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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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Reviews: 658
Hads: 986
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 14.51%
Wants: 43
Gots: 33 | 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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Photo of mithrascruor
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

550 mL. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a coppery-amber color with a nice thick off-white head that lasts for a while and laces the glass.

Smell: Has an aroma of hops, tempered with some fruity smells.

Taste: Plenty of hops, plus a good bit of malty and fruity flavors. Not too bitter, but everything seems well-balanced.

Mouthfeel: Relatively light-bodied, with a good tingly carbonation and a mild grainy feel.

Drinkability: Good taste, so you can have a few of these. Alcohol is just fine too.

Overall, quite a tasty beer, and a bit different from other English pale ales that I've had. Nothing spectacular, but definitely a solid and enjoyable beer that I'd be more than happy to have again.

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Photo of Scooter77
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of santa109
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of EricHeff
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of BillyBoysPie
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of tony223366
4.36/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Wow, this beer couldn't look anymore attractive right now. Easily 3+ fingers of off-white, dense foam that has real lasting power. The color is gorgeous too. A deep ruby amber color with perfect clarity. Surprisingly enough... this gets a 5 from me.

S: Tons of crisp aromas. The hops are what get me first are the piney hop aromas. Then it's all about the fruitiness of this beer. I get lots of dark fruits as well as some brown sugar. There's a lot of sweetness in the nose. It smells really nice though.

T: Hops are more subdued than your normal American Pale (duh!) but they are certainly there. This beer is really quite nice. The first thing that I get is some of that piney hop flavors. Somewhat floral. Then it moves to the rich, fruity malt base. I get lots of brown sugar, some nice rich caramel-like flavors. It's incredibly crisp and has a clean finish!

M: I let this beer sit out for a while before I tasted it and it's spot on. It's got a nice light carbonation with a smooth almost creamy body.

O: Wow, such a clean...tasty, complex beer. A true session beer in my opinion. I could drink this straight through dinner and into dessert. The Samuel Smith's India Pale Ale is next for tonight and I couldn't be more excited!

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Photo of thekevlarkid
4.36/5  rDev +13%
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.

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Photo of dmamiano
4.37/5  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.

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Photo of WeezyBoPeep
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a big bottle into a Samuel Smith's pint glass.

A: Amazing looking ale. Amber/red with a perfect creamy tan head.

S: Nice, fragrant hops, caramel, toast and a wave of zesty tobacco at the end. This one screams complexity.

T: A hoppy, caramel character is complimented well by hints of white chocolate and a rich, coffee-like finish.

Drinkability: Excellent. Something you could see Sherlock Holmes drinking in his favorite pub with Watson by his side.

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Photo of MerkinMan
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Pours a nice copper color with a thick head that does not stay around too long, which is to be expected of English pale ales. The smell is clean.

This beer is balanced perfectly. This is what Bass wished it was. Complex grain tastes with gentle hop tickle to follow.

Carbonated nicely, but not too much.

If this beer was a little cheaper, it would be my everyday beer.

Anyone know of any clone recipes?

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Photo of burnstar
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear red/copper with a nice persistant off white head. Smell is carmel and toasted malt. Taste is light toasted malt with a carmel note. Some herbal hops. Just a touch of bitterness. Nice bready carmel aftertaste. Very british tasting pale ale (obviously). Mouthfeel is medium, maybe a bit on the light side. Really nice for this beer. Very drinkable and a very nice pale ale overall. I'd like to find this on tap.

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Photo of naterock
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes
Poured from a bottle into a dokel
C: Very nive Yellowish orange, good head retention and lacing
S: Not too overwhelming, not what i'd expect from a palt but good.
T: very smooth not as hoppy as some pale ales have been lately. I like that it doesn't try to be a IPA like some APAs. a very satisfying APA
M: nice medium carbonation, it allows the bitterness to come to the front of the pallate
D: this is a very enjoyable PAle ale, I could drink this one a while.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber color with a nice off-white head. Smell is malty and slightly hoppy. Taste is malty that finishes very dry as the hops set in. The taste is also slightly nutty and there is a kind of metallic taste as well. The mouthfeel is medium and lightly carbonated. Overall this is another superb brew from Samuel Smith's that I will enjoy time and time again.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale has a very thick, soapy, cream-colored head, lots of thick lacing rings left behind, and a somewhat hazy, amber appearance, with a few bubble streams and some little brown particles floating about. The aroma is pungent, sweet, bready, roasted, and full. Taste is of the same elements, with toffee and a pleasant, and even sharp, hop bitterness in the middle-to-end of the sip. Mouthfeel is medium and slick, and Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale finishes dry, refreshing, and quite drinkable. Overall, this is a most excellent beer!


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Photo of PvtVile
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It was poured into a snifter from a brown bottle with gold foil.

Appearance: Dark amber with a good 2 finger head that stays around for awhile then dissipates after sitting for a minute.

Smell: The smell is kind of sweet. I also smell some bread and raisin.

Taste: Kind of bitter but not overwhelming, tastes sweet and of grape fruit.

Feel: Nice consistency, a little thick and fizzy, the carbon stays to give a refreshing feel.

Drink ability: A very good beer that I would love to drink all the time.

