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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

658 Reviews
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Reviews: 658
Hads: 984
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 42
Gots: 34 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001

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Photo of dbONE
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is light brown in color, with a flapjack thin head that keeps a ring around the top.

With the smell of caramel, toffee, nuts and spices with touch of lite hops, it's hard to keep from snorting it.

Very sweet at the front of the tounge with strong caramel flavor and the dryness of honey. A sweet bready balance balances well with a nice hop flavor that has a nice spice to it. With a
very clean finish.

This is a true English Ale, a session beer for anyone. (470 characters)

Photo of gdogalishus
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a glass mug. Poured an old copper color with a good looking 1 inch head. Mildly carbonated. Strong malt aroma with little to no hop bitterness in the nose. A sweet, caramel aroma. The flavor reflects the strong malt backbone but is balanced a little more than the aroma would indicate. Smooth easy to drink and a good example of an English Pale Ale. (377 characters)

Photo of CNeilP09
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wonderful beer. Strong birch-ey presence, crystalline brown coloring, supple dryness, floral nose, lovely finish. Average person could drink two or twelve depending on tenacity. Fragile head, colorfully floral nose, dark brown- rich mahogany color, depth in taste with earthiness from the malts, and a good balance of solid citrus and coriander from the hops. This is a beer to savour and not to swill.
Great Beer. Period. (424 characters)

Photo of GotWad629
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber/copper color with a thick creamy white head

Smells of malted barley, pine, earthy hops, caramel, and vanilla

Tastes is extremely smooth, slight hint of caramel, pine, and vanilla

A nice medium mouthfeel

Overall a well balanced and easy drinking brew. A good break from the super hopped up American pale ales. Just what I would expect from the Brits, balance and modesty. (395 characters)

Photo of EliottJW
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I haven't had a whole lot of samuel smith's... but I know they run a lot of old recipes and have set many benchmarks with their beers, so I've GOT to respect that much.

what a beautiful pour this beer's got. deep amber with a super tight, whippy looking head... not a whole lot of lacing to speak of, but the initial pour is gorgeous.

smells sweet and estery. not much bitterness to the nose. I feel as though english pales are in large a touch more sweet than we're used to state side, and that's what I'm getting with a quick quaff.

the taste is much along the lines of the nose... sweet, fruity, some green apple hints at the front. soon though, the fruitiness gives way to some serious bite at the back of the throat... formidable bite for a pale. it finishes out with a mild biscuity flavor that sits quite nicely.

wonderful mouth on this. it comes in right in the middle of the spectrum. with a medium body and slight creaminess, I really enjoy the mouthfeel on this one.

while I've scored this beer pretty well in every category, I can simply say it's not my cup of tea. personal drinkability doesn't rank all that high for the style. (1,146 characters)

Photo of dhilltop2000
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice deep dark copper, amber hue. Head is abundant (almost excessive with an aggressive pour) at first but within time reduces into a nice thick layer on which a coin could be floated upon. Smell, where is it? For such a nice beer the nose is weak but the scents are pleasant. Spice and pine nut. Very tasty and drinkable English ale. (342 characters)

Photo of SSBrennan
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark gold with a thick tan head that falls slowly with lacing. Good clarity but little visible carbonation.

The smell is of unbaked bread with subtle herbal hops, very little detectable bitterness. The smell is dominated by malts with only subtle indicators of the other flavors.

The taste shows the the bitterness that is lacking in the aroma. Fairly significant hop flavor, slightly soapy, with mostly dry roasted malt flavors.

The mouthfeel is good with prickling carbonation and the right weight.

A very drinkable beer. (547 characters)

Photo of skynxnex
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bottle into the Samuel Smith pint glass. Aggressive carbonation forms a large off white head. Lots of medium sized bubbles. Pretty brown-copper color.

