Organic Pale Ale | Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
England, United Kingdom
samuelsmithsbrewery.co.uk

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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

BEER STATS
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#18,122
Reviews:
898
Ratings:
1,592
pDev:
12.69%
 
 
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Reviews: 898 | Ratings: 1,592
Photo of thebrood1987
5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The smell is fantastic. A nice deep rich candy malt smell with a slight floral smell. I also get the yeast in there as well. On the first sip I get a nice carbonation and slight hop bite with a very rich malt candy flavor that is out of this world. Its so smooth.. It ends with a tinge of floral bitterness.

I also get a slight salty taste but in the best way possible probably from the hard well water they use in the beer. This is my favorite malty forward beer I've ever had. Maybe I'm biased though because I'm a big organic food advocate and saw organic and instantly wanted to try it. but wow what a difference.

This is definitely not an American beer by any standard. Not to say American beers aren't balanced but this is the best balanced beer I've ever had. Definitely one of my favorites of all time.

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Photo of theteleman
5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A beautiful amber color with a highly carbonated massive white head. This beer is perfect to me. Like nothing I have ever tasted before, a truly unique brew that is incredibly balanced and still complex and interesting to taste. My expierence in pale ales has been Sierra Nevada/West Coast type stuff, and dont get me wrong, I love the brews that come out of the West coast but this is just so different yet still so enjoyable to sip on. Go buy one! Cost me 3.50 at PW Mart in Poway CA, a decent price for a really outstanding beer.

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Photo of TAREUA
5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sometimes revisiting a beer you found to be great even a few days later can be like seeing that old girl friend again. "Did she always bark like that when she laughed?" This beer is so good it keeps getting better with each revisit. I have found myself daydreaming about having another pint of this on a beach somewhere.

English style pale ales are the epicenter of beer: stouts off to port, and lagers to starboard. I always found this brewery to be good not great, but this beer is great. The head is thick and white. The aroma is the wonderful scent of rich ale, not daisies or tar pits or tequila. The mouthfeel is full not fizzy, not syrupy; but liquid that can taste flavorful, while doing what beer is meant to do, quench your thirst. Their is a fine balance in this beer that allows hints of sweetness and grain to come and go on your tongue without as much dry bitter flavor as an English style ESB. Smith's regular Old Brewery pale ale I find a bit murkier and more malt dominated. This beer is a wonderful drinker, and a great reminder to me that beer is about the beautiful flavor, not just an excuse for intellectual excercise.

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Photo of t3hcho53non3
4.95/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I want to preface this by saying this is my favorite favorite favorite brew of all time.

A: Pours a clear yellow amber color with a finger head that quickly dissipates but leaves decent lacing.

S: Very complex fruity sweetness with organic undertones and earthy undertones

T: Heaven on earth. Earthy tasting with organic overtones.

M: Medium body with little to no carbonation

D: Very drinkable and very complex. You must drink more than one of these in a session before you can accurately review it.

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Photo of mjurney
4.91/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance:
Copper color, a bit hazy. Highly carbonated. Thick frothy head.

Aroma:
Toffee, caramel, bready, bright fruit, very crisp.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Very rich bready malt, toffee, caramel, nutty. Fruity, apple and pear. Hop bitterness is mild-medium, leafy, tea-like, earthy. Finish is crisp, yet pretty dry. Body is full, refreshing, crisp, high drinkable.

Overall:
It's a world class beer!!

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Photo of inhoc00
4.88/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Samuel Smith organic ale poured into a Guiness american pint glass (note - must get some imperial pint glasses!!!)

A - Saw earlier review that said sam smith lager and ale very similar. Not at all. This was much more amber in color with a good solid two finger head.

S - Simple, basic caramel and light hops.

T - Same as the the smell similar to to good ESB.

M - Such simplicity and balance. Nothing overlaps. Hops, alc. and malt all in line or should I say in queu. (I don't know about that spelling.)

T - WOW. Session ale. I have recently started trying the Sam Smith lineup and have not be upset about a single one (even the cider). Sam Smith seems to be the Honda Civic of the beer world - nothing flashy, simple, 5% alc, reliable taste. Love this stuff.

