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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

580 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 580
Reviews: 370
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 41
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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BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -12.8%

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.

07-18-2009 07:19:15 | More by BDTyre
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Psilo707

California

3.6/5  rDev -9.8%

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.

07-14-2009 06:15:52 | More by Psilo707
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magine

Pennsylvania

4.65/5  rDev +16.5%

Poured into a pint glass.

Brew has a cloudy dark copper - almost like an iced tea color. Small off white head that fades to a small thin head that is broken up in parts. A little lacing.

The brew has a fruity sweet smell. Somewhat bready, honey maybe even.

The brew has a crisp refreshing taste with a bubbly mouthfeel initially, then has the smoothness. Had a bit of a kick to it. Nice clean, sweet taste with some nice malts. Has some lemon flavors. Nice dry finish with little aftertaste. Very good balanced taste. Very refreshing and smooth.

This brew is very drinkable, a crisp refreshing ale, and yet another well crafted gem from Samuel Smith. An anytime brew and an all timer.

07-10-2009 00:44:42 | More by magine
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dudecandle

New York

3.65/5  rDev -8.5%

18.7 oz bottle poured into pint glass:

A: Slightly hazy golden-orange with a small head. Modest retention, minimal lacing.

S: Vanilla, nuts, lemon, though the yeast takes over as the strongest component.

T: The lemon from the smell balances out to include some orange as well. A subtle hop finish, but most importantly, the toasted malts and bread notes remain most significant, with a deep finish.

M: Disappointingly thin.

D: This is a great beer to have with a meal or on its own. It's relatively complex, but not too heavy.

07-05-2009 07:13:03 | More by dudecandle
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hdofu

Maryland

3.98/5  rDev -0.3%

Not quite what I had expected being as it was slightly a darker gold then I had expected, had a white head which disappeared swiftly. The taste was sweet like molasses. The smell was something like honey bread with other spices not too much bitter hop in there. The beer had a crisp mouthfeel. Overall it was rather drinkable as it was sweet and went down easy.

06-29-2009 22:50:34 | More by hdofu
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steelerguy

New York

4/5  rDev +0.3%

A - Liquid gold, very bright, light carbonation, 1 finger head that dissipated to a coating within minutes.

S - Light bready aroma, good solid malt smells with some sweet honey in there. Nice floral hop aroma in the background.

T - Some light English hop bitterness up front then lots of malt. I pick up the bready character in the taste, along with some light caramel malt sweetness. Extremely balanced flavor, nothing standout outs other than an overall good flavor.

M - Smooth feel, slight tingle, clean and refreshing.

D - When you are looking for a good beer, that does everything well, but doesn't really stand in any particular way...this is it. This beer would please about any appreciator of good beer.

06-18-2009 23:36:28 | More by steelerguy
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KTCamm

New Jersey

4.68/5  rDev +17.3%

I love everything about these beer, from the bottle to the label to the taste.

Pours a beautiful copper orange with one finger foam. Good retention. Minimal lacing.

Smell is slightly fruity, malty.

Taste is clean, crisp, hint of map, full of malt, swirling fruit - all coming together in a perfect combination. Goes down smooth with virtually no aftertaste. You could drink this ale after finishing a 10K road race - its that smooth.

Balanced in the mothfeel between taste and cleanliness. There's an elemnt of water to it - its not watery - but maybe thats what makes it so GD refreshing.

I could drink buckets of this stuff.

04-29-2009 01:52:14 | More by KTCamm
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berkey

California

3.78/5  rDev -5.3%

Appearance: Nice snow white head formed when poured into a flute. Clean and lucid light amber body with good lacing.

Smell: Very subtle fruit notes brings to mind slightly over ripe red apples. Mild honey aroma, some yeast. No one thing comes through strongly, all things soft and balanced.

Taste: Pretty faithful follow through on the nose. Some hops cut through a little more but still very mild and well blended in with the soft malty character. This beer is so refreshingly mild and simple I actually forgot for a moment I was drinking an English Ale and was reminded of a malty German Pilsner. Like on the nose, no one flavor dominates. The one distinguishing quality here is the overall balance.

Drinkability: Easy drinking and refreshing beer but one that is meant to be enjoyed slowly. I don't think it would make a good session beer. I was ready for something else when I finished the bottle.

04-28-2009 07:04:39 | More by berkey
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rebel1771

Florida

4.08/5  rDev +2.3%

A: Pours a golden copper color with a nice head that quickly dissipates.

S: Fruity aroma with a touch of honey and malts.

T: Sweet but slightly toasted malts, just a touch of honey.

D: Quite a good brew. Unfortunately I am stuck drinking this from a bottle, would love to try this on tap.

