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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

945 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 945
Reviews: 657
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 32
Gots: 20 | 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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Photo of mscudder
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Into a pint.

A - Deep amber hue, much darker than a traditional pale ale. Two-finger off-white head sits atop. Good retention with some nice lacing.

S - Some sweet caramel malts and biscuit notes. Nothing big going on here.

T - Lots of pale buttery malts with some mild dryness on the finish. This pale ale is on the sweet side but by no means is the sweetness robust.

M - Slightly watery medium body with average carbonation.

O - There seems to be a decent reason why I looked past this brew for such a long time. The other brews out of Sammy Smith's dwarf what this beer presents.

mscudder, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of marc77
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Copper in color and very clear. Moderate, but persistent head. Unfortunately, this bottle was a tad skunked (you might get lucky and get a better bottle) What would be a leafy and earthy Fuggles hop nose has become masked by skunky mercaptans. The skunkiness does dissapate as the beer breathes, and thankfully signature fruity British yeast esters and a butterscotch note assert themselves. Luckily, the skunkiness didn't make its way into the flavor. The moderate hop bitterness is quite clean and adequately balances sweetness from crystal malt and residual sugars left by the yeast. Pleasant mild diacetyl rounds out the flavor. This pale finishes w/ dry biscuit malt notes. The skunkiness prevented this from reaching its potential. My suggestion is to pour the entire bottle into an imperial pint glass and let it "breathe" for several minutes before tasting.

marc77, Apr 24, 2002
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A. Copper color, head dissipates quickly.

S. Slightly hoppy.

T. Sweet like honey with a bit of bitter hops. Well balanced.

M. Light and smooth.

D. Could put a few down. I will say Samual Smith offers better.

Overall: A weaker IPA, left me wanting alittle more.

Stinkypuss, Apr 21, 2008
Photo of MMansfield
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Samuel Smith's gift set.

Appearance: Pours a lovely golden/copper colour with a nice white head, retaining to a beautiful lace.

Aroma: Solid malt backbone with some hops. Hops hidden behind the malt, but still there. Grass, honey, florals, some bread and alcohol.

Taste: Lots of malt. A tad sweet, with medium bitterness in the finish. Yeasty and somewhat astringent, but still good.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation, drinkable, a nice EPA.

Final Statement: A bit of a dissapointment for me. As a pale ale fiend, I was excited about this one. Hop presence was minimal, tasted somewhat astringent. I should note that I am a hophead, and the lack of hop character in this beer made me pretty dissapointed. I was a bit harder on this Ale because they have a big reputation, however, It was not bad. It was worth a try.

MMansfield, Jan 11, 2007
Photo of pavandal
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer poured a deep ruby color. There was some head to start, but the beer settled and the head dissapeared.

I smelled butterscotch and citrus scents, along with a spicey, almost olive like scent. Interesting!

The taste was lacking something though. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't a bad beer, it just didn't have a lot of flavor depth. A slight hop bite to start things off, followed by a slight citrus burn in the back of the tongue. Overall, this was rather weak on flavors, as far as my tongue can tell.

The mouthfeel and drinkability, though, are excellent. This would make a great sippin' brew, being that it is very light bodied and it's not an all out assault on the senses.

pavandal, May 29, 2007
Photo of bosox941827
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served cold from a 0.5L bottle into an imperial pint glass....allowed to warm as I tasted.

A - Classic "British" pale ale look, dk. orange/amber/brown, with thin head
S - Some malts and sweetness on the nose, but not much in the way of hops. Not unexpected from a British-style pale ale
T - I'm getting mostly toasted malts, and believe it or not, a bit of alcohol even though it's only 5.0%. Hops are there are there at the end if you wait for them, but they are not prominent.
M - Very smooth, low carbonation as is typical of the style
D - Quite drinkable, but not a "go-to" beer for me, like a bit more assertiveness in my pale alses.

Realize that, as one who is used to an American Pale Ale, this needs to be judged on a different scale, but this doesn't really do it for me. It's a bit "blah", and though the hops start to come through a bit more as it warms, it's still not what you expect from a pale ale. The fact that you can sense the alcohol (not in a good way, for me) is telling. This is a classic and I'm in the minority here, but this one's not in my wheelhouse.

bosox941827, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of mj001jk
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear amber color, decent head but little lacing.

Sightly nutty aroma with some dried apple and apricot with aromatic subtle hops.

Silky smooth mouthfeel and a light round sweetness with good bittering. This is a nice light beer with a medium richness that is satisfying. Not too complex but leaves a good taste on the palate.

mj001jk, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of umfskibum
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Had a beautiful pour, with a nice finger-width head. Beautiful copper/yellow hue, very clear and nicely carbonated body.

Scent: Very strong malty scent, with a hint of plum. No noticable scent of alcohol.

Taste: As betrayed by the scent, the beer had a very malty taste. Hints of plum and spicyness, and had the biscut/bready taste typical of english pales. Not a particularly complex drink. Becomes more sour towards the bottom of the pint, although that taste is far from unpleasant.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, with just the right amount of carbonation. Nothing spectacular.