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Photo of smokinyodas
4.78/5  rDev +23.8%
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.

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Photo of Todd
4.76/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: Great big 550ml custom brown Victorian pint bottle (a real pint), with old-style labeling. No freshness stamp. Organically Certified brew.

Appearance: Pours a mean head with a wild carbonation rush that creates a magnificent foamy white head. Beer is a bright, clear gold.

Smell: Nose of dried fruit, grain and perfumy fresh floral aromas. Like smelling a delicate flower.

Taste: Body is full, but not heavy. Mouthfeel is even and smooth. It's a rather malty brew, but not in the sense of powerful sweetness, but rather presence. The sweetness is there (a touch fruity, like unsweetened mixed dried fruit with an underlying dextrin), however it is well-rounded and balanced to perfection. Hops come in with a slight, building tingle on the palate then slide away leaving a raw hop leaf and semi-herbal/floral taste. The end dries up, just a bit, with fresh grain flavours and a faint coarse hop astringency. Light metallic finish.

Notes: Hmm ... how pleasing, and similar to their organic lager in many ways(?) ... but who cares. Just think of an ale, one for any occassion, never too strong, never too weak and never overpowering in any of its characteristics. A perfect balance of organic ingredients. If you have that picture in your head, it's this ale.

Thanks to Merchant Du Vin for the fresh sample.

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Photo of ralree
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear reddish orange with a fantastic head. Big bubbles mostly - dissipates in a marbled fashion. Good retention and lacing.

S: Smells really good for a pale ale - caramel and maybe some toffee malts, with nice-smelling English hops in the background.

T: I didn't get it from the smell, but caramel and a slight amount of coffee dominate the taste! Flowering hops and sweet caramel malt come in second. Finishes with a sweet and slightly smoky bread flavor. Slight alkaline taste that is evident in the first to drinks. A fine pale ale - my favorite so far.

M: Medium-light and perfectly carbonated. No way to improve this area.

D: Goes down smoother than other pale ale's I've tried. No problem finishing this one. My girlfriend even stole some from me - and she doesn't usually like beer!

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Photo of biercircus
4.73/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So, I'm a teacher. I give students As based on good, quality work and an understanding of the concepts that I'm trying to get across.

I am not a teacher of beerdom, but Samuel Smith Organically Produced Ale would get an A in my class.

A- Nice amber gold color. Quintessential British Pale Ale. Head is a good and half to quarter inch thick. Perfect.

S- Biscuity malty lightly hopped floral aspects. Refreshing to the nostrils.

T - Balanced. This is the epitome of a good session beer. Too many American beers throw too many flavors together and don't blend them enough. Sometimes that's good, but for this beer, and any classic British Pale Ale, it should be smooth and balanced. Not too many hops or too malty, sweet, or bitter, but a combination of all that goes down extremely smoothly without losing each aspect's distinctiveness.

M - Smooth, silky, soft, thick, lightly carbonated. You can swirl it or down it; any way you drink it, the mouthfeel has body that smoothly makes its way down your throat.

D - Perfect. I can't imagine a better example of this style. It is supposed to be drunk without too much fanfare. It's like a good friend that you can rely on, but won't surprise you with a ton of drama or bells and whistles. No Arrogant Bastards here... Just an old mate at the pub.

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Photo of stuarthyde
4.69/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer was recommended to me by one of my customers.

I ordered it and when the bottle arrived I was surprised by the label (old school).

The color and taste were very good! I have since recommended this beer to all of my beer drinking friends.

I have taken the next step and also purchased this beer to have in my refrigerator at home.

I have also tried several of their other Organic beers as was not disappointed!

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Photo of WestValleyIPA
4.67/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Beer poured into a Zatec glass with two fingers of head. Notes of oak, honey and citrus. Tastes like heaven if heaven were made of a beer that consisted of a slight hoppy, delicate honeysuckle flower aged in a vanilla oak barrel. Mouth feel like a softer Champagne.

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Photo of mcarroll10177
4.67/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A truely great beer from one of the great breweries

A- copper brown with a nice off white head.

