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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

931 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 931
Reviews: 656
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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Dogbrick

Ohio

2.83/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My bottle was slightly skunked (they love those clear bottles at Sam Smith's),but even that aside I was kind of disappointed at the quality, given how much I love their Oatmeal and Imperial Stouts. The aroma was malty and had a stale aspect to it. The flavor was lacking in hops but still managed some bitterness in the finish. All in all I expected better.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2002 10:56:48 | More by Dogbrick
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pmcadamis

Illinois

2.9/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this at Cafe Brio in Springfield IL with a medium-spicy order of chicken tacos (so to be fair, my palate may not have been totally "clean" when reviewing this beer). It was brought to the table with no pint glass, so I had to ask for one! Dude, WTF? For a nice restaurant that had a very decent beer list they sure didn't train thier waitstaff very well....the guy was very young and possibly new, and not everybody is as into beer as we BA's are, so I'll forgive and forget.

Once I did get the glass, I poured this beer somewhat aggressively and got a nice two finger head with several big bubbles in the midst of all the tiny foamy ones.

Not much scent going on here. Smells somewhat hoppy and sweet, but not as sniffable as other pale ales. I smell more earth malt tones than I'm used to in a pale ale.

Tastes good, but rather boring and bland. Again, more malt that I would have expected. Has a nice nutty or seedy aftertaste that is pretty damn smooth. This is decent, but it's just not really grabing my attention. There just isn't enough complexity to this beer.

Mouthfeel is also a bit watery, but really smooth and fairly drinkable...especially for those who are new to the craft beer scene.
or just don't like alot of complexity to thier beer.

I personally like a beer to grab me by the balls and beg for attention, and this one is really just not catching my interest. There is nothing bad about this one, but there isn't enough going on to really burn it into my memory. If you ask me what this beer is like a month from now, It will have passed from all memory and just be remembered as a decent pale ale. A really good thing about it though is that It might be a good ale to recomend to those just starting to make the cross-over from the macro world. It's not too intimidating, but for me that's not a good thing. Intimidate me...please!

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2006 23:20:03 | More by pmcadamis
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ViveLaChouffe

Georgia

2.9/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a rich reddish copper with a very light tan head. Head is thick and a bit lacy. Aroma is lightly bitter and metallic.

Taste is a bit matallic and sweet pale malt. Creamy and smooth with a very mild body. Light hops finish. Very drinkable and pretty light-bodied. Nothing really special here.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2004 02:46:21 | More by ViveLaChouffe
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DaveGood

Pennsylvania

2.93/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have enjoyed just about every Samuel Smith's beer that I have tried previously, so I had very high hopes for this one. Unfortunately, I found the Pale Ale to be quite average.

It poured a nice copper color with a nice white head that diminished quickly, leaving a nice lace along the glass. The aroma seemed to be lacking as I could only faintly detect some sweet malts, possibly a butterscotch scent but virtually no hops. The taste was very bland as well as it had a subdued sweet malt taste, almost caramel-like flavor up-front and slightly hoppy on the back end. There was not a lot going on with the way of mouth-feel, possibly a little dryish.

Overall, I would classify this as a very average Pale Ale. As far as drinkability is concerned, it goes down extremely smooth but there doesn't appear to be much going on in the way of complexities here.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2004 02:51:23 | More by DaveGood
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Hunter

Arizona

2.93/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Damn SS and these clear glass bottles...pray I don't get a skunked beer here.

Appearance: Pours the color of a cream ale, with a thick off-white head that billows and sticks to the walls of the glass. No carbonation but then I don't expect any.

Aroma: Unfortunately that skunkiness is there. After that comes the maltiness you expect from an English ale, with a light touch of hops.

Taste: Why, I don't know, but I taste...Heinz 57 sauce. Is that frickin' weird or what? I even washed my mouth out and tried it again...same thing. Curious. There's malt there too, and a VERY faint smack of hops.

Finishes clean enough with a thin mouthfeel. Pretty average by the standards of the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2005 04:20:19 | More by Hunter
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fitzy84

Massachusetts

2.95/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured with a light, amber-like color. Not much retention with patchy lacing. Yeasty aromas with hints of sweet berries and malts. The taste was quite dry and clean. Every sip had hints of hops but dissipated quickly. Crisp carbonation. Overall, not too bad.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2009 01:16:31 | More by fitzy84
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coasterfreak75

North Carolina

2.95/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The pour was a dark copper red with a two finger head that quickly dissapated and left a thin white ring around the top of the beer.

The smell was that of Heiniken, really, it was total skunk with only a hint of hop spice and malt.

The taste followed the smell drink for drink, until it warmed slightly. Once it warmed the mouth was filled with a lingering skunk.

Sorry I wasn't totally impressed with this beer. I could have gotten Heiniken for less money, but I didn't dog it because I like Heiniken.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2004 04:57:52 | More by coasterfreak75
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Sixpoint

New York

2.95/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not too crazy about this one. Yeah, I didn't find any "technical" flaws with this beer, but I guess I just wasn't feeling the chalky flavor. The beer had an incredible alkaline tinge to it that coated every sip. Don't know if it was from the water or from the hops...

At any rate, I would much rather drink a nice citrus-hop flavored brew to complement some hard water rather than some stale, floral weak hops that cover up chalky-flavored beer.

Sorry limies. We do it better. ;-)

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2007 22:06:38 | More by Sixpoint
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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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bonbini26

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -22.5%

01-09-2012 21:51:44 | More by bonbini26
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Brent

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Somewhat on the tart side. Seemed to be a little more flavorful as it warmed.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2001 18:38:57 | More by Brent
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plaid75

New York

3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a deep copper/amber hue with a thin lacing of head. There was decent lacing.

The smell had a stong malt sweetness, similar to molasses or corn syrup. Little to no hop profile.

The taste was a bit more balanced than the smell. A clean rich sweet malt foundation, featuring subtle hop highlights.

The mouthfeel was clean and smooth. Nothing really exciting here.

Certainly a drinkable ale, but nothing that really holds my attention.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2006 21:00:21 | More by plaid75
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OriolesFan1008

Maryland

3/5  rDev -22.5%

06-07-2012 15:00:23 | More by OriolesFan1008
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craftbeer31

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -22.5%

02-25-2012 18:19:37 | More by craftbeer31
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pipinmalikonj

Croatia (Hrvatska)

3/5  rDev -22.5%

11-21-2013 11:21:25 | More by pipinmalikonj
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Mtkimes


3/5  rDev -22.5%

07-22-2012 05:34:49 | More by Mtkimes
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jewellrunner

Missouri

3/5  rDev -22.5%

07-13-2013 00:25:12 | More by jewellrunner
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Herky21

Iowa

3/5  rDev -22.5%

09-27-2012 14:32:08 | More by Herky21
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -22.5%

01-09-2012 02:39:31 | More by JAHMUR
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arfenhouse

California

3/5  rDev -22.5%

11-20-2012 08:51:46 | More by arfenhouse
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yoitsarch

California

3/5  rDev -22.5%

03-23-2013 18:06:21 | More by yoitsarch
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djrn2

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -22.5%

11-19-2013 12:43:53 | More by djrn2
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MelissaMonosoff

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -22.5%

12-09-2012 03:40:16 | More by MelissaMonosoff
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BrandonOakes

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -22.5%

11-15-2013 23:29:53 | More by BrandonOakes
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swungomonkey


3/5  rDev -22.5%

12-01-2012 04:14:31 | More by swungomonkey
Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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