Organic Pale Ale | Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Known as Organic Best Ale in the UK.

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Reviews: 898 | Ratings: 1,592
Photo of AZBeerDude72
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.

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Photo of Squire
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of Nass
2.53/5  rDev -34.5%
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

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of hopsputin
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
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

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
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?

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Photo of Hackattack
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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!

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Photo of MNAle
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of obywan59
3.19/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

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Photo of puck1225
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of bmaslakov
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of sokol_1993
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of csmrx7
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a great example of a British pale, but more what an American may describe as a brown.

Pours dark copper with a sweet malty nose with some nut.

Flavor is similar with a hint of hopdry bitterness to clean the pallet.

Flavour really pops as it warms.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.31/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Well, that was a surprise. Chilled and it gushed.

Clearish copper colour, 2 fingers of foam with lacing.

Serious English malt nose going on. Earthy, kinda sweet and nutty. Citrus hops bring a light fruitiness.

The taste is sweet(caramel), nutty, earthy, balanced by a mild citrus hop kick.

Simple effective mouthfeel..not a full body but not that far off.

Very very drinkable.

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Photo of Davedrinkinbeer
4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Smell is just as one would expect, malt and nutty scent. Taste is a subdued taste of roasted nuts mostly. Mouthful has a good feel overall, light, refreshing, and leaves a light nutty aftertaste. Beer is not dry at all. This seems like a lighter version of Smith's Nutty Brown Ale to me, but is still refreshing to drink. Good Beer.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance has a hazy golden/blonde colored body with a one and a half fingered white foamy head that dies within about a minute leaving some nice clingy creamy looking lacing. Light carbonation is seen rising at a moderate pace. The smell is mainly sweet through the malt and the grain coming through in a clean yet somewhat soapy way like most English Bitters do, also I got some light corn as well. The taste is sweet through the English malts and gives off a creamy English malty aftertaste that just clings around the mouth. She has a dry bitter (but in that English sort of way) finish. On the palate, she sits a light to medium on the body, comes across somewhat sessionable, and has a carbonation that is actually somewhat smooth and ends up showing a nice creamy sort of aspect that I usually get when I have an English bitter. Overall, wow with the extremely low ABV, one would think this would be extremely sessionable however, because the way it sits on my mouth, its not as sessionable as one would think as there seems to be just enough to give it a heavier sort of feel. I would most likely want this again with some fish and chips.

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Photo of VoxRationis
2.57/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Copper colored with good clarity; frothy tan head with medium lacing. Very inviting.
S: Very little nose to speak of.
T: Rather bland with little evident maltiness, bitterness or flavor notes. I've had tastier light lagers.
M: Medium body, good retention of effervescence. Besides the color, mouthfeel best characteristic.
O: Rather a disappointment from Samuel Smith. Could be a flat our convenience beer.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.16/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper color. Aroma is nondescript, barley water. Crisp refreshing ale with flavor. Caramel, barley, wheat, light citrus. A good beer to wash down some pizza.


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Photo of drmeto
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

-pours a clear amber-red with a medium,foamy,offwhite head
-low to medium carbonation visible
-cherries,strawberries,caramel,plums,slightly spicy
-plums,strawberries,spicy,slightly grassy,cherries,nutty
-finishes very dry
-medium bitterniss for the style
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
A really solid English Bitter.Carbonation may be a bit high for the style.

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Photo of maxandmorgan
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice fruity aroma from a nice English yeast. Very nice earthy aroma from the English hops. Overall, a really pleasant beer that I always aspire to brew on my own.

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Photo of Boo-urns
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drain pour! I couldn't even finish must just be stale and date on it though, but it must be , considering the high reviews. It has a sour gross aftertaste! Hopefully I'll get to taste it again , but this particular bottle is a bit nasty.

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Photo of TigerSoul
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I'm not sure why this beer didn't score in the 90's here on BA. Not to call into question the impeccable palates and discriminating taste of these 'experts' but I sometimes wonder what they actually expect from a beer. Sam Smith's Organic Pale Ale is a world classic, in my view, a definitive example of the variety. It's a traditional, regional English country ale, not intended to hit you over the head with any one of the characteristics of beer (look, smell, etc.) although I do find the rich copper hue quite pleasing to the eye... Smell? Nothing to write home about, but the taste? It's got a solid malty backbone with a slight hint of mustiness that I suspect might come from the stone troughs used in fermentation. Hops are not forward, but they're not supposed to be. There is hardly any hop character, but it still packs enough tang to satisfy the hop-seeker. ... The "Organic" variety, in fact, has permanently replaced the original "Old Brewery Pale Ale"; folks just found this one to taste better so Sam Smith's ceased production of the other one... Is this one for the growing numbers of hop-crazy beer enthusiasts? No. Is it for the Yuengling-Bud crowd? No. Is it for the drinker who appreciates tradition, quality and craft? Yes.

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Photo of vladdswrath
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours hazy and copper, with a perpetual bubble show climbing up the glass and feeding the dense but short lived head. Nose is sweet, sort of raisiny, buttery biscuits. Taste is not quite as sweet as it smells and what is there fades quickly into a very dry, slightly carmel finish. Mouthfeel is thin and dry with lots of carbonation and a prominent mineral tang. All in all it's a pretty tame, low ABV drink, which of course being an English Pale Ale was probably exactly what they were going for...

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Photo of erk0607
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Medium light-brown with an offwhite, short lived foam head
Smell: Not very strong, floral hoppy notes
Taste: Sweet, hoppy is the first thing you notice, light zest followed by some additional bitterness
Feel: Super light, fluffy, soft carbonation, soapy
Overall: Pretty good, definitely flavorful and better than your mass market beers, but not a superstar

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Organic Pale Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 1,592 ratings