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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-27-2001

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12.4%
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5/5  rDev +29.2%

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5/5  rDev +29.2%
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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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.95/5  rDev +27.9%
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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4.91/5  rDev +26.9%
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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4.88/5  rDev +26.1%
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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4.78/5  rDev +23.5%
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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4.76/5  rDev +23%
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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Organic Pale Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 1,574 ratings