04-23-2009 22:16:15 | More by rebel1771
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Offa

California

4.88/5  rDev +22.3%

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.

04-15-2009 18:03:57 | More by Offa
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fitzy84

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +4%

Poured with a clear yellow-gold appearance, large head that slowly dissipated into patchy lacing. Aromas are quite rich in cloves, florals, grains, citrus (orange) and a slight woody hint. The taste is a little bit simpler but wonderfully sweet and juicy. Slight biscuit tones mixed wonderfully with the citrus flavor. Just not as complex as the aromas might make it seem. Mouthfeel is a little watery but does allow the drink to be enjoyed as a light, sweet ale. Overall, a great organic ale.

04-07-2009 01:19:05 | More by fitzy84
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endincolorado

Ohio

3.65/5  rDev -8.5%

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.

04-01-2009 22:06:59 | More by endincolorado
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jizdepski

Louisiana

3.83/5  rDev -4%

not a bad beer. it poured and looked exactly like i thought it would. looked like a fuller's pale ale, which is the only other true "english" pale ale i can compare it to. it had a nice golden hue, with a whispy white head that vanished quickly and with little a trace. not much going on with the smell; it was slightly bitter, light on the hops and somewhat yeasty. it tasted okay. to me this is a very good english pale ale, however i have never had one that has had a "wow factor" or anything close to it. did not change my perception of this style as a classic, yet average ale. i do prefer more hops, and a bit more complexity, but for the style it was nice. did not notice much of an aftertaste except for slight bitterness. had thinnish to medium mouthfeel. like most pale ales, this one scores fairly well on the drinkability.

04-01-2009 00:29:57 | More by jizdepski
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wheatyweiss

Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev +1.5%

Poured from a 550 mL bottle into an Imperial pint.

Pours a honey color, with a smallish cloud. Head is ample, pillowy and sticks around for awhile. Lace is left all round the glass.

Aroma is of malt, medium roasted with a light hop backing. Once again, as with all the Sam Smith's there is a tannic acid aroma to the beer, like iced tea. It HAS to be the water, which is what makes this brewery famous.

Flavor is sweet malt, honey and mead with a nutty front. Middle is more malt but it comes a little bitter here, crisps out with a nice smack of the lips which is the hops. Finishes, dry and clean, this is an excellent session ale, I could go through a LARGE number of these in a pub. The flavor is nutty and perfect for the style.

Mouthfeel is thin and crisp, with a great carbonation that begs you to drink more.

Very impressive session ale, I think that this lends VERY well to it's popularity.

03-28-2009 01:20:05 | More by wheatyweiss
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Draughted

California

3.23/5  rDev -19%

I have noticed that Sam L. Smith's brews are some of the highest rated beers in the English Ale category, however, I do not get it. I feel their beers are flavorful and distinct, but they also have a strong alcohol presence and can taste bitter. Maybe because I am all the way in California, but every Sam Smith beer I have had had has not lived up to what I have been told about them.

Organic Ale Highlights:

Distinct, floral taste. The hops are present and the typical ale elements such as sweetness and smoothness are there. I get a strong scent and flavor of honey and molasses. The aftertaste and finish is bitter, typical of all Sam Smith beers.

03-18-2009 00:40:52 | More by Draughted
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cbn

Florida

3.95/5  rDev -1%

Slightly hazy golden body, small fluffy white head, some specs of foam cling to the glass.

Fairly timid pale aroma, slightly dry, hint of lemon.

Honey and lemon, lightly toasted bread.

Smooth, medium body, creamy carbonation, very good.

Tasty, easy to drink.

03-10-2009 19:00:03 | More by cbn
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DoctorDog

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev -0.3%

Presentation: 550 ml. bottle into a nonic. No freshness/best by date indicated.

A- Slightly hazy golden/copper. Pours with ~2 fingers of tan head, which fades slowly to a thin, incomplete cap. Minimal lacing.

S- Moderate biscuty/yeasty odor. Touch of fruity/hop odor. Malty sweetness emerges more strongly as drink warms a bit.

T- Fairly pronounced malt / bread, with moderate caramel sweetness. Bitterness minimal. Slight fruity notes to be found.

M- Crisp with moderate carbonation.

D- Very easy drinking, flavorful, moderately low ABV%; highly sessionable beer.

Future outlook: Not a favorite style, but as with most Sam Smith, a dependable beer that I would happily go to for a change of pace or in a pinch.

03-10-2009 03:19:31 | More by DoctorDog
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YesFest

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Pours a copper/amber/dark orange, thin head even with a modestly forceful pour. Head dissipates quickly.

Not a whole lot of aroma. Whatever's detectable is standard English ale esters, a bit of plum and grassy malts. No noticeable hop aroma.