S- some nice clean hops, not overpowering or overly bitter, just a strong clean hops smell

T excellent. Clean and crisp upfront with a nice hop bite in the back. Spot on for the style

M- balanced with just the right amout of carbination

D- an easy drinking ale that goes well with any food pairing or very quaffable all on its own

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.67/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is an English pale ale at its best (at least I think so tonight).

I'm a big fan of the unique "country" nuances throughout the range of Sam Smith's offerings. By "country", I suppose I mean the overall character of their beers has a "not made in an industrial brewery" thing about it. Maybe its the choice blend of generous, superbly-tuned diacetyl (butterscotch), busting juicy red berries, and nurtured funkomyces.

I've noticed in this and in their other ales a peculiar effect in its appearance where I suppose I get the illusion of it being more dense or concentrated, more rich, or heavier in body than most ales. And, mind you, it has a very clean look - this one sporting lovely a red-copper, almost sepia color to it. Excellent creamy blanket on top. Lace - random.

The scent of esters, resembling weak wine in its fruitiness in combo with a mild aroma of an arguably faint vinegar/alcohol, bursts forth in the nose, enticing next to fairly aromatic malts and butterscotch syrup. Subtle herbaceous hop in the distance. Still sniffing...

I can't help but picture an old country home, maybe Victorian-style, with gaudy, dusty furniture and sallow walls darkened and dulled with age. Tasting that, along with all the smells. Oven-browned malt/bread crust and diacetyl upfront, a touch of bitter on top of the palate, apple/cherry sweetness below, lingering behind.

A strange, wonderful feel to it. Silky. The opposite of harsh in its carbonation. You could tell me this was just pulled-off via engine and I'd bite.

When this is fresh and well-kept - sophisticated, transcendent, satisfying as hell.

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Photo of sethcroisant
4.65/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A- beautiful golden color with a finger of head. some lacing sticks around, but not a lot.

S- slightly floral/pine-like hops are up front. samuel smiths signature scent of toasted malts is in there as well.

M- splendid texture. very thick and frothy.

T- a lot of malt hits right away. sweet caramel up right away followed by the steely, toasted malt flavor the brewery is so good at using. hops are spicy and just strong enough. they linger on the back of the tongue for a few seconds. sweet and malty in the finish.

O- an absolute home run. perfect balance of hops and malt. novices and beer snobs alike should be able to enjoy.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.65/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

550ml brown bottle from Lou's in Augusta. Red-copper translucent body with around an inch of initial off-white head that dissipates rather quickly. Smells caramelly and fruity, with hints if a peaty quality. A roasty maltiness dominates the flavor with hints of fruit, diacetyl (coming through as a very pleasing butterscotch flavor). No one quality of the flavor overpowers another I would say. A nice balance and a medium-bodied mouthfeel make this extremely drinkable. Definitely glad I finally tried it, and I'm sure the brown bottle helped the flavor. A new favorite!

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Photo of nickthetick
4.64/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a clear gold into a Erdinger weizen glass with almost a finger of white head that leaves a little lacing.

S: fruity, apples, pineapple, peaches, sweet malt, caramel, vanilla.

T: a lot like the nose, sweet apples and a bit of spice all over the place. A nice malt backbone, but overall fruity sweet and tart.

MF: medium body, good effervescence, refreshing.

O: a beautifully balanced, amazingly layered ale. Great flavors and complexity. I'll be purchasing this beer again.

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Photo of viverlee
4.63/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Squeeze every drop out of the bottle. Lick the glass clean. Set up shop directly under the fucking tap.

STYLE: English Pale Ale

ABV: 5%

LOOK: Long straw, solid pale yellow, Bubble Bobble carbonation. A half-finger head settles thinly but nicely atop an enigmatic aroma bomb.

NOSE: Cherry pie, Nerds, pomegranate, Twix, crackers. There’s more, oh so much more, there there, I can’t stand it.

MOUTH: Bready bready biscuits, cherry tree bark, raspberries, rhubarb, Jesus wafers, butterscotch, Sauvignon Blanc, mystery. Someone who should probably be the next president has managed to layer a world of flavors into this pint, each pull flaunting a new, more curious profile. The finish is surprisingly fruit free, mellow but still prurient. The blokes, they did it right this time.

