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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

595 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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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
Photo of tone77
3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Photo of Brad007
3/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Came in a 12oz brown bottle.

Pours a nice pale color with amber hues. Has a thin head that recedes shortly. Aroma is nice and malty with some hints of caramel in the nose. Subtle and mild. Taste is fruity upfront with some nice toasted malt in the aftertaste. Not too bad of a taste but not impressive either.

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

Purchased at Bi-Rite in Casper for US$3.29

It pours from 550ml bottle a clear gold with a nice thick head of foam that shrinks *very* slowly and ends up as a fine solid layer with good lacing.
The second pour gives me a hazy brew and that's fine by me.

The smell is a mix of malt sweetness and hop citrus that is light on the nose.

The taste has a very good malt flavour up front with some caramel, some bread, a touch of fruit, and some roasted malt.The hops throw in some good citrus notes that help balance the malt and the end result is a very nice, flavourful and very drinkable Pale Ale.

The finish is bitter but nice, the mouthfeel is spot on for the style and the carbo is light. Very good stuff!

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
5/5  rDev +25.6%

Photo of glid02
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle.

Pours a clear copper color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of pale malts with good amounts of indistinct fruits and hints of leafy and earthy hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though a bit more muddled. Pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by mild amounts of nuttiness and indistinct medium fruit flavors. Midway through the sip hints of leafy hops enter into things, carrying through a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without any problems and could have another.

Overall this is a very good example of an EPA. Nothing extraordinary but it's got some niceties that are worth searching for. Worth a shot.

Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A limpid gold color on the pour, the head impressive, the lace fine sheets to coat the glass. Malt nose, very clean and fresh. Slightly sweet at the start, the top is flimsy, finish is scarcely acidic, sparsely hopped, quite dry aftertaste, very refreshing beer, a bit light for me, but quite good nonetheless.

Photo of scruffwhor
2.54/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours the traditional medium amber, and clear rust hues. With very little visible carbonation. The aroma is very bland and a tart malt with some very bland hop bitterness at the finish of the sniff. The taste is even more tart and almost a sur weet malt. Hints of stiny hops in the midde of each taste. This was not what I expected from this renowned brewery.

Photo of avalon07
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an almost orange-yellow color and a cloudy texture. There was about a quarter inch of creamy, long-lasting head and very good lacing.

S: This beer had a malty aroma, along with a mild hops presence.

T: Tasted of toasted malt, mild hops and a little yeasty quality. There was something about this taste that wasn't quite my cup of tea.

M: A good amount of carbonation and a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A well made beer, though I doubt I'd put into a regular rotation. As I said, there was something about the taste that was off-putting.

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a golden orange color with very little head that clears to a ring of lace.

S - Smells mostly of mild hops and malt maybe a little bit of honey and citrus. Smells clean for an ale.

T - Wow it has a very sold base of sweet malt. It doesn't really have much bitterness which is appreciated but it all seems too light. I guess I can't appreciate a really good organic ale.

M - Light. I could drink a six pack easy.

D - Man I think I could get a sixer for 10.99 which is great for an English beer but is a number one beer? Not really. The smoothest pale ale ever but this hop head needs more.

Photo of claspada
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of WOLFGANG
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of Dogbrick
2.7/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

For once a lighter Sam Smith beer that was not lightstruck! Still a thorughly average beer though. Pours a golden color with a thin white head and a little carbonation and thin lacing. Earthy, fruity and yeasty aroma. On this thin side and lacking in any obvious flavor. Unbalanced but drinkable, still I'll go back to the Imperial Stout next time.

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S. Smith Organic Ale is a clear, sparkling copper color with a thick, medium-sized head. Aroma is weak and hard to discern, a mild herbal hop is noted with a bit of malt sweetness. Despite a medicre aroma, the flavor is dead-on for what I want in an EPA. The malt flavor has a mild caramel/biscuit sweetness with a nice edge of fruitiness. The hop flavor is a perfect match for the malt with a nice blend of floral and especially herbal tastes. This is want I want in an EPA, a nicely balanced beer, with high drinkability and a slightly higher than expected amount of hop flavor and bitterness.

