Organic Pale Ale
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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Pale Ale - English
Ranked #5
Ranked #18,048
3.89 | pDev: 12.34%
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
England, United Kingdom
Very Good
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Notes: Known as Organic Best Ale in the UK.
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GlenFarclas from Connecticut

4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
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
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josanguapo from Spain

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
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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Rug from Massachusetts

3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
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
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Sigmund from Norway

3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
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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BerkeleyBeerSleuth from California

3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
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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SimplySinister from Florida

3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
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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misteil from Ireland

3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
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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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
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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OldmanCothran from California

3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
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
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Voxvoxvox from England

4.71/5  rDev +21.1%
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
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beersampler6 from Michigan

3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
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
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WYeates from North Carolina

4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
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
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AZBeerDude72 from Arizona

3.49/5  rDev -10.3%
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
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Squire from Mississippi

3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark, hazy, red gold color with white cap and lasting lacing.

Aroma of rich malt with a touch of floral hops.

Taste of a mildly hopped malt forward ale with both malt and hops faded from age. I can taste what was but have to review what's there.

Medium texture with balancing carbonation.

This bottle was selected from the most recent shipment received by the store yet I'm convinced the distributor slipped in some old stock. Malt and hop character are still evident in the sense you can recognize former prowess in an aged athlete.

Mar 05, 2019
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Nass from Florida

2.53/5  rDev -35%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

My bottle says it is 5 months old which is not bad for this style. I'm getting a faint amount of hops, faint herbal note, a little watery, slight cracker. There is something about this beer that does not make it easy drinking. As compared to the other Samuel Smith beers that I have had this one was not too good. I'm disappointed in this one. Cheers! C

Nov 07, 2018
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy copper orange color . Body is light /medium with very fast dissipating carbonation that left a very flat feel .
Aroma is malt forward, honey, mild flowery citrus.
Taste is malt forward with a very small amount of cereal / grain showing up in the middle. It's a bit bitter but overpowering
The flat feel really took away from this beer and the malt dominated a little too much.

Sep 11, 2018
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hopsputin from New Jersey

3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a: murky, dark ruby red color - almost like burnt copper. some lighter amber notes on the bottom. 1/2 finger, thin tan head

s: toffee, fruitcake, lots of caramel, sweet generic berries, sweet purple grape, and a touch of juicy earthy hops on the backend up the aroma

t: caramel, sweet berries, and some earthy grains upfront. some light toffee and sweet tea in there as well - a subtle hint of bitterness to prevent it from becoming too sweet. the finish is sweet caramel

m: solid medium mouthfeel, a bit heavier than i was expecting from a Pale Ale. carbonation is on the lower side, which i like in an English Pale Ale

o: solid beer that doesn't over-complicate things and is enjoyable to drink and not think too much about. the mouthfeel is a bit heavier than i'd normally like, but it remains enjoyable nonetheless. A lot maltier than many other English Pale Ale's I've h

Jul 21, 2018
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RaulMondesi from California

3.46/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Even though this beer is brewed in England, it lets you know that not all hippy shit (organic) is legit. Don’t get the Raul man wrong, this beer isn’t bad, but it ain’t exactly Jessica Alba in a two piece. Again, think like Emma Stone (definitely not a Raul fav) but if her ginger self was walking around the beaches of Malibu, I mean, I guess, right?

Jun 20, 2018
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Hackattack from Indiana

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This English Pale Ale rates right up there with the new American crafters....who used ideas from the ESB's/ales from this country to free us from the fizzy, ice cold ,wheaty relatively flavorless know what I mean? P.S.----WHAT UP WITH THIS SITE NEVER UPDATING MY BEER KARMA SITE AFTER 20 MORE RATINGS............I AM SWITCHING TO RATEBEER!

May 25, 2018
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MNAle from Minnesota

3.54/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on April 1, 2018. Date code SK30P1 (Nov 30 2016), so it is very old. This is pathetic. I haven't opened the bottle yet and I am already dreading it. If I can find a more reasonably fresh one in the future, I'll update the review. Otherwise, if Samuel Smith really doesn't want beer this old being sold, they need to step up their pressure on their importer/distributor. And, the store (one frequently spoken highly of on the Midwest forum here) should be ashamed of themselves regardless of what the distributor does. I mean, this beer was 1.5 years old! At least I know where I won't be buying British beer any more.

Sweet, malty, aroma. The aroma is more like a barley wine than a pale ale. Tall, thick off-white to tan creamy head, receding moderately, leaving lots of lacing. Slightly reddish dark amber, clear, good amount of carbonation. Feel is appropriate for the style, medium thin. Malty and nutty initial taste, but nicely bitter and a bit tart on the finish. From the other reviews, I have to assume this beer is well past its prime.

Apr 17, 2018
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

.5 /l bottle.
Hazy, copper colored body with a decent off-white head.
While my last Samuel Smith's beer (their Pure Brewed Organic Lager) was disappointing, I am a fan of this brewery and this pale ale fosters that view. The malt/hop ratio is high for style, leaving some toffee and bread flavors most obvious. There are adequate hops to add complexity and to make this mildly bitter overall.
Overall: a "pale ale" leaning towards an ESB or brown ale.

Jan 02, 2018
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obywan59 from Virginia

3.19/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Great appearance. Golden amber in color and nearly clear with a 3 finger thick light tan head and great lacing.

Metallics and tart citrus both in aroma and taste with an off bitterness.

Medium full in body and rather high carbonation

No date on the bottle, but I think my sample was well past it's prime. Flat in taste and aroma, I'll try it again sometime, and hope for a fresher bottle. 1st disappointment ever from Samuel Smith. It was nothing like the description and the positive reviews, just a fluke.

Dec 11, 2017
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puck1225 from Texas

3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Copper colored with a thin head and head. Sweet malty smell. Good clean taste, grassy, lemony, and malty. A bit thin but enjoyable.

Nov 30, 2017
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bmaslakov from Russian Federation

4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A decent refreshing pale ale. Look: nice caramel chestnut color with very little foam. Pleasant and warm aroma, reminiscent of sun-warmed wood and baguette. The taste is dominated by a pleasant hoppy bitterness with some hints of wildflowers. The malt base is quite subtle for a pale ale. Light carbonation.

Sep 26, 2017
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sokol_1993 from California

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bottle from a local Bristol Farm.
Look: quite ironically for a "pale ale", brownish color, with a good amount of creamy head.
Taste: very sweet, full of biscuit, honey. Strong maltiness. Light hoppiness at the end.

Excellent brew, but a little bit too sweet for me.

Sep 22, 2017
Organic Pale Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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