Smell is biscuit and fermentation smells. Slight hop bitterness in the nose. Taste is similar. Hint of toasted biscuit and a little bit of grass. Nothing overwhelming. English hop flavor with a good amount of hop flavor, although not the piney/citrus of APAs. Finishes very clean; dry. You can feel the bubbles. Very nice drinking beer. (505 characters)

Photo of ALEBOY
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice little pale ale. Lovely copper to burnt orange colour and nice small but creamy head.
Slight candy/sugar aroma with traces of caramel.
Slightly burnt flavour, maybe a bit toffee-ish.
A bit lighter in impact than I expected. Quite drinkable, I would be happy to have it again. (288 characters)

Photo of DaveGood
2.91/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have enjoyed just about every Samuel Smith's beer that I have tried previously, so I had very high hopes for this one. Unfortunately, I found the Pale Ale to be quite average.

It poured a nice copper color with a nice white head that diminished quickly, leaving a nice lace along the glass. The aroma seemed to be lacking as I could only faintly detect some sweet malts, possibly a butterscotch scent but virtually no hops. The taste was very bland as well as it had a subdued sweet malt taste, almost caramel-like flavor up-front and slightly hoppy on the back end. There was not a lot going on with the way of mouth-feel, possibly a little dryish.

Overall, I would classify this as a very average Pale Ale. As far as drinkability is concerned, it goes down extremely smooth but there doesn't appear to be much going on in the way of complexities here. (863 characters)

Photo of umfskibum
3.26/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Had a beautiful pour, with a nice finger-width head. Beautiful copper/yellow hue, very clear and nicely carbonated body.

Scent: Very strong malty scent, with a hint of plum. No noticable scent of alcohol.

Taste: As betrayed by the scent, the beer had a very malty taste. Hints of plum and spicyness, and had the biscut/bready taste typical of english pales. Not a particularly complex drink. Becomes more sour towards the bottom of the pint, although that taste is far from unpleasant.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, with just the right amount of carbonation. Nothing spectacular.

Drinkability: All in all, I found this a very average and unremarkable pale. It is wicked easy to drink, even with the sour finish. All in all, I can suggest this as a session beer but would go for a pale with a bit more to distinguish it from the pack. (851 characters)

Photo of danny013
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550 ml bottle left to warm for a few minutes poured into a 20 oz. Samuel Smith imperial pint glass. Nice hard pour reveals a wonderful amber body topped with a thick 2-finger tan head. Little to no lacing, but a nice chunky head stays with the beer for the whole pint.

Aroma is dominated by malty grains with some nice breadiness/toasted grains and a light floral hop aroma. Hops jump out in intensity after searching for a bit. Pleasant.

Big bready grains up front in the taste, light maltiness mixed in with a nice mineral profile and a light herbal hoppiness. Some good healthy esters hint around in the back, some green apples float around and intermingle with the bitterness. Good toasted grains as the beer is swallowed, leaving a dry finish with a light bitterness intermingled with more pronounced estery flavors.

Mouthfeel is great, lightly carbonated with a light-medium body. Drinkability is also great. Goes down smooth, an easy drinker with plenty of complexity to sit back and enjoy. A bit pricey, but save some pennies and buy a pair of bottles for a lazy evening. (1,084 characters)

Photo of OMGTheyKilkenny
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550 ml bottle into a stein.

A: Pours a pale reddish golden copper. Fairly clear with an inch of foamy light tan head that has fairly good staying power.

S: Bready with pungent fruit, sweet and sour. A yeasty aroma with toasted malts. How else to put this? Extremely British.

T: Toasted malts and caramel reminiscent of a much heavier ale. Hints of green apple, but overall a bit like drinking liquid bread dough. Very mild floral hop character lends just a hint of bitterness on the aftertaste.

MF: Full mouth presence that lingers for a bit. Sturdy carbonation, but goes down smooth.

