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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

584 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 584
Reviews: 370
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 43
Gots: 15 | 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 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.

Jason, Aug 10, 2002
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.

bditty187, Aug 09, 2002
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.

Suds, Jul 20, 2002
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

ElGuapo, Jul 05, 2002
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.

rastaman, May 14, 2002
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.

marc77, Apr 13, 2002
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.

Mark, Feb 10, 2002
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.

pbrian, Jan 29, 2002
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.

Todd, Feb 27, 2001
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Samuel Smith's Organic Best Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
89 out of 100 based on 584 ratings.