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Samuel Smith's Organic Best Ale - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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Samuel Smith's Organic Best AleSamuel Smith's Organic Best Ale

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very good

595 Ratings

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Ratings: 595
Reviews: 371
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 60
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-27-2001

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Ratings: 595 | Reviews: 371
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5/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The smell is fantastic. A nice deep rich candy malt smell with a slight floral smell. I also get the yeast in there as well. On the first sip I get a nice carbonation and slight hop bite with a very rich malt candy flavor that is out of this world. Its so smooth.. It ends with a tinge of floral bitterness.

I also get a slight salty taste but in the best way possible probably from the hard well water they use in the beer. This is my favorite malty forward beer I've ever had. Maybe I'm biased though because I'm a big organic food advocate and saw organic and instantly wanted to try it. but wow what a difference.

This is definitely not an American beer by any standard. Not to say American beers aren't balanced but this is the best balanced beer I've ever had. Definitely one of my favorites of all time.

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5/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A beautiful amber color with a highly carbonated massive white head. This beer is perfect to me. Like nothing I have ever tasted before, a truly unique brew that is incredibly balanced and still complex and interesting to taste. My expierence in pale ales has been Sierra Nevada/West Coast type stuff, and dont get me wrong, I love the brews that come out of the West coast but this is just so different yet still so enjoyable to sip on. Go buy one! Cost me 3.50 at PW Mart in Poway CA, a decent price for a really outstanding beer.

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sometimes revisiting a beer you found to be great even a few days later can be like seeing that old girl friend again. "Did she always bark like that when she laughed?" This beer is so good it keeps getting better with each revisit. I have found myself daydreaming about having another pint of this on a beach somewhere.

English style pale ales are the epicenter of beer: stouts off to port, and lagers to starboard. I always found this brewery to be good not great, but this beer is great. The head is thick and white. The aroma is the wonderful scent of rich ale, not daisies or tar pits or tequila. The mouthfeel is full not fizzy, not syrupy; but liquid that can taste flavorful, while doing what beer is meant to do, quench your thirst. Their is a fine balance in this beer that allows hints of sweetness and grain to come and go on your tongue without as much dry bitter flavor as an English style ESB. Smith's regular Old Brewery pale ale I find a bit murkier and more malt dominated. This beer is a wonderful drinker, and a great reminder to me that beer is about the beautiful flavor, not just an excuse for intellectual excercise.

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4.95/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I want to preface this by saying this is my favorite favorite favorite brew of all time.

A: Pours a clear yellow amber color with a finger head that quickly dissipates but leaves decent lacing.

S: Very complex fruity sweetness with organic undertones and earthy undertones

T: Heaven on earth. Earthy tasting with organic overtones.

M: Medium body with little to no carbonation

D: Very drinkable and very complex. You must drink more than one of these in a session before you can accurately review it.

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4.88/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Samuel Smith organic ale poured into a Guiness american pint glass (note - must get some imperial pint glasses!!!)

A - Saw earlier review that said sam smith lager and ale very similar. Not at all. This was much more amber in color with a good solid two finger head.

S - Simple, basic caramel and light hops.

T - Same as the the smell similar to to good ESB.

M - Such simplicity and balance. Nothing overlaps. Hops, alc. and malt all in line or should I say in queu. (I don't know about that spelling.)

T - WOW. Session ale. I have recently started trying the Sam Smith lineup and have not be upset about a single one (even the cider). Sam Smith seems to be the Honda Civic of the beer world - nothing flashy, simple, 5% alc, reliable taste. Love this stuff.

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4.85/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a wonderful, very drinkable and quenching, yet subtley complex and very well-integrated ale.

Light, bright amber, it has a medium off-white head steadily shrinking to a thin, permanent foamy top with weak foamy lace.

The aroma is lightly fruity, citrusy, leafy, with strong yeasty bread and a very fresh character that screams "ale."

The taste is pleasant, fresh, crisp, extremely even, consistent, balanced, and well-integrated throughout from start to finish. It is lightly sweet with light balancing bitterness plus a hint of fruity-yeasty sweet-sour and light zesty tartness, all integrated extremely well, playing together simultaneously and complementing each other rather than clashing. It tastes of faintly tart fruit, leaves, citrus (esp. lemon), with hints of yeasty toast and butter. The finish is lightly bitter with a lingering leafy-citrusy bitterness balanced by faintly buttered toast sweetness. The feel is firm, not quite oily, and zesty and lively.

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4.83/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge off white head with scads of lace and great retention. Small amount of haze in a golden amber fluid. A toasty nuttiness greets my nose sitting atop a bed of light sweet malt and somewhat lemony hops. Simple but so well done and pleasing to the nose.
Taste is full grains and and toasted biscuits. Hops are perfectly balanced in this one and feature light lemon and herbal leafy notes. Finish is very clean and dry with bread crust and a hint of earth. Feel is soft and supple with a gentle, fine carbonation. Another super session ale from this brewery.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a mug.
A - Slightly cloudy, golden amber in color with a foamy, slightly off-white head.
S - Aroma of malt and fresh fruit.
T - Unbelieveable! Malt with notes of fresh apples and peaches.
M - Medium mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation.
D - Probably the most drinkable British ale I've tasted. Considering you would pay the same price for a pint of domestic($3.89), this is a bargain. There are many more expensive ales of lesser quality out there.
Samuel Smith continues to produce the highest quality beers in any category.

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Samuel Smith's Organic Best Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
89 out of 100 based on 595 ratings.