Beeradvocate Rating: 88

Hayward Abbey Rating: 97

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Photo of stoutman
4.62/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Round and balanced mouthfeel. High acidity, medium to high bitterness shows great balance. The toffee, orangey, toasty taste make this another of the old tadcaster brewerey must do's. Very well balanced between malt and hops. Dry, hoppy finish.

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Photo of hoplover82
4.62/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a clear dark golden color with lots of bubbles in the beer and a full, medium creamy off white head that leaves very good lacing in it's trails.

S-The aroma starts off with soft earthy hop notes, then goes to a strong caramel backbone with some light fruity esthers. As the beer warms, and I swirl my choice wine glass, the beer gives me a kind of english pine hop aroma. I know it sounds weird, but it's not the pungent pine note that american simcoe hops give, but it's like a soft earthy "english" pine hoppiness. It's nice. On the second pour, I get a toasted toffee aroma as well! Very nice and complex.

T-The flavor is much of the same but with less of a hop character to it. A VERY soft bitternes, which the beer definately needs. But the caramel, toasted toffee are the stars in this beer, which is good for the style which I really appreciate. And the fruity esthers carry over to the flavor as well, it's almost like grapes n' fruit of the likes.

M-The mouthfeel is right on. Very creamy and full. And the carbonation is just right. Just the slightest dryness at the very end.

D-This beer is very sessionable. I could drink this beer all night and be goood. I highly suggest this wonderful beer.

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Photo of JasonCoop
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours a slightly cloudy light amber color, foamy white head.

smells like sweet ripe fruit and malts

taste is very malty and slightly fruity. decent body to it, it's pretty smooth.

mouthfeel is nice, not too light. very smooth and drinkable but a bit pricey.

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Photo of Realale
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brown bottle!!

Pours a beautiful brassy color. Very dense creamy head rises 3/4" before slowly settling to a solid quarter inch.

Nose is crisp hop, wet stone, and crackery malt. Very British, and very appealing.

In the mouth its light and long, with a solid base of malt, and good bitterness on the finish. The mineral notes are there at the end too.

The mouthfeel is very good, but could move up to exceptional with bottle-conditioning. Very drinkable. Excellent session ale. Probably my favorite of the Sam Smith line-up right now.

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Photo of magine
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass.

Brew has a cloudy dark copper - almost like an iced tea color. Small off white head that fades to a small thin head that is broken up in parts. A little lacing.

The brew has a fruity sweet smell. Somewhat bready, honey maybe even.

The brew has a crisp refreshing taste with a bubbly mouthfeel initially, then has the smoothness. Had a bit of a kick to it. Nice clean, sweet taste with some nice malts. Has some lemon flavors. Nice dry finish with little aftertaste. Very good balanced taste. Very refreshing and smooth.

This brew is very drinkable, a crisp refreshing ale, and yet another well crafted gem from Samuel Smith. An anytime brew and an all timer.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.59/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a solid burnt orange with a thick, quickly simmering head that flattens out evenly to an off-white ring--a steady stream of effervescence accompanies... bright, fragrant aroma that boasts fresh hops, doughy yeast and sweet malts--a well-balanced scent... soft, smooth vivacious approach with a tickling presence on the teeth--medium to full-bodied, almost demands like an IPA in its heft... first and foremost, punchy hops; last yet least, hearty malts--a crisp, clean and sweet balance that does not usually occur on American soil... not surprisingly, another stud for the Samuel Smith stable...pairing this would be a joyous endeavor... in a pleasant war with Sierra Nevada to be the plae ale I sip in heaven (God willing!)

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Photo of Razumikhin
4.58/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

AROMA: Quite fruity/estery, and slightly grassy to balance.

APPEARANCE: Golden straw, topped with a creamy head (with excellent retention).

MOUTHFEEL: Rich and creamy.

TASTE: The overwhelming flavor is banana/ester, with some lemon. The hops provide enough bitterness to balance, but not enough to notice.

OVERALL IMPRESSIONS:
An exemplar of the English pale ale style. This is a beer where the hops play second fiddle to the yeast, with excellent results. Ester and fruit dominate both aroma and flavor. The real highlight of this beer, though, is its rich, velvety mouthfeel. This is definitely one I will buy again.

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