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

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Reviews: 371
Hads: 601
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 70
Gots: 20 | 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 02-27-2001

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Photo of tone77
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 18.7 oz. bottle. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is malty, a bit sweet. Taste is crisp, mild, some malts, kind of on the mild side. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a decent beer but it's nothing great. (250 characters)

Photo of BDTyre
3.46/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice pale ale from Sam Smith, but somewhat unexciting and pedestrian.

Amber-gold in appearance with a thin, quick-settling white head. Sweet malt smell, fairly like corn syrup and a mellow hop presence. Taste is a little bit better balanced, but still a bit syrupy. Nice carbonation, easy to drink but not as nice as the organic lager. (338 characters)

Photo of loren01
3.47/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a golden color, small white head, slight lacing down the glass
S: Smell is slighly sweet, fruity, English hops
T: Slight fruity taste, spicy bitter hoppiness.
M: Very carbonated and crisp. Finishes dry and bitter
D: Drinkable but really nothing to write home about I wouldn't say (293 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy honey orange with a 1/2 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, slight caramel, and some light fruity aromas. Taste is of malt, light fruits, and some mild herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a slight amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some nice aromas and flavors but nothing all that exciting in my opinion. (580 characters)

Photo of dmamiano
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured in to a wine glass...all my regular glasses were dirty..
Pretty polished copper, with a small whiteish head and lacing at the swirl.
Butterscotch, candy and some small floral notes.
taste is smooth, a bit cidery perhaps.
malts are leading the way in this one with really not much hop presence found.
Not what I expected for the style, but ok none the less. (363 characters)

Photo of assurbanipaul
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours light and cloudy with a strong floral bouquet. Taste is fresh and light and easy to drink. Bitter flavors with light malt, almost refreshing, slightly grassy with a mild spice to it.

Smells better than it tastes, not great but a good session beer. (257 characters)

Photo of travolta
3.52/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, straw and gold. The head had mild retention, but at first was bright and billowy. Lacing is sticky and ever present.

Lemon, mild citrus, floral, sweet caramel.

Watery mouth feel like all Sam Smith's. Very floral and zesty. Hops comes in at the ends and stays just long enough to be pleasant.

Great organic spin on a classic ale. (383 characters)

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.52/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It’s golden amber on the pour that has plenty of fizz as it fills the glass. It is very strange that there is almost no
head and definitely no threat of lacing.

Smell: It’s a really delicate scent, also very light. There is a sweetness that has to be from the esters. I can’t quite name one fruit though. It’s just sweet. Maybe there is some honey in here too. No threat of hops making an appearance and contributing to the experience.

Taste: As with the nose, not really any hop flavor to speak of. There is a grain taste, very close to wheat that tastes like it’s coming more from the malt. The after taste fades quickly; it’s just as delicate as the nose.

The esters are kind of here, but again, I can’t really place the fruitiness. Not much of the sweetness from the nose showing up on the palate either. It’s pretty bland ale to be honest.

Mouth feel: There is yet to be a Samuel Smith’s product I’ve tried that doesn’t have at least a good mouth feel. This one is not an exception. It’s medium bodied, a bit of a surprise for the lightness of the ale. It’s also extremely smooth to drink. It just slides right on through.

Overall: This is really boring ale all around. Usually, I enjoy the SS products immensely, but this one just isn’t doing anything that makes it stand out, from the delicate nose, to the boring flavors. You could definitely do worse as the quality of the beer is still great, but the experience is not. (1,480 characters)

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i'd heard very good things about this brew and, while i certainly can't say it's a bad brew (far from it), it didn't live up to expectiations. pours a pale amber with an average head that quickly dissolves to a thin lace. floral, fruity smells are apparent with a bit of earthiness as well. picked thiese up in the taste as well along with some a hint of butter flavour perhaps (or caramel?). nice carbonation balance here...less carb than i expected, which to me is a good thing. again, overall a very drinkable beer. i'd happily go back to it, but i have a bunch of other sam smith's ranked ahead of this one. (611 characters)

Photo of theozag
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

About 40% opaque once it settles ino your pint glass; crystaline orange color with a frothy, thick, white head that fades to a lasting film after a few minutes. Smell is a tart, floral aroma with crisp, clean edge; simply put, it's delightful. This ale's taste is a crafty hop blen dover a clean, crisp start. It settles on the tongue with a medium body and flavors including wheat, apple, and creme. The finish is malty-smooth with an oily, heavy aftertaste that lasts a while after the beer is gone. (501 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a golden color with a finger of head that fell to coat the beer. The nose was very grainey with a touch of honey sweetness. Not overly appealing to me. The flavor followed the nose pretty spot on. Lots of raw grainey flavors along with a bit of honey sweetness. Just not my favorite beer. The feel was moderate and drinkability suffered from the flavor and nose I didn't like so much. Its not bad beer, but just not good. (438 characters)

Photo of chiccabeer
3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this beer into a bottle. Poured with a decent amount of head. The beer looked very good with a murky light amber look to it. It smelled sweet with a fruit smell and a light hint of bananas. I was very disappointed when it came time to taste the beer. It has a lot weaker of a taste then I was expecting and wanting. I did not rate the beer down too much for this, because I would have been rating the beer on my expectations and not the quality of the beer. The after taste is pretty smooth with a interesting after taste that I cannot place. Final thoughts, I think the beer would be good during the summer while relaxing in a chair outside. Maybe too descriptive on that one. Cheers. (692 characters)

Photo of Ryan805Beer
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Samuel Smith's Organically Produced Ale -Tadcaster, Yorkshire, England,
Pint 5% Alc. Vol.