Drinkability: All in all, I found this a very average and unremarkable pale. It is wicked easy to drink, even with the sour finish. All in all, I can suggest this as a session beer but would go for a pale with a bit more to distinguish it from the pack.

umfskibum, Jul 15, 2006
Photo of JohnK17
3.25/5  rDev -16%

JohnK17, May 10, 2012
Photo of CraftAleRookie
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a Dogfish Head Pint Glass

A- Nice clear, deep amber color; 1 finger white head that turned into thick foamy lace. Nice retention.

S- slight sweet hop up front, followed by malt notes. Not an overpowering aroma at all, very light scents.

T- Suprisingly mild taste for such a good looking amber ale- I was expecting more forward flavors. Malts dominate the flavor with just a hint of hops- for a pale ale, the lack of forward hop notes is disappointing.

M- Again, the look of this brew hints to a much livelier feel than is actually experienced. Tame- a bit on the flat side.

D- A malty, light to medium body amber ale that I'd only choose if the only other choices were regular lager.

CraftAleRookie, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of quakeroatmealstout
3.25/5  rDev -16%

quakeroatmealstout, Sep 21, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16%

bh123, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of Mattias
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Mattias, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of Cubro
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Cubro, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of Johnq1964
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Johnq1964, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of mmilyko
3.25/5  rDev -16%

mmilyko, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of ThisDudeAbides
3.25/5  rDev -16%

ThisDudeAbides, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of gutbuster
3.25/5  rDev -16%

gutbuster, May 13, 2012
Photo of soroka24
3.25/5  rDev -16%

soroka24, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Weird appearance, a red and copper color, not seen too often, if ever in a pale ale. Aroma is not apparent.

Taste, a little earthy grassy minimal hop presence. Tastes mild and balanced. Easygoing. Smooth mouthfeel. Approaches the nut brown ale in that characteristic. Tea flavor. Toffee too.

Beerandraiderfan, Mar 24, 2010
Photo of Shiloh
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is of a dull murky brown product with a full fingered head which is very typical for these British ales IMHO.
Body is medium/full with very light carbonation.
Aroma initially is lightly skunked with no linger.
The taste starts to the hops but finishes to the malts and continues to linger in a mild syrupy sort of way thanks to the mouthfeel.
Not a big fan of Samuel Smith's Brewery...but, me thinks this may be there best product.

Shiloh, Oct 17, 2003
Photo of Reidrover
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of the excellent Sam Smith beers I had yet to taste.
Comes in the Sam Smith 550 cl CLEAR bottle of course..with the White rose of Yorkshire prominent on the label.
After pouring into my British Imperial pint mug the beer looks nice crystal clear darkish brown with a rather large frothy off white head..good lacing.
Oh man..this does not smell to good..I detetct a little skunk! I had heard this was a problem with Smiths beers but this is the first time I have had it happen.
The taste is not too badly affected by the skunkiness though..so maybe it was just slightly skunked?Its a well balanced pale ale to be sure malts preedominate..but the hops are ever present underneath.Not a great falvour though.
rather average mouthfeel.
Its drinkable..but I would rather have an American Pale..this is below my expectations for Sam Smith.

Reidrover, Jul 26, 2003
Photo of kimcgolf
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. bottle. This has an okay aroma and appearance of pale orange with an off-white head, and decent lacing. I thought it tasted good, slightly malty, but unfortunately, it seemed to have a sour, slightly metallic finish that really did not leave me wanting more anytime soon.

kimcgolf, Jul 02, 2006
Photo of srandycarter
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into the tulip...

A - Dense honey, small head, light sudsy lacing.

S - Malt up front here. Bread-like yeasty note.

T - Simple grain and hop combo. Nothing out of the realm here.

M - Thinner than I hoped but not bad.

D - Good beer. Wish it was a little more complex and fuller bodied.

srandycarter, Nov 25, 2007
Photo of Damian
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Drank from a 1pt. 2.7fl.oz./550 ml bottle
Served in a Samuel Smith's imperial pint glass
Thanks to my dad for this bottle

The beer poured a slightly hazed, deep crimson-amber. A two-finger crown of tight, frothy, beige colored foam topped the liquid and slowly faded to a lasting cap. Patches of lacing trickled down the glass.

The nose was very British. A bit steely and quite mellow overall. Good dose of biscuity malts. Somewhat toasty. Mild toffee notes. Slightly fruity and moderately sweet.

The flavor profile was decent. Biscuity malts dominated. Some toffee. Touch of noble hops. Fruity in the center. Earthy, bittering hops came through in the finish. Crisp and drying.

The mouthfeel was slick, smooth and somewhat creamy on the palate. Medium bodied with a fine and mild effervescence.

Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale might be spot-on for the style, but I found it rather boring. If you have an affinity for British session ales, this might be your cup of tea.

Damian, Apr 24, 2013
Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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