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Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
England, United Kingdom
IPA - English
Ranked #47
Ranked #24,768
3.68 | pDev: 12.77%
Apr 20, 2022
Jul 11, 2001
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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by EmperorBevis from England

Bottled, I don’t know if it is bottle conditioned but I poured it into an oversized handled pot just in case
Pours a light brown with pretty damn good tight white head
Aroma is sour dough proving
Flavour is some spicy hops, some wheaty cracker & little pepper Jack

Apr 20, 2022
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2.88/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
by Emichaelbray from Pennsylvania

What a shame. Even the venerable Sammy Smith succumbed to the boorish banal bullsh*t of the cult of bitter beer.
Looks well enough like an ale. Nothing special nor awful. For me, smell is more pleasant than expected and the best quality of the brew. Beneath the quality malt I get fruity, kinda herbal notes. Before tasting I wonder if this could actually be a pale ale of yore, distinct from the IPA insanity that has infected so many.
Nope. While the ingredients are obviously of good quality, the result is just not. I fully admit my prejudice against the IPA style. The reason is simple - I fail to see the craft in producing extremely bitter beers for the sake of bitterness. And to capitalize on a trend. The character of the hops is lost in that endeavor and the malts are buried. To each their own, of course. But when I review it, I am brutally honest.
So Sam Smith should stick with the excellent craft that has made the brewery legendary. This is thin, bitter trash with a delightful but deceptive nose.

Mar 27, 2022
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4.75/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by barndweller from California

This is near perfect for a bottled beer. Real Yorkshire Square fermentation. The English Pint bottle seems the way to get them if you are way out west in the new world. Taste is classic bitter and smells like the English countryside. A session with this beer will remind you of why you love ale.

Mar 20, 2022
4.31 by Beecham from California on Mar 18, 2022
3.5 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Feb 26, 2022
3.5 by mpenske from California on Feb 18, 2022
3.68 by dd53grif from Michigan on Jan 01, 2022
Photo of nelsonracite
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by nelsonracite from New Jersey

Brown appearance, with a malt smell. Taste malty with smooth taste. Overall it’s a nice English IPA.

Dec 18, 2021
Photo of JZH1000
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by JZH1000 from Colorado

Poured from a 12oz bottle from a 4 pack
The look is darken than a traditional (newer ironically at this point) ipa from the states. Slightly hazy, likely yeast that had settled to the bottom while on the shelves as I noticed if I turned over the bottles up the the light you could see settlement at the bottom getting kicked up, I'm not sure exactly what it was. 1 finger head on a relatively careless pour and the head has stick around the whole time I've been writing this just dissipated into a ring and some bubbles floating on top.

The smell is very pleasant and similar to other samuel smith beers I've had in terms of the malt profile, but with more hop notes definitely. The hops range from floral spicy and earthy to a fruity maybe even light grapefruit note in the back but all very sweet smelling with a hint of bitterness.

The flavor is much more intense in the hops than the smell led me to expect. Definitely a strong traditionally english malt backbone throughout l but the hops are center stage transitioning between different tastes. It's hard to fully describe, but the citrus note is what surprised me the most it is very apparent and almost has a lemon juice quality before going into the more earthy bitter notes of the beer. Almost tastes spiced by the end of the sip. The bitterness is there but it isnt a chore to get through like some west coast ipas from a few years ago. Very pleasant even being someone who usually doesnt go for the very hoped beers.

Mouth feel is comparable to other sam smith beers relatively full bodied and frothy but never overwhelming like some heavier beers out there. Bit this beer isnt all that heavy at only 5% abv most of the thickness is likely coming g from the brew process or the malts sticks around for a bit but not over staying its welcome.

Overall a good example of an english IPA from yesteryear, and dare I say a better entry into ipas than the newer juicy ipas are as it sets expectations without being to intense alcoholic or so out there it tastes more like fruit than beer.

Dec 06, 2021
4.12 by Roejogan from Canada (BC) on Nov 20, 2021
Photo of Hophazzard
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by Hophazzard from California

This is surprising, a weak offering from Samuel Smith. Everything else they do good to awesome. This one is lacking.

