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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 Traquairlover
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Nice light caramel, copper color. Had an impressive head but dissipated quickly with no lacing.

S = Nice malty smell, traces of caramel, hay, nuts. Strong malt.

T = Taste closely tracks the smell. Slight hops bitterness, rich, roasted malt flavors, nice caramel taste in the background.

M = Nice mouthfeel but pretty average. Not too thin, good light frothy carbonation feeling.

D = I give this high drinkability. It has a very distinctive taste, while still being firmly a representative English Pale Ale. If it weren't somewhat expensive, I could easily make this my standard beer to always have on hand for guests and myself.

Traquairlover, Nov 24, 2007
Photo of CanuckRover
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clean looking beer. A copper penny with a decent head that went away pretty quickly. Good lacings. Crystal clear, very nice.

As with any good English ale, malt stands out in the aroma. Fruity, grape juice'ish with a fresh hoppy tang.

Surprisingly hoppy for the style. Some nice English-style bitterness from the hops provides great contrast to the very fruity malt. I mean VERY fruity malt. Some hay in there as well giving a bit of the English country feel.

English session ale, you could toss a few back, I'm sure it would be a beauty from the cask. A good example of my favourite style, a balanced, malt focused pale ale.

CanuckRover, Nov 08, 2007
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one pours out a nice dark amber, plenty of bubbles and good carbonation with a creamy, sticky off-white colored head that dissipates slow and remains a constant.

Herbalized grainy malt, bready and very hearty on the nose.

A bready, grainy malt flavor with wheat and an earthy, semi-bitter hop balance. Pretty simple overall but it achieves a nice well-rounded effect.

Medium bodied, with a crsipness and smoothness with a firm bite at the end.

This is Pale ale English style!

GratefulBeerGuy, Oct 29, 2007
Photo of mnfinnkidd
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Light brownish hue with slight tan 1/4" head. Brilliantly clear, filtered

Noise: Sweet, caramel, candy, fresh bread

Mouthfeel: Heavy in the front, light through the middle, and clean off the back

Taste: well balance with a malt forward character. Caramel with biscuit notes. Bitterness is very mild enough to clean the palate.

Overall: This being my second English pale this seemed like the hops were lacking but that could be my American pales skewing my palate. It was very drinkable and wouldn't mind have a couple more....

mnfinnkidd, Oct 24, 2007
Photo of Sixpoint
2.95/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not too crazy about this one. Yeah, I didn't find any "technical" flaws with this beer, but I guess I just wasn't feeling the chalky flavor. The beer had an incredible alkaline tinge to it that coated every sip. Don't know if it was from the water or from the hops...

At any rate, I would much rather drink a nice citrus-hop flavored brew to complement some hard water rather than some stale, floral weak hops that cover up chalky-flavored beer.

Sorry limies. We do it better. ;-)

Sixpoint, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of GPHarris
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a two-fingers thick tan and fluffy head into a snifter. left sticky sides that just coat the glass and nice sheeting and lacing throughout. the body is a dark amber color, bordering on purple.
s - citrusy hops with a muted malt balance.
t - hints of caramel, grapefruit and a bready finish as it warms.
m - medium and slick on the tongue.
d - easily quaffed and a nice session brew.

GPHarris, Oct 22, 2007
Photo of ralree
4.78/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear reddish orange with a fantastic head. Big bubbles mostly - dissipates in a marbled fashion. Good retention and lacing.

S: Smells really good for a pale ale - caramel and maybe some toffee malts, with nice-smelling English hops in the background.

T: I didn't get it from the smell, but caramel and a slight amount of coffee dominate the taste! Flowering hops and sweet caramel malt come in second. Finishes with a sweet and slightly smoky bread flavor. Slight alkaline taste that is evident in the first to drinks. A fine pale ale - my favorite so far.

M: Medium-light and perfectly carbonated. No way to improve this area.

D: Goes down smoother than other pale ale's I've tried. No problem finishing this one. My girlfriend even stole some from me - and she doesn't usually like beer!

ralree, Oct 11, 2007
Photo of Amalak
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice looking beer out of the bottle. Copper/dark red. Nice foamy head. Nice lacy ring to it.

S: Slight, fruitish kind of smell.

T: Great flavorful rich taste. Thick bodied, full beer.

