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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

971 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 971
Reviews: 659
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 38
Gots: 27 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001

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Ratings: 971 | Reviews: 659
Photo of Cwrw
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of DrunkenMonk
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of steevbr
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

An average puring of this beer produces a massive orange sherbert head that is slow to retreat. It is a bit darker shade of the classic english pale oxidized copper. The nose is faint and sugary with a wisp of spice.

The taste starts off kind of woody, with a slight vegetal note on its heels, then comes a wash of sweet caramel malt base earthy and spicy hops to play on. Cinnamon notes appear here and there. There is a long but strangly astringent finish. Mouthfeel is mid-bodied and slick.

I don't think Sam Smith makes any bad beers, but I was a little less blown away by this one. It is a tasty, drinkable, down to earth pale. Interestingly, I had it with a gingery dish and that slight cinnamon came out in a big way that was quite pleasing. Try it sometime.

Photo of Soterios
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of jharkins07
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Cubsfan1087
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale was a good beer, although I prefer the Oatmeal Stout. It actually isn't that pale. It poured a golden brown color with a very foamy head. It smells fairly sweet and tastes sweet as well. It has a slight bitter after taste, but not too over powering. I also thought it was a little more carbonated than other beers I've had. The Pale Ale was a good beer, give it a try if you get the chance.

Photo of TwoForty
5/5  rDev +29.5%

Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.13/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Nice one inch thick white head with a little lace to be left behind and it dosen't dissipate that quickly either. There is an aroma of a carmelly sweet malt and a floral hop accent. The taste is salty due to the water with a definte sweetness due to tha carmel malt and a hop flavor that follows up to finish with a hop bitterness. Body is horrible as this beer has so much carbonic bite that it is a task in itself to find the flavors while the carbonation attacks your tongue. This beer is probably excellent if it is on cask but with artificial carbonation it is not very good, though maybe i served it too cold and too much of the carbonation was in solution instead of dissipating on opening the bottle.

Photo of soper2000
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one in the Samuel Smith varity pack with the pint glass included (very good value). I had pretty high expectations from this brew as every Sammy Smith beer i've had has been excellent. This one didn't disappoint but i don't think it'll be making my regular rotation. I've have yet to gain an apreciation for subtlety. It poured a proud copper with a small white head, pretty appealing. Smell was very faint with some notes of fruit and malt. Taste... Hmmm.. I wish I could give this higher marks but it was very plain to me. Some sweet malt flavor was present and it was balanced very well, but nothing really jumped out at me Mouthfeel was fine as was drinkability. I'm hoping this will be a beer i grow to love, but as of this moment it just seemed very basic, very subtle. I plan to revisit this beer in a year, as my palate refines, to see what i think of it. It is obviously a solid brew and i wish i could appreciate it more.

Photo of mtstatebeer
2.59/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

355 ml. bottle. Pours an amber with small off-white head. Initial smell was not very good (maybe got a bad bottle). Taste was a little better, bitter, malty, a little hoppy. Medium body and a slight metallic finish.

I wanted to rate this now, even though it maybe be skewed by a bad beer. Will re-rate.

Photo of rph97
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of haz77
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A – Pours a deep orange-hued copper, with a frothy off-white head. This falls to a thin cap. Small bubbles of low carbonation.

S – Grassiness, background citrus, boiled sweets.

T – Breadiness up front, with a little sweet fruit coming through. Slight caramel before the restrained hops come through and lead to a dry, crisp finish.

M – Crisp, refreshing, medium body, with soft carbonation.

D – Easy drinker, with subtle flavours. Well worth a try.

Photo of phishgator
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. The tight lacey white foam head is creamy in texture. The color is light copper/amber. Carbonation is pronounced. The aroma is of garden variety english hops. The taste is a splash of clean bitterness and a carmel, buttery costing of the mouth. The body is ideal for a pale ale and it is a session brew that could go on for the entire night.

Photo of Hunter
2.91/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Damn SS and these clear glass bottles...pray I don't get a skunked beer here.

Appearance: Pours the color of a cream ale, with a thick off-white head that billows and sticks to the walls of the glass. No carbonation but then I don't expect any.

Aroma: Unfortunately that skunkiness is there. After that comes the maltiness you expect from an English ale, with a light touch of hops.

Taste: Why, I don't know, but I taste...Heinz 57 sauce. Is that frickin' weird or what? I even washed my mouth out and tried it again...same thing. Curious. There's malt there too, and a VERY faint smack of hops.

Finishes clean enough with a thin mouthfeel. Pretty average by the standards of the style.

Photo of HugoGrim
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 550 ML bottle into a standard pint.

Semi-transparent brown body, thin white head. Very little visible carbonation. Aggressive second pour produced a much nicer head with decent lacing.