Oct 15, 2021
4 by Jjmj51 from Rhode Island on Oct 04, 2021
Photo of hopsputin
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by hopsputin from New Jersey

a: slightly murky burnt copper color with some brown and light ruby red notes. 12 finger tan silky head

s: sweet berries and caramel malt. some grass and candied apricots. some toffee and light molasses. more berries and malt sweetness to finish. not overly complex, but quite nice

t: sweet caramel and a hint of cardboard - and that isn't necessarily negative. sweet berries, and a mild herbal tea leaf hop bitterness. some sugary sweetness and grass to close

m: medium-low mouthfeel with carbonation on the higher moderate side

o: fairly average English IPA. nice mix of sweetness and mild hops. this is the kind of beer you could drink for a whole day and be happy

Aug 07, 2021
3.87 by arzt from Russian Federation on Jul 18, 2021
4.74 by Daneve76 from Australia on Jun 23, 2021
3 by doctorgary from New York on May 03, 2021
3.5 by Brushkanna from New Jersey on May 01, 2021
Photo of HarlotBronte
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by HarlotBronte from District of Columbia

A traditional English style IPA that you don’t see much. Totally different than an American IPA as it’s much maltier purposefully. Smells of sweet malt. Tastes of malt, caramel, and mild hops. Crisp and refreshing beer that pairs wonderfully with paneer tikka masala.

Apr 28, 2021
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3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by BerkeleyBeerSleuth from California

This is a traditional English style IPA so I am accepting something much lighter and maybe even on the maltier side.
Beautiful bottle with old school style print. Beer pours a beautiful body with billowing off white head. Herbal aroma, light diacetyl, Taste is thin. Slight stone fruit kick from the hops along with a mineral water taste. Bready malts. This isn't that bad and it's certainly a different take on the IPA than I am used to. It drinks like a pale ale, except I suppose an English pale ale is even lighter bodied than this; think Bass. I could session this beer with some shepherd's pie for dinner.

Apr 27, 2021
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3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by chitoryu12 from Florida

Look: Clear dark orange with lots of rising carbonation bubbles. Even a careful pour produces a massive 3-finger off-white head with long retention.

Smell: Sweet, slightly yeasty malt. A tiny hint of citrus and floral hops.

Taste: Sweet, slightly doughy malt, a bit of earthy hops, and a dry finish like a diet soda.

Mouthfeel: Average body, mild carbonation.

Overall: Not only very light and mild compared to American IPAs, this is almost dull by any sense. Drinkable, but forgettable.

Apr 19, 2021
3.88 by Rhetion from Florida on Apr 09, 2021
Photo of Peach63
4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Peach63 from New York

Pours light amber with a 1 inch white head. Moderate lacing to the end.

Aroma is malty, floral, citrus, slight pine.

Taste is tangerine zest, slight pine, caramel, tea, earthy.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Dry, citrusy finish.

An excellent IPA. Nice and quaffable.

Mar 05, 2021
4.06 by msscott1973 from North Carolina on Feb 01, 2021
3.94 by Hockey_Fan from Maryland on Jan 27, 2021
Photo of ANIMOUL
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by ANIMOUL from Vermont

Pour beautiful golden brown with significant white foamy head. A bit of sweetness upfront that settles into a solid malt backbone. Head slowly - but surely - recedes. For whatever reason, this is one of my favorite beers. Solid!

Jan 06, 2021
Photo of BubbleBobble
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by BubbleBobble from New York

Pours a orange-copper, brief 1" head, mild amount of surface carbonation; no lacing. Nose is malt-forward - light stone fruit (prune, apricot) - followed by breadier malts, yeast, and light floral notes. On the palate, however, the hops are more prominent and help to balance out the malt sweetness; as with the nose, elements of dried stone fruit, fresh bread, and light esters round everything out. Mouthfeel is moderately full with a soft carbonation. Very enjoyable

Jan 03, 2021
Photo of SimplySinister
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by SimplySinister from Florida

A - Restrained pour into flute glass producing a amber colored brew sporting an ivory 1" quickly dissipating head. Good lacing. Moderate to high carbonation.

S - Malt, sour, floral, honey, bready (sourdough).

T - Honey, orange, bitters, malty, bready, mild hops. Not as hop forward as more popular domestic IPAs. Pleasant sour note at the end. Very, very good.

M - Crisp, refreshing, all around enjoyable. Low viscosity, non-artificial, non-lingering.

D - Fantastic beer. I'm very impressed by this one. Sure, it's not some hop bomb domestic IPA catering to the elite hipster crowd. It is, however, a very well balanced middle-of-the-road brew that highlights the intricacies of the style without going overboard.

