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

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594 Ratings

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Ratings: 594
Reviews: 371
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 54
Gots: 16 | 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 MrHungryMonkey
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Toasty malt with a splash of herbal hops and apple sweetness.

Medium gold with good clarity and a mild head.

Smooth mellow but decently strong malt flavor with warm toast and biscuit is nicely complimented by a crisp hop bitterness. Digging deeper finds apple, fresh hop oils, and a satisifying dryness that lingers long after each taste.

Nice medium body with medium-light carbonation.

A good solid maltyness and a good stiff English bitterness make this crisp pale ale easy to like.

Photo of travolta
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550mL bottle poured into pint glass, no freshness date.

A: Pours a deep cloudy amber with a sizeable frothy white head that fades into a thin cap around the glass, carbonation flows up alongside the glass, not much lacing.

S: The scent of apples here is unmistakable, very sweet with carmel undertones with a nice bready malt backbone.

T/MF: Once again the taste of apples is unmistakeable, with a nice bit of skunk with a suprisingly stong alcohol finish along with a nice hop bite on the back of the tongue. Not too much hop presence, this brew focuses mainly on the malt and I am not one to complain about this. This brew is also quite sweet which I suppose makes sense with the focus on the malts, but does not finish very smooth, quite oily as a matter of fact, once again a nice complex brew from the Sam Smith Brewery.

Picked this up at the Hyvee in Galesburg, not sure how long it had been on display but it came in a deep brown bottle so at least it was a little protected from light. Would probably try this again but not as my first choice.

Photo of loren01
3.48/5  rDev -12.8%
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

Photo of shadow1961
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Photo of cichief
3.38/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz.(?) bottle into a shaker style pint glass.

A- Very hazy, gold in color with a very thin white head.

S- Slight fruit flavor, yeasty, hoppy.

T- A fruity spicy beer, with a mild dry hop finish.

M- Thin body, dry finish, well carbonated.

D- Overall a decent beer, not a great example of the style however.

Photo of mwearl
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured with a nice full creamy head atop a light golden/copper color. Head dissapated quickly leaving some moderate lacing. Smell is hoppy with a fruity quality, somewhat champagne like immediately after pour. Not a lot of complexity in taste. Hoppy with a bitter finish, a little dull at the end. Mouthfeel is medium with a foamy chewy feel. With the relatively low ABV, this is a very drinkable all season ale.

Photo of bosco7
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy and pale in color with minimal head. Very little aroma; English hops. Tastes good; bright English hop flavors including lemon rind, floral, light hop spice, and very little malt present. I could drink a couple of these in a sitting maybe paired with some chips and malt vinegar.

Photo of zeff80
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an orange/amber color with a small, short-lived, white one-finger head. No lace.

S - It smelled of grains and grass.

T - It hits you with malt at first sip, but then there is a hoppy quality that gives it a bittersweet kick.

M - It was crisp and dry. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - A good representation of the style. The appearance and smell were not impressive, but the flavor was excellent.

Photo of mithrascruor
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

550 mL bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a nice clear copper color. Off-white head is rather bubbly, somewhere in the grey area between airy and creamy.

Smell: Has a generally bready aroma, together with some citrus, and is slightly sweet.

Taste: Nicely balanced malts and hops, with a slight bit of yeast. Starts somewhat sweet, and then the hop bitterness begins to come into play. Nothing amazing, but very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, medium-bodied feel with an enjoyable carbonation. Generally smooth too.

Drinkability: Great flavor that isn't overwhelming, plus the ABV is just fine.

Very enjoyable English pale ale. Similar to their Old Brewery Pale Ale, but the two are distinct. This is a bit more crisp, and seems a bit more like a summer-time beer. If this were readily available I'd definitely get it quite frequently!

Photo of mmmbeer
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slender, brown 12 oz. bottle - it pours into my Sammy Smith pint golden-orange with low carbonation and a two-finger head that doesn't leave much lace, but never fades completely. Fairly malty in the nose, with caramelly, buttery, and toasty notes, but there are floral/spicy hops and fruity byproducts in the mix as well. Quite similar on the palate, with diacetyl, caramel and toasted malts, and grassy/spicy, floral, piney? hops that impart a medium bitterness; maybe a touch of papery oxidation as well, but it's not too distracting. The body is medium with equal carbonation and finish, and drys the mouth sufficiently. Overall a nice English pale ale which is easy to drink and tastes great to boot.

Photo of rkuhnel
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Frrom the North Coast Coop in Eureka, CA for $3.36 this poured a cloudy gold to orange with a hefty off white head that left moderate lacing. Aromas of malts and spicy hops. Mouthfeel is medium and flavors are mostly of malts and hops, with a touch of fruit. Finish slightly bitter. Overall a decent brew.

Photo of Hampton73
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Photo of neenerzig
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a mostly clear light copper color with a nice sized head that is about an inch thick before it settles to about 1/4 of an inch thick and it also leaves some nice lacing before eventually becoming a nice film layer. The head has pretty good staying power. Aromas of sweet malt and caramel are present along with a hint of some fruit. Has a sweet malty, somewhat fruity, and caramel taste upfront followed by a slight dry hop aftertaste. Has a crisp, smooth, and medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink in a good way indeed. A good, solid effort from the fine folks at Samuel Smith.


