Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale (Organic) | Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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1,205 Ratings
Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale (Organic)Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale (Organic)
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001

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Ratings:
1,205
Reviews:
691
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
12.24%
 
 
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Photo of wheatyweiss
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 550 mL bottle into an imperial pint.

Pours a light rust color with a short lived 1/2 inch head that leaves decent lacing.

Aroma is of light roast malt, floral undertones and tannins.

Flavor is malty and buttery with a small floral flavor that hints at hops. Tannic flavor like iced tea comes through in the middle along with a nutty flavor. Finishes slightly dry with a nice toasty malt flavor that lets the hops come through slightly.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium. Creamy carbonation with a slightly stinging bite which may be from the minerals in the water.

Very nice, easy to session ale.

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Photo of Cycle69
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy orange bronze color that had about a quarter inch of head of tight bubbles at first. The head was gone within a minute to a small ring maintained by a few bubbles rising. Some lacing.

Aroma: Lots of fresh hops noticeable at first. The hops are playing well with the buttery British malts, but the balance is tipped firmly to the hops.

Taste: The hops greet you in the beginning as the aroma carries into the flavor. There is a malt presence in the flavor that doesn't shy as easily as the aroma did. The balance is still tipped toward the hops, but there is a very firm malty backbone in this beer. The finish is slightly dry and bitter from the hops.

Opinion: I would suspect that there is a bit of a lower-attenuating yeast that was in charge of this brew. The finish isn't syrupy, but it is pretty sugary considering that this is only a 5%ABV beer. The bittering hops is very well balanced to keep it from being cloying. This really is a pretty well crafted brew, and one I would recommend trying at least once. I personally prefer Youngs Special London Ale, but this is a fine brew from an outstanding brewery!

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Photo of soulgrowl
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Blushing brownish honey amber, barely translucent, with a creamy, nougaty head with decent retention.

Smell: Toasty malts act as the base here, with a subtle sweet richness, full of toffee and a bit of mocha. Diacetyl provides some light and sweet butterscotchy notes along with a velvety vanilla that combines with the mildly woody spice of the hops to create the distinct impression of Bourbon. Very nice. There's a light fruitiness here as well, something like ripe cherries or peaches.

Taste: Balanced and pleasant, but not as interesting as I hoped from the nose. Lightly sweet brown sugar malts countered by the dry, bitter tang of hard water and estery English hops. Finish is nutty, toasty, and slightly woody.

Mouthfeel: Smooth but zipping with lively carbonation. Though it's fairly dry and clean on the palate, the finish is surprisingly sticky.

Drinkability: This is nice, but not my favorite. Certainly an easy drinker, but it could be even more so if it were a little bit more interesting and/or a bit cleaner.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Guinness pint. Boasts a lovely hue of orange-red with a soft glow due to slightly compromised clarity. The head lays thick and goopy with an antique yellow-white color.

Buttery malts, toast, and an English flair of nutty yeasts. Biscuity and lightly roasted with an attenuation of hops.

Nice and dry with a fruity ester, not unlike artificial strawberry, that smooths out in front of a toasty malt backbone. Plenty of English nuttiness with a stocky bitterness that evokes some good early-boil hopping. A bit floral with carryover notes of canteloupe and peppermint leaf. Has a slight tannic acidity, like red apple skin or over-steeped black tea. Quite nice.

Superbly smooth-bodied with a medium to medium-light level of carbonation. Rather mellow. Has the drinkability of a good mild or semi-hoppy pale.

Another solid Sammy that I'll remember to look for again. This is a standard that I waited all too long to review. Makes me want to buy their India Pale Ale and do the same. I'll see if I can find a fresh one. In the interim, I have a bottle of year-plus old Stingo in the closet worth drinking. Until then, cheers!

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Photