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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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very good

659 Reviews

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Reviews: 659
Hads: 991
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 14.51%
Wants: 43
Gots: 36 | 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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Photo of EricHeff
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of Tresha
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
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!

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

pours a nice medium copper..
this smells great.. smells fruity slightly malty - slight hint of grain or hops.. very light citrus/dark fruit.. dry.
Samuel smith is always great for full flavored beers.. you can really taste this from the front to the back of the mouth.. nice soft feel but enough dryness to leave a lasting finish.. this is a classic pale ale. it is light enough to drink as a session..yet the flavor is powerful and lasting. this ranks very highly in my opinion.

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

Much like other Samuel Smith beers I've had, this Pale Ale was great to drink.

Appearance was good, light gold in color with just the just the right amount of head.
Smell was pleasant, slightly aroma of hops and fruit.
Taste was representative of the smell, a bit hoppy and fruity.
Mouthfeel was medium bodied, plenty of texture and finished a little dry.

I found this beer to be very drinkable and I definately recommend it.

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Photo of Moonraker7
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a medium amber color with about 2 fingers of off white head.

S: Not much in terms of smell, some malts and sweetness, bread.

T: Pretty mild, taste of malt is apparent at first. Starts off alittle sweet and ends with some hops. Not overly flavorful, but still enjoyable

M: Medium body and a fair amount of carbonation.

D: It's not my favorite Samuel Smith beer but it might be the most drinkable, this could easily be a session beer.

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Photo of thejewthatbrews
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear amber with a nice, slightly off white head. Litlle lacing, and head doesn't stay around for long.

Malty in the nose, and malty in the taste. Enough bitterness to not be overly sweet, and a very distinct caramel taste. Most of the bitterness is felt afterwards.

Slightly heavy mouthfeel, but in a good way. Very drinkable, and not as filling as you might expect. If it were on tap, I'm sure I could take down at least three pints before feeling full.

Overall, very drinkable, but could use a little more hops in it.

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Photo of dudelove7485
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to pint glass.

Copper with slightly cloudy consistency. Thin, off-white head, though definite lacing. Malty apple aroma with hints of berry. Creamy medium body with med-high bitterness. Malty, caramel taste, slightly toasty with a refreshing finish. Nice representation of an ESB.

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Photo of halfpgl
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice dark amber colour with a nice malted nose. This beer is something I would pair with a BBQ rack of ribs, since that is what I think of as I drink. Nice and filling and yet has a delicate finish that let’s you ponder the subtle spice. This is a very nice brew.

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

Appearance: Pours a dark/tea colored brown with a really nice head that drops to a very thin head over the beers surface. Leaves lacing in the glass.

Smell: A sweet smell and a semi-bread like aroma are there.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Starts rather sweet, but finishes dry. Medium bodied. Higher carbonation carries it off the palate well. No hops are jumping out at me. Maybe a little bit of a nutty flavor similar to their nut brown flavor.

Notes: Meh. Not fantastic, but certainly not bad, and very drinkable. The standard you expect from this brewery. Not my favorite style though so while its good I probably wont be specifically looking for this bottle again.

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Photo of musingmonkey
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the pour this is one inviting beer. The body is a reserved amber coated by a a thick, fluffy head which has great retention and leaves heavy lacing on the glass. Aroma reminds you that this is a british pale ale, leaning much more on the malts than the hops, but a hop presence is there nevertheless.
The malty flavour is dominant, but a pleasant marmalade comes along for the ride. This is not particularly complex in the flavour department, but that is not a terrible loss, as what is present is very tasty.
As always it is in the mouthfeel department that the Samuel Smith brew truly shines. A little heavier than most pale ales I've encountered, it is silky across the tongue. A joy to swallow, and at 5% a very suitable session beer.

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Photo of 401J
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into a wine glass on a snowy new england night in the colonial seaport town of Bristol, R.I. while watching The Voice with my auburn haired mistress.

This beer pours a beautiful sharp orange color with a nice head of some unorganized larger bubbles.

