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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

944 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 944
Reviews: 657
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 31
Gots: 18 | 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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3/5  rDev -22.5%

BrandonOakes, Nov 15, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

swungomonkey, Dec 01, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

chcfan, Nov 28, 2011
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

saburky, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of beertaster13
3.03/5  rDev -21.7%

Clear bottles creep me out and it seems the light got to this pale. It pours a nice dark brown with light streaks throughout, the head is off white and nice at first then settles to a line. No lacing on the glass. The smell is off the bat skunky, once you get past that you will detect caramel malts and syrup. The taste has hints of roasted grain and strong caramel sweetness, the floral hop is weak and doesn't blend the sweetness of the pale. A little over sweeted for my liking. Medium bodied, better from this brewery out there, better pale ale's as well.

beertaster13, Sep 25, 2004
Photo of cbl2
3.03/5  rDev -21.7%

Appearance:

A clear brown with a huge white head that is slow to settle.

Smell:

Sadly the best description I can come up with is: smells like beer. There are some faint hops and malts, but nothing spectacular.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

I am disappointed in this offering from Sam Smith. It is smooth, but doesn't offer a lot of flavor, or leave you wanting more as the rest of their beverages do. A so-so beer from a spectacular brewer.

cbl2, Jun 18, 2004
Photo of BrewSomerville
3.03/5  rDev -21.7%

Aromas of vanilla, caramel, grass, floral hops, butterscotch.

Looks amber/red in colour. Average sized off-white head. Head fades down to a thin cover in about one minute. Good, fine lacing.

It tasted fairly well balanced. Lots of butterscotch, vanilla, and caramel flavours. Some herbal/grassy hop notes.

Mouthfeel was average with average carbonation, and it was medium bodied.

Overall, it's not the greatest English Pale Ale that I've ever had. It was alright though, not a bad Beer either. Probably one of the highest levels of diacetyl that I have been able to detect in a Beer, it is very obvious.

BrewSomerville, Jul 09, 2007
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3.05/5  rDev -21.2%

550ml bottle - Pourred a light brown brew with a nice head with short retention span. Powerful floral aroma coming out of my glass is wonderful. Taste is bit sour with great hops balance. Body is medium. Overall, this is an above average english pale ale.

Phyl21ca, Dec 29, 2003
Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.08/5  rDev -20.4%

Small amount of fluffy head over a golden orange body. Nose is bready white toast with a faint fruity hop character. Flavor is the same as nose. Light bready flavor with a metallic sourness. Some fruity hops notes but I'm thrown off by this malty sourness. It doesn't taste infect but just a bad mix of malts. I drank the whole bottle but won't be buying this again.

DrinkingDrake, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of beakerboy
3.08/5  rDev -20.4%

Part of Liquor Barn's Ultimate Brew Crew Nov '06 - Pale Ales

The beer pours a dark orange with a tan head. The aroma is fairly malty with a hint of chocolate malt. Very little hop aroma. The flavor is also malty, with toffee and burnt malt flavors dominating. Medium body with little carbonation. Overall it's ok, a little light on the hops for me.

beakerboy, Oct 31, 2006
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3.08/5  rDev -20.4%

A: bright clear copper. white head dies pretty quick but survives around the rim.

S: heavier on the malty side. the caramel is subtle, but definitely sweet smelling. hard to find any english hop aroma.

T: i would say this one is on the maltier side, but the hops do play a roll to keep the sweetness in check.

M: pretty moderate carbonation on this medium body.

D: eh, good but not great. maybe im just not a fan of EPA's but i cant really get stoked on this one. a little too sweet in my opinion.

Jimmys, May 02, 2011
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3.1/5  rDev -19.9%

Bottle purchased at Jembetat in Rochester, NY.

Pours a clear light amber, with a big 1.5 inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like fruity English yeast, some slight skunkiness, and biscuity malts. No hop flavors in the aroma.

There's a bit more hop flavor in the taste, but it seems faded. When combined with the slight touch of skunkiness, it's easy to see that this might be an old bottle. It was sitting in a glass display case, after all. Still tastes alright, but has sort of an unpleasant astringent skunky aftertaste. The fruity English yeast flavors are on full display here, with some tea-like hop flavors. The malt flavor is light, but biscuity.

This one is medium bodied, and starts out with a crisp mouthfeel that unfortunately devolves later in the sip into sort a sweet honeyish and skunky mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

I've had much better from Sam Smith's- I'd like to try this in England, possibly- this was likely an old bottle.

GreesyFizeek, Jul 11, 2014
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3.1/5  rDev -19.9%

Rests in the glass a misty dark amber with an off-white head that sticks with the pint all the way to the base of the glass. Smeel is sour - perhaps similar to white grapes - and has its own distinct bite. This pale ale starts incredibly smooth, light, and velvety but without much flavor. That changes as the beer settles full-bodied onto your tongue and presents a crisp flavor that at once resembles both lemon and berries over a solid matly base. Leaves the tongue dry, then semi-sweet with a metallic, sour, hop edge. Shockingly enough the aftertaste is actually pleasant.

theozag, Mar 10, 2005
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3.13/5  rDev -19.1%

This Pale ale pours out slightly darker than most of the typical pale ales out there today. This look more like an IPA with its really nice copper color. The head is white and doesn't have the best retention. The aroma is earthy and had a strong backbone of malts coming from it. The flavor is a little hoppy, but it's more grainy than anything. The mouthfeel was decent, good carbonation and drinkable on mostly all aspects.

