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

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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 Jwale73
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550ml brown bottle served in my Samuel Smith nonic. Poured a translucent copper with a frothy, creamy white head embedded with sizzling and popping ringlets. Head settles into a half inch cap, leaving strands of lacing adhering to the walls of the glass during the session. Nose is light - cereal grains and a kiss of aromatic hops. Taste consistent with nose - a little bit watery, perhaps a little earthy/peppery in the mix and finishes slightly bready/malty/caramely. Mouthfeel is fairly light in body with a lively carbonation level and a somewhat clean finish. Pretty easy drinking session beer and a solid example of the style.

Jwale73, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Comes in a 550ml Bottle, with a label format that Samuel Smiths must have been using for years, a rectangular shaped label with a gold trim, the one where only the background color and name changes for different beers (this has a black background with the words Old Brewery Pale Ale) but always topped proudly by the White Rose of Yorkshire.
I carefully ‘dunked’ the beer, because I like a head on my beer. A big release of dissolved CO2 gives a rather deep, some 4”, light brown head in my over size Glass. The voluminous head is a light tan brown color that pairs extremely well with the super clear brown, copper-chestnut colored ale. It really does look the part, and very appetizing. Tops marks for head retention as well – it settled (eventually!) to about 1” but more importantly for me it lasted the distance. It also leaves a super looking lace on the glass walls. Nose is rather average in strength, but this is not detrimental for me as it contains a good dose of malt, which a Pale Ale should. Hops are somewhat feint but evident as well. Initial tastes are of sweet malt, an ever so slight almost delicate slightly roast taste, some hops come in towards the end, but the finish is perfectly balanced between the sweet malt and the hops. I swear I get some oak wood, or is it Walnuts? in the finish as well, how can that be? Taste lingers for some time, a sweet very satisfying mouthfeel.
A great drinking beer, albeit 5%. Hell, do I wish they would sell this in Cask in England, what a great lunchtime session beer it would make. I could easily demolish a (UK) Gallon of this at lunchtime: screw work in the afternoon.
Yet again, Sam’s do themselves proud, they do not disappoint, do they ever?! As a Yorkshireman myself, they also make me feel proud to be able to drink this high quality beer in the USA. Thanks to Merchant du Vin, a totally inappropriate name for the Importer.

I have to tell you - this is THE beer to drink with Fish and Chips !!
A truly great English Pale Ale, a taste of home and simply just, well -Bloody Marvellous.

TheLongBeachBum, Dec 13, 2002
Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +3.4%

ROGUE16, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of drpimento
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a nice head and a bit of lace. Clear dark amber color. Malty hoppy aroma. Great flavor with very interesting English hops going on. Plenty of malt to balance. Excellent beer. Decent finish. Easy session beer. Pale ale in name but similar to a special bitter.

drpimento, Sep 19, 2008
Photo of DmanGTR
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Review from notes on 6/29/09

A - poured clear mahogany amber with a 1" cream colored head in the Samuel Smith's imperial pint glass. Spidery lace patches all around. 4.0

S - very clean and grainy. Pale malty sweetness with a little bit of caramel. Fruits, apples, pears. Fruity and touch of earthiness from hops. 4.0

T - Taste is very similar to smell but the hops are more pronounced in the finish. A wonderfully balanced beer. 4.5

M - Light bodied and well carbonated. Very smooth and clean. A little bit of dryness. 4.5

D - One word: DAMN! 5.0

DmanGTR, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of whartontallboy
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper-colored and clear with a big, frothy white head that held pretty well, left a generous lace, and receded slowly.

Smell is lightly bready malt, slight European hoppiness, and a little bit of yeast and nuttiness.

Flavor is clean with a slightly doughy stereotypical English malty flavor, with just a touch of butter and nuttiness in there. Finish is somewhat dry and just a little bit yeasty. Mouthfeel is medium and firm.

Overall: A very nice offering, better than most English pales I've had.

whartontallboy, Dec 31, 2005
Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass and received a one-finger head that stuck around due to carbonation. A mix between between copper and oragne is how I would describe the light, seethru body. A strong smell eminates, giving off a strong hop presence but also underlined by a small malt and bread presence with a hint og citrus. The beer has a ryeish, dry hop taste that contains earthy tones and is not very complex but good. Balanced out by the malts for a refreshing, smooth ale that keeps you wanting more. I wouldn't session this beer, one or two is fine and perhaps I was a overly critical since I know Samuel Smith makes better beers.

clayrock81, Jan 29, 2008
Photo of rfgetz
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orangy brown color with minimal off white head. Scent is of fresh bread, toffee, roasted nuts and a faint touch of watery fruit. Taste brings again the taste of fresh bread, touches of sweet carmel, toffee, nuts, butter, watery fruit. Medium bodied, slightly grainy, perfect carbonation, slightly dry. An all around fresh tasting, highly drinakable and enjoyable malt forward english ale.

rfgetz, Jul 15, 2010
Photo of mynie
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

RED. Deep and dark. Nice head to boot. Fantastic.

Subdued ripe fruit smell with ample grains and a kiss of hops. Lame by modern standards, but still enjoyable.

Tastes more or less like it smells. Perhaps a bit stale, but that might be due to the clear bottle. Big fruit upfront, followed by pale grain and ending with a light hop. Nothing intense, but good.

