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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

962 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 962
Reviews: 657
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 36
Gots: 21 | 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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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this beer. I thought it was very mellow and full of flowery hop aroma. Poured a nice rich head. A very clear and crisp amberish color. Taste was very light. Not much of a hoppy flavor at all. Most seemed to come from the aroma. Very light and refereshing mouthfeel as well.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Shaw
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale pours a nice copper color with a foamy head that settles down to about a quarter inch.

There is a lot more hop aroma in this beer than I expected. Granted, it's not like a super-hoppy American brew, but there is a good floral smell. There is also a bit of malt sweetness in the aroma.

The taste is just as good as the smell. It's rich, with enough bitterness to keep the beer from being too sweet. The flavor leans toward sweet rather than bitter.

The mouthfeel is substantial. This beer has more body than many American pale ales.

This beer is another good one from the excellent Samuel Smith. This is a pale ale to seek out.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper body, topped by foamy, frothy four-finger off-white head. Outstanding lacing. Aroma has biscuits, floral and herbal hops, and a proper dash of British sulfur. Taste is malty but dry, with enough hops to dry out the initial malt surge, and have some left over for a little tingle in the aftertaste. Nothing too big here, this is basically a slightly stronger session beer, or what passes for a session beer from Sam Smith. I don't think I could afford to actually use their beers for that purpose. This is a fine English ale though.

Regarding the clear bottles and skunkiness, I offer three possibilites. 1. I 've been incredibly lucky in never having a skunked Sam Smith. 2. Some reviewers imagine skunkiness at the sight of a clear bottle. 3. What some call skunkiness is the sulfur quality characteristic of many English ales.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A light brown/amber color. Good head retention and lacing.

Smell: Biscuity malts, with a little bit of sweetness.

Taste: Considerably malty, per the English pale ale style. Slightly sweet, also a little buttery taste. That signature Tadcaster well water taste comes through more than with some Samuel Smith beers. Good hop flavor provides a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, but that goes without saying for any Samuel Smith beer. One of the more carbonated beers I've encountered from this brewery.

Drinkability: Full malt and hop flavors, but nothing offensive, plus a low ABV, make this a beer one could drink several of.

Notes: This is one of my lesser favorite beers I've had from Samuel Smith. However, this is more of a commentary on my preference, or lack thereof, for pale ales, and not on the beer itself. When I do crave an English pale ale in the future, I most likely will drink this. I'll also have to try Samuel Smith's organic version of a pale ale to compare the two.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a rich amber color with ruby highlights. The head starts off two/three fingers high. The retention is good, as it leaves a lace around the glass.

The aroma is sweet. Fruity, kind of reminds me of grape skins, and some citrus from the hops. Has a light buttery taste and some bitterness from the well water used dominated with sweet d to brew this ale. Some hints of mineral water and grainy malts.

The flavor is dominated with sweet malt. Bread and yeast come just before the dry hoppy bitterness.

Finishes clean and dry. Has a nice and creamy mouth feel. This is truly a very drinkable English pale ale.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
87 out of 100 based on 962 ratings.