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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

950 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 950
Reviews: 657
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 32
Gots: 19 | 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 AmishT
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint

A - Amber in color with a nice cream colored head that retains well.

S - Fruity esters, bready malt, and floral hops. Aromas are a bit weak, but a pleasant nose to say the least.

T&M - A delicious, balanced flavor. A nice biscuity malt backbone blends with some floral hops brilliantly. Unfortunately, the mouthfeel is a little thin for me; I'd like the flavors to endure better. Low carbonation level doesn't aid with the kinda weak feel.

D - Low abv and great flavor make this an easy beer to drink

AmishT, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of dbONE
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is light brown in color, with a flapjack thin head that keeps a ring around the top.

With the smell of caramel, toffee, nuts and spices with touch of lite hops, it's hard to keep from snorting it.

Very sweet at the front of the tounge with strong caramel flavor and the dryness of honey. A sweet bready balance balances well with a nice hop flavor that has a nice spice to it. With a
very clean finish.

This is a true English Ale, a session beer for anyone.

dbONE, Jun 19, 2008
Photo of Natural510
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours from bottle with an amber-tan color and thick head which slowly dissipates into a creamy layer which coats the glass well.
Smells of mellow malts & subtle hops.
Malted barley is backed up by a creeping hop presence in flavor. There is graininess, tartness & sweetness which blend well together. Everything is subdued & well-balanced.
Goes down creamy & very smooth.
All in all a wonderfully drinkable English pale; does everything right & nothing wrong. I'll have another, please...

Natural510, Jun 15, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a very thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of strong elements of caramel, toffee, honey, nuts and spices with slight touch of hops.

T: The taste is sweet up front with flavors of caramel, honey and some spice. There's a mild hops presence that provides some balance. The malt character is hearty and brings good substance to the beer. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, it's a little sweeter than I've seen in most EPA's but it's a nice beer to drink for a long time.

TheManiacalOne, Jun 15, 2008
Photo of phishgator
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. The tight lacey white foam head is creamy in texture. The color is light copper/amber. Carbonation is pronounced. The aroma is of garden variety english hops. The taste is a splash of clean bitterness and a carmel, buttery costing of the mouth. The body is ideal for a pale ale and it is a session brew that could go on for the entire night.

phishgator, Jun 05, 2008
Photo of BBM
4.58/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a hazy burnt amber color into a pint glass with a thin, beige head atop it. Nice amount of lacing around the glass. Aroma was sweet with that distinct aroma of English hops.

Everything here is in fine and subtle balance, with a toasted bread-like malt and a spicy, tart English hop flavor. Crisp, clean, and toned. A light citrus hop buzzes through the brew as well. Delightful from beginning to end. Mouthfeel is well carbonated. I could truly drink this all day, the consummate English pale ale. If there is a finer brewery in England, I know not of it.

BBM, May 27, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

550 ml bomber poured into a tulip yields a crystal clear reddish-copper body topped with 3 fingers of rocky white foam that recedes to a chunky sheet and leaves lots of webby lacing.

Smell is buttery with caramel, spicy flowers and sweet earth.

Taste is lightly nutty malt, minerally, with nice tinge of tart citrus with a soft bitterness that presides throughout and lingers.

Smooth and medium-bodied; mild, crisp, and nicely carbonated. Superb drinkability.

cvstrickland, May 24, 2008
Photo of Nipitato
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a bottle at Brookline Liquor Mart in Brighton, MA.

A: Copper hue with brilliant clarity. Pours with a 1/2" tan head that dissipates to a thin topping.

S: Definate caramel malt aroma - probably the best caramel aroma I have smelled in a pale ale. Mild bitterness in aroma. A little fruity but not pronounced or owning any specific characteristic.

T: Soft flavors. Moderate bitterness throughout. Some mineral flavors amplify the earthy hop flavors. Malt has some biscuity character. Good lingering bitter aftertaste.

MF: Soft and fluffy mouthfeel. Moderately high carbonation. Smooth.

D,notes: Appropriately bitter with a reasonable amount of malt backing. Smooth and fluffy mouthfeel adds to drinkability. Obviously a very good session beer.

