Organic Pale Ale
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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From:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
 
England, United Kingdom
Style:
English Pale Ale
Ranked #8
ABV:
5%
Score:
87
Ranked #18,303
Avg:
3.86 | pDev: 12.44%
Reviews:
917
Ratings:
713
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jan 14, 2023
Added:
Feb 27, 2001
Wants:
  137
Gots:
  141
SCORE
87
Very Good
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Notes: Known as Organic Best Ale in the UK.
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
12oz bottle into a tall glass. Coding no help in determining age.

Nice looking beer. Dark amber body with copper tones. Small off white head shrinks to a ring, rings of lacing.

Some caramel malt aroma.

On tasting, a pleasant light bitterness laying on a strong malt bed.

Mouth medium, finish faintly bitter .

Overall, a subtle old school pale ale. Well put together with a lasting finish.
Jan 14, 2023
 
Rated: 4.01 by Chipwells from Georgia

Jan 07, 2023
 
Rated: 3.77 by Rainintheface from Florida

Dec 30, 2022
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Reviewed by WindyBovine from California

3.29/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
L: clear dark copper, middling head slight rocky, no lacing
S: oaky - definitely woddy
T: not much more than oak
F: Mild carbonation
O: nice everyday beer
Dec 26, 2022
 
Rated: 4.34 by Corkykab from New Jersey

Nov 28, 2022
 
Rated: 4.16 by ajdemma from New York

Sep 25, 2022
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Reviewed by jkblr from Indiana

3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz bottle coded SC01V1 (March 1, 2022) poured into a perfect pint glass at just above fridge temp 5% ABV. The beer pours bright medium amber with sticky khaki colored head. The head recedes to an uneven cap and leaves rings of lacing. The aroma is mild with pale malt and mineral. The taste is semisweet toasted, toffee English malt with tea-like hop flavor. Mild bitterness. The mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied with just less that average carbonation and a mostly dry finish. Overall, delicious English ale. It's not complex, but the flavors that are there are sharp and perfectly complimentary.
Sep 10, 2022
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Reviewed by LanceBiggums from Canada (AB)

4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a lovely clear orange with two fingers of persistent, barely off-white head. Smells of caramel malt, toasty biscuit, orange, flowers, and a hint of spice. The taste is big caramel malt, a distinctly toasty biscuit undercurrent, and gently bittering floral hops. The flavour lingers on and on, coating the palate and tickling the taste buds for minutes after a swig. The mouthfeel is well balanced, very drinkable, refreshing, smooth, lovely. Overall a superb pale ale.
Jun 21, 2022
 
Rated: 3.98 by Bhubbard34 from Pennsylvania

Jun 18, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by mpenske from California

May 22, 2022
 
Rated: 2.54 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Feb 26, 2022
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Reviewed by Jugs_McGhee from Australia

3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
At long last, I'm reviewing this (assuming I didn't already write a handwritten review I never got around to uploading years ago that I forgot about). 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with a pry-off crown cap, unnaturally slender.

USDA organic. 5% ABV. "Organic Pale Ale."

Currently tanked #5 on the Top "Pale Ale - English" beers list.

Served cold into a Boston Beer Co. Perfect Pint glass.

TASTE: Marmalade. Toasty biscuity English malts. Pale malt/2-row. Hop profile is slightly fruity but I wouldn't call it juicy or citrusy...sort of marmalade jammy with orange-redolent flavour. Toffee. Bready malts.

Has all of the caramelized toasty biscuity English malt character you'd expect, with a mellow marmalade-like hop flavour.

The kind of English ale I'd dip a digestive in...very old school classic English pale ale. Luckily, this has the carbonation to make the beer sing, but I imagine it'd be a good deal worse from a cask (yeah, CAMRA, I bloody said it).

I don't know that it's a top tier beer for me, but it's certainly one of the better classic English pale ales available stateside.