An English pale ale, great pour and nice velvety head. Light amber in color. Pleasant mouth feel followed by a slight sweet and bitter aftertaste. I really don't like sweet when it comes to beer. Not what I expected from such a great brewery, I was a little disappointed. Oh well, I won't buy it again. (393 characters)

Photo of dansmcd
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - great label. a pale orange colour without much sediment, some head, good lacing

S - citrus peel

T - a bit lacking in bite, but pleasant flavours nonetheless.

M - low carbonation, little bit watery

D - certainly a beer that you could put away a few of in quick time. Being a new fan of the brewery I had high expectations so this was somewhat disappointing overall. (372 characters)

Photo of Huffs
3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass with a nice white head developing which lasted reasonably well and has descent lacing. Appearance was an amber / gold color with a slight haziness. Aroma was of citrus and grain. Taste hat notes of caramel, fruity citrus. Mouthfeel was full and creamy with a light, hop aftertaste. (306 characters)

Photo of Brent
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a moderately hazy amber/gold. Lots of apple notes in both aroma and flavor, with an unfiltered apple juice note dominating the flavor profile. Some distinctively caramel malt also plays a central role. Hopping was modest, and the beer a bit on the sweet side. (266 characters)

Photo of Daredevil
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

although I have tasted fabulous wines and beers made with high respect for nature, so far I have not tasted any truly outstanding beverage labelled "organic" ... this one is hardly an exception ... there is nothing wrong (and you would not expect Samuel Smith to brew anything below average) with this ale, however there is nothing truly exciting either ... it is a well produced english ale with a harmony between fruityness and bitterness ... that's it .... for any brewer other than Samuel Smith an achievement, for Samuel Smith slightly disappointing .... (559 characters)

Photo of Psilo707
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Organic!
S: Organic!
T: Organic!
M: Organic!
D: Organic!

Nah... well, kinda. I liked the appeal of this bottle. It trademarks itself as an original brew. Like drinking it will place you in the elite, upper echelon of beer drinkers and it's fluids will make you more healthy and natural.

Not too much head, not too much lacing, but a nice beige appearance in the mug. Smell is laced with a bit of fruit, a bit of corn, a bit of wheat, and a bit of awesomeness all in one. Taste is alright; tastes exactly like it smells so I need not repeat. Mouthfeel is light and not on par with the previous. Drinkability is on par with the previous.

Overall, I love Sam Smith's and this isnt a bad entry into their line, but not my favorite of the bunch. (746 characters)

Photo of tronester
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a super creamy, rocky white head. Smells of grape must, and a hint of freshly baked bread. Taste begins with a bit of lemon squares, followed by some licorice, and finally some medicinal, herbal hops. Finishes a bit tart. Mouthfeel is smooth. Overall an interesting beer, though the taste seems a little bit odd. (344 characters)

Photo of shadow1961
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Smith's organically produced ale pours out a finger of loose foam
over a somewhat cloudy orangey brew. Carbonation is evident with the many
big fat bubble and the nose is malt and the vanilla tang of English Ale yeast.
The flavor is pretty simple- light malt with a bit of hop finish. The mouthfeel is
crisp, dry, and a bit tart. This is a good beer to try to get a feel for the way they
used to brew beer, I think. Really quite satisfying. (452 characters)

Photo of Hampton73
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden tan with a slight off white head.

Aroma is fruity dusty malt. Different.

Taste is malty fruity, with floral overtones, also different, but in a good way. Very earthy.

It is a nice beer, but not something I want to drink all day, or all night. (274 characters)

Photo of MJR
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a light copper color with perfect clarity. An off-white head starts out big and foamy, then shrinks down to a small and steady cap.

Smell: Faint aroma of malt and hops. A touch of freshly mown hay.

Taste: There's a nice balance between the bready malt and hops, along with a fresh, organic quality (duh!) I pick up on a slight mineral element, from the liquor it was made with. A touch of toffee sweetness hangs in the background and lends a bit of depth to an otherwise ordinary beer.

Mouthfeel: Has a light body with a soft, rounded mouthfeel. Very mellow.

Drinkability: Pretty good. This would make a good session brew, but I wouldn't make a special trip to get it. There are much better beers in the Sam Smith line.

Has anyone else noticed that organic brews seem to be a bit bland and watery? (830 characters)

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 2" white head with took awhile to dissipate to lace. Clear pale straw yellow color with tiny bubbles. Smell has corn and is also yeasty. Taste is a fairly simply BMC flavor profile with corn and grass however the body is smoother and richer and the finish has both some sweet and sour to it. Definitely a step up from the typical pale beer. (349 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.64/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Initially, the head is decent, but it dies out completely and leaves no head. The color is gold with a slight haze.

Strong sweet caramel aroma. There's a touch of sour cherry to the smell as well.

A very clean taste. Mostly a malty offering, but the hop subtly makes an appearance in the aftertaste. This beer has a good body with appropriate carbonation. Again, a sour cherry-like flavor is present here as well.

This is a traditional British ale: malty, slightly sour, and full bodied. I wish it had more hop to it for balance. (532 characters)

Photo of endincolorado
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Orange-amber with decend off-white head, moderate retention. faint lace.

Smell- Toasty, slightly buttery malt, follwed by earthy hops.

Taste- Moderately sweet, bready malt, dry earthy hops to balance, fair amount of buttery flavor, which I'm not overly fond of.

Mouthfeel- medium mouthfeel, low on carbonation, very clean- leaves little aftertaste.

Drinkability- Refreshing, moderate ABV

Overall- Maybe I let this one warm a little too much, but something about that buttery, earthy hop-character (which reminds me of Bass) makes me want to steer clear of English Pale Ales for a while. (603 characters)

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