The nose is mild of vanilla and hints to me that this brew will have a creamy fell to it.

Upon tasting, I am treated to a mouthful of balance. I get all of the vanilla and cream mouthfeel I had hoped for then a late introduction to hops that do not overstay their welcome and fade at the most appropriate of times.. Lovely

This, to me, is the benchmark for pale ales in my young beer tasting career..

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

A- Pours a nice amber color with 2 fingers of tan head.

S- Has a sweet smell with some malts and little hops.

T- The taste is sweet and has a mild bitter. Has nice malt flavors

M- Smooth and dry in the mouth

D- Easy drinking, this could be a nice everyday beer

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

a- it pours an orangy, brown almost arnold palmer or a long island in color. Intriguing...

s- caramel, and ample malt notes...subtle with a slight cracker note. A hint of hops...very subtle...

t- starts with a smooth maltiness, lots of complex caramel notes...finishes with a tingle on the tongue of hops. There is a subtle ,but interesting bready, biscuity, flavor throughout. Good.

m- very good, has a little bit of a chew to it. I think from the bread and cracker notes.

d- it was very good, drank it rather quick after the tasting. Def. A drinker!

all in all a good beer. I think it is a great execution of the style. Seems very traditional. It did not let me down...in the age of super hoppy beers a refreshing more malty change. All in balance.

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Photo of MaGno
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very nice dark amber to copper color. Poured with a nice thick head. The head did not dissipate too quickly and relaxed to a nice creamy tan. Small tight carbonation bubbles made this beer a beauty.

Smells: Hops and seasonings were very balanced and no strong alcohol smell to speak of.

Taste: Smooth start with a taste of hops and malts that were not overpowering. Tasted very natural and balanced.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and dry to a hoppy finish. The aftertaste was long lasting but pleasant. Dry finish made this beer enjoyable but not a thirst quencher.

Drinkability: I would definately drink this beer again. The clear glass bottles make me leery, but I bought this one as a boxed gift set for the holidays so I was pretty sure of freshness. I got a nice SS pint glass and coaster also. Packaged with Nut brown Ale and Celebrated Oatmeal Stout which will be my next 2 reviews.

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

Served out of the holiday gift pack, this bottle had been hidden inside a cardboard box- hopefully avoiding any problems normally arising from clear bottles. Served in a 16 ounce imperial pint glass.

Poured out a nice copper color with a thin to moderate off-white head. Wonderful lacing on the glass after the head dissapated- this beer virtually painted the glass creamy white when I tipped it to take a sip.

Aroma was of bready malts, with a slight smell of hops and a little sweetness.

Bready malt flavor with a dry, roasted finish. I picked up just a hint of caramel in the flavor, but it's subtle. Very well balanced and wonderfully drinkable. I'm not normally a big fan of English ales, but I found this one very enjoyable and will be picking some up again.

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

Part of a mix pack I got for Christmas. Three beers, a pint glass and some coasters.

A: Deep amber with decent 1/2 inch off-white frothy head.

S: Fresh grain smell, also a distinct mineral smell that I find common to all SS beers.

T: Clean, crisp, simple. Very slight sweetness upfront. A faint hop flavor and then a clean finish that ends with a mineraly taste that is very pleasant.

M: Medium, not too filling, but definitely not watery. Carbonation was right where it should be.

D: This is a true session beer if I ever had one. Could down plenty of these.

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Photo of Tearik
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - It appears a little bit darker than what I was expecting from a pale ale.

S - Very earthy

T - Strong hints of caramel and kind of nutty. Leaves a not unenjoyable bitter after taste.

M - Thicker on the pallet than I expected. Overall good feel though.

O - Very nice ale. Will definitely buy it again. This ale has a lot to offer the drinker.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of brewtal
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured in a Sam Smith pint glass.

Massive foamy cream-white head with enormous bubbles lacing the glass. Glowing amber and orange. Good brilliance. Mouth watering.