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Photo of Opethsprite
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pulled from a Samuel Smith sampler (which also includes their Oatmeal Stout and Nut Brown, as well as a Samuel Smith), and I'm pleased to say that this will have to be a regular for me! It's a lovely, medium-dark brown with a bit of red. The head is a fluffy, off-white which disappeared before long to leave some lacing. It smells much sweeter than I'd expect--lots of carmel with coffee and chocolate as well. It is a beautifully well-rounded beer with not-too-in-your-face hops and it's not-overpoweringly either. Medium bodied with carbonation, and it finishes slightly dry. I love this beer!!!

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Photo of beertastegood
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice copper color with a big light tan head that lingers for quite some time. Smells of nutty caramel, and grassy hops.

Tastes of lightly roasted coffee and nuts, followed by a medium floral hop flavor that fades nicely into a clean, dry nutty finish. Mouthfeel is very nice, medium bodied with just the right amount of carbonation. Drinkability is high.

Another excellent brew from the Sam Smith brewery.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a good clear amber orange brown with good fizzy off white head that dissipates fairly quick. Nose is appley as hell with a bit of a coppery smell. Taste is nice and complex, but simple enough to session quite easily. Maltiness is most noticeable with a good kiss of english hops on the finish. An overall smooth flavor with a bit of apple flavor, some very smooth earthy malts, but not overpowering or too sweet. A nice dry finish is graced with some slight hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is quite good, Drinkability is about as good as it gets. This is one of my all time favorite session brews for summertime at the cabin. I absolutely love this brew for session drinking, or even to enjoy just one. I think when my tax returns arrive I will stock my fridge with these. Great brew.

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Photo of baiser
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark copper colour, slightly cloudy. Light tan coloured head, and sticky strings of lace.

Smelled of sweet sweet caramel and fruitiness. Slight hop aromas.

Had a good biscuity, caramel flavour. Sweetness from slightly roasted malts. Ends kind of dry, and bitter. Medium bodied.

One of the great english pale ales.

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Photo of tconboy
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful clear dark amber with a nice foamy white head that lasts, moderate lacing. This one looks nice. The first sip, and I'm very impressed. Smooth, light carbonation, a fantastic blend of malt and a hint of bitterness, with a little nut flavor and very smooth and highly drinkable. I am blown away by this. I'm not too familiar with the style, but I'm definitely going to have to seek out similar beers because this is very enjoyable.

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Photo of inebrius
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Creamy fat head rests over an English amber liquid explosion of flavor. Rich and mellow buttery caramel spine is superbly balanced against loamy hops all mineral-like and tasty. Subdued carbonation makes it a pleasure to coat your throat with this stirring pale.

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Photo of GreenWBush
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Glass bottle with freshness label ...

Upon cracking this, a strange phenomenon occurs which happens in many Samuel Smith beers: about a dozen giant bubbles bound up and pop inside of the bottle. A strange welcome that whooshes the nose to your nose.

Slightly sour aroma, yeasty tones with biscuit and grain. Sweet malts with a bit of sulfur. Ringwood yeast?

The apperance of this ale in the pint glass is generic golden amber with a huge sticky windowpane of lace from the huge honeycomb head.

The taste is all watery lightly hopped goodness. The mouthfeel slacks because of the lack of chewy malt, but offers a deviation from the normally thick and unappealing-in-the-summer SS's. Hints of suflur are offput by the lovely well water of Tadcaster.

Its damned good, but don't accept a non-fresh sample. Look for the bottled on date that is new to SS. If it looks like its been in the sun for even a good while, forget it. Otherwise it is a spectacularly clean pale ale that is a misunderstood gem. It should be a benchmark.

Everyone has to try it.

And to Merchant duVin (and the manufacturer): Put an end to the CLEAR glass!

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Photo of Grundle20
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beers is copper in color with a big sticky white head that laces the glass in rings.

Initially I pick up a bready sweetness but not so much like dark bread. There is a great floral hop profile to compliment the sweet scent. The only draw back here is a just a touch of detergent scent which is a little undesirable.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
Plain and simple, this beer is cold, wet, and refreshing. It starts off again with that sweet white bread character which evolves in to a bitter floral note. The finish is a little nutty and full but has little aftertaste to speak of. Very well balanced and delicious.

Absolutely one of the best drinking beers I've had in quite some time.

Bottom Line:
This beer is pretty much everything that an English pale ale should be and a few American pale ales should also take notes from this fine beer.

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Photo of DrewSnyc667
4.44/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Slightly hazy brilliant copper color. Minor activity and almost no head whatsoever

S: Amazingly robust chocolate and caramel. Unique to the stye, I am chewing on the malts before I take a sip.

T: A malt fans delight. Super complex starts like chocolate chandy and ends with a nice little hop crisp

M: Nice amount of carbonation keeps that sweet malt at bay and makes this highly session able

O: I have been really into the English session ales lately and this one is another treat.

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Photo of Herrbrokt
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

550 ml. bottle. Served into pint glass. no fresh by.

Pours an amberish brown. Nice beige head that sticks around for the fun.

Smells of dough and fruits.

Fantastic balance in the taste. sweet malt, buttery dough and the all important kick of hops. Real nice.

It lays a bit thicker on the tongue than I expected though. not as dry and bright as many pale ales. only criticism on this one.

overall big hit. I'll pick up a stack.

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Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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