Photo of outoffocus
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of RoyalT
2.21/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance – The body is a light orangish yellow and clear. The head is nice and thick but went down quickly.

Smell – There wasn’t much of a nose to this one. I could pick up some grain and cheap sugar along with a big, musty smell.

Taste – The nasty grain and sour tartness that I’ve come to expect from lesser breweries is here in spades. This stuff is horrible.

Mouthfeel – Light, fizzy carbonation and extremely thin, even for a Pale Ale.

Drinkability – Thank God my wife agreed to put away the rest of this one. She wasn’t too happy with it though and said that she definitely won’t “buy again” (this from a Sam Smith fan).

Photo of mrfrancis
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of drpimento
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of illidurit
2.96/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Copper in color with a fluffy white head. Some bubble columns help the retention, and a little lace adorns the glass. Aroma is pretty average. Overly sweet malt with some fruitiness. Flavor is sour fruit and grainy malt. Don't really enjoy this one at all. High on carbonation and low on body and flavor. Not something I'm going to buy again.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a lightly hazed light orange amber color with a two finger white head. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to give a nice level of lacing.

Smell- Wow. I was not expecting the huge fruit aroma that was in this one. An apple aroma mixed with some peach and pear are big and bold. Mixed with these are hints of caramel as well as a light bready smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready and fruity sweet flavor. The fruit flavor is initially of a peach and apricot flavor, but transitions to a more apple flavor as the taste advances further. Upfront there is also a caramel sweetness that soon gets overwhelmed by the apple. Toward the end the flavor has a malty and cider like taste. A light bitter citrus and herbal flavor come to the taste at the very end with it slightly leveling out some of the sweetness.

Mouthfeel - The body of the beer is on the slightly thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the average side. While the carbonation level is average, it consists of tiny little bubbles that seem to tingle the tongue. This when combined with the slightly creamier body, is wonderful for the fruit flavors of the brew.

Overall – This beer has a fabulous nose and feel. The taste is not quite up to the former two but is still rather good. One to try if you have the chance.

Photo of petermethot
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.68/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A brown (yes, brown!!) glass Bottle from “Sams”. Manly sized at 550ml, a proper Imperial Pint, none of that ‘girlie’ 16 fl.oz. rubbish here! ;-). The dark cream, red and black label gives this beer a very antique feel, a replicate of the old style of English Oval Beer Labels from the late 1800’s that always proudly advertised its contents, indeed – this extends to the statement embossed on the bottom of the bottle itself, “Bottled at Yorkshires Oldest Brewery”. Full marks for the Excellent Presentation.
Pours a lovely inviting very clear Golden color, with a huge head that slowly recedes to rejoin the beer as the initial short carbonation rush fades, leaving some lace clinging to the sides of my Glass, but not much. Aromas are of fresh damp grain, with a feint, floral hoppy strata. Malt dominant start - but not in the usual sense, it is understated, its there - but just doesn’t shout about it. A very light sweetness, that does not last long, starts to makes way for a quite a fruity middle, that in turn yet again makes way for a grainy malty slightly bitter end. A Superb British Pale Ale!. This is the first time I have had this and I am extremely impressed by its 100% Perfect Balance for this Style, I can tell you honestly, that it tastes as good as, if not better than, many beers I have had from the Cask served by Handpump in England. It’s that Good.
This is one of the very best British Pale Ales that I ever had from the Bottle. If Americans want to know how good this style can be, they should get a Bottle of this. Forget that!!, Get a Crate, because the other attribute of a good English Pale Ale – is that it is around 5%, and should therefore be the perfect Session Beer for any occasion and highly Quaffable. This most certainly IS. A Very Accomplished brew from Sam’s - yet again!.
Shit!, I only got One Bottle!!!

Photo of DmanGTR
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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