M: A little bit dry. Leave a nice flavor though.

D: Great aftertaste, sits nicely.

Big fan of this beer. It's a nice hefty beer with ample flavor.

Amalak, Oct 05, 2007
Photo of jbsteiny
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice bronze color -- kind of dark for the style, but attractive -- with a thin head that left thin lacing all the way down. Very subtle aromas, but I love it -- rich malts (toasty caramel), grassy hops, peat? The malt dominates the flavor, as I understand an English pale ale should, but it's fairly mild regardless. I think some spiciness might liven it up a bit. An earthy, simple pale ale, but well crafted, as I'd expect from Sammy Smith.

jbsteiny, Sep 22, 2007
Photo of hustlesworth
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

heyyy tadcaster old buddy.

A- 2in off white creamy foam above a slightly hazy copper amber brew with waves of sticky lace.

S- honey, cantaloupe, and used coffee grounds, earthy soil

T- dry orange with an apple-currant tartness gives way to a bready biscuit malt flavor with a lingering yeasty sourness to balance out the honey-dried aromatic sandalwood sweetness.

MF- clean dry finish with a crisp feeling, very complex with mid-range carbonation

D- totally dude this is like winter welcome with hops substituted for the spiciness.

hustlesworth, Sep 20, 2007
Photo of jar2574
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light amber colored. Not that much head, although it may have been an uneven pour. Plenty of carbonation. Smells of hops and honey.

Interesting taste. Honey, butter, hops and a touch of coffee. Never had a beer quite like this, so I give it points for originality.

Tasty, satisfying brew.

jar2574, Sep 09, 2007
Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured amber and clear, presented a copper hue in the glass. Modest half finger tan head with good carbonation. Smell of all spice, fruit zest, hops. Taste of orange rind, hops again, bitter but with a slightly sour finish. Sharp, dry texture, mouthfull of spiced apple and some oak showing but I thought the overall experience was slightly less than I expected from the appearance and fragrance.

ThatWineGuy, Sep 04, 2007
Photo of kellyst
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Medium white head. Light brown, slight copper hue.

S: Fruity esters, herbal hop nose.

T: Light sweetness and some fruit notes. Herbal hop taste and moderate bitterness. Some biscuity taste in the background. Very well balanced and delicious.

D: Very high.

kellyst, Aug 29, 2007
Photo of burnstar
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

burnstar, Aug 27, 2007
Photo of BucBasil
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from a bottle into a Samuel Smith imperial pint glass. Color is a dark orange-red that is completely clear. Pours to a nice 2 finger foamy off-white head. I was not expecting a beer called "Pale Ale" to be this color... nevertheless, it's a good looking beer, especially in it's own Samuel Smith glass.

Smell: Pretty inviting - there is a certain fruity sweetness that I can't quite identify in there with a nice balanced hop/sweet malt background.

Taste: Very nice, and lighter than the color would have had me believe. Well balanced, with a bready malt character that finishes with a pleasant, cleansing hop note. Sweet on the midpalate, and refreshing going down, this is a great tasting beer.

Mouthfeel: Not a fan of this one. This is very watery feeling, with some hint of light carbonation. Leaves a sort of oily sensation in the mouth that almost nullifies the fantastic taste of this beer.

Drinkability: Very sessionable at 5%. This large pint went pretty quickly for me. I'll probably pick this one up again sometime in the future for it's uniquely sweet and balanced flavor.

BucBasil, Aug 22, 2007
Photo of Bookseeb
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a rich amber with a nice creamy head. Aroma of sweet malts and hops. Taste: roasted malts, nutty, lightly sweet and a slight grassy note having a good amount of hop and carbonation making it crisp and refreshing, but still lacking something. Mouthfeel is light - medium that goes down smooth, I should try more of these British PA's, a good one to try.

Bookseeb, Aug 22, 2007
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Last reviewed in January, 2005. Time to look again.

$3.49 at Bevmo in Redlands, CA. in August, 2007 for 0.5 l brown bottle.

Pours a slightly chill-hazed, but clear amber-brown with the slightest of head and no carbonation. Aroma of toasty malts and a light hop tingle. Slight sweetness.

Flavor is a solid pleasant malt base and interesting floral herbal hoppiness that is very subtle (compared to our American Pale Ales) and quite interesting. A bit of black pepper in the generally mild hops. I obviously missed all of this the first time. Now it is quite enjoyable, just not over the top. A good sipper!