B- / WORTHY
Dec 31, 2021
 
Rated: 4.1 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Nov 10, 2021
 
Rated: 3.83 by Hophazzard from California

Oct 11, 2021
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Reviewed by GlenFarclas from Connecticut

4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
Not much to be said beyond being a wonderful pale ale. Excellent appearance, clear amber color, thin wispy white head. The nose lands squarely in between malt and yeast. Draws you in. Mouthfeel precedes the taste. Full and delicate at the same time. Rolls about excellently. Lovely ale, brewed for drinking. Elegant honey and malt flavors, Get it fresh as you can, pour a tall pint and enjoy.
Oct 01, 2021
 
Rated: 3.81 by arzt from Germany

Jul 18, 2021
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Reviewed by josanguapo from Spain

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
De Labirratorium. En copa Teku. Programando Gestorred. Deliciosa english pale con un toque a caramelo marcado en nariz y boca y un amargor muy bien ajustado que anima a trago largo.Esta gente borda todo lo que hace,incluso estilos tan damnificados por este debido a los amateurs que etiquetan asi sus engendros
Jul 14, 2021
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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottled 10/6/20

This beer was clearly sitting on the shelf at the store for quite some time, but I don’t often see this one around, so I went for it anyways. This is my first English pale ale, and it’s currently #4 of the style, one of the classics for sure. Let’s see what this one is all about

Pours a mostly clear reddish brown with a finger of light tan head that quickly fades to a thin cap and leaves almost no lacing at all

You ever just smell a beer and be like “yeah, this is quintessentially English”? Because that’s what this beer is like. I’m picking up on aromas of golden raisin, sweet toffee, toasty grain, caramel malt, and light citrusy/earthy hops

Ok, so this definitely shows its age a bit in taste, but for what it is and likely used to be, it’s quite good. On the front end of the sip I’m tasting bready malt, peppery hops, lemon rind, and light caramel. The swallow brings notes of of slightly stale bread, sticky caramel, earthy hops, light vanilla, and golden raisin

A medium body pairs with moderate carbonation, resulting in a crisp, yet somehow full beer. Finishes mostly dry with a light spice

While not superb, I have to give this one the benefit of the doubt due to age. I hope to find it again one day, but actually fresh
Jul 02, 2021
 
Rated: 3.6 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Jun 29, 2021
 
Rated: 4.31 by Daneve76 from Australia

Jun 21, 2021
 
Rated: 3.37 by dubadw from Switzerland

Jun 16, 2021
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Sample from bottle at Copenhagen Beer Festival 2013. Clear golden brown colour, moderate white head. Moderate fruity and malty aroma, hints of ripe berries. Pleasant malty flavour, not very sweet, notes of toffee and nuts, decent hops in the finish, well balanced. Quite enjoyable.
Jun 02, 2021
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Reviewed by BerkeleyBeerSleuth from California

3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Reddish amber body with beige creamy head. Aroma of bread dough, spice, earth. Taste is mineral with spicy hops and a chewy pie crust finish. Slight taste of fruit, especially cherry. Simple and entirely effective recipe.
Jun 01, 2021
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Reviewed by SimplySinister from Florida

3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
A - Normal pour into flute glass producing an amber colored brew sporting a 1/2" quickly dissipating ivory head. Moderate carbonation. Light lacing.

S - Bread, hops, light malt, light fermented sour note.

T - Light fermented sour, bread, hops, slight cherry.

M - Crisp, semi-lingering, no artificial flavors.

D - Very good. I like this offering from Samuel Smith. Granted, it is in no way a typical domestic style pale ale. It's not as sweet and mellow and more hop forward. Either way, it's a very good brew and definitely worth trying.
Dec 26, 2020
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Reviewed by misteil from Ireland

3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
another short review here, this is a pretty standard thoroughfare beer, really, clear amber to brown coloured beer, big head with good retention, nice balance of brown bread malt and bitter hops, toasty, but not much fruity and floral character from the hops, lot of caramel and fudge, quite earthy, touch metallic maybe, nice levels of bitterness, light to medium bodied light to medium carbonation, grand
Nov 22, 2020
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Reviewed by JonnoWillsteed from England