Toasted nutty aroma with light hops.

Flavor is of roasted nuts, biscuits, acidic hops.

Photo of RyanPS
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of 4000qtrap
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Source/Serving: 550ml. Bottle, no expiry date.

Smell: Caramel and apple cider that's a little musty with a pleasantly smooth and creamy earthy edge.

Taste: Smooth and creamy up front that's mostly cider with a hint of caramel. Yeasty and bready sweetness in the middle and just enough bitterness to offset the sweetness up front. Incrementally more caramel which is soft and pleasant along with a medium body. On the way to the finish hops become more apparent with an oily mouthfeel and earthy/grassy/herbal tones that are soft and pleasant and some biscuit and some sharpness from the grains. The dryness is a nice change of pace from the sweet cider up front. Ends as it begins with sweet cider and caramel, but as it lingers a pleasant and substantial dry herbal bitterness hangs around for a while and it much appreciated.

Notes: Well done. Another Sam Smith classic.

Photo of Cozzatoad
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355ml bottle, best before april 2012

A- Deep and slightly hazy copper colour. Huge and healty off-white that shows very good retention throughout the whole tasting, while also leaving some nice amounts of lacing on the sides of the glass

S- Soft and slightly earthy combination of bready and caramel malts, with some light background fruity notes. Has some kind of a buttery feel to it

T- Biscuity malts with sweet notes of caramel and maybe honey. A slight leafy/earthy feel from the hops (Fuggles?) may be noticed. Some delicate fruity undernotes show up as the smell suggested. Finishes surprisingly quite dry, with a nice hint of clean hop bitterness that makes you longing for another sip. Perfect balance between sweet and bitter notes. Not extra flavourful or complex but somehow still highly satisfying

M- Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Soft, butterish mouthfeel on both tongue and palate. Dry on the finish and in the aftertaste as already mentioned

O- A very fine, perfectly balanced ale that manages to feel highly satisfying despite not having loads of flavours or high compexity. Highly drinkable and even decently refreshing

Photo of electtodefer
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Sixpoint
2.96/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not too crazy about this one. Yeah, I didn't find any "technical" flaws with this beer, but I guess I just wasn't feeling the chalky flavor. The beer had an incredible alkaline tinge to it that coated every sip. Don't know if it was from the water or from the hops...

At any rate, I would much rather drink a nice citrus-hop flavored brew to complement some hard water rather than some stale, floral weak hops that cover up chalky-flavored beer.

Sorry limies. We do it better. ;-)

Photo of Soloveitchik
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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

Its pretty hard to knock a Samuel Smith and this one is no exception. Nothing really to blow you away, but I can't really find anything I'd change in this beer.

Aroma is mainly malt sweetness with hops faintly in the background.
The taste is sweet sugary malt upfront that fades into a buttery toasted flavour. There are some herbal hops but they are minimal and in the background. The finish is very dry and slightly bitter. Not as balanced as I would expect, but the taste is great.
Mouthfeel is pretty moderate and a medium carbonation as well.

Nothing wrong with this beer, its a little toned down compared to some American pale ales around but honestly this is textbook right here. Nothing but good things to say.

Photo of BrownNut
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Copper/amber. True to form, this Samuel Smith's yields a thick biscuit of textured foam that lingers. You could eat it with a spoon.

Smell - very yeasty, like rising bread dough

Mouthfeel - kind of soft

Taste - what at first seemed fruity became more like honey. It's malt but leans towards a honey taste. It's pretty light and easy drinking, bordering on watery but not quite getting there. The fruit peeks back in just a bit now and then. A little banana? Apple? Not sure.

Aftertaste - Just the barest hint of bitterness. I love the smell as I exhale out of my nose for a while after a sip. The taste fades away fairly quickly. After five minutes it's at a very low level and the mouth feels clean and barely astringent.

Overall - Despite loving Samuel Smith's, I have steered clear of this one for years because the Nut Brown and the Oatmeal and the Imperial were always sitting right next to it and because I'm not a pale ale or IPA guy in general. But this is great. What a nice and drinkable pairing of honey malty sweet and mild hop bitter in a light and refreshing package. If I could ask for anything it might be a bit more robustness on the back end to increase the richness and to slow me down a bit. But on the whole it's a very pleasant, sessionable, well-made, and pleasingly flavored beer.

Photo of Daredevil
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

clear amber color ... pours nicely with a firm, small head ...
a fresh smell of tropical rainforest paired with earthy charcoal ....
the roasted notes are dominant in the taste as well, paired with exotic fruits (bananas, starfruit) .... quite dry and a nice bitter note ...
another classic from Samuel Smith ....

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Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
87 out of 100 based on 971 ratings.