy
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orfeu

New Mexico

3.38/5  rDev -12.7%

12 ounce clear bottle. Bright copper with dense, off-white foam. Aromas of English hops and toasty malts, but leaning toward skunkiness, even though I grabbed this bottle from the back of the shelf. Grassy hops dominate the flavor at first, toasted biscuit malt cuts through (briefly and slightly) in mid sip, and finish is distinctly metallic. Unfortunately, the taste is leaning towards the skunk side of things, too. Enough with the clear glass already, eh guys? Anyway, brisk mouthfeel, clean and almost juicy. Easy enough to drink, but the risk of skunked beer for the high price is not worth it in my opinion.

04-12-2006 00:32:20 | More by orfeu
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clvand0

Kentucky

3.38/5  rDev -12.7%

This beer pours an amber color with a medium head that stays around a while and leaves a little bit of lacing on the glass. The aroma has a fruity character and floral hops. The flavor is surprisingly malty, but finishes with a nice bitterness. This seemed a bit malty and dark for a Pale Ale. This is an ok beer, but I like the other Samuel Smith stuff better.

11-10-2004 14:21:33 | More by clvand0
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climax

Missouri

3.4/5  rDev -12.1%

Sam's Old Pale poured a dark amber with a reddish tone. The bottle erupted when i tore the top off and the fizzyness of the head reflected that. Very bubbly beer.

The smell had cidery green apple tones that I didn't particularely appreciate. Euro lager and skunkiness eventually faded as it warmed to more pleasant sweet caramel, toffee, and honey oat bread.

The taste was better than the nose, the cidery nuisance was more subdued. Astringent caramel, and bread were accompanied by a citrusy hop note. It was mostly sweet with a nice bitter balance.

The feel and bodyy was a little on the light side. The carbonation was very sharp initially and kept my cheeks puckered through the finish. This one's not bad, but not the brewery"s best.

03-03-2010 01:06:06 | More by climax
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ybnorml

Rhode Island

3.4/5  rDev -12.1%

A clean honey/amber ale with a small beige head. Beer has a lightly sweet kind of grassy aroma. The flavor has a light spicey hop bitterness that is followed by a nice malty sweetness that settles on the middle of your tongue. A nice session ale but not outstanding.

11-09-2004 22:16:07 | More by ybnorml
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stangbat

Kansas

3.4/5  rDev -12.1%

I generally really like Samuel Smith's beers, however this one will not be on my regular rotation. It smells great, a little like their Nut Brown Ale, which along with the Oatmeal Stout are two of my favorite beers. It looks nice, and the mouthfeel is good.

But it just seems like it is lacking flavor. It seems like the beer finished a little dry and bland. I can't really put my finger on it though. Maybe my palate is accustomed to American Pale Ales that are higher hopped. Overall, not bad. But I don't think it is worth over $2 a bottle, which I will gladly pay for their Nut Brown or Oatmeal Stout.

01-22-2005 23:13:40 | More by stangbat
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -11.4%

Pours a hazy orange-ish/ yellow color with a small light tan head. In the aroma, sweet and somewhat buttery. In the taste, a small hop and fruity, like pears. A bitter mouthfeel and a semi dry fruity pear aftertaste. Smooth and easy, and interesting fruity pear taste.

01-23-2008 12:16:21 | More by OWSLEY069
Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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