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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

968 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 968
Reviews: 658
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 38
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
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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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001

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Photo of dpodratsky3
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

550ml bottle poured into pint glass

A: Kind of copper golden brown, head foams up then settles to half a finger of a thin creaminess

S: Definitely english hops with that earthy buttery smell, has some fruity smell too, good and aromatic, caramel malt provides the base

T: More powerful than I was expecting, since smell is earthy and not pungently bitter than an american pale ale I wasn't expecting the punch, its not hugely bitter but nice and strong, big earthy hops right away, but still has that fruity almost sweet side that makes it delicate and balanced, malt helps with that too and provides nice body

M: Like all traditional english beers, a little thinner than I would like, but nice because it still packs all the flavor, semi-dry

D: High, big flavor but a nice British drinking beer

Notes: I really like this style and this is a good example. Very traditionally British, but will please almost anyone.

Photo of jdkitchi
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of bigbeerfan
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of hyuga
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber-orange color with an off white head that stays thick. Why use clear bottles? Preserving the freshness of the beer is much more important than being able to see the color through the bottle before buying or pouring it. A bit of skunky aroma escaped when the bottle was opened, but it went away quickly. My aroma rating would definitely be higher if it wasn't for that. Sweet and fruity malt and subtle spicy hops in the nose, similar to other Samuel Smith brews. Extremely well balanced flavor profile packed into a medium body. Malty grain sweetness is almost one with the slight spicy hop character. Very traditional feel. Nice and refreshing, just an all-around pleasure to drink. Good session brew, too. A craft beer classic!

Photo of BrandonOakes
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of caverog
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of BeerBob
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale pours a dark walnut from a 550ml clear glass bottle. Light tan head went to over three fingers and has some staying power along with fine lacing qualities.

Nose is of damp barley malts and traces of diacetyl. Palate is a sweet malt with butterscotch along with a bit of gypsum and maybe some milk sugar as well. The level of carbonation leaves the palate clean and refreshed... ready for the next pint.

A nice pale ale from Samuel Smith, that I have had many times before and that I will have many times again.

Photo of velosuds
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date apparent. Paid $2.99 at Cost Plus World Market. Other stores usually sell for $3.99.

A-Pours an orange-amber hue with a two finger light tan head with good retention and ample lacing. Very nice appearance.

S-The aroma is primarily toasted caramel malt and herbal, English hops. A bit subdued, but nice.

T-Bready caramel malt that is more filling than sweet. Faint English toffee that is nice in a pale ale. The stingy hop bitterness is predominantly herbal and earthy, with a slight citrus fruit essence.

M-Exceedingly smooth with a balanced complexion. Just the right level of carbonation.

D-Another fine beer from Samuel Smith's. Not my favorite beer in their fine lineup due to style. But, they are among the best at getting so much flavor and other characteristics in a 5% ABV beer.

Photo of Parrotbeak
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pristine copper color, with a half-inch, off-white head that fades gradually, leaving some thick lacing on the glass.
Smell is caramel malts and yeast, with some grassy hops. Some citrus notes in there, as well as some buttery toffee notes.
Taste is more caramel notes with some light spices and yeast. Light hops as well. Toffee and citrus notes come in towards the finish. Good malt backbone.
Mouthfeel is a good balance of crispness and smoothness. Finish is fairly clean. Light-to-medium body.
Drinkability is very good. Refreshing and tasty.

Photo of kp29
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of CBFanWish
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Smith's flexes its muscle with the Old Brewery Pale Ale. Every bit as good as a pale ale should be.
Deep amber in colour with a thick white head that lasts for a couple minutes and leaves a thin lace.
The aroma is complex with floral, fruit and grassy notes topped off with a buttery smell.
The taste is not as complex, but is very good, none-the-less. Fruity. Subtlties of banana, grass, vanilla, with a smoothness of butter.
Very good, but not a session beer. This would be great with a bowl of jambalaya or gumbo. Pulled pork would also pair nicely with this.

Photo of jar2574
3.84/5  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.

Photo of ralree
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%
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!

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

Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale. 12 oz.

Appearance:
Pours a deep and lively copper -- similar to but darker than the Samuel Smith's IPA. Wild off white head and sea spray lace.

Aroma:
A rich maltiness coupled with some fresh and inviting fruits -- almost candy-like.

Taste:
There's a wonderfully tempered malt sweetness backed by juicy fruity hops. The malts are biscuity and the hops definitely have a nice bitter punch to them.

Mouthfeel:
Medium-bodied and dry -- just as an English pale ale should be. It's also a bit grainy, which adds some interesting texture.

Drinkability:
This just has such a nice combination of complex but mild flavors that it's hard to stop quaffing.

Photo of longisland1983
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of MJR
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark copper with a hint of red. The body is crystal clear with a tan head that settles to a sturdy cap.

