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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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ADR

Pennsylvania

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

Clear and amber, spicy aroma and 1/4 inch pillowy head. Hops in the flavor are restrained, malts are more niticeable and a little like pumpkin pie filling. Not a lot of finish despite a medium-bodied mouthfeel. but there is little fade in the mouth. Pretty good balance in the hop/malt arena but then again Sam knows what they're doing. I tend to prefer American Pales but would love to try this stuff on tap.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2002 11:00:37 | More by ADR
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garymuchow

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty straight aroma of sweet water quality from malt with a slight caramel quality. No hops to speak of.
Color is an orangish amber and clear. 1/4 to 1/2 inch head steady biegish head.
Light in flavor in that it's not a bold beer. Interesting mix of malts and hop with both present form the start to finish. Malts are similar to aroma with less caramel but more of an almost slightly toast (maybe I'm picking up the bisquit others have noted). Hop present with a steady bitterness from start through a long lingering after the finish. Caramel increases as warms. Also a little sourness presents.
Carbonation is fairly intense, especially in the beginning. It lends an intensity that contrasts a softness that's slightly creamy. The creaminess increases as warms.
Other than the aroma this beer stands out for me for its variety of stimulating the senses and its complexity (subtle as it is) of the drinking experience. Really smooths out as warms becoming a very good drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2004 13:08:22 | More by garymuchow
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

2.5/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not my favourite, but i got a feeling that the place that served it hadn't cleaned there equipment for a while, coz it tasted off, so thats what my ratings based on.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2002 17:45:32 | More by rastaman
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bditty187

Nebraska

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

Ruddy-copper hue with influences of brownish-bronze, the slightly off-white head reached almost two fingers in height. Slowly the bubbles fracture and the head subsided leisurely to a tight cap. Eye candy. Laces rather well. The nose is not hoppy, this is to be expected, lightly malty with kisses of caramel, distant candy-like sweetness, butter. The bouquet has mild potency but the invitation to quaff is there nevertheless. I find English-style Pale Ales to be divine tasting. More malty than hoppy, as brewed, the maltiness is strongly influenced with caramel flavors. Samuel Smith adds a layer of candied-sugar sweetness in this old boy, which mingles well with a buttery-yeast taste (now hearken back to the caramel… and wow what a flavor profile!). The hoppiness is distant and dry, leafy. The bitterness is mild and only appears at the finish. It is very pleasing to drink; the low abv begs you to session with it. How can you not? The carbonation is very relaxed, soothing like a massage, medium in body. Lovely. Recommended. Now give me some fish-n-chips and leave me alone.

I’d kill every one of you to try this on cask, seriously.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2002 11:20:49 | More by bditty187
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a coppery brown with a decent off-white head and outstanding rings of lace with every sip. Very very nice.

Smell is subdued. Some sweet malt scents, a little fruit, and some hop leaf.

Tastes of sweet malt, but more like sweet brown grain or whole grain bread elements. Hop bitterness is present, but nothing over the top. No citrus, or extra (unneeded) flavors here.

Medium body, fair carbonation. A drinkable pale ale for sure. I find it a little on the mild side. Very smooth, with no bold distinctive flavors. Very well crafted and balanced.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2008 00:37:20 | More by OtherShoe2
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

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

An English style pale as opposed to an IPA thus showing less hops and a deeper character. Pours beautifully, frothy cream-colored head comprised of small bubbles that form a nice cap. Good retention and lacing, quality already. Malty nose reflects the forward malt flavors followed by a quick, dry hop finish. Clean. Medium body, nice mouthfeel, true amber color. Delightful. A great example of what a beer can be and what an English Pale should be.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2008 14:24:22 | More by thekevlarkid
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thierrynantes

France

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

Beer bottle (35.5 cl.) purchased from Le Souffleur de bières, and tasted in 2012.

Appearance : amber color, with white foam head.
Smell : light hoppy to malty aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : caramel and malty flavors, with a slightly bitter finish.
Drinkability : a good beer ine English style Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 19:16:35 | More by thierrynantes
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

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

Came in a clear pint bottle, in a gift set that included coasters and a Samuel Smith tulip. Hazy rust colored with an off-white head. Smells of fruit, hops, and sweetness. Has a hearty flavor that gives way to a layer of hops to finish. Pretty tasty, I could drink several of these. I would like more hops, but I say that about every beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2004 01:33:30 | More by TastyTaste
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Offa

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2008 19:06:17 | More by Offa
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allengarvin

Texas

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

Appearance: Clear walnut color, moderate head.