Dec 25, 2020
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3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by JonnoWillsteed from England

L- Beyond golden, a bright mid-amber, clear, pours with 1Cm off-white head with some lively rising CO2. (ps 10mins later: holds very well)
S- Quite a bright malty smell too.
T- Hoppy front, some dry zing on the palate, notably to the dry side (as you'd expect).
F- It is hoppy-dry, a bit hoppier than I'd usually aim for but it's very trad and would be super-refreshing on a hot day.
O- Understated elegance. Nothing out of place or balance. The recipe allowed it to accompany spicy Sub-continental food + withstand the long voyage there. Fascinating to try and be reminded what a high quality classic/trad English IPA should be like.
Bought from TrwmblingMadness/York for home delivery. Trad almost-pint 550ml bottle (2-fingers to the Euro-metric system when it comes to measures of beer hehe...)
BB: Jan-22. Like the beer the packaging/labelling is also trad, understated and hugely elegant.

Nov 25, 2020
Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

Poured from a bottle into a Nonic.

Pours slightly hazed medium amber. Excellent creamy head and lacing. Nailed the look for this old-school delivery.

Aromas of caramel malt, crusty biscuit, grassy hop, and the faintest of ester/bark.

Caramel malt and honey/lemon on the front end. Very biscuity in mid-stream, along with grassy hop and more of that mild estery/rosin/bark flavor that seems sort of fruity (green apple/white grape), sort of earthy. More earthy and wood arrives late in the middle and carries over to the end of the drink, where the grass and lemon returns. delivering a smooth, bittering, balancing finish. As the brew warms, the fruit manifests more and more, yet the bitterness keeps countering.

Speaking of finish and balance, this brew is medium bodied and superbly drinkable. It delivers a long, drying, bittering finish.

Old school IPA in all of the best ways. It looks great. I could spent plenty of time just smelling it. Well-balanced in very drinkable. I could sit at the bar and sip these for quite awhile over good conversation with friends or strangers alike.

Nov 01, 2020
3.5 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Oct 05, 2020
Photo of Mugman8
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Mugman8 from New York

I bought four bottles of Samuel Smith's offerings and this was the last one I have sampled. I haven't had any real English IPAs so I'm not familiar with this style. Like the others, this looks great on the pour -- a cloudy amber orange and has a nice head that dissipates fairly quickly -- though there's lot of nice lacing. Aroma is of biscuits and taste is a pleasant mix of malt, cloves and bananas. There is some bitterness on the finish. This is a good one, but I enjoyed two stouts and the nut brown ale more.

Sep 25, 2020
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4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by RDWHAHB_Tom from Maryland


Info: 500ml glass bottle, 45*F sea level
Glassware: Pint glass

L: Dull, rust-gold. Finger of beautiful cream-beige head, uneven. Very persistent with excellent lacing.
S: Nail polish. Cherry/raspberry. Jasmine. Clove. Cedar. Ink.
T: Raisin. Scone/biscuit. Red vinegar. Walnut. Pepper.
F: Astringent, light. Biting/tingling.

Overall: Wow! Beautiful to behold, my first foray into English IPA's. Gone are the redundant citrus notes present in American IPA's, replaced by round berry (raspberry, cherry, raisin) aromas and flavors. Though it was fermented in square vats this beer is anything but! I see a direct descendant of BA's English IPA description, and thereby consider it worthy of high marks!

Sep 13, 2020
5 by aL_Skelly from Florida on Sep 12, 2020
3.85 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts on Aug 25, 2020
Photo of emerge077
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by emerge077 from Illinois

Saturated dark amber orange, ample head of ecru foam. Smells faintly of tea, biscuits, and citrus marmalade. Taste follows, citrus and tea, malty bread crusts, orange peel, toffee. Medium bodied, creamy feel, light malt sweetness, moderate hop bitterness.

Overall this is a pretty classic English IPA, mild and simple by design. Closer to what an IPA has been historically, than the fruit juice milkshakes of today. It’s important to avoid comparisons with these distant modern cousins, and appreciate it for it’s historical significance. Thanks to Lee for sharing this one!

Aug 15, 2020
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

Bought a 18.7 oz bottle Tamuras $5.69
Brownish-amber color
Medium mouthfeel
Light-medium carbonation
Taste of dried lemon peel, li-hing powder (crack seed in Hawaii)
Overall disappointing. Nothing special, Would not buy again, but would drink if offered.

Aug 07, 2020
3.78 by SayBoom from Ukraine on Aug 06, 2020
3.75 by Jcarriglio from Florida on Aug 05, 2020
2.48 by JustLikeMyDad from Michigan on Jul 30, 2020
3.99 by robotic_being from Florida on Jun 26, 2020
India Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 2007 ratings