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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

970 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 970
Reviews: 659
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 38
Gots: 27 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Sweetly malty and robust. Mild scent of alcohol along with sweet fruits of dates, and figs. Low hop aroma and caramelly.

Appearance: Copper and light browns. Mostly clear. Nicely carbonated, creamy though not over done. Dense off white head. Held its firmness for duration.

Taste: Nice sweet barley complex. Well matured. Enough hops in the right locations to add appropriate flavoring and bittering. Full round body, but not thick. Very mellow, yet firm throughout the body. Finishes mildly sweet, pruny, raisony, slightly bitter.

Aftertaste: sweetness of dark rich fruits. Alcohol more pronounced, but still not dry.

Impression: A classic strong ale. Maybe not as strong as I am used to , but well balanced and appropriate.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an amber color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is good. It is full of pale malts and a mild hop aroma. The taste is also good. This is a fine English-style pale ale. It is light and bitter with a dry finish and a mild hop flavor. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This drinks well and is a good sessions beer.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Crystal clear amber color with slowly fading white head. Lacing is scattered.

S - Mild aroma with a toasty malt mixed with a bit of sweet fruit. A slight earthy hop aroma is in there somewhere, but malt dominates.

T - The start is mildly bitter and hoppy, with a metallic tinge to the taste. A sweet malt fruitiness then takes over and leads to a slightly dry finish. Very nice, and not as sweet as the aroma would indicate.

M - Medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Slightly thick on the tongue, but not heavy.

D - This is a very drinkable beer with a balanced flavor and low ABV. Perfect for downing a few pints or enjoying with a meal.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

01/31/09- Purchased at Whole Foods in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 500ml bottle with no freshness info. Poured into my 20oz Pizza Port glass.

Appearance- Copper in color. Rich white rocky 3/4 inch head with some streaks and spots of lace left behind.

Smell- Really didn't have a skunky smell, which I was expecting from the clear bottle. Pretty bready with a rich caramel sweet nose. Maybe a touch fruity...not smelling much in the hops dept.

Taste- Exactly as it smells, except not quite a sweet. Caramel and bready flavor from the malt, seems a tad fruity in a muted sort of way. English hops barely come through, but add a nice touch.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation, thicker for a lower abv beer.

Drinkability- A very nice English Pale Ale. Would have liked a little more of a hoppy aspect though.

Photo of cypressbob
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550ml 'victorian pint' sized bottle, clear

Pours with a dark amber body, decent foaming head, nice amber tan head, little lacing

Smell, aromas of toasted malt, slight sweetness coming off

Taste, dry and malty, thick and slightly musky

A very nice little pale ale, slick hop oils also sit around on the palette for a while after

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light ruby, plenty of carbonation and an off white head that stays fairly long
Smells fresh and crisp and taste the same with a hint of hard candy, a very well balanced brew that lets bitterness, acidity and sweetness come forth without either being too dominant.
Feels very good on the tongue, creamy and full for a pale ale, smooth and goes down easy. This is a pretty good brew as most things coming from the Tadcaster brewery.

-Oelergud

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is beer I last had on tap in Lincoln, England. In a bottle here, it poured a nice amber color and formed an off white head with some nice lace. The aroma was of hops and some fruit(non-citrus). The flavor sweet and of hops, malt and caramel. Finish was a bit sweeter than I usually expect in pale ales. A good beer, but definately over here in the States in a bottle, a different brew.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I must have gotten a better bottle of this than some of the other reviewers.Although it comes in a clear bottle, (something that I frown upon) there was no skunky smell or taste whatsoever.It poured very well and maintained a healthy head with good color and aroma.It's light in the mouthfeel compared to other ales of this style, but it is highly drinkable and I will continue to enjoy it.Would love to try it on tap.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of stephens101
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a clear and brassy brew which sports a prolific and stubborn bubbly tan head. Lace is thin and spotty where it exists. Smells of caramel malts, some light fruits, grain, some faint hops and tannins. Really complex for the style. Tastes of sweet malts, more light fruits, faint cinnamon and tea leaves. A slight nuttiness comes out later on. Goes down smooth and almost creamy. Highly drinkable yet interesting makes for a great combo.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
87 out of 100 based on 970 ratings.