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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 longpondbeerman
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%

This is a very light, floral brew that pours a clear light amber that is typical of the English Pale Ales. There's little head, and less lace, and by the smell, you'd almost think you were about to consume water laced with a hop or two and some lemon. The taste is fortunately more full-bodied, even complicated. It's not too bitter, but what bitterness there is sticks with you throughout. It does not fade. The sweetness, that floral taste, is of rose hips offset by a twist of lemon--a fun and tantalizing feature. The mouthfeel is light and more bubbly than I expected. A good brew, really--though costly over on this side of the Atlantic.

longpondbeerman, Aug 29, 2003
Photo of Shovelbum
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%

I got this from a Sam Smith sampler box, so it avoided light spoilage despite the clear bottle.

Pours a creamy off-white head over a deep copper body. Substantial aromas of sweet caramel malt and British minerals. More sweet careml malt in the flavor joined by a nice toasted biscuit character, slight frutiness adn a bit of flroal hops. Despite the aroma, the mineral character is not nearly as pronounced as in some other British ales. Mild hop bitterness in the background and makes this a well-balanced pale ale. Smooth and creamy in the mouth. Slightly drying finish.

This is one fine Pale Ale. It far more balanced than the American versions of the style, but retains great depth and complexity, particularly in the malts profile. A great session ale.

Shovelbum, Jan 25, 2006
Photo of Tupperwolf
3.15/5  rDev -18.6%

Pours a rich, clear mahogany amber into my 16oz nonic. One of the things that drew my attention upon cracking off the cap on this beer was that immediately, large, very energetic bubbles began to rise through the bottle. I suppose this happens in all beers, but the clear bottle really emphasized the action of the carbonation being released.

The head is fantastic, thick, fluffy, rocky and mountainous with great retention, leaving behind long curls of eggshell lacing.

I was in the mood for 'English' with my lunch today, and think I made the right pick. The scent is slightly grassy caramel with that distinct Fuggles hop bitterness in very mild amounts. Mostly malt in the nose.

The flavor is mild, gentle caramel and grass clippings, with a very slight acidic twinge and a warm, mild bittering of English hops.

Mouthfeel is light, smooth, just a little tart, with a very small stickiness in the finish.

Overall thoughts: Aa good example of an English pale ale. Easy to drink, definitely sessionable as good as any in Sam Smith's lineup.

Tupperwolf, Mar 26, 2006
Photo of jbsteiny
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%

A nice bronze color -- kind of dark for the style, but attractive -- with a thin head that left thin lacing all the way down. Very subtle aromas, but I love it -- rich malts (toasty caramel), grassy hops, peat? The malt dominates the flavor, as I understand an English pale ale should, but it's fairly mild regardless. I think some spiciness might liven it up a bit. An earthy, simple pale ale, but well crafted, as I'd expect from Sammy Smith.

jbsteiny, Sep 22, 2007
Photo of tjd112
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%

Poured this into Sam Smith's nonic, included in gift pack. Poured amber colour with creamy white head which retains well and has good lacing. The smell and taste consists of earthy hops with a touch of fruitiness. Mouthfeel is smooth, light, and a little bit of dry as well. Overall, a great beer, but I prefer the nut brown.

tjd112, Mar 24, 2010
Photo of frlrv1020
4/5  rDev +3.4%

frlrv1020, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of meeekyh
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%

This one came from a 550ml bottle and was poured into a mug.

The beer is a solid amber with a light tan, fluffy head. There is not but a bit of lacing.

Nose is mild so I poured it into a snifter to see what I can learn from that. Estery with a bit of pear and piny hop. Still like a mild brown ale.

Malts and bitter hops along with a slight metallic flavor. There is a bit of caramel there but overall a mild and balanced beer. Pear, I taste pear.

Mouthfeel is light to medium and carbonation a moderate while the finish is dry.

I find this a drinkable beer and expect the style is typically so.

I am not blown away by this one but it is a solid beer.


meeekyh, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of Mandrake
4.22/5  rDev +9%

Pours a brilliantly clear deep copper with a tight and creamy pale tan head (rather dark for an EPA though) that lasts very well, leaving plenty of lacing. Smell is mildly hoppy, bang on for the style, with the Goldings hops and subtle earthy tones coming alongside the rich malt profile. A tad medicinal, but the light maltiness comes through as well. Taste is led by the malts. Caramel and mild diacetyl with a bit of breadiness and grass as well. The hops are very understated, but noticible, especially in the dry finish. Mouthfeel is full and well carbonated, and drinkability is excellent.

A classic English-style ale, the subtleties and craftsmanship apparent in this ale are welcome at any time. Expecting it to be a hop bomb will lead to disappointment, and is a great disservice to a stellar ale. Take it for what it is trying to be, and one can't fail to appreciate what the brewers at Sam Smith's achieve with virtually every single one of their brews.