Nipitato, May 15, 2008
Photo of firkinhophead
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light copper with a bit of chill haze that clears nicely. Rocky, two finger off-white head settles to a dense, creamy cap that is clingy but not much lacing.

Aroma is of floral, grassy Fuggles hops, a bit of toasted grains, earthy herbs. A bit of overripe apple fruitiness as it warms. Subtle but pleasant.

Taste is toasted cracker-like grains, dry malt; grassy, spicy hops; dry leaves and wood; some cidery, pear-like fruit. A pleasant bitterness and some nuttiness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, dry, mineraly, with a bit of yeasty tang. Crisp, bitter finish, with a lingering bit of citrusy hops.

Very easy drinking and nicely balanced. A fine session ale that is more complex than is first apparent.

firkinhophead, May 11, 2008
Photo of Offa
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is flavourful, well-balanced, and ultimately very satisfying.

Dark amber, it has a big, dense, light tan head that shrinks only slowly and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is robust malty grain, dust, dry leaves, bread, piney hops, and a tad musty.

The taste is fairly rich and full-bodied with earthy and very leafy malt, light toasted quality, excellent sweet-bitter balance, a hint of sourness, with a nice long, slightly bitter finish of nutty grain and leafy hops.

Offa, May 09, 2008
Photo of PatrickJR
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Deep transparent copper, 1/2 inch head that recedes quickly to thick white collar. Nice stream of bubbles from the bottom.

S - Predominantly coffee and caramel, with some spicy hop character in the background.

T - Lots of caramel malt with dark fruit overtones and a faint hop bitterness in the background. Usual Sam Smith's sourness near the finish.

M - Pretty smooth with a decent amount of carbonation.

D - I wouldn't mind drinking a few of these, but I wouldn't mind not drinking a few either. It's good, but it's something inbetween a pale ale and a light stout or porter.

A fairly poor representation of a pale ale if you ask me, but a tasty beer nonetheless. The hops don't shine through at all, one of the hallmarks of the style, and the malts are far too dark to constitute "pale." The beer is on point, but like their India Ale, I feel the name is a misnomer.

PatrickJR, May 07, 2008
Photo of naterock
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

naterock, May 03, 2008
Photo of SpecialK088
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a very deep amber color with a nice head on it.
S-Smells very fragrantly of bannana almost floral that you can smell even as you pour it
T-Very malty light on hops almost an earthy taste finish leaves a bit of bitterness on the back of your tongue also note a slight carmel flavor.
M-Very smooth easy to drink but as stated before a little bitter and light on hops.
D-Easy to drink i could see having a few very easily.

SpecialK088, Apr 28, 2008
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a coppery-amber with a creamy off-white head. Retention is decent and it leaves moderate amounts of lace.

S: Caramel malt is prominent and balances well with earthy hops (that same subdued English hop aroma in the IPA from SS). It's also got some citrus or fruit smells and diacetyl/butterscotch, as well.

T&M: Malty and smooth with a biscuit-like malt flavor that tapers off into a smooth tamed-hop finish. Some earthy notes in the hop flavor with slight hints of fruitiness about halfway through. It's medium bodied with moderate carbonation. This one's a real easy-drinker. The flavor definitely has distinctive aspects, but they are well balanced and make for a solid pale ale. A perfect balance between character and drinkability for me. It's got an almost tea-like character to it...

D: This is a very drinkable session ale. The hoppy finish beckons you to drink more, but it's not overpowering at all. This is a really refreshing pale ale. Yet another wonderful offering from the Tadcaster brewery. This is one hell of a refreshing and tasty pale ale.

BamaBeerBuff, Apr 27, 2008
Photo of OldYoda
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a color a little darker than amber into a standard pint glass, with a very modest white head and minimal lacing.

Smell is subdued with an almost apple cider aroma.


Taste follows smell - very subdued with minimal hops an apple like lingering taste.

Mouthfeel was a little thin and watery.

Drinkability was excellent - a number of these would be no problem.

Overall a very decent beer but a little disappointing as I was hoping for more.

OldYoda, Apr 24, 2008
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 AKBelgianBeast
4.43/5  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.

