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

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

594 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 594
Reviews: 371
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 53
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 Morris729
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thin and pale amber color with a big frothy white head that billows out of the glass and coats the sides while drinking. Nose is quite floral with notes of fresh lemon and citrus. Smooth and crisp in the mouth. Taste is a combination of a sweet fruitiness and a bready maltiness blended nicely with just the right amount of hop bitterness. Finish is crisp and refreshing. This is a very enjoyable ale and a great session brew.

Photo of Realale
4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brown bottle!!

Pours a beautiful brassy color. Very dense creamy head rises 3/4" before slowly settling to a solid quarter inch.

Nose is crisp hop, wet stone, and crackery malt. Very British, and very appealing.

In the mouth its light and long, with a solid base of malt, and good bitterness on the finish. The mineral notes are there at the end too.

The mouthfeel is very good, but could move up to exceptional with bottle-conditioning. Very drinkable. Excellent session ale. Probably my favorite of the Sam Smith line-up right now.

Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Update: I have since purchased this beer in a brown bottle. The difference in unbelievable. Nice balance of hops and malt, no "skunk" or stale taste. I hope their whole line goes into a brown bottle soon.

Why do I keep buying from Tadcaster? It poured a nice yellow color with somewhat of a head. But the taste, typical. It tasted like Bass. This is the third Tadcaster that I have been disappointed with. I surrender. It is just a medeocra beer, light with no body. Just a step above the Macros.

Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -24.8%
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 jackndan
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sam Smith’s Organically Produced Ale: In an Imperial Pint bottle (18.7 ounces). Brown bottle. A deep golden yellow beer, with a thick, creamy head that lasts and lasts. Mild aroma, very faint malt aromas. The initial taste is not impressive, but then the fullness and richness of the beer hits. Very, very smooth mouthfeel. The taste is not at all sweet, but rather is a very biscuit/rye bread malt taste, which is very pleasant. There is a crisp bite of hops that helps this beer finish clean. Well-balanced, and it is very easy to drink. I can imagine sipping this one throughout the night.

Photo of Lupe
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, golden color, with a huge head that slowly settles down and leave some lace clinging to the glass. Grain aroma with some floral hop scent. Medium body and smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Starts with big malt flavors, but not sweet, more of a grain or bread-like taste. Follows with some light sweetness and finishes with a touch of citrus and hop flavor, with a slightly bitter end. Very easy and pleasing to drink. Would make a good session brew. And it's quite tasty.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.72/5  rDev +18.3%
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 beernut7
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the most interesting beers I have had the pleasure of tasting. Pours with a pale golden color and quick foamy white head. Nice malty aroma with just a hint of spice. The flavor is very clean with a small lingering hop bite and a drier malt character. Very drinkable and quite a bit tastier than many of its extra pale peers.

Photo of BeerAngel
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy but brilliant copper color. Smells of of sweet must with a little bread and yeast. The taste is a mild smooth bitter/caramel that transcends into bread-like flavor with a small hint of fruit. Very smooth light-bodied beer. Very well balanced. Nice brew! Cheers!

Photo of John
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

550mL bottle, bottle conditioned. Hazy amber. Head is generously proportioned. Aroma consists of esters up front, giving way to light-medium toasted malt and moderate hop. Taste is spot on classic English ale. Precisely balanced flavors; malted biscuits, semi-tart yeast, relatively assertive hops. Smooth, slick mouthfeel. Well done.

Photo of Jason
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Impressive head retention which is unprecedented for this brewery and is almost a given. Mild chill hazed slowly goes away after the brew warms up. Bight dusty golden hue.

Lemony hop, earthy yeast, mild fruity esters and biscuity grain … it is all you would expect from an ale.

Rounded malty mouth feel with a deeply textured smoothness from the level carbonation. In rolls the toasted and biscuity grain with a lemony hop on top. Bitterness is perfectly balanced with the malt. Some earthy nutty yeast, slight fruity ester and a shade of buttery diacetyl bring a complex mix to the palate. Finishes with a touch of sweetness and residual yeast by-products.

Organic or not I’d drink this brew, not bad for $3 for a 550ml bottle.

Photo of bditty187
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Coppery hue; decent white head, excellent retention, nice lacing pattern. The nose leans on the malty-side, faint floral… kind of clean. Decent palate, malty, caramely with a nice complement of hops, very balanced. Slightly malty finish with a kiss of hops at the very end. Medium body. This is a quality (English-style) Pale Ale, organic or not, this is those beers you can drink anytime, for any occasion. Try one… recommended.

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

Pale and crystal clear with a small light-cream colored head. The head doesn't last long. Mild flavor, with english hop aroma and character. I though that diacetyl presence was pronounced. This is a soundly enjoyable brew.

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

pale smooth and pretty mild in flavor. the organic lager is much better, but if you are an ale fan, you will probablly enjoy this brew. it doesn't seem like sam smith can do any wrong

Photo of rastaman
2/5  rDev -49.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pretty bad, bland and boring, quite bitter, but edgy in its taste, theres better stuff from Sam smith thats for sure.

Photo of marc77
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden in hue with a crystal - clear, almost lager - like clarity. Moderate but persistant ivory - white head leaves lace. The surpisingly refined aroma consists of a slight floral Goldings hop nose, and crystal malt sweetness. Unripe pear and tart fruit yeast esters round it out. The mouthfeel is quite smooth partly due to the relatively low carbonation, but residual dextrins add to the smoothness as well. The mild hop bitterness does its job in balancing the mild malt sweetness. Although not dominant, the tart fruity esters are well integrated and add complexity. The signature diacetyl flavor is much less pronounced than other Sam Smiths brews. Although it's not as complex in flavor as other English pales, the overall balance of hop, malt and esters make for quite a quaffable brew. Why doesn't Sam Smiths used brown bottles for all their brews? This one tasted fresh and definitely unskunked.

Photo of Mark
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pale lager like appearance was a bit of a letdown, I was expecting a darker brew. Good head retention, but only slight lacing. My favorite aspect of this beer was it's creamy smooth mouthfeel. As is the case with quality english ale. this was also a smooth tasting brew. Good solid malty base with subtle hop notes. Good drinkable ale.

Photo of pbrian
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is what American brewers of English style ales should aspire to be. Quintessential balance of Marris Otter malts and herbal english hop varieties. Finishes with that distictive Sam Smith yeast twang. Yummy.

Photo of Todd
4.8/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: Great big 550ml custom brown Victorian pint bottle (a real pint), with old-style labeling. No freshness stamp. Organically Certified brew.

Appearance: Pours a mean head with a wild carbonation rush that creates a magnificent foamy white head. Beer is a bright, clear gold.

Smell: Nose of dried fruit, grain and perfumy fresh floral aromas. Like smelling a delicate flower.

Taste: Body is full, but not heavy. Mouthfeel is even and smooth. It's a rather malty brew, but not in the sense of powerful sweetness, but rather presence. The sweetness is there (a touch fruity, like unsweetened mixed dried fruit with an underlying dextrin), however it is well-rounded and balanced to perfection. Hops come in with a slight, building tingle on the palate then slide away leaving a raw hop leaf and semi-herbal/floral taste. The end dries up, just a bit, with fresh grain flavours and a faint coarse hop astringency. Light metallic finish.

Notes: Hmm ... how pleasing, and similar to their organic lager in many ways(?) ... but who cares. Just think of an ale, one for any occassion, never too strong, never too weak and never overpowering in any of its characteristics. A perfect balance of organic ingredients. If you have that picture in your head, it's this ale.

Thanks to Merchant Du Vin for the fresh sample.

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