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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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579 Ratings

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Ratings: 579
Reviews: 370
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 40
Gots: 14 | 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 02-27-2001)
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Photo of Gusler


3/5  rDev -24.8%

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.

11-28-2002 07:33:27 | More by Gusler
Photo of Brad007


3/5  rDev -24.8%

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.

10-27-2007 01:36:09 | More by Brad007
Photo of scruffwhor


2.55/5  rDev -36.1%

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.

12-24-2007 02:01:12 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of Bitterbill


4.22/5  rDev +5.8%

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!

09-02-2007 14:28:04 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -4.8%

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.

11-11-2008 13:58:11 | More by avalon07
Photo of Hopheadjeffery


5/5  rDev +25.3%

12-21-2012 01:55:06 | More by Hopheadjeffery
Photo of Dogbrick


2.68/5  rDev -32.8%

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.

01-14-2003 08:39:51 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of DrDemento456


4/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

12-04-2010 03:37:51 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of tone77


3.45/5  rDev -13.5%

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.

11-23-2012 03:08:52 | More by tone77

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

07-08-2013 01:39:29 | More by WOLFGANG
Photo of RoyalT


2.17/5  rDev -45.6%

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).

12-31-2003 01:23:06 | More by RoyalT
Photo of illidurit


2.93/5  rDev -26.6%

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.

03-16-2008 08:14:57 | More by illidurit
Photo of mrfrancis


4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

06-30-2013 01:20:01 | More by mrfrancis
Photo of TheLongBeachBum


4.72/5  rDev +18.3%

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!!!

10-12-2002 17:48:37 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

12-05-2011 13:15:12 | More by ROGUE16
Photo of drpimento


3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

07-29-2014 00:58:08 | More by drpimento
Photo of DmanGTR


4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

02-06-2013 03:56:33 | More by DmanGTR
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac


3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

04-29-2013 00:01:00 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
Photo of mynie


4.55/5  rDev +14%

Dark orange, like a good pale ale, a very large, foamy head.

Smells of big bread malts and citrusy hops. Unique, to say the least. Unlike any other beer I've ever smelt. Almost perfectly complex and strong. Very nice.

Tastes like bread upfront, moving into biscuit, moving into caramel. The back brings in some light hints of a citrus fruit and it ends on a hop note. Very clean, crisp, and quite refreshing.

This is God's own picnic beer--what the big man himself drinks after doing something especially holy, like creating kittens. For us mortals it's perfect for when you've just got done doing something manly like mowing a lawn. I need to get on the horn and see about scaring myself up a case of it for Memorial Day.

03-17-2005 05:08:31 | More by mynie
Photo of KarlHungus


4.18/5  rDev +4.8%

This beer pours a hazy pale orange color. The head is small, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma is a near equal balance of malt and hops. Toffee, biscuit, herbs, and flowers. This aroma has nice complexity which keeps me thinking. It isn't the strongest aroma out there, but I would trade strength for complexity any day. The taste is has the same equilibrium as the aroma. There is nice malt up front, and a slightly hoppy finish. It lacks a little of the pizazz that the aroma has, but it is solid nonetheless. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a wonderful beer. If it were available in six/four pack form it would quickly become a regular session beer for me. I single bottles I can see myself having it every now and then.

08-11-2009 23:04:50 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of RedDiamond


3.93/5  rDev -1.5%

It’s odd seeing such disparity in the reviews of this beer. Either the quality varies widely – a definite possibility given the transoceanic distribution of a non-bottle conditioned session ale – or the taste is such a low-and-outside curveball that many just can’t connect. Personally, I enjoyed the heck out of this beer though the taste is distinctive almost to the point of distraction.

First comes the heavy, cidery aroma rolling off the pale, lightly clouded saffron body. Freaky Brit malts and specialty yeasts come to dominate the nose and taste creating a profile unknown to American pales. Bittering is only introduced for balance with no great reliance on hops for flavor or aroma. The warm honey-toast flavor comes across as dignified and appealing.

This is a classy and distinctive ale. And it’s organic. When the Brits say, “It’s organic, mate,” it doesn’t quite have the same ring as when we Americans say, “It’s organic, dude.” Still, I’ve never had an American pale that tasted remotely like this.

07-02-2005 07:45:42 | More by RedDiamond
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.1/5  rDev -22.3%

Poured a slightly hazy, copper color with a small off white head, no lacing. The smell is buttery, sweet malt, a light hint of hops. The taste is caramel malt, some buttery toffee, light dry hop aftertaste. The mouthfeel is a bit watery, nicely carbonated. Not bad, but I am not overly impressed, goes down easy, quite drinkable.

01-13-2007 02:23:37 | More by Gmann
Photo of Brent


3.58/5  rDev -10.3%

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.

10-11-2010 14:02:45 | More by Brent
Photo of canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -4%

This sample came over from Hawaii as it is not available in
B.C. liquor stores. I liked the pale blonde colour and the
slightly sour smell on the nose. This beer is not as dominant
in flavours as the Tadcaster or I.P.A. from Samuel smith. Hoppiness was not huge but balanced well with the rest of the
taste. I would sum this up as nice clean session beer that
works well with cooked meats and poultry.

03-18-2003 10:40:28 | More by canucklehead
Photo of smartassboiler


4/5  rDev +0.3%

02-24-2013 07:49:09 | More by smartassboiler
Samuel Smith's Organic Best Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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