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

Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale AleSamuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

917 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 917
Reviews: 656
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%


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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Foto14

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was a more than satisfactory choice for my first review.

Color: Deep amber with a lovely gradient and almost two fingers of head

Aroma: Malty with a bit of citrus and hops. I almost instantly thought of honey lemon tea, actually. Not the most potent aroma, but this is not a complaint

Taste: Caramel, again, I thought of honey, a nice balance of hops and malt. Nothing too crazy, but there is plenty happening.

Mouth feel: Light carbonation, goes down smooth, and has a nice lingering aftertaste that doesn't take over your tongue.

Overall: I continuously read and hear that England knows how to pay attention to balance, and this beer is living proof. Can't wait to enjoy another!

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 01:32:20 | More by Foto14
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YAndreK47

New York

3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

my first review so please excuse the lack of description

color: rich amber
head: rocky but eventually dissipates to less than 1/8" in 5 minutes and lingers
aroma: hoppy and fruity esters
taste: crisp followed by hoppy bitterness followed by smooth finish
motuhfeel: medium body but closer to the dry side
overall: very drinkable beer

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 01:08:55 | More by YAndreK47
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Dave1999

North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into a standard pint glass.

Rich red in colour with a white foamy head.

Smells of malts and grapefruit as well as malts.

A complex array of tastes including hops, malts, lemon, treacle and barley.

Goes down smooth with just the right amount of carbonation.

This is just a fantastic pale ale, complex layers of flavour and just a great beer. I'd recommend this to anyone.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 19:26:04 | More by Dave1999
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hooliganlife

Missouri

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a dull copper with a nice creamy head. light retention as it dissipates.

lots of caramel and malt with some faint floral hops

more flavorful with a stronger hop presence. nice mix of floral and bitter hops. nice caramel malt backbone.

a bit moderate carbonation with some bite. moderate body.

very good, loads of flavor for this english pale.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 19:49:53 | More by hooliganlife
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a slightly hazy orangish copper color. The off-white head settles quickly to a film with decent sticky lacing. The beer smells mostly of malts with a slight sweetness poking through. The beer tastes very malty with some caramel sweetness. The hop presence is there, but not dominant. A very well-balanced beer. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and very easy to drink.

Overall, this is a very easy drinking Pale Ale. There is a sort of musty feel about it that I find in all of Samuel Smith's beers, but I'm not saying that's a bad quality, I like it, and I think this beer falls in line with all of their other wonderful brews.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 16:09:19 | More by JuicesFlowing
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TheHammer

Ontario (Canada)

4.58/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Two fingers of head that retained like crazy and produced modest lacing. The body is the classic pale copper with steady carbonation, without a hint of cloudiness. A bit more lacing would earn the perfect score.

Smell: Well balanced caramel malt and fruity yeast with touches of piney hops. Warming didn't really help it's case and it's exceptionally good, but it's just not potent enough.

Taste: Nice sweet caramel malt that turns into a more fruity and yeasty note that is lightly dusted off with a decent but not overpowering hit of hops. There is nothing bad I can say about the taste of this beer. Nothing too complex, but nothing boring.

Mouthfeel: Exceptional transitioning as the experience seamlessly blends together. The carbonation assists the entire beer, the aftertaste is a present mild fruity malt. Once again, there is nothing I can complain about.

Drinkability: I little bit heavier then I'd expect, but still easy to drink regardless. Refreshing, keeps down nicely and smooth. I really like that the aftertaste never gets out of control.

Final Thoughts: I find myself finding the English and Scottish styles far better suited to my pallet then their American counterparts. I think this unseats St-Ambroise as my pale ale of choice. I think the best part is that they kept bitterness in check and didn't aim closer to IPA territory. Highly recommend this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 03:08:45 | More by TheHammer
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BrownNut

Florida

3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Copper/amber. True to form, this Samuel Smith's yields a thick biscuit of textured foam that lingers. You could eat it with a spoon.

Smell - very yeasty, like rising bread dough

Mouthfeel - kind of soft

Taste - what at first seemed fruity became more like honey. It's malt but leans towards a honey taste. It's pretty light and easy drinking, bordering on watery but not quite getting there. The fruit peeks back in just a bit now and then. A little banana? Apple? Not sure.

Aftertaste - Just the barest hint of bitterness. I love the smell as I exhale out of my nose for a while after a sip. The taste fades away fairly quickly. After five minutes it's at a very low level and the mouth feels clean and barely astringent.

Overall - Despite loving Samuel Smith's, I have steered clear of this one for years because the Nut Brown and the Oatmeal and the Imperial were always sitting right next to it and because I'm not a pale ale or IPA guy in general. But this is great. What a nice and drinkable pairing of honey malty sweet and mild hop bitter in a light and refreshing package. If I could ask for anything it might be a bit more robustness on the back end to increase the richness and to slow me down a bit. But on the whole it's a very pleasant, sessionable, well-made, and pleasingly flavored beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 01:05:18 | More by BrownNut
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear copper with a tight, compact off-white head.

