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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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944 Ratings

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Ratings: 944
Reviews: 657
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 31
Gots: 18 | 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 bigbeerfan
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

bigbeerfan, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of ariceclemson
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

ariceclemson, Mar 31, 2014
Photo of Buggies
4.22/5  rDev +9%

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.

Buggies, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of Jim_DemonDeacon
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Jim_DemonDeacon, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of elcrawl
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

elcrawl, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of moulefrite
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%

A solid Pale Ale. The color is very nice indeed-burnt orange in hue with a solid cap of buttery head initially, then a "hey I'm still here" cap for the duration. Sticky, spider web lace adds to the visuals. In the mouth hops lead the charge and exhibit a rather citric profile, almost like a summer Saison from Belgium. Tangy hop flavors are balanced by butter toffee and toasty malt. What a treat! I bet this would be delicious on tap at an English pub-accompanied by some pub grub of course. I can almost taste the malt vinegar on my chips!

moulefrite, Nov 18, 2003
Photo of SpecialK088
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%

A-Pours a very deep amber color with a nice head on it.
S-Smells very fragrantly of bannana almost floral that you can smell even as you pour it
T-Very malty light on hops almost an earthy taste finish leaves a bit of bitterness on the back of your tongue also note a slight carmel flavor.
M-Very smooth easy to drink but as stated before a little bitter and light on hops.
D-Easy to drink i could see having a few very easily.

SpecialK088, Apr 27, 2008
Photo of beerprovedwright
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%

Pour resulted in a two finger head of light brown thick suds. Great clinging lace with nice pattern. The color is a 20 on the SRM beer color chart with just a slight bit of haziness. Smells of sour dough bread, caramel, and some earthly tones. Flavorful, with hints of bread, caramel, molasses, sweet malt, and hops. Full body of creaminess in my mouth. Good tight flavor with lots of character, will have more of this in the future.

beerprovedwright, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%

appearance; pale, slightly hazy, chestnut color. Light lacing after the tan head dissipates. A collar of foam remains thoughout the drink.

smell; toasty and sweet malts with an overall nutty backbone, quite characteristic of this brewery. Slightest bit of alcohol and hop herbals.

taste; upfront nuttyness that changes to a hint of sour, for only a moment, before ending in a nutty malt finish. Some bitterness hangs around in the aftertaste and dances with warm nutty malts.

mouthfeel; rich and creamy, finishes a little dry but smooth.

drinkability; the aftertaste hangs around for a bit too long but besides that a pretty drinkable beer.

Sachsenfreude, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of Loki
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%

Sampled from a 18.7 oz or 500 mL bottle.

Appearance: Light brown in color with a big off-white head. Webs of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Simple english malt and very delicate floral Fuggals and Kent Golding hops. This is not the hop bomb that many American Pale ales are. This is a archetype English Pale Ale.

Taste: Sweet malt that leads into a slight hop bitterness and mild dryness. Slight fruit sweentess with a grassy, floral taste that is just perceptible, but not dominant or even leading.

Mouthfeel: Solid medium body with a slight dryness and mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Wonderfully balanced and consistant. Easily a session beer that could be enjoyed everyday without tire. While not boring it is not challenging either. A beer that could be enjoyed by nearly anyone.

Loki, Nov 10, 2003
Photo of humulusphile
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

humulusphile, Dec 17, 2013
Photo of AaronRed
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

Overall, an everyman's beer. (Or it should be instead of commercial swill). Nice balance of malt and hops. Not very assertive, as it mellows with any food. This beer has a creamy texture for a pale ale, but with enough bite to keep it going.

AaronRed, May 17, 2002
Photo of Swervine44
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Swervine44, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of jdkitchi
4/5  rDev +3.4%

jdkitchi, Apr 17, 2014
Photo of kp29
2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

kp29, May 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

KindaFondaGoozah, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of beerceller99
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%

50 cl. bottle.
Pours a clear copper color with an off white head. Has an herbal, spicy , grainy smell. Medium bodied and softly carbonated. Earthy, woody, toasted grain flavor. Finishes slightly bitter.
A good English pale ale considering the long boat ride to the colonies.

beerceller99, Apr 23, 2005
Photo of endincolorado
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%

Appearance- Cloudy, deep red-amber with about an inch of foamy cream-colored head. Nice head retention, light lacing.

Smell- Earthy and slightly fruity hops in the nose, with a buttery caramel malt background

Taste- Sweet toasty, bready malts in the foreground, wonderful buttery flavor- biscuitty maltiness, balanced with slightly bitter hops

Mouthfeel- Medium mouthfeel, fairly creamy and smooth. Appropriate carbonation.