Photo of Gmann
3.1/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Smith's organic ale pours a hazy orange-amber body beneath a short head of creamy off-white froth. It drops steadily to an average collar and whispy surface covering, but leaves walls of spots and splashes behind. The nose displays quite a bit of yeasty fruitiness (tangerine, apricot) and some mineralish character over a biscuity malt. It's smooth in the mouth with a medium-light body and gentle tingle from the moderate carbonation. Fruitiness appears up front in the flavor, lightly tart and citrusy over a bready and biscuity malt base that's just slightly caramelish. Some grassy and floral hop flavors perk it up a bit at the swallow as the bitterness rises. Drying finish. Soft fruit and malt linger in the mouth like orange marmalade on toast. Quite nice, and very refreshing.

Photo of MillRat
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured out a 22 oz brown bomber, thin white head that fades fast. Smells of nice EKG with rich bready malt. Flavor is rich caramel and biscuity with an unobtrusive hop bitterness, an exemplar of balancing malts and hops. Mouthfeel is not something exceptional, but absolutely appropriate for the style. Drinkable? Line 'em up and I'll show you drinkable!

Photo of malcontent
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pale orange body topped off by a finger of head that dies down to form a nice, sticky lacing. Lots of bubbles rising shooting up from the bottom makes this an above average-looking beer.

The scents are faint and smell mostly of sweet corn/grain and frankly remind me more of a lager.

Given the smell, there is a surprising hop presence with a little bitterness on the tip of the tongue and then a nice, dry, bitter finish. In between there is mostly a soft cereal malt taste with subtle sweetness and little else.

Has the body of an Engilsh Pale in that it isn't overly bubbly and has a smooth mouthfeel. This strikes me as a versatile beer either for sessioning or pairing with food. Its neutrality is its greatest virtue.

Photo of theopholis
2.9/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- Poured into a tulip glass. Has a bright gold head with very little staying power. Leaves a decent amount of lace. Color is a light amber.

Smell- Gives off a light fruity smell. Some malt character. Just a whiff of bread.

Taste- This drinks like a typical pale English ale. Some hop bitterness/acid on the tip and edges of the tongue. Interesting change in hop bitterness at the back of the throat. A little malt sweetness, but nut much. Tastes vaguely grainy to. Not bad, but not great.

Mouthfeel- Medium body for the style. A tad over-carbonated IMO.

Drinakbility- It's fair. Nothing to write home about.

3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - 1" off-white head that falls to a cap immediately and leaves no lace. Slightly chill-hazed orange-gold pale ale.

S - Well balanced nose. Bready malt with a tangy hop presence. An herbally English sort of hop.

T - Quick sour citrus flash. All of the EPA tea-like, herbal hop qualities are present here. Buttery, bready malt. Light bitterness. Tasty.

M - Creamy, medium bodied mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

D - A very flavorful, easy session.

Photo of Hibernator
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Smith's Organically Produced Ale
550 ML brown bottle
Jet ink label - SI01A1
Served in 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a golden light orange color with a decent head on top that leaves impressive trails of sticky lacings.

The nose is rather dull. Some whiffs of light malts, hops and lemongrass.

Light apple juice malt and grain profile with an appealing hop snap on the finish. A touch of sweet honey too. The hop finish is unassuming, but is there with flavors of pepper and citrus.

Drinkable to say the least. Very refreshing and like any other Samuel Smith's that I've tried, mighty enjoyable.

Photo of numenor1
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Light golden color on the pour with a respectable head that laces so so. Aroma is toasted malt, toffee and very faint diacetyl. On the palate diacetyl is almost undetectable, but toffeeish, caramel malt leads the way. About halfway some nice cherry esters make an appearance (provided you aren't drinking it too cold). Through the finish herbal hops emerge and dry everything out. I get a favor faint note of cocoa in the finish, which seems odd, given the presumed malt-bill, but not out of place flavorwise at all. From start to finish there is a mineral profile to this which I very much enjoy. Body is medium light with medium carbonation (i could go for a touch less). Extremely drinkable.

Photo of aluskungs
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is my glass is cloudy and the foamy head disappears quickly, a lone ring clings to existence at the edge of my glass. The color is nice, like a golden brown grain stalk, but the cloudiness reminds one of a dirt puddle.

There isn't much of a smell, some malt nose and a memory of hazelnut.

The taste is pretty good though. Nice smooth sweetness like liquid caramel, but not as sweet. This beer seems to roll over my tongue. Very drinkable, like my mouth is a magnet for this beer. I can still taste it as if it was tele communicating with my taste buds and saying, "drink me, drink me!" and so I do. Nutty flavors keep the malt sweetness in check. Almost no hops, only at the end, like it's saying "don't forget me!" This beer really talks to me.

A good nutty, malty, very drinkable beer, that doesn't look very appealing.

Photo of Osiris9588
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dark peach color from a 550ml bottle. It is capped by a creamy white head with slight retention and lacing.

The aroma is very malty and orangey. It smells very earthy, accompanied by the fragrance of wet leaves. The flavor is of candied malt and orange, both creamy and syrupy, with just a whisper of subtle hops on the back end.

The mouth is light, fruity and bright on the front, syrupy and slightly drier on the finish. It lacks great complexity however.

It's a very light and drinkable brew. I could see it being very refreshing in hot weather and complementing a wide array of foods. It would not be my first pick of the Sammy Smith family though.

Photo of dgallina
3.43/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

550ml brown bottle without intelligible freshness date.

Poured crystal copper with thin soapy head and clingy fine lace. Smells of nutty and leafy hops, caramelized malt. Tastes predominantly of caramel malts, with a cookie-dough and bread center and slightly dry leafy hop finish. Flavor is nice enough, but ultimately a little thin and bordering on phenolic. Thin body with active carbonation. A bit underwhelming overall.

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