Smell: Overall, the aroma is a bit weak. What's there is a good balance of sweet malt and earthy Fuggle hops. As is the standard for Sammy Smith brews, there's a fair amount of buttery diacytel.

Taste: Starts off with a restrained, but firm bitterness. The sweet malt shows up midway, with slighty fruity and toasted bread notes. The diacytel is there, but is well controlled. Finishes with a green, hop flavor as well as a slighty burnt edge.

Mouthfeel: Dry and crisp with a light-to-medium thickness. The finish has a bit of a grainy astrigency.

Drinkability: Fairly good. This is a well made English pale ale. No great characteristics, but no serious flaws either. I could do without the astrigency on the finish, but it's a small issue in an otherwise solid brew.

Photo of chewy6935
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of SpongeRuiner
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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

A nice looking amber pour with a generous off-white head. A sweet and lightly hoppy nose with floral notes. The taste is modeartely hoppy with a fruity sweetness and hints of carmel. nice maltiness as well. very smooth mouthfeel and a very easy drinker. while it's not my favorite pale ale, i think it is very good and has excellent drinkability.

Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a some big ass glass...

Appearance-Amber body, very dark Pale Ale. Sucha creamy 3 finger off white head. Beautiful Retention and nice lacing. Very appealing as it should be.

Smell-Sweet malts, light hops. Some skunk, not sure what the date is on this bottle...

Taste-Tart granny smith apple along with some sweet caramel malts. A light bitterness lingers throughout.

Mouthfeel-Medium bodied, nicely carbonated. Refreshing and easy to drink.

Overall-Simple, and straight to the point. Like all Sam Smith beers it's very drinkable. This 550 will be finished shortly.

Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: a clean golden amber w/ a 1/4" white head that fizzes up and fades; a center column of white bubbles can be seen through the clear body

s: sweet grainy malts; hay; sweet honey; light grape; light hoppy bitterness; apples

t: grainy malts; dry grain; light bitterness; to me this is typical boring englishness

m: a little too much carb for me; light cloy; light/med mouthfeel; a little aggressive for an english beer the way i see it

d: the beer is very mellow and light and very english standard in terms of all of its parts except the overcarbing. I think this is a good drinkable beer that is perhaps more than the sum of its parts in its classic drinkability, but it may be a little boring for some (like me)

Photo of BigBarley
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of hanco005
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought this as a gift set (to myself) and it came with 3 bottles of Samuel Smith beer, 2 coasters and a pint glass. 550 ml bottle poured into the pint glass that came with the gift set.

A—pours slightly hazed copper with a 2 inch thick foamy off white head that lasts for a very long time, laces in thick layers

S—mild citrus, some pine, then some sweet caramel tones come through, faint whiffs of alcohol mix in as well

T—interesting and good, caramel sweetness is balanced well by some floral hoppy flavors, very well balanced, finishes just a tad on the bitter side

M—overall smooth, but just a hint of chalk on the swallow, medium bodied, good carbonation

D—it’s good and worth the try. I’d have it again for sure.

Photo of Buggies
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty straight forward English pale ale. Aromas of malt and fruit. Just the slightest hop aromas. Maybe earthy.

Tastes really good. Slightly sweet. Maybe a little citrus and fruit. Just a slight bitterness present.

Really good and highly drinkable. Maybe just a little too sweet for the style maybe? But really good. I could sit and drink a pile of these.

Photo of Premo88
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

18.7 oz. bottle (550 ml) poured into pub glass

L: clear reddish brown with tan head ... classic and beautiful. definite red in it; amber incarnate. my gosh is she pretty. not a huge head unless i pour it hard. small, tight bubbles of carbonation really pepper the surface.

S: as good as it gets. seriously, I don't see how a beer can smell anymore BEERY! no doubt, there's lots of malt here, but about halfway down, I'm smelling the hops.

T: uh-oh.

This is disappointing because it's off the charts in appearance and smell, but it simply lacks that special oommph finish of what I think of as a great pale ale. Very balanced, starts off with good bitter bite up front but quickly smooths out into some malty goodness. Where I think it goes wrong is it's not finishing up sweet enough for my tastes ... not how I remember from the the first time I tried it in the mid-1990s. It's much better than Old Speckled Hen, for what that's worth.

F: just fine ... good carbonation, good weight, not overly thick.

O: for such a perfect presentation, it lacks in the most important category: taste. It's not bad. Far from it. It's good, and at 5% abv, you could session the hell out of this taste and be happy. If you want a break from the hop-crazy American pale ales/IPAs/DIPAs, good ol' Sam Smith's will give you that at a decent price. (about 18 cents per oz. in my neck of the woods)

BUT my bet is I am going to find better at a cheaper price. Still, when in doubt, this brew is fine.

Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
87 out of 100 based on 968 ratings.