S: Very earthy on the nose, with aromas of leather, tobacco, moist earth, pepper, and lemon really standing out.

T: Notes of minerals, toffee, butterscotch, leather, tobacco, pepper, moist earth, herbs, and lemon wash across the palate. The finish is earthy and mildly spicy with an abundance of pepper, leather, tobacco, and toffee notes.

M: Medium-bodied and dry. Carbonation is crisp. This is an incredibly refreshing ale, and in terms of mouthfeel, really nails the feeling that one expects of a typical English pale ale.

O: I've always really liked this beer and my opinion has not changed in the slightest over the years. Few English pale ales, or at least few that I've tried, are as flavorful as Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale. This is an exquisite ale. If your familiarity with English pales stops at Whitbread and/or Bass, then this beer should be a must try for you.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 18:12:06 | More by mrfrancis
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OMGTheyKilkenny

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550 ml bottle into a stein.

A: Pours a pale reddish golden copper. Fairly clear with an inch of foamy light tan head that has fairly good staying power.

S: Bready with pungent fruit, sweet and sour. A yeasty aroma with toasted malts. How else to put this? Extremely British.

T: Toasted malts and caramel reminiscent of a much heavier ale. Hints of green apple, but overall a bit like drinking liquid bread dough. Very mild floral hop character lends just a hint of bitterness on the aftertaste.

MF: Full mouth presence that lingers for a bit. Sturdy carbonation, but goes down smooth.

D: If American craft beers are renowned for being innovative, the Brits are known for doing the same exact thing fairly well for generations. This is most certainly a British beer. Could easily see throwing a few of these back in a pub.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 02:04:19 | More by OMGTheyKilkenny
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Greggy

Minnesota

3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A soapy white head. Minimal lacing but thin cap.

S Pine resin, marmalade, earthy

T earthy pine and some distant marmalade finish is quick

M on par per style. Would like to see more carbonation.

D ok but nothing special. Overall a textbook English pale

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 05:35:53 | More by Greggy
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ehammond1


4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle

Texas Liquor
Carlsbad, CA

Copper and auburn with a thick, pillowy, persistent light brown head that leaves small lines of lace down the glass.

Sweet caramel and toffee lead the way in the aroma, with biscuity and bready malts combining for a pleasantly sweet aroma. There isn't much hop presence, but as an English pale ale, that is to be expected. Very nice.

The flavor too is lacking in distinct hop character, which I don't mind in this style. The caramel, toffee, and bready flavors combine well for an incredibly easy drinking pale.

Medium bodied with ample carbonation.

A definitive version of the style. Malty and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 02:55:17 | More by ehammond1
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greenborn

California

3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a very nice pale ale. The color and the smell were fine but the taste was very traditional barley malt with just a touch of hops. The balance of the malt and hops are what make this ale so good. First there is the malt smell then the tasted of malt which trails off into the mild hop crispness. I liked this ale very much and recommend it to those who enjoy English traditional ales.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 21:25:52 | More by greenborn
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airforbes1

New York

3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 15:26:08 | More by airforbes1
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brownish amber with 1/2" of dense, foamy head with good retention. The smell is cooked apples, faint caramel, and light, bready malts. The taste is bready, caramelly malt with some sweet apple-like fruitiness and faint alcohol phenols. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and well carbonated.

This is a well balanced, malty, delicious example of the style. I've had it on several occasions, and I've enjoyed it every time.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 00:10:05 | More by tdm168
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fx20736

New York

4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a British Pint glass.

Cloudy translucent, apricot with a 1 finger tan head that leaves a palimpset of nice lacing.

Aroma of bready malt, apricots and clover-honey. As the beer warms Caramel and Diacetyl announce themselves.

Mouthfeel: That Tadcaster water wins every time.

Taste: A bed of malt spread with honey, sprinkled with white pepper that leaves a thick patina of musty, earthy, English Hops, coated in sweet caramel.

Notes: Killer. This beer instantly joins the Pantheon. I allow the sweetness of this beer to pass through the gates unmolested as the overall composition of this masterpiece works in every way.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 19:20:56 | More by fx20736
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SolipsismalCat

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Fuller's London Pride.

A: Clear light amber with few tiny bubbles and a two-finger, off-white creamy head that lasted a couple of minutes. Pretty good lacing.

S: Malt. Apples and dark fruit. Very mild.

T: Light sweetness and bitterness. Apples and citrus hops. A hint of nuttiness.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Creamy and smooth. Just slightly dry.