Knapp85, Apr 21, 2011
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3.13/5  rDev -19.1%

One of three out of the gift set. 550 ml bottle poured into the pint glass that came with the set.

Appearance: Clear reddish copper color with a 1 inch off white head with unimpressive retention. The head fell off quicker than i expected.

Smell: Mild to say the least. But i did detect caramel and slight whiff of fruit. Just a touch of alcohol smell as well.

Taste: A well balanced brew with slightly better ending. A fairly smooth and medium bodied with just the right amount of carbonation.

Notes: A decently crafted beer, not one Sam Smith's best but interesting enough to give a try. For me, their Imperial stout is still my fav, also the Oatmeal ale (included this set) very good as well

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beernaked, Jan 10, 2007
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3.13/5  rDev -19.1%

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.

RenoZymurgist, Sep 01, 2003
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3.15/5  rDev -18.6%

A pretty average brew. I was a little dissapointed coming from Samuel Smith. The beer is a nice deep amber color with a beautiful head. The smell is lacking... not much there but malt.

The taste was very mellow. A good flavor for a crossover beer. Could have definitely used more hops.

The beer was very drinkable with a nice consitency and good carbonation. I would not buy anymore of these for myself but may get them to crossover some of my buddies.

Justin

Ellbert, Nov 14, 2003
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3.15/5  rDev -18.6%

Pours a rich, clear mahogany amber into my 16oz nonic. One of the things that drew my attention upon cracking off the cap on this beer was that immediately, large, very energetic bubbles began to rise through the bottle. I suppose this happens in all beers, but the clear bottle really emphasized the action of the carbonation being released.

The head is fantastic, thick, fluffy, rocky and mountainous with great retention, leaving behind long curls of eggshell lacing.

I was in the mood for 'English' with my lunch today, and think I made the right pick. The scent is slightly grassy caramel with that distinct Fuggles hop bitterness in very mild amounts. Mostly malt in the nose.

The flavor is mild, gentle caramel and grass clippings, with a very slight acidic twinge and a warm, mild bittering of English hops.

Mouthfeel is light, smooth, just a little tart, with a very small stickiness in the finish.

Overall thoughts: Aa good example of an English pale ale. Easy to drink, definitely sessionable as good as any in Sam Smith's lineup.

Tupperwolf, Mar 26, 2006
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3.15/5  rDev -18.6%

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.

TheDM, Jul 07, 2003
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3.18/5  rDev -17.8%

Pours a deep mahogany color with a medium-size head that dissipates at a standard rate. The smell is a bit less prominent than I would have expected and when the scent does invade the senses, it's one of mediocrity and standardness. A bit piney.

Slight almond flavor with a grape-y attitude on the tongue. Very expected taste from a Sam-Smith ale, and nothing special. Mouthfeel is good, a good resting point on the tongue. Drinkability is decently high and I could down a few of these, especially since it's not as dark as you'd expect from such.

Overall; decent.

Psilo707, Feb 05, 2009
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3.18/5  rDev -17.8%

550 ml bottle from the Christmas pack.

Pours a clear light coppery orange, thin big bubbled off white head forms, quickly settles down to a thin collar, not really any lacing, looks okay. Smell is malty, quite sweet and bready, some caramel, biscuits, brown sugar, light raisin, some fruit, not too bad. Taste is similar, light flavour, bit of caramel and raisin, quite toasty, a bit of fruit, light floral hopping, nutty in the finish, weak and watery. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low to medium carbonation, goes down like water. I really remember this one being quite a bit better, weak watery pale ale.

Viggo, Dec 17, 2008
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3.18/5  rDev -17.8%

Why do they use clear bottles? Clear bottle that is pretty stylish. Pours with no head and is a clear amber. Has a more prounounced maltiness in the aroma. This has a somewhat spicy floral hop taste and is a bit on the skunky side. This reminds me of a maltier Heinekin.

Personal notes: I didn't finish this. I'm not sure if the skunyness was due to the clear bottle or if this is on purpose.

canoehornpoint, Feb 13, 2003
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3.2/5  rDev -17.3%

Pours a golden amber with lots of head and some lacing to show for it.

Smell is a bit too grainy and herbal even though there is some malt aroma upfront.

Not overly sweet and not overly hoppy (although herbal), not overly anything to be special for a pale ale. Beer has a good amount of carbonation though and is quite smooth and buttery which helps.

deltatauhobbit, Dec 30, 2007
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3.2/5  rDev -17.3%

Reviewed 8/16/2007 (bottle):

Pours a clear brown colored body, with a white-brownish colored head, average to small in size. Has a malty aroma, with some honey. Malty effervescent, honey taste. Fresh tasting. Lots of honey aftertaste. Nice session beer.

jujubeast6000, Feb 18, 2009
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3.2/5  rDev -17.3%

Pours a hazy orange color. The head is one finger thick, and a thin layer remained throughout the beer. On the nose, I didn't smell too much, with sour apple being the primary aroma.

The sour apple sensation became even stronger on the taste The beer even made me pucker on my first few sips. The hops don't make an appearance. Neither do the typical diacetyl overtones. I wonder how fresh this bottle is, but I can only go off what I'm tasting right now.

Anyway, going off the bottle I had, I'd say this isn't a bad beer, but it doesn't compare well to the Fuller's London Pride I had earlier in the evening.

airforbes1, Nov 01, 2011
Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
87 out of 100 based on 944 ratings.