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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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
United Kingdom (England) | website

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001

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Photo of wl0307
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

550ml clear-bottle presentation, BB Feb. 2007, served cool in a straight imperial-pint glass.

A: light copperish hue, very bright and clear, with an off-white reasonably foamy and superbly sustaining head that is constantly supported by a lively fizzy body throughout the drink.
S: a classic "pale-ale" like biscuity as well as lightly-caramely maltiness leads the aroma, against a moderately spicy, aromatic tea-ish hoppy and a mildly salty note (the work of malts plus hard water?) in the background. A mild flow of intriguingly stinky-sock edge of malts+yeasts AND semi-fermented apples lies low but hovers well.
T: slightly caramel-malty and metallic(?!) at the same time, pretty solid-bodied with a restrained flavour of salty-sweet, marinated berry-fruits with an unfresh, tart edge (like preserved prunes)... Chewy, roast-tea-ish hoppy at the back, more in mouthfeel than flavour esp. on the deep ends of both wings of the tongue... leaving a rather "neutral" aftertaste, and more and more leafy-hop bitterness to chew in the finish.
M&D: almost fullsome for an English pale ale, it's quite easy to quaff thanks to the lightly-carbonated body and a sort of balance achieved b/w bitterness and sweetness... There's no beer in my brain's database to compare with this ale (esp. when I'm "merry" now...), but it's definitely a good pale ale or premium bitter with some added fruitiness to its advantage. I could only imagine the taste of the cask-conditioned version, which, alas, does not exist. Samuel Smith really should cask-condition more of their brilliant beers~~

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Photo of Derek
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper-gold and very clear. Off-white head dissappears, but leaves some evidence of lace.

S: Mostly malt (bready & biscuity), with a hint of Nobel hop aroma.

T: Caramel & bready malt, good amount of bitterness, with only a little fruity esters (quite tame for British yeast). Only a little hop flavour (mostly earthy). Flavours are light, but well rounded. Could use a little more depth (fruity yeast & hop flavour).

M: Moderate body and carbonation, with a fairly dry finish.

D: Well rounded, easily approachable, very drinkable. Would be an excellent session beer.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer pours a warm brown crystal clear body with a light tan head of thick creamy foam and a strong carbonation of big bubbles.

S- The slightly earthy aroma of pale grain has a soft green finish with a pine hint to it.

T- The green softly pine snap of hops has a light watery taste to it with a note of lightly toasted dry malt and some biscuit malt qualities to follow.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel gets a bit thinner as the head dissipates. There is a tight clean fizz in the finish.

D- This beer has a smooth clean flavor with a soft hop flavor that is very soft on the bitterness. It is not to exciting with little complexity but I think it has great potential on cask or draft as it is a well built beer.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 550 ml. bottle no. SH28C1. Sampled on June 25, 2009. It pours dark amber with medicore clarity but a nearly two fingers of chunky beige head that diminishes in about 30 seconds. The smell is rich of roasted malts, caramel, and sugar. The mouthfeel comes in at about medium and the first sip stays in tact for a few moments on the tongue. The taste is very sweet in roasted malts, sugars, and some light hops holding up the rear. There is a hint of bitterness in it as well. You usually get a decent brew from Samuel Smith's no matter what the style.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber color with a nice off-white head. Smell is malty and slightly hoppy. Taste is malty that finishes very dry as the hops set in. The taste is also slightly nutty and there is a kind of metallic taste as well. The mouthfeel is medium and lightly carbonated. Overall this is another superb brew from Samuel Smith's that I will enjoy time and time again.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.11/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle purchased at Jembetat in Rochester, NY.

Pours a clear light amber, with a big 1.5 inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like fruity English yeast, some slight skunkiness, and biscuity malts. No hop flavors in the aroma.

There's a bit more hop flavor in the taste, but it seems faded. When combined with the slight touch of skunkiness, it's easy to see that this might be an old bottle. It was sitting in a glass display case, after all. Still tastes alright, but has sort of an unpleasant astringent skunky aftertaste. The fruity English yeast flavors are on full display here, with some tea-like hop flavors. The malt flavor is light, but biscuity.

This one is medium bodied, and starts out with a crisp mouthfeel that unfortunately devolves later in the sip into sort a sweet honeyish and skunky mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

I've had much better from Sam Smith's- I'd like to try this in England, possibly- this was likely an old bottle.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

550mL bottle, with foiled cap, part of the Samuel Smith's Selection Box, purchased at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA

Poured into an imperial pint glass, a creamy off-white head forms on top of a deeply golden liquid. The head has staying power, and leaves thick lace all over the glass. Pleasant hops aroma, which couples with the tastes of an optimal amount bitterness and a bit more malt than most pales ales, which is a plus in my book. Not particularly a pale ale fan, but this one does it for me.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Brilliant amber under a lacy and persistent 1” lightly tan tinted cap.
S: caramel, a touch of fruit, not much hop, herbal
T: A little sweet with a hint of toffee and a little darker malt – nuttiness or biscuit, flavor combines toastiness with fruitiness. Medium hop flavors and crisp, palate cleansing bitterness with a little light astringency.
F: Medium body, medium low carbonation.
O: An excellent classic beer.