Goes down smooth.

mynie, Aug 08, 2005
Photo of Gmann
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear copper color with an average off-white head that dissipated into a slight cap. The aroma is extraordinarily faint, I cannot pick up anything. The taste is of a slightly sweet caramel malt, not too buttery, and a subtle tea like hop and some white grape sweetness. Not very flavorful but I appreciate that it is not very buttery or metallic. The feel is clean and crisp, not odd flavors or bitterness getting in the way here. Samuel Smith delivers another highly sessionable brew. I could easily knock back several of these.

Gmann, Nov 30, 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 Brent
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Somewhat on the tart side. Seemed to be a little more flavorful as it warmed.

Brent, Jul 11, 2001
Photo of ADZA
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I must admit the Samuel Smiths brewery is a consistent brewer of good beers in my mind that has been for ages and once again im proud to review one of their beers,it pours a copper hue with nice carbonation that leaves a one finger head with really nice sticky lacing all down the glass,it has a subtle aroma for a EPA not much hop aroma to it more of a caramel,toffee,malty smell to it,the mouthfeel starts off nice with a silky medium feel to it and finishes very smooth with a subtle hop caramel finish quite a nice beer thats easy enough to drink.

ADZA, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of jfcaa193
2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

jfcaa193, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of Suds
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer is a deep copper color with a thin, but steady head. It’s quite clear, and has medium carbonation. Aroma is a mix of floral hops and a sweet mustiness. The taste is exactly what I’d expect from a good pale. Fine balance of hops and malt. It’s a bit on the sweeter side, with a woody-nutty tone, and has a medium mouthfeel. Finish is a mildly hoppy, and could certainly stand additional bitterness. This is a pleasant, drinkable pale ale….no off-flavors, and it’s certainly better than average.

Suds, Jun 14, 2003
Photo of Gagnonsux
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Old Brewery Pale Ale has a distinct, almost glowing bright copper color. The head is about average in size and moderately creamy. The aroma is of lightly sweet toasted malts with just a touch of English hops. The taste is of light caramel malt with a dry hop backbone. The finish is dry with a touch of sweet grain. This brew is very tasty and almost too easy to drink. I see this being in my shopping cart often in the future.

Gagnonsux, Mar 25, 2005
Photo of morimech
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with a large white head that hangs around for awhile. The head eventually settles to a thin cap but plenty of lacing is left in its wake. The aroma is full of floral and earthy hops. Wonderful English hops. The flavor likewise is full of English hops balanced by biscuit and caramel malt flavors. Bitterness is fairly low for having this much hop flavor. The body is a little thin and the carbonation is fizzy. About the only thing I can complain about in this beer. I was hesitant about this beer because bottled English Ales do not hold their flavor for long. After being assured about the freshness of the bottle, I pulled the trigger and brought it home. Glad I did. Find a fresh bottle and bring one home with you.

morimech, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of cdwil
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

cdwil, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of merlin48
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a surprise to find a four pak of these at one of my local beer stores across the state line in Virginia.
Appearance: Pours a clear copper body with a small wisp of offwhite hued head that soon falls to film and collar. Sparse patches of lace are left on the glass.
Aroma: Very aromatic nose, with a floral/herbal hops profile atop a solid malt backbone of caramel and toffee notes.
Mouthfeel: Light medium to medium body with lively carbonation and a lovely metallic accent.
Taste: Herbal and floral hops bitterness is assertive and lingering in a very English style hops profile. A pleasant metallic note seems to burst through the carbonation and blend with the sweet toffee malt tastes. Mildly bitter herbal hops finish.
Drinkability: An excellent rendering of the English Pale Ale style and, perhaps, a benchmark for the style. Very enjoyable, with superb drinkability, essentially a session ale.

merlin48, Jun 17, 2005
Photo of Vancer
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hey now, this was quite a twist, compared to an American pale ale. Yeah, it has the real nice clear oak/mahogany color, with a frothy ivory head. And you can defiantly pick up on the sharp floral tones in the aroma.

But the taste, superb! Malts and coffee, with just a hint of floral hops in the finish- the balance between the two sides was excellent. Lightly carbonated, very smooth to drink and enjoy. I hope to have this one in the market basket again!

Vancer, Nov 28, 2005
Photo of tgbljb
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured a beautifeul copper-reddish color with abundant tannish head. Head was long lasting and presented attractive lacing to the sides of the glass. Smell is fruity (cherries), molasses-like, with a toasty presence. Some hoppiness also noted. Very enjoyable to the nose. Taste is very understated initally, with caramel, fruits, toasted malt dominating, but slowly a stong hoppiness presents itself. The hoppiness becomes bolder with each sip, but still blends very well with the maltiness. Finishes both dry and malty in just the right proportions to be tasty, but not overpowering. The is an extremely drinkable berr that I thoroughly enjoyed. I had expected something rather bland and unassuming, but I was pleasingly suprised.

tgbljb, Oct 06, 2005
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 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.

ehammond1, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - orange amber, small tight creamy head almost like whipped cream sitting on top of some hot cocoa.

Aroma - slight caramel malt preceded by a brief hint of skunk which was subdued but detectable. That completely evaporates, leaving the caramel behind in a much weakened state and kind of hard to pick up.

Taste is of lightly roasted caramel malt and some metallic notes. Light bitterness at the finish, fairly good stuff. Edit - fresher sample tried 1/10/05, no metal, very clean taste, adjusting taste from 3.0 to 3.5.

Mouthfeel is fairly smooth, below average carbonation. Not all that memorable but certainly not bad.

Drinkability - if it wasn't for the metallic taste this would easily score much higher. Edit - a different beer when fresh, adjusting score from 2.5 to 4.0.

brewdlyhooked13, Sep 29, 2003
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
Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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