Aroma: Toasty, rather nutty malt aroma. Slight hop nose, but restrained.

Flavor: Great malt flavor up front, not sweet at all but toasted. Light fruitiness and a lot of buttery diacetyl. Some musty hop flavor, moderate bitterness, and a very dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Oddly, both creamy and slightly astringent. Medium carbonation.

One of my favorite beers since I learned to drink good beer. I first tasted Sam Smith Pale Bitter (a slightly different, less strong version) in Yorkshire in 1992, and I've drunk many bottles over the years. It's my favorite of the line, and though occasionally I've gotten a skunked bottle, most times I've been completely satisfied.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2005 03:03:51 | More by allengarvin
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Pegasus

Texas

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

Hazy amber colored with a large off-white head, good carbonation, and lots of sticky lace. Substantial aroma of floral hops, lesser notes of malt. Tasting begins with toasted malts and slight fruit notes, soon the taste flows into mildly bitter hops. Finishes dry with dark malt notes. The mouth feel is quite pleasant. A rather fine pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2003 18:33:24 | More by Pegasus
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

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

Clear copper body, topped by foamy, frothy four-finger off-white head. Outstanding lacing. Aroma has biscuits, floral and herbal hops, and a proper dash of British sulfur. Taste is malty but dry, with enough hops to dry out the initial malt surge, and have some left over for a little tingle in the aftertaste. Nothing too big here, this is basically a slightly stronger session beer, or what passes for a session beer from Sam Smith. I don't think I could afford to actually use their beers for that purpose. This is a fine English ale though.

Regarding the clear bottles and skunkiness, I offer three possibilites. 1. I 've been incredibly lucky in never having a skunked Sam Smith. 2. Some reviewers imagine skunkiness at the sight of a clear bottle. 3. What some call skunkiness is the sulfur quality characteristic of many English ales.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2003 22:57:49 | More by RonfromJersey
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clvand0

Kentucky

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

This beer pours an amber color with a medium head that stays around a while and leaves a little bit of lacing on the glass. The aroma has a fruity character and floral hops. The flavor is surprisingly malty, but finishes with a nice bitterness. This seemed a bit malty and dark for a Pale Ale. This is an ok beer, but I like the other Samuel Smith stuff better.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2004 14:21:33 | More by clvand0
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armock

New York

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a copper color with a tan head that leaves some lacing

S - Is of some hops with some caramel malt

T - Starts with malt upfront and finishes with hops

M - This is a smooth beer lightly carbonated

D - This is a very good EPA I think one of the best that I've had I would recommend this beer to my friends very enjoyable

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2008 01:11:24 | More by armock
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bashiba

Iowa

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

This beer poured a nice clean amber color with a tons of carbonation leading to a thick and almost perfect off white head.

The smell was lightly and slightly fruity with hints of minerals.

The flavor is very classic english Pale Ale. Has a nice toasted malt bready backbone with an earthy and minerally finish with just a touch of hop bitterness along with some light fruity notes.

The mouthfeel has a nice bit of oily thickness to it with lots of zippy carbonation.

Very drinkable and solid English Ale. I would consider it a benchmark English pale.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 23:23:04 | More by bashiba
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DogFood11

California

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

Served into a Samuel Smith's Pint glass. Light copper to tan in color with a nice healthy froth white head that is slightly off white...more like a swiss coffee type color. saucey lacing that is sporadic.

Got a good wiff of bitter hops but quickly settled by a nutty earthy type malt tone. Also some sweet notes.

Had a hearty body that was impressive for this style. I could sweart this is almost a torn down version of the nut brown. Alot of the same characteristics just a moderate version. Malts were dominant and fairly chewey. Hops cleaned up and the usual dry finish for this style held true. A unique version and fairly earthy but definately session material. I'm a big fan of the beer and the brewery. Now If I could get this stuff at non-import prices I'd have this all the time.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2005 02:58:04 | More by DogFood11
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HardTarget