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Photo of DrJay
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear amber/red colour topped by a thin, off-white head. Both retention and stickage were pretty good.

Smell: Nice maltiness with plenty of caramel and a hint of toastiness. Some light fruitiness and a soft floral/perfumy hop character.

Taste: Moderate bitterness with a pleasant malty sweetness. A bit buttery, perhaps a touch of diacetyl. There's also a bit of fruit character present. The finish is on the dry side, with a harsher bitterness. Still, quite enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation was higher than expected. Medium/light body and some slickness. Very creamy texture aided by fine CO2 bubbles that appear on the palate.

Drinkability: Basically a mellow and inoffensive beer that's great for a session. Great aroma profile and mouthfeel, along with decent flavour, keep it interesting.

550 mL clear bottle with no freshness date.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a mixed sixer for 10.99 not a bad price at all!

A - Pours a nice dark amber color, full of carbonation and a bit of head that clear to a nice ring of lace.

S - smells of a slight grain smell, maybe a bit of caramel but not offending.

T - Kind of grainy with slight hops. Finishes rather sweet with malts and a bit of sugar but dry which is a surprise. Repeated sip reveals the same so its pretty balanced.

M - Light to medium body. Grains are not as bitter as expected.

D - Well I like it and its hard to believe its an English pale ale since most offend me with herb notes this one is sweet yet bitter and kind of a dry finish. Not something I would hunt for but I would pick it up at the same price.

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Photo of Viggo
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

550 ml bottle from the Christmas pack.

Pours a clear light coppery orange, thin big bubbled off white head forms, quickly settles down to a thin collar, not really any lacing, looks okay. Smell is malty, quite sweet and bready, some caramel, biscuits, brown sugar, light raisin, some fruit, not too bad. Taste is similar, light flavour, bit of caramel and raisin, quite toasty, a bit of fruit, light floral hopping, nutty in the finish, weak and watery. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low to medium carbonation, goes down like water. I really remember this one being quite a bit better, weak watery pale ale.

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Photo of Brad007
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.26/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Weird appearance, a red and copper color, not seen too often, if ever in a pale ale. Aroma is not apparent.

Taste, a little earthy grassy minimal hop presence. Tastes mild and balanced. Easygoing. Smooth mouthfeel. Approaches the nut brown ale in that characteristic. Tea flavor. Toffee too.

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Photo of avalon07
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: When poured from a bottle to a pint glass, this beer had an amber color and a slightly cloudy consistency. There was about a half inch of head and some good lacing.

S: Above anything else, the malt came through in this category. Also some hops and a nutty quality.

T: As with the the smell, malt was the most prevalent component. Kind of acidic, in a way, but pretty well done.

M: A decent amount of carbonation and a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This beer wasn't exactly like other pale ales I've had before - there was much more malt in this one. Not a bad beer, but not my favorite.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, $2.49 from the Village Pump.

Pouring a mostly clear amber with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and gorgeous lacing, this is a gorgeous beer. The nose is awesome. Delicate toffee, light toast, a faint hop character (not sure how fresh this is), mild caramel. Simple but beautiful balance.

The palate opens rather full, moderately mineral-rich (more cationic flavors) and with a nice balance between toffee, caramel and a mildly earthy hop flavor. Bitterness is mild, perfectly complementing the toffee flavors. A touch of butterscotch is present as well. Light in body with moderate carbonation, this is drying on the finish with a blend of toffee, hoppy bitterness, a little butterscotch and minerals. The bitterness and minerals, in particular, make this stand apart from other beers of the style that I've had. Very good stuff, highly recommended.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I drank this from a bottle into a chalice.

This beer pours amber with a 2 finger white head and good lacing.

It smeels sweet with vanilla and spices.

Its a very light tasting beer, smooth throughout but nothing to distinguish itself.

This is nothing like a true English Ale.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of drpimento
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of Gusler
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The color on the pour a translucent burnished copper, the head mountainous in size, the consistency is that of butter crème frosting with thick glutinous sheets of lace to envelope the glass, both a light tan color. Nose malt, and sweet black walnuts, pleasing to the old nose. First taste is ambrosial, top is fair to middling in mouth feel, the finish is enchantingly hopped, charmingly acidic, delightfully dry aftertaste. What a “Wonderful World” it would be if all beers were as masterfully brewed as Samuel Smith’s “Bravo” to the brewers of this most exquisite line of beers, a regular on my “Beer Shopping List”!

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Photo of champ103
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of ccrida
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of Durge
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

550 mL bottle without a freshness date. Pours a clear, medium copper color with a creamy cap of light beige foam. Retention is pretty good and the lacing is definitely sticky. Surprisingly dark in color, looks good.

Nose is lightly caramelized malts with some noticeable minerality, light fruit and mild hop aroma. Smells surprisingly fresh, I might have gotten lucky and picked up a recently brewed bottle!

Taste is nicely balanced between slightly sweet malts and floral hop flavoring and bitterness. Malts are toasty and caramely. Mouthfeel is very nice on this one...very creamy feeling and perfectly carbonated. Probably the most refreshing British pale Ale I have had thus far. Minerality comes through, chalky even. Fruit is kept surprisingly mild for an EPA. I really like it and cannot believe it took 12 years of craft beer drinking to finally try it!

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