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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

950 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 950
Reviews: 657
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 32
Gots: 19 | 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 Popsinc
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Popsinc, Nov 18, 2003
Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

SWMeyer4141, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of longisland1983
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

longisland1983, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of bigbeerfan
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

bigbeerfan, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
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)

hoegaardenhero, Mar 05, 2009
Photo of BigBarley
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

BigBarley, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of hanco005
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

hanco005, Oct 19, 2006
Photo of Buggies
4.22/5  rDev +9%
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.

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

Jim_DemonDeacon, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of jdkitchi
4/5  rDev +3.4%

jdkitchi, Apr 17, 2014
Photo of elcrawl
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

elcrawl, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of kp29
2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

kp29, May 27, 2013
Photo of moulefrite
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 28, 2008
Photo of Swervine44
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Swervine44, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of beerprovedwright
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 Wally1912
5/5  rDev +29.2%

Wally1912, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of KindaFondaGoozah
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

KindaFondaGoozah, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of JoeAmerican77
2.8/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 beerceller99
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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
Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
87 out of 100 based on 950 ratings.