D: If American craft beers are renowned for being innovative, the Brits are known for doing the same exact thing fairly well for generations. This is most certainly a British beer. Could easily see throwing a few of these back in a pub. (826 characters)

Photo of Tim460
3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a clear amber color with a nice off white head that lasted quite a bit before turning to lace. Looks great. Hops as well as a nut smell is present. Taste is just average. Slight malt taste, hops become apparent halfway through but nowhere near as apparent very subdued. Medium bodied with a dry finish. High drinkability due to low alc % and sublte taste. (366 characters)

Photo of matt7215
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

550 ml bottle from a LCBO gift pack

pours amber with a solid tan head that lingers and laces. very nice looking pale ale though quite different to the eye then some american pale ale styles.

aromas of pale malts, toffee, caramel, minimal hopping.

the flavour is malt forward with slightly sweet floral caramel and rounded bitterness. very malt focused but not totally lacking in hops they just play second fiddle to the malt structure.

the mouthfeel is mediocure but not bad in anyway.

this brew is quite drinkable but not my favourite pale ale.

a solid brew but not something i buy much of even though it is availible in my area. (636 characters)

Photo of dreamchaser
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A well executed, authentic pale ale. Sweet, malty aroma with notes of burnt sugar or molasses. Appearance is bright, clear copper, with a light, relatively fast-dissipating head. Flavour is quite sweet with a strong hop-layered finish, that lingers and hints at toffee. The balance is slightly toward bitter, but a well-balanced beer overall. The mouthfeel is generally light and effervescent, and contrasts sharply with the complexities within the malt and hop flavours. (471 characters)

Photo of quikfish13
3.36/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The first English Pale Ale I have ever had the pleasure of tasting, Samuel Smith's was a different experience for me straying away from my usual IPAs. The body shown through the glass in a red-amber color with a off white foamy some what fluffy 2-finger head. Fairly tasty looking to start with.

Upon smelling the beer what actually stood out to me the most was lack of aroma. Not as intense as what I am used to but I did detect a deffinite sweet hops scent. Not overwhelmed with the smell but it did not have quite enough to impress me.

Tasting of the beer was enjoyable, with a slightly bitter citrus taste that proves more dominent towards the end. Gradually from begining to middle the flavor of malts comes across as it finishes with the powerful hops punch.

A bitterness seemed to linger in my mouth for longer than I would have liked after each drink. But I cannot argue that it goes down fairly smooth. A beer that I would drink again would I have the chance but I have the feeling that there is probably better out there. (1,040 characters)

Photo of myost88
4.52/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presentation: Poured from a 550 ml bottle into my Samuel Smith's Imperial Pint.

Appearance: This has to be one of the most inviting looking beers I've had in a while. Pours a light copper color with a fluffy white head that fades pretty quick. Very smooth cascade effect. Kinda hazy, but I liked that.

Smell: I loved the smell here. Floral hop smell right from the start. I got some honey as well. Not a lot of malt in the smell. Again this beer smells great.

Taste: Hoppy bitterness at the start. Finishes with a sweet malt backbone. The malt didnt show up much in the smell, but it balances the hops well in this beer. Nice sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is about right for a Pale Ale. Maybe a little creamier than most.

Drinkability: At 5% ABV this is an excellent session beer. Perfect for the spring or summer. Also I think this would be an excellent dinner beer. When I was drinking it, I really really wanted a nice juicy steak and some potatoes.

Overall: I really liked this beer a lot. Would love to grab this on tap some time. Samuel Smith's has yet to disappoint me. Everything they brew is delicious. I gave it a 5 for drinkability, because I can't think on any situation this beer wouldn't be appropriate for. (1,235 characters)

Photo of thekoz
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle has the traditional sammy smiths gold foil top.

Pours a dark amber color with a 1/2 inch off white head. Much darker than most pale ales I feel.

I don't get a lot of aroma from the beer.

Nice carbonation level, pretty big bubbles. Almost a little much,

More bitter than most english pale ales. There is a slightly harsh flavor to the beer that I can't quite identify that hits on the back of the mouth. Perhaps a slight burnt coffee or toffee flavor.