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
L- Very deep amber, pours clear with 2mm just off-white foam cap. (ps holds well/forms lacing on the way down).
S- Lightly roasted grain. Understated.
T- Quite toasty, as in well roasted or roasty-toasty sense. The hopping is there but it's fascinating to have a pale ale and be reminded that until recently they slightly more prominent hopping that bitter/ales, but were nothing approaching the prominence of hopping found in contemporary/more youthful pale ales.
F- Nice, good carbonation in the mouth. Satifying body while the hops/CO2 bring a balanced refreshinng side.
O- Balance, balance.... keeps on coming to mind. I'm a Sam Smith fan, went on a brewery trip there as students 35years ago - what a laugh that was. But I have never been much of a pale ale fan, broadly I've found then hoppier than I prefer. This is difference though - balanced - this one is absolutely sessionable in fact, lovely!
550ml bottle BB: Mar-22 Bought from TremblingMadness/York as part of a 50-60 bottle/can pick-your-own mixed-beer delivery to London £2.85
Nov 21, 2020
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Reviewed by OldmanCothran from California

3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
L: Old timey amber glass bottle, old school logo, pours hazy brown-amber, thin head fades to a spotty fine mat (I wonder how fresh this one is)
S: Boozy, sour, malt, reminds me of sitting at a pub in Europe
T: When I bought this my brain was thinking of American pale ale flavors and this is totally different. Overall only slightly sweet malts, bready, sour, mellow carbonation, in the realm of more traditional English/Scottish/Irish ales. I really like the lack of hoppiness. Taste almost improves as it moves towards room temp. Makes my mouth water for some fish and chips or a greasy burger and fries.
Feel: Bitter, but still smooth and drinkable, chewy bready, sour finish
O: I like this. It’s an ale that lets you know you’re drinking an ale, without pretense. I’ll admit it makes me want to revisit Newcastle, or stateside, Kilt Lifter or Anchor Steam, but I would have this over an obnoxious high abv hop bomb any day.
Sep 25, 2020
 
Rated: 2.92 by Stoutmaster9 from California

Sep 06, 2020
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Reviewed by Voxvoxvox from England

4.71/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
As a pale ale fan this is the benchmark. Taste the tradition and the quality. If you only ever try one english bottled beer try this one..... you will soon have another. Top Mark's, 11 out of 10
Aug 07, 2020
 
Rated: 3.83 by SayBoom from Ukraine

Aug 06, 2020
 
Rated: 4.18 by BubbleBobble from New York

May 07, 2020
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Reviewed by beersampler6 from Michigan

3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Very interesting English-style pale ale. Definitely different from the American versions. No date printed on bottle. Pours a medium darker amber-rusty color with some fluffy white head and spotty lingering lacing. Smells of bready malts, caramel, vanilla, bread, more faint muddled fruity and floral hops. Taste follows the nose, tough to discern what hoppy flavors are in there as the malt and caramel was much more forward. Almost a metallic hard water taste in the background. Smooth, mild mouthfeel, good carbonation throughout. Felt a little heavier and richer than the low ABV would suggest. Good overall, not my favorite style but this one was clearly well made.
Apr 13, 2020
 
Rated: 3.75 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Feb 02, 2020
 
Rated: 4.35 by bmaggot from Lithuania

Dec 08, 2019
 
Rated: 3.78 by Houborg1 from Denmark

Oct 19, 2019
 
Rated: 4.03 by craigbelly from Iowa

Sep 10, 2019
 
Rated: 4.14 by d_hondo from Michigan

Jun 18, 2019
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Reviewed by WYeates from North Carolina

4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
I love Samuel Smith and their Organic Pale Ale doesn't let down. A hazy appearance with a sweet almost cherry scent. The taste is fruity with a flat malt finish. While this won't be for everyone (not as robust as other Samuel Smith offerings) it does the trick for those wishing for a simple taste that is drinkable.

I have had the beer two nights in a row and enjoy the change from my usual beers with complex taste profiles.
May 31, 2019
 
Rated: 3.75 by BEER88 from North Carolina

May 19, 2019
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Reviewed by AZBeerDude72 from Arizona

3.49/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Was a decent beer, flavors were ok but it did not wow me in any way. Would I seek this out no, would I turn it down no. A decent beer for what it was intended to be.
Apr 01, 2019
Organic Pale Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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