Decent bite up front, and in the throat, not too much in between. Malts, a bit of bread-crust and plum. That's about it. Medium/thin body, pretty mild, but pleasant aftertaste. Hops are pretty scarce. It drinks real fast, perhaps because I'm chasing flavor that maybe isn't there. That said, very drinkable, refreshing. I'd like to pair this with a burger on the Foreman grill. Probably wouldn't drink down too many of these, I'd lose interest after about one and a half.

(Upon Edit: Wow, I must have gotten a really old bottle, cuz my grades deviate pretty far south...)

02-09-2009 20:13:12 | More by YesFest
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GClarkage

California

4.53/5  rDev +13.5%

02/02/09- Purchased at Whole Foods in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 500ml bottle with no freshness info. Poured into my 20oz Pizza Port glass.

Appearance- Medium golden in color, pretty clear. 1/2 inch head upon pour which quickly fades. Leaves no lace behind. Rather dull looking.

Smell- Very nice nose of floral hops, sweet caramel malt and fresh grains.

Taste- Very malty with a touch of freshly harvested grains. A light caramel flavor lingers. Floral and lightly fruited hops mingle around as well. Tastes very fresh.

Mouthfeel- Smooth and crisp with a medium carbonation level. Bready and lightly grain aftertaste.

Drinkability- Quite possibly the best or one of the top few best organic beers I have tried. I will try the other organic lager tonight. Very impressed.

02-03-2009 18:00:41 | More by GClarkage
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.88/5  rDev -2.8%

Poured from a 550ml bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of honey, tea, light caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is sweet up front with flavors of honey and caramel. The malt character is pretty hearty for the style. There's a mild hops presence that brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, very good representation of style, mild kick, this is definitely one of the better organic beers that I've had. It's a nice session beer to drink for a long time.

01-25-2009 02:27:42 | More by TheManiacalOne
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TKempe

Netherlands

4.47/5  rDev +12%

The colour on this one is a beautiful clear golden orange, but the head leaves something to be desired regarding persistency.

A fruity tropical smell with some strawberry aroma's, quite sweet, with an underlying full body of bread-like malt. Hops are aromatic, but not bitter or herbal, more in a lemon-like and slightly pungent fashion.

Qua taste this is full and fruity and slightly sour upfront, followed by an elegant and saturated bitter-dry finish with many good and strong malt flavors, a delicate tea-like hoppy note and a very clean aftertaste. Lots and lots af flavor here! A refreshing and highly drinkable beer with the characteristic of the purest mineral water.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and soft, rounded and full, delicately carbonated.

Jolly good!

01-19-2009 20:39:32 | More by TKempe
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vancurly

Australia

3.73/5  rDev -6.5%

BB Aug09
a) Clear honey, white frothy 1" head.

s) Cake icing, citrus, then jars of baby food (grain & fruit). Spicy note that tingles the sinus passage. Grains, cool green apple note, slight hint of sulphur.

f) Balanced malt & English hop. Slight waxy perfume. Toasty, good bitter background.

m) Slightly oily, but good consistent length & feel.

d) Good in a bottle in Australia, but would like to try it fresh & tapped from cask in England.

01-17-2009 10:23:45 | More by vancurly
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.2/5  rDev +5.3%

Classic English pale ale, the organic version. Somehow I'd neglected to review this in the past. Pours golden with a reasonable head that fades to a finely beaded thin ring. Smells of biscuity malt and some very light earthy hops. The taste is also quite biscuity, but there is also a juicy sweetness and some slightly more prominent hop presence. Very balanced and tasty. Extremely smooth with just the tiniest hint of chalk in the finish. Clean and juicy and a pleasure to drink.

01-07-2009 02:03:02 | More by Georgiabeer
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phishgator

Florida

4.38/5  rDev +9.8%

Poured into a Bass pint glass. Nice light pale/golden color with a creamy head that lacies the entire session. Aroma is of ice tea brewed in the sun with nutmeg and caramel. The flavor is the fuggles and Noble hop throughout! The bitterness is in the aftertaste and it is strong. The body is full, a smooth creaminess is there and that never leaves your palate. The brew makes me want to enjoy a bunch of these!

01-01-2009 05:45:01 | More by phishgator
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Tone

Missouri

3.9/5  rDev -2.3%

Pours a cloudy amber color. 1/2 inch head with decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of a blend of malt, hops, and butter. Fits the style quite nicely. Smooth, chewy, with low carbonation. Tastes mostly of sweet malts with a hop finish. There's a hint of a buttery background. Not too sweet overall, which is appreciated by me. There's a butter/malt aftertaste. The bitterness of the hops counterbalances any sweetness imparted by the malt/butter. Overall, a pretty good beer - worth a try.

12-31-2008 21:36:39 | More by Tone
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