AKBelgianBeast, Apr 17, 2008
Photo of jsprain1
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- The appearance is a red-copper, with a large head that disappears fairly rapidly.
S- The smell is biscuit and light malt with some distant floral scents going on as well. It was a little weak on the scent though.
T- The taste was decent, biscuity in nature with weak hops in the background. Not as hoppy as I expected. It also has a bit of butteryness going on.
M- The butteriness contributes to the post-drink feeling too, good but it almost seems like a buttery residue is left in my mouth. It is light in weight as well so having a couple or three with a meal is not out of the question.
O- A decent pale ale, particularly good when paired with food.

jsprain1, Apr 10, 2008
Photo of Durge
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pale ale is a deep amber colored brew with a modest white head and similar lace. It brings a very mild caramel aroma, some brown sugar, but pretty weak. The taste is nutty with charcoal and caramel with mild floral dry hops. Hops and brown sugar become most prominent as you work your way through the glass. It's reasonably drinkable but pretty dry overall. Based on my experience with most Sam Smith's stuff, I expected this would wow me more than it did, but it is certainly a good ale and one you should try for yourself.

Durge, Apr 07, 2008
Photo of Brad007
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color: Copper/amber color with a generous head of foam.

Aroma: Bread/biscuit aromas make their presence known upfront. A bit of hop bitterness shows through as well.

Taste: Bready/biscuity taste. Very mellow. Very mild hop bitterness. More buttery than I expected (outdated?).

Mouthfeel: Bready/biscuity. Smooth. Goes down ok.

Drinkability: Still quite drinkable but not impressive beyond that. A typical british pale ale.

Verdict: Drinkable and smooth. Not much else. Classic pale ale here. It would taste better fresh but because I can't decipher the production codes, I have no clue.

Brad007, Apr 07, 2008
Photo of ROMER79
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour was straight out of the bottle into a Samuel Smith Pint Glass. It was a copper orange with a thick three finger white/tan head. Honey, citrus, and hops were all present in the smell. It had a good blend of malts, spices, honey, citrus, and hops in the taste. The mouthfeel was smooth and it was a very easy beer to drink.

ROMER79, Apr 01, 2008
Photo of Pencible
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a clear, light amber with nice off-white head. It smelled like hazelnut and malt with a bit of orange hops. It tasted very much like it smelled - nutty and malty with some subtle hops. It was smooth and semi-thick with no carbonation and a slightly bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a different sort of pale ale, not quite as dark as a brown ale, but pretty good.

Pencible, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of jaz58
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good beer here. Copper red and clear in the glass. Great hints of malt and caramel in the nose. Blonde frothy head with lots of lace. A good dry finish yet it is mellow. Mouthfeel was satisfying. Nice warm hops flavour with a generous bitters yet not overwhelming.

jaz58, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of czfreeman
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An aggressive pour yields a dark orange-coppery colored beer. The head is a very light tan color and leaves plenty of sticky lacing around the glass.
Aromas of grains, fresh breads, malts, caramels greet the nose. The aromatics on this EPA are quite delicious
Taste is malts, breads, balanced by a nice citrusy hop finish that is very cleansing. This beer is not nearly as sweet or rich as the aromas suggest, so drinkability is very easy.
What a standard, great on the nose, light balanced flavors with a mouthfeel leaning on the lighter side. A highly drinkable brew.

czfreeman, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of champ103
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a bright copper/orange color. A large white and foamy head forms that sticks around for a little bit and leaves good lace down the glass.
S: Lots of toasty and roasted malt at first. A bit nutty as well. As the aroma lingers, floral hops come out that are fruity and a very nice balance. Overall, a nice and complex aroma.
T: Sweet toasted malt that is not quiet cloying, but almost. Some biscuit and nutty flavors from the malt as well. There is a substantial hop presents that brings a nice bitterness and fruitiness to the palate.
M/D: It seems a bit watery a thin in the mouth to me. Fairly easy drinking, maybe a bit to sweet and bitter but nothing much to complain about.

I enjoyed this beer. A nice malt and hop presents on the tongue and nose that makes for a very well balanced beer.

champ103, Mar 20, 2008
Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
87 out of 100 based on 950 ratings.