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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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mtalley999

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -6%

05-27-2013 02:01:53 | More by mtalley999
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mattsucks

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

05-18-2013 14:03:41 | More by mattsucks
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Xzfgiimtsath

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

05-17-2013 12:41:25 | More by Xzfgiimtsath
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anhigdon

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

05-11-2013 02:34:47 | More by anhigdon
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HinghamRick

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

05-09-2013 20:53:30 | More by HinghamRick
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freeHorizon

New York

3.75/5  rDev -6%

05-08-2013 04:35:20 | More by freeHorizon
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mikehillman

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

05-07-2013 22:34:31 | More by mikehillman
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

04-29-2013 00:01:00 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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breakingbland

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -6%

04-26-2013 17:18:38 | More by breakingbland
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MarioM

California

3.75/5  rDev -6%

04-22-2013 02:20:54 | More by MarioM
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AmitC

New York

3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a snifter.

About two and half fingers thick off white colored head that stays as a thin layer. Color is golden. Very clear and transparent. Nice lacing on the sides. A lot of bubbles seen rising up.

Aroma is very subdued. Malt presence. Some minor noble hops as well as some weed like hop notes. Slight caramel is off flavor i guess. Strength is moderate. No alcohol or warmth.

Taste is slightly better with a more balanced presentation. Hops and malts blend in really well and provide a nuanced flavor. Some bready malts and slight caramel. Hops are very subdued to have any presence of bitterness. Finish is dry. No bitterness whatsoever - low for pale ale.

Mouth feel is light bodied. Good amount of carbonation. Borders on being a one dimensional lager like ale.

One of the worst stuffs from Samuel Smith that I have had so far.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2013 22:31:51 | More by AmitC
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whatsgoody

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

04-15-2013 01:27:22 | More by whatsgoody
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pkingdesign

California

4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.75

Clean ale flavor, extremely smooth and drinkable, a bit of citrus flavor and in the nose. Good head that lasted through the first several sips. I poured mine straight from the 'fridge into a chilled glass. Was delicious when very cold. One of my favorite beers overall.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 19:44:16 | More by pkingdesign
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Jmitchell3

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

04-06-2013 19:12:08 | More by Jmitchell3
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rcjennings

Ohio

4/5  rDev +0.3%

04-02-2013 12:48:56 | More by rcjennings
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smokinyodas

Florida

4.8/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Just think of all the best things you could say about a lager and this would be the one for me. After drinking 4 of these just now I'm completely lost for words. The pour is a beautiful clear gold with a nice white foamy head. The smell and taste are fruity and floral without being overdone. The body and mouthfeel is just right, full and not heavy. Perfect introduction for anyone wanting to try a drinkable lager or share with a lady friend. And the best part is this beer is USDA Organic and free of chemical pesticides.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 05:10:34 | More by smokinyodas
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ryandotfox

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -6%

03-24-2013 02:41:16 | More by ryandotfox
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McNealc31

Ohio

3.1/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Very clear for an ale. Aroma is mostly toasted malt and butterscotch candy. The butterscotch flavor carries through, blending with grassy hops. Very smooth. There is a hint of lemon in the finish. And that classic English hard water, as well.

Overall, I thought this was fine. Definitely not bad, but I don't think I'll be getting a craving for it again. Just didn't have enough flavor for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2013 01:42:59 | More by McNealc31
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Herky21

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

03-13-2013 14:50:28 | More by Herky21
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Premo88

Texas

3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into pub glass

L: no great head, but crazy bright orange color -- VERY different. the color is a 5. that clear orange look is super sweet. the weakish head and lack of any noteworthy lacing looks disappointing for such an otherwise good beer.

S: fruity, citrusy (more orange than grapefruit) but with tons of good malt about halfway down. really smells like what I think of as a good English pale ale.

T: orange, sweet English pale ale, *NOT* always that sweet finish but more sweet up front with a very dry, carbonated watery-like finish. no major hop bite anywhere, but a goodly enough taste of hops to make it taste like good beer.

F: great carbonation, easy to drink, lightweight ... but a hair watery at times, at least to me.

O: love it in many ways, and it's certainly different from Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale -- the citrus notes distinguish it if nothing else. LOVE it as a break from our hop-tastic IPAs on this side of the pond because it gives me a different angle on the more malty English pale ale.

I will drink this from time to time several times a year. Not a champion beer but awfully good.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 02:29:35 | More by Premo88
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dozier77

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev -6%

03-10-2013 04:45:07 | More by dozier77
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blinker97

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.3%

03-09-2013 18:24:09 | More by blinker97
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IanSpindler

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.3%

03-06-2013 15:18:56 | More by IanSpindler
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jmccraney

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

02-28-2013 14:21:17 | More by jmccraney
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smartassboiler

Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.3%

02-24-2013 07:49:09 | More by smartassboiler
Samuel Smith's Organic Best Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
89 out of 100 based on 570 ratings.