Drinkability- Medium to high. Excellent pale ale, not too much alcohol, sweet buttery flavor could be overpowering after a few.

endincolorado, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of JoeAmerican77
2.8/5  rDev -27.6%

Pours out into a samuel smith pint glass. Its a tonic dark red fire amber with orange licking the sides when held to light. A formidable off-white head that lasts at its inch and a half til drunk.

Smells a tad bready, some almond and soft leather, slight yeast and floral.

Tastes sweet at first touch with a hint of alcohol at the swallow. There is a little bit of bitter dough and an oh so slight metallic tinge, which is strange considering it goes from stone to glass to get here in the states. Not what you go for if you want an american pale ale. Mmm some citrus/strawberry hits further into the session.

Mouthfeel is lower to medium body with nothing sticking but a tannin feel on the back of the tongue, and again, i know this is taste oriented, but I'm getting iron flavors when focusing on the back of the feel. Light comfortable carbonation.

Semi easy to drink, it is not a beast in any way too powerful, nor is it too weak for any mention, but it really is just not that good. I'd recommend going a different direction when it comes to the purchase of this beer, but hey Sammy Smith has a great Imperial Porter as well as other brews much more lauded than this.

The price was reasonable, but I would not buy this beer again so I guess it is not worth it.

JoeAmerican77, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of palma
4.22/5  rDev +9%

Body is a dark copper hue with a long lasting off white color head. Produces a great lace as well. Very nice aroma consisting of pungent sweet malt and grains. Taste is very grainy and bready with a tasty sweet malt flavor throughout. English hops are definitely in there and cannot be missed. A good tasting bitterness in the end. Also a bit on the dry side which makes it even more enjoyable. A very easy drinking brew and a great pale in my opinion.

One note: what the hell is with the clear bottle??

palma, Feb 15, 2004
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5/5  rDev +29.2%

Wally1912, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of naterock
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%

Reviewed from notes
Poured from a bottle into a dokel
C: Very nive Yellowish orange, good head retention and lacing
S: Not too overwhelming, not what i'd expect from a palt but good.
T: very smooth not as hoppy as some pale ales have been lately. I like that it doesn't try to be a IPA like some APAs. a very satisfying APA
M: nice medium carbonation, it allows the bitterness to come to the front of the pallate
D: this is a very enjoyable PAle ale, I could drink this one a while.

naterock, May 03, 2008
Photo of erz316
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%

bottle into sam smith pint glass

body isn't quite as pale as it is a slightly copper tinged brown. the body is completely transparent, and the head is a slightly off white orange colour. the nose is dull, a slight aroma of hops at the most. the taste is also quite dull, a touch of hops that leave a long biter aftertaste and a bit of a grainy taste. just kind of a 'meh'. the body has some heft to it and the carbonation is fine.

erz316, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of Cwrw
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%

I am beginning to wonder if Samuel Smith can brew anything bad. Their consistent quality is matchless.

Thick, viscous, bubbly head tops a rich red/copper, very clear but not weak looking, beer. I see amber, light red, and light brown colouration. It leaves islands of lace of varying sizes on the glass, with good longevity. The aroma is ideally balanced with caramel malt and perfumy, fragrant, spicy hop notes. Besides the delightful caramel and butter smells, there exist touches of coffee, cream, sweet candy, pepper, dark fruits, fresh lettuce or other dark vegetables(yes, vegetables), and even meat, such as roast or peppered steak, most easily detectable immediately after pouring. The aroma is very organic; earthy. This is the way a good pale ale should smell, for my personal tastes: nicely balanced, with no overpowering, numbing hop presence, but still with a definite hop character. A grainy maltiness introduces itself to the palate upon the first sip: immediately detectable are the roasted qualities of the beer. Toasted bread tastes, with a very granular presence on the tongue, oatmeal-like. Strong cereal taste, but balanced enough with the bittering hops, which is felt nicely on the finish: oily and satisfactorily dry. Actually the hop feel becomes more and more pronounced with each subsequent sip. Adequate carbonation. For those who like a good bitter Pale Ale, this should be engagingly effortless to consume. Old Brewery Tadcaster does it again. I taste merry old England in every swallow.

Cwrw, May 19, 2004
Photo of steevbr
4/5  rDev +3.4%

steevbr, Jul 16, 2013
Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
87 out of 100 based on 944 ratings.