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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

955 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 955
Reviews: 656
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 33
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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Photo of dmamiano
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep copper with a reddish tint to it...one finger off white head..fading fast.
Smells of caramel malts...sweet with a kiss of hops.
Tatse is very malty. Once again I taste caramel , with some bready characteristics.
Not as "hoppy" as I would expect, but very well balanced. I guess it is dead on for style...not the Americanized versions.
Very good beer.

dmamiano, Jan 18, 2008
Photo of bobsy
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from the LCBO. Split with the missus, and accompanied by roast beef and yorkshire puddings. Complimented the dinner perfectly. Pours a dark amber, with a good muddied white head. The aroma of hops and malt is continued in the flavour, and replaced with a nutty finish. There is a nice mild hoppy bitterness to this brew.

bobsy, Jan 14, 2008
Photo of ccrida
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

550ml bottle into my Samuel Smith's imperial pint glass, the Pale Ale is a hazy, dull copper with a medium sized, orange tinged khaki head that leaves moderate lace.

Smell is grassy hops and sweet, sugary fruit.

Taste is heavy on the esters, sweet, biscuit malt, wet grass and a bit tinny, with a bitter, dry finish, with lingering fruity esters. I don't care for the watery taste of most english ales, which this one certainly has, but it has enough flavor to satisfy. Not my cup of tea, but a good example of the style.

Mouthfeel is really nice and smooth, with a medium light body.

Drinkabilty is ok, I don't care for the tinny, grassy taste, but it's pretty light and easy drinking. Nice to see they dropped the clear glass and started using brown bottles.

ccrida, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of meechum
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received this as part of a gift pack from my brother in law for Christmas (Thanks Breadslicer).

A - Poured a deep amber or copper into a Sam Smith's pint tumbler. Had a nice deep 2 to 3 finger head that fell slowly leaving a nice big lace down the glass.

S - Had a nice toasty smell along with a flowery hop aroma

T - Had a big malt presence up front..nice and toasty...some slight nutty flavor..and then a dry bite of hops at the back end that is just perfect couter balance to the sweetness of the malts

M - A nice crips carbonation along with a slightly thick feel..give this beer a wonderful feel

D - To me this is the epitome of what a Pale Ale should be...I could literally drink this all night long..at 5% it's the perfect session brew and it's taste is satisfying and left me wanting more...I was bummed when I finished it and didn't have any more to go...I will be making this a regular place in my weekly beer stock

meechum, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden amber with lots of head and some lacing to show for it.

Smell is a bit too grainy and herbal even though there is some malt aroma upfront.

Not overly sweet and not overly hoppy (although herbal), not overly anything to be special for a pale ale. Beer has a good amount of carbonation though and is quite smooth and buttery which helps.

deltatauhobbit, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of FatheadBrew
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of a mix pack I got for Christmas. Three beers, a pint glass and some coasters.

A: Deep amber with decent 1/2 inch off-white frothy head.

S: Fresh grain smell, also a distinct mineral smell that I find common to all SS beers.

T: Clean, crisp, simple. Very slight sweetness upfront. A faint hop flavor and then a clean finish that ends with a mineraly taste that is very pleasant.

M: Medium, not too filling, but definitely not watery. Carbonation was right where it should be.

D: This is a true session beer if I ever had one. Could down plenty of these.

FatheadBrew, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of dsa7783
4.55/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The third brew from this company and I have yet to be dissapointed... top quality from all their products, and this pale ale goes above and beyond... the appearance was great... a ruby-red slightly brownish color that frothed with a nice head... smell was full of malts and caramel, and the taste was creamy, slightly bready with a nice hint of malts, caramel, butter, and a slight vanilla after-taste... the mouthfeel and drinkability were exceptional.. the beer went down so easily and had no bitter traces at all... Copped a 550 ml bottle that came in a Samuel Smith gift set that included a nice pint glass... I will definitely purchase this beer again and its quality has made me eager to sample more brews from this outstanding company... Definitely recommended...

dsa7783, Dec 19, 2007
Photo of zeff80
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a burgandy/orange color with a tan, bubbly, three-finger head. It left a small amount of lace.

S - It smelled of malt and clove. There was also a fruity aroma.

T - It tasted of mild malt. It had an earthy grassiness that added a slight bitter flavor.

M - It was smooth,soft and creamy. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is an okay beer. It just isn't something I'd run out a buy every week.

zeff80, Dec 12, 2007
Photo of botham
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pint bottle poured into a nonic. pours a crystal clear golden amber with a few fingers of light orangish, frothy head. moderate lacings here.

aroma is of munich and caramel malts, with a light yeasty character. overall a sweet aroma; no real hop character to speak of. a grainy character is present, acting as an undertone to the malts.

taste is of munich and caramel malts, with floral yeast as well. generally smooth and sweet on the palate, with a dry finish of hops. bold in flavor and well matched in aroma. good concentration, and good breadth of flavor here.

mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with a smooth feel until swallowing, when the character goes dry and hoppy. overall a well balanced pale ale.

this is a very drinkable brew. well balanced and bold in flavor, this one is another great from Samuel Smith. cheers!

botham, Dec 12, 2007
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 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
Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
87 out of 100 based on 955 ratings.