O: I was a bit dissappointed by the head retention and lacing. The smell was a bit too mild. Overall, very drinkable though, and very smooth. I like the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 01:21:26 | More by SolipsismalCat
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CaptDavyJones

New York

4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear copper color from a 12 oz bottle, with no ABV or freshness date on the bottle.
One finger frothy, foamy head that dissipates fairly slowly to a thin film that stays.
Rich malty aroma with hints of spice and hops.
Taste, similar to the aroma, is high on malts. There is a lingering bitterness from the hops in the finish.
Crisp, refreshing and easy to drink. Perfect sessions beer.
This is an ale for all times. Definitely worth a try and comes highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 06:39:11 | More by CaptDavyJones
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 550 ml bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Bright amber orange with lots of rising bubbles. Big four finger off white head with good retention and lots of lacing sticking around the glass.

Smell: Sweet toasted caramel malts with apples, bread, dark berries, figs, nuts, and hints of citrus hops. Very malt driven. Smells a lot like apple cider.

Taste: Like the smell. A big taste of bready sweet caramel malts with apples, toffee, nuts, berries, and figs. There is a light but noticeable presence of citrus hops in the finish. Tastes a lot like apple cider but the small kick of hops in the finish reminds you that its a beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy in the mouth and smooth.

Overall: A very fine English pale ale. Very malty but the sweetness is nice and not too much. Pretty well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 05:25:25 | More by MattyG85
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dudelove7485

New York

4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to pint glass.

Copper with slightly cloudy consistency. Thin, off-white head, though definite lacing. Malty apple aroma with hints of berry. Creamy medium body with med-high bitterness. Malty, caramel taste, slightly toasty with a refreshing finish. Nice representation of an ESB.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 02:54:38 | More by dudelove7485
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DrinkingDrake

Massachusetts

3.08/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 01:54:45 | More by DrinkingDrake
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Cpherg

District of Columbia

3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Darker apple juice with little to no head, hazy with no suspended particles

S: A cidery, nutty nose with a total absent of hops.

T: Sweet apple with a dry finish. Nice hoppyness. Little beyond apple.

M: Medium bodies beer with a fizzyness that leaves the mouth dry

O: An easy beer to drink, light for a medium bodied beer

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 01:38:19 | More by Cpherg
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nimrod979

Maryland

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours copper with a beautifully frothy off white head... Lacing stays glued to the glass as you drink it down. Aroma is unique. Kind of a toasty banana scent, caramel and bready malts with hint of floral hops. Flavor has a sweet caramel malt flavor with a light bitter finish. Exceptionally creamy mouthfeel, medium body. Very pleasant beer. Thanks Sam.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 00:51:34 | More by nimrod979
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abeerlovr

Florida

4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a burgandy wine glass, I know, but we were drinking wine prior to popping this open.

A: nice caramel, copper color, not much head, noticeable lacing.

S: nutty, in fact after a few sniffs I detected nutmeg, don't know if that was really there or if anyone gets that, but I distinctly smelled nutmeg. Some citrus detected. Sweet smelling which then worried me but...

T: lovely flavor, caramelly, nutty but a little bitter hops on the back of the tongue, a little hint of citrus, a smooth drink

M: sweet yet had a hoppy bitterness at the finish, nice.

Overall: I enjoyed this, it may have been my first English Pale Ale and is not comparable to American Pale Ales. I little heavier because of the sweetness and not as hoppy bitter.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 02:18:03 | More by abeerlovr
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beerman21

California

3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm far lacking in the department of English Pale Ale's. I’m so used to the American version that often I miss interpret and what this style is all about. Not often do I have true English Pales around to get a better idea to how to critique it, will see how it goes, have to remember this is probably not going taste like a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

Anyways bought this beer at my local market, they also have there Oatmeal Stout which is very good Samuel Smith. Its my understanding that this is a very old brewery and that they haven’t deviated from how they make it so im very curious.

Came in 550ml bottle with gold wrapping at 3.49 a bottle it was a good deal.

A- Pours a deep reddish amber with cellos looking soapy head, diminished to a rather thin lace.

S- Strong sweet Carmel malts is very upfront and forward, with a fig candy aroma to go along with. Very subtle in the hop aroma but its there; perfume like if you will.

T/M/O- Dry, Carmel malts upfront, sweet candy type flavor; I've read prior to this review of other saying flavors of jolly rancher, grape flavor comes to mind or maybe a hint of watermelon. Hop bitterness is minimal, I really like the dry bite to this brew, flavor is there with a strong complex presence, and then dissipates quickly. Very good stuff, although one or two of these is plenty for my tastes. To strong in the Carmel maltiness of it, i could see getting fatigued with that. Overall its a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 22:49:44 | More by beerman21
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ProfessorHomer

New York

4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: reddish brown, thinnish head, no lacing to speak of. good carbonation.

S: malty, raisins & apples. Malty. some alcohol.

T: fantastic English Pale Ale. Smooth & creamy. Malt notes hit you aright away and linger on. Nicely balanced alcohol. Not much hop notes to speak of - this is a proper English Ale, by jove.

M: full, creamy, balanced.

O: a very very fine representation of the style. Would love to have this on tap. Like all Samuel Smith's beers, this is afire, fine beer. Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 23:20:54 | More by ProfessorHomer
Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
87 out of 100 based on 917 ratings.