Would certainly drink again, though might not choose over other examples of the style. (550 characters)

Photo of mnfinnkidd
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Light brownish hue with slight tan 1/4" head. Brilliantly clear, filtered

Noise: Sweet, caramel, candy, fresh bread

Mouthfeel: Heavy in the front, light through the middle, and clean off the back

Taste: well balance with a malt forward character. Caramel with biscuit notes. Bitterness is very mild enough to clean the palate.

Overall: This being my second English pale this seemed like the hops were lacking but that could be my American pales skewing my palate. It was very drinkable and wouldn't mind have a couple more.... (542 characters)

Photo of enjambed
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

Serving: Undated cold bottle, standard pint glass

Look: Mostly brown with orange highlights, and very hazy. It generally looks like iced tea. Moderate pour produces little head that soon disappears, lacing is moderate

Smell: This is new to my palate. It's like a combination of fruits and rich, burnt(?) caramel, also some metallic notes.

Taste: That burnt caramel flavor dominates, with some other flavors like fruits or maybe herbs. Also earthy. Finish is harsh.

Feel: Rather light, but not fully watery. Finish has a mouth-drying astringency like sucking on a tea bag, very unpleasant.

Overall: Not what I was expecting even for an English Pale Ale. The astringency is overpowering and unpleasant, and I had not had any beer, let alone a pale ale with such a strong caramel flavor. However, I suspect there was something wrong with this bottle: The color was darker than most others described it, the astringency was overpowering, even for an English Pale ale the hops were non-existent, and it really just seemed off. I'm leaving this review for future comparison to other English Pale Ales. (1,100 characters)

Photo of Smixam
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500mL bottle into a pint glass.

A - Very nice deep, clear copper color with a small off-white head, with little to no lacing.

S - Deep malt flavor with a bright fruit (raisin? plum?) note. Nothing spectacular here but inviting and interesting.

T - Strong malt flavor at the front, moving towards a really bright nuttiness in the middle and back to malt/wheat flavors with a hint of dark fruit at the end. Difficult to describe, but the flavors truly pop and change as you enjoy this beer, difficult for something with as little hop as this brew, and a fantastic experience.

M - Fresh and bright, a touch mineral-y but certainly not off-putting. The flavors linger but are not unwelcome.

D - HIGHLY drinkable. Added to my short list of session standby's, I'll pick this up whenever it's available. (801 characters)

Photo of abeerlovr
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a burgandy wine glass, I know, but we were drinking wine prior to popping this open.

A: nice caramel, copper color, not much head, noticeable lacing.

S: nutty, in fact after a few sniffs I detected nutmeg, don't know if that was really there or if anyone gets that, but I distinctly smelled nutmeg. Some citrus detected. Sweet smelling which then worried me but...

T: lovely flavor, caramelly, nutty but a little bitter hops on the back of the tongue, a little hint of citrus, a smooth drink

M: sweet yet had a hoppy bitterness at the finish, nice.

Overall: I enjoyed this, it may have been my first English Pale Ale and is not comparable to American Pale Ales. I little heavier because of the sweetness and not as hoppy bitter. (745 characters)

Photo of EricHeff
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish brown color with very little head.
It goes down smooth but leave a nice little complex hoppy taste behind. I can't really pin-point any exact flavors in here but it sure is good. I could defiantly drink a few of these in a row and not get tired of it. I would say this Pale Ale is a step above most Pale Ale's. (327 characters)

Photo of Tresha
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is known as the brewery's flagship beer! When you pour it in a glass, its a copper coloured beer. The head and big and fluffy. When you gulp it, the beer will tease your palate and you will get the aroma of malt, hops and even a hint of apple. It has great flavours and aromatics. A nice drink for the holiday season! (327 characters)

Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
87 out of 100 based on 658 ratings.