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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

570 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 570
Reviews: 370
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 35
Gots: 10 | 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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mjenkins5

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

02-20-2013 03:14:06 | More by mjenkins5
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355 ml bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A: Pours a golden amber color with a mild yeast haze. The head is a one and a half finger eggshell shade. It doesn't retain itself in a fantastic manner, but I love the lacing that's left on the glass.

S: There is a lot of semi-sweet caramel featured in the aroma, alongside touches of butterscotch and toffee. It doesn't seem to feature much in the way of hops; if they're here, then they seem to be merely used as a ballast against the malt sweetness. Still, it's a pleasant aroma featuring a slight mineral touch ever-so-prevalent in many Samuel Smith offerings.

T: Initial flavors of butterscotch, caramel, and toffee give way to some stone fruit esters in the midpalate and a semi-dry, vaguely hoppy finish. There's also a mild finishing astringency on the palate, nothing that's remotely harsh, however. Some of the fruity esters here (like cherry and apricot) help give a cherry pie quality to it. While not horribly complex, I could see myself drinking a few bottles in a sitting - which is always a great thing.

M: It features a pleasing dryness on the back end to counteract the slightly sweet linger. It also has that 'hard water' feel I expect from this brewery; a clean lightness that creates a very drinkable offering.

O: Very solid. I admit I didn't expect it to be this good, seeing as I don't usually gravitate towards the style. If it had a bit more depth, it would be incredible; as it stands right now it's simply very good.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 20:36:34 | More by ThisWangsChung
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Huffs

New York

3.59/5  rDev -10%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 00:41:14 | More by Huffs
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JDavidRice

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +0.3%

02-08-2013 22:40:48 | More by JDavidRice
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

02-08-2013 01:11:53 | More by LambicPentameter
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DmanGTR

New York

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

02-06-2013 03:56:33 | More by DmanGTR
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Cheddar

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +19%

02-03-2013 19:43:22 | More by Cheddar
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matjack85

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

01-31-2013 22:50:23 | More by matjack85
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KillaB

Illinois

3/5  rDev -24.8%

01-29-2013 06:36:24 | More by KillaB
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Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.3%

01-21-2013 20:50:40 | More by Molson2000
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CuteZombieDoll

New Jersey

4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle, poured into a large beer mug.

A- Pours a hazy orange-gold. Decent head that disappears quickly, and good lacing on the side of the glass.

S- Very sweet and fruity, with hints of toffee.

T- Starts very sweet and fruity at first, then finishes slightly floral and just a teeny bit hoppy.

M- Full, but not super heavy.

O- Fruity, flavorful, with a full mouthful. A definite go-to beer for me, and I would recommend it to others, especially for people who are big on eating (And drinking) organic.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 06:13:14 | More by CuteZombieDoll
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KStark

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -6%

01-21-2013 00:11:43 | More by KStark
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Azteceinstein


4.75/5  rDev +19%

01-20-2013 17:54:11 | More by Azteceinstein
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emceecue

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -6%

01-15-2013 04:15:45 | More by emceecue
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spycow

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

01-14-2013 04:24:44 | More by spycow
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outoffocus

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

01-13-2013 18:45:46 | More by outoffocus
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tdamron


4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

01-08-2013 23:17:19 | More by tdamron
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Lukass

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

01-06-2013 14:14:01 | More by Lukass
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sethcroisant

Nebraska

4.7/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A- beautiful golden color with a finger of head. some lacing sticks around, but not a lot.

S- slightly floral/pine-like hops are up front. samuel smiths signature scent of toasted malts is in there as well.

M- splendid texture. very thick and frothy.

T- a lot of malt hits right away. sweet caramel up right away followed by the steely, toasted malt flavor the brewery is so good at using. hops are spicy and just strong enough. they linger on the back of the tongue for a few seconds. sweet and malty in the finish.

O- an absolute home run. perfect balance of hops and malt. novices and beer snobs alike should be able to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 05:48:50 | More by sethcroisant
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Sipchue

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

12-31-2012 00:22:01 | More by Sipchue
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sloelco

California

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

12-29-2012 22:55:51 | More by sloelco
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andilane

Florida

4/5  rDev +0.3%

12-27-2012 03:00:44 | More by andilane
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev +0.3%

12-27-2012 02:07:14 | More by t0rin0
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

5/5  rDev +25.3%

12-21-2012 01:55:06 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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bambam2517

Arizona

3.45/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle to a pint glass at 48F. As an aside, I love the bottles Sam Smith's is using!! Such a satisfying glug-glug-glug during the pour...

A - Dark golden body with a flat white froth that begins very minimal and does not last. Faint carbonation.

S - Nearly nothing! If I put my nose right into my glass I get a faint flowery aroma, but I dont get any of the wide range of esters in other reviews. There's certainly nothing bad about it, but very unremarkable.

T - Just a hint of pear up front. Subtle citrus and coriander aftertastes. Mild in a nice way, not a boring one.

M - Extremely easy drinking, finishes so clean and doesn't bog me down. Even at 5%abv no hint of alcohol whatsoever, its just so fresh. Reminds me of a farmhouse ale.

O - Feels like a real standard, this could be a go-to beer for me if it were more readily available here in AZ. Its versatile enough for most occasions and meal pairings. Id like to have it on hand for when im not in the mood for trying standout/"different" beers.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2012 05:37:08 | More by bambam2517
Samuel Smith's Organic Best Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
89 out of 100 based on 570 ratings.