Texas

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

Aroma: Toasted light malt with a generous spike of floral hops. A slightly skunky smell as well, the clear bottles always scare me.
Appearance: A clear brown amber body with a respectable quarter fingered tan head of tightly packed bubbles.
Flavor: A cask taste, strong wood flavor, nuttiness, toasted bread crust, slight sulfur note with a nice balanced bitter end. Hops are definitely bittering, not aroma.
Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy body, low carbonation, slight chew, dry finish.
Overall Impression: A nice English Pale Ale. It’s drinkable, refreshing, interesting and has some complexity which lends itself toward a decent session beer. A good representative of its style, but I prefer its American cousins when thinking Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2004 01:56:08 | More by HardTarget
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JayQue

Virginia

3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was the first English Pale Ale I have tried. I noticed a lot of carbonation as I opened the bottle. The bubbles rushed to the top of the bottle and bubbles formed at the top of the bottle. I was expecting an impressive head after this but there was almost no head and it dissipated very quickly. The color was dark, clear amber. The taste reminded me of a Marzen and also a bit like Smithwick's. The mouthfeel was a bit thin (I'm comparing it to Smithwick's). Drinkability was ok, but this is not a beer I would necessarily seek out. Pretty average.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2006 23:38:40 | More by JayQue
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arizcards

Arizona

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 550ml bottle from BevMo in late November for $2.99.

Beer poured an amber-orange with a decent off white head. Nose is toasted biscuity malts and a hint of hop flower. Taste is well balanced with biscuity malts and a pear-apple hop finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, well carbonated, and pretty smooth. Overall drinkability is good. This is a well balanced session pale ale that is a bit spendy but definitely worth trying if you are a English pale ale fan.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2009 01:27:27 | More by arizcards
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Bronzish Copper color... Thick fluffy head fades to a finger of foam... Great head retention through out... Mild carbonation...

S - Very faint scents... Malt... Butter... Flour...

T - Biscuit... Faint hops and grape fruit... Excellent blend of flavors... Subtle but intriguing...

M - Smooth... Creamy... Rich but not heavy... Luscious...

D - Love the mouthfeel... Slick and enjoyable... Nothing is overboard, but still a very well crafted brew... Slightly more hops would make this brew a homerun...

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2008 02:21:45 | More by philbe311
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Bierguy5

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper color with a white creamy/foamy head. Nice lace present on the glass throughout. Faint toast or biscuit smell, and not much else. Tastes slightly buttery with a nice bitter finish. This is a drinkable beer. This seems to be an old reliable of mine that I revisit every now and again. Sometimes there is a thirst for a English Pale, and this seems to hit the spot.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2004 02:47:42 | More by Bierguy5
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BeerSox

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355mL bottle into mug.

Clear amber hue with a thick light tan head that lasts forever, then settles to a foamy cap.

Strong malt notes with hints of diacetyl along with slightly bittering hops.

Crisp malt flavors in a thinner body with decent carbonation that lends a crisp bite leading to a dry finish from the hops. Butterscotch flavors can be tasted throughout.

Pretty much your standard English Pale Ale with buttery notes and light balancing hops. Pretty much your typical session beer. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2006 02:40:50 | More by BeerSox
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Kendo

New York

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

A: Poured into a pint glass, the body is coppery-orange with a small cream-colored head. Leaves behind a decent amount of lace.

S: Malty and earthy -- light biscuit or bready malt and a slight bit of mustiness.

T: Body is mainly light malt flavors -- biscuity, bready with a slight sweetness -- and a moderate bitterness on the finish. Not terribly flavorful, and there's a slight metallic sense to the finish.

M: Lighter side of medium in heft. Carbonation is low, reminding me in feel that this is a British ale.

D: Solid. Easy-drinking.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2009 23:13:21 | More by Kendo
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KTCamm

New Jersey

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

Poured a pleasing copper amber color with a thick creamy foamy head. Lacing down the side.

Smell was muted - amlty hop aroma, not much else.

Taste was classic english pale - malt open with a balanced hop finish. Very mild citrus hint. Moderately carbonated in the mouthfeel.

Highly drinkable. While not the best offering from Sam Smith, this is a solid brew, and one I come back to every few months or so. Always reliably tasty.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2009 11:37:04 | More by KTCamm
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far333

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Iced tea colored with a dark beige tight head that rises up and settles quickly. Aroma is hoppy, with notes of malt and raisin. Smooth mouthfeel with light carbonation leads to a pungent flavor of sharp malt, burnt brown sugar, fig and raisin. Bits of caramel and toffee come through in the finish. Lots of depth for a pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2004 01:58:58 | More by far333
Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
87 out of 100 based on 917 ratings.