Dukeofearl, Aug 15, 2007
Photo of biggmike
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

White head didnt hang around too long. Nice lacing. Aroma is a bit caramelly and fruity. A roasty maltiness is the dominating character of the flavor with hints of fruit. Very balanced flavor. Mouthfeel is medium. Very drinkable beer with low amount of carbonation.

biggmike, Aug 11, 2007
Photo of rowew
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 550 ml clear bottle, gold foil around the neck and cap. No date information. I think this has been sitting around a while, but its been in my fridge for most of that time (if there was a date I would know for sure!).

Appearance: Reddish brown in color, clear with a good sized head that fades to average lacing.

Smell: Caramel malt, just a hint of butterscotch (diacetyl?).

Taste: Smooth mouthfeel, great carbonation level (low, but still there). Nice caramel malts, just a bit of sweetness without being too much.

Overall impression: Nicely balanced and highly drinkable.

rowew, Aug 08, 2007
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.68/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

550ml brown bottle from Lou's in Augusta. Red-copper translucent body with around an inch of initial off-white head that dissipates rather quickly. Smells caramelly and fruity, with hints if a peaty quality. A roasty maltiness dominates the flavor with hints of fruit, diacetyl (coming through as a very pleasing butterscotch flavor). No one quality of the flavor overpowers another I would say. A nice balance and a medium-bodied mouthfeel make this extremely drinkable. Definitely glad I finally tried it, and I'm sure the brown bottle helped the flavor. A new favorite!

MrHurmateeowish, Aug 01, 2007
Photo of JayTheFinn
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the best session beers in a bottle ever! It's not the greatest ale ever brewed, but it's just really drinkable and tasty. From brown body, solid head with decent lacing, great mix of hops and malts with a touch a yeasty goodness, which spreads across the tongue and touches nearly every tastebud, this one from Sam Smith's goes down smooth and easy...again and again!

JayTheFinn, Jul 31, 2007
Photo of mcarroll10177
4.7/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A truely great beer from one of the great breweries

A- copper brown with a nice off white head.

S- some nice clean hops, not overpowering or overly bitter, just a strong clean hops smell

T excellent. Clean and crisp upfront with a nice hop bite in the back. Spot on for the style

M- balanced with just the right amout of carbination

D- an easy drinking ale that goes well with any food pairing or very quaffable all on its own

mcarroll10177, Jul 29, 2007
Photo of irishkyle21
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice head forms when poured and lasts till the end. Lacing is well distributed. The aroma is hard to pick up on, caramel, some fruits and the hops are barely noticeable. Very clean and refreshing on my young palate has some creamy toffee/caramel notes. Not much on the hop scale but an extremely balanced delight.

irishkyle21, Jul 27, 2007
Photo of OKCNittany
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

550ml clear bottle into a pilsner glass

A: 1/2" tan head, decent retention & lacing. Brown to amber body.

S: A mostly fruity aroma with a hint of grapes (I think). Not much hop presence.

T: A somewhat unique flavor for a PA (or maybe I just don't drink many English Pales). A grape, almost candy like flavor stands out. Hops are a bit light for my tastes, but overall a nice flavor anyway.

M: Dry (as expected) - but a bit over carbonated.

D: Goes down ok, but it's not special enough to make me want a lot of them. A nice changeup, but that's about it.

OKCNittany, Jul 22, 2007
Photo of elricorico
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Last time I had this beer was before I wrote reviews, figured now was a good time to revisit.

Very clear and copper coloured, with a tan head that started out two fingers and creamy, and has been very slow to recede.

Smell is a bit reminiscent of a pilsner, a bit grassy and faint spice, but the base has more of a caramel impression.

Relatively sweet for the style, quite a firm toffee taste in the front. Toffee fades, but carries all the way back finally letting in a herbal and floral hop finish. A little fruity, perhaps a bit of apple to it. Very smooth and well balanced in the flavours.

The mouthfeel could set a good standard for the style. Active carbonation and a smooth but light body make for an easy drinker. I could easily imagine sitting in a pub somewhere and sessioning this brew. Better than I remember it being.

elricorico, Jul 13, 2007
Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
87 out of 100 based on 945 ratings.