Mandrake, Nov 24, 2006
Photo of 12owls
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

12owls, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of avylover
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%

Poured a nice dark brown with a very small white head. Aroma was instantly of british hoppiness, with some maltiness in the background. Taste is nice & bitter up front, then finishes with a beautiful butterscotch taste. Nice carbonation and very clean mouthfeel too to make this one drinkable beer. Went great with some traditional style cheese fondue - I could have drank all night, but I was too stuffed after such a great meal!!

avylover, Jul 27, 2003
Photo of horndecker
4.22/5  rDev +9%

Luminous, clear, orange-brown with a full tan head of fine froth.
The smell is hay and malt, along with a mild piney hop aroma. A slight alcohol odor and, oddly, something that smells like rosemary.
The taste has a wash of mineral fizz at the start, delivering a nutty, round malt and a bit of butterscotch. It has a dry hoppy finish and a lingering beautifully bitter aftertaste. It's a nice mouthful and a great session beer.

horndecker, Apr 29, 2005
Photo of HabiMendes
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%

The reddish-brown of this excellent beer looked very nice, but the soon-to-follow aroma... oh, it was impressive! The caramelized malty character shows itself so well, but yet so unobtrusively. We also have a background tofee-like smell. The controlled bitterness at the beginning, which precedes an unexpected, but real, carbonation impression at the palate, is very soothing actually. In the end, the hops appear more clearly, which is pleasant and refreshing. Fantastic beer!

HabiMendes, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of cheers2beers
2.8/5  rDev -27.6%

Appearance: This beer pours a pale looking dark amber with a white head that didn't stack up very high at all. No laceing but plenty of beads can be found.

Smell: Has woody aromas with some sour pale malts, a hint of tangerine hops. No alcohol in the nose.

Taste: The flavors are bitter sweet malts with a vague hop character. Nutty/woody palate blended well with a slight alcohol.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is mostly watery with a bitter nut finish. Light to medium body with a medium level of carbonation.

Drinkability: I have come to the conclusion,that I am a fan of American Pale Ales over English. This wasn't a bad beer but it doesn't have that hoppy character that I have come to love from beers such as Sierra Nevada and Sam Adams. It is worth a try but I think most people will agree with my previous statement.


cheers2beers, Apr 21, 2006
Photo of Lee45102
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Lee45102, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of WhiskeeTango
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

WhiskeeTango, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of JayNH
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%

A- Pours a slightly cloudy copper with a large foamy head. Leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

S- slightly sweet toasty malt and a mild tea like hoppiness.

T- Excellent balance. A toasty malt and an earthy hoppiness. Finishes dry.

M- Medium bodied and very smooth, carbonation is just right.

D- Excellent. Perfect balance, I could could drink quite a few of these.

JayNH, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of HochFliegen
4/5  rDev +3.4%

I really enjoyed this beer. I thought it was very mellow and full of flowery hop aroma. Poured a nice rich head. A very clear and crisp amberish color. Taste was very light. Not much of a hoppy flavor at all. Most seemed to come from the aroma. Very light and refereshing mouthfeel as well.

HochFliegen, Dec 22, 2003
Photo of bob3701
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

Part of a gift pack poured into the pint glass that came with set. Pours a beautiful clear cooper color with a nice big head that stays around. Was surprised by the lack of lacing minimal at best. A very neutral aroma to my nose. This ale is well balanced and not real big on flavor but pleasant to drink, would pair nicely with a large variety of foods. Would make a good session brew.

bob3701, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of BeerArchivist
5/5  rDev +29.2%

BeerArchivist, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of Johnq1964
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Johnq1964, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of witster18
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%

like their other offerings this brew is good but not great. Looks good with a hazy copper... 1" head. The nose is awesome with lots of floral and fruit(citrus and mellon). Probobly the easiest drinker of the sammy brews I've had and they all go down pretty easy. Lacks kick.... wish it delivered the same with the taste as it does with the nose. I'm sure this is traditional and I know it's fine quality... but for the price hand me an American Pale... or somethin with some hop bang which this lacks.

witster18, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of fank2788
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%

550ml bottle poured into a pint glass
Old brewery pale ale pours a beautiful deep red copper with a slight white head which laces a bit. The smell is a bit week but I can dectect low levels of bready malts, light malts and floral hops. The taste is classic pale ale light maltiness with a fair bit of floral hops. The finish is dry with no aftertaste. The mouthfeel is good for a pale ale, good levels of carbonation with a body that is light enough to make drinking enjoyable. On to drinkability this is really hard to top, this is a very solid pale ale.

fank2788, Jan 06, 2007
Photo of cracgor
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Appearance: A nice amber transparent colored beer with hues of orange. A tan rocky head...with good sticking/lace. Great retention. stays with a sheet of head forever.

Smell: Has a very hoppy smell though not like the oily American Pale Ales. A salty sour apple/lemony smell, and a bit of nutty aroma.

Taste: A sweet hopped beer. A little grassy. Tastes like green apple. A sweet malt, caramel flavors as well as a buttery taste.

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium bodied. Very clean and refreshing. ON the dry side.

Drinkability: A great beer for session drinking. Good flavor but not overwhelming.

cracgor, Aug 01, 2005
Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%

Pours a crystal-clear deep copper and is capped with a thin off white head. Very little visual carbonation.

The smell is huge on malts, deliciously sweet, and accompanied with just the slightest hint of a fuggles-like hop note. Scents of bananas and cotton candy play on the wonderful sweetness.

Toasted bread and caramel are at the fore of the taste. The hops don't seem to carry into the flavor, but a slight and gentle bitterness from the roasted grains.

The body is mild with a silky-smooth texture and a clean finish, making it very drinkable.

MrHassellYaHurd, Apr 27, 2010
Photo of TheSteak22
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

TheSteak22, Jul 17, 2012
Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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