Smells very much of biscuity malts, in a cookie dough kind of way. Buttery aromas and earthy hop undertones. Perfumy orange pekoe tea.

The above transcends to the palate. Fruity marmelade, but not too cloying. Taste is very deep and yet balanced and finishes on a dry and clean goldings note.

Very round. Carbonation makes this a creamy ale and very enjoyable to drink! Tasty, full bodied and refreshing as a pale can be. This is what i'm looking for when I talk pale ale and I couldn't think of getting enough of this.

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Photo of alarusse
4.52/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A+S: Beautiful and clear, deep amber hue with a light brown head which disappeared relatively quickly. No lace, which is a negative for me, personally, as I love the satisfaction of watching a brew slink down the side of a glass, leaving a trail of delightful remembrance. Sweet, syruppy aromas with a slightly alcohol tinge.

T: Delightful. Slightly sweet, biscuity and remotely whiskey-flavored.

M: Works for me. Thin, but the flavor lingers for a few seconds.

D: Not a burden to drink at all. No bitterness on my palette, nice carbonation, especially after a few swishes around the mouth.

Poured from a bottle into half-pint glasses.

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Photo of greenborn
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a very nice pale ale. The color and the smell were fine but the taste was very traditional barley malt with just a touch of hops. The balance of the malt and hops are what make this ale so good. First there is the malt smell then the tasted of malt which trails off into the mild hop crispness. I liked this ale very much and recommend it to those who enjoy English traditional ales.

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Photo of TacoSaladin
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A clear and crisp copper color with a light/frothy white head with semi-decent head retention. I feel the color was a little on the dark side for the style (I classify this beer as a SB) but in hind sight the room was a bit on the dark side.

The overall aroma is sweet and of hops, leaning more to the sweet. Also this beer has hints of caramel.

This beer was less bitter tasting than expected. There was more of a focus on the malts. The carbonation was appropriate with a dry (sweet) finish with a hint of hops.

All-in-all I think this beer is a little too mild on the bitterness for a English Pale Ale (SB). With that said, this is a very enjoyable drink.

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Photo of stangbat
3.47/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I generally really like Samuel Smith's beers, however this one will not be on my regular rotation. It smells great, a little like their Nut Brown Ale, which along with the Oatmeal Stout are two of my favorite beers. It looks nice, and the mouthfeel is good.

But it just seems like it is lacking flavor. It seems like the beer finished a little dry and bland. I can't really put my finger on it though. Maybe my palate is accustomed to American Pale Ales that are higher hopped. Overall, not bad. But I don't think it is worth over $2 a bottle, which I will gladly pay for their Nut Brown or Oatmeal Stout.

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Photo of PvtVile
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It was poured into a snifter from a brown bottle with gold foil.

Appearance: Dark amber with a good 2 finger head that stays around for awhile then dissipates after sitting for a minute.

Smell: The smell is kind of sweet. I also smell some bread and raisin.

Taste: Kind of bitter but not overwhelming, tastes sweet and of grape fruit.

Feel: Nice consistency, a little thick and fizzy, the carbon stays to give a refreshing feel.

Drink ability: A very good beer that I would love to drink all the time.

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Photo of NEbeerbro
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - pours an amber gold, quite asthetically pleasing. Lively carbonation, head and lacing below average however.

s -Bready, grassy, malty nose. Underhopped relative to American ales, typical and delicious trait of English ales.

t - very smooth balanced flavor. Malts followed by a slight citrus hops note.

m - nice carbonation, smooth going down. Dry and refreshing.

d - very easy and enjoyable to drink

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Photo of Cpherg
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Darker apple juice with little to no head, hazy with no suspended particles

S: A cidery, nutty nose with a total absent of hops.

T: Sweet apple with a dry finish. Nice hoppyness. Little beyond apple.

M: Medium bodies beer with a fizzyness that leaves the mouth dry

O: An easy beer to drink, light for a medium bodied beer

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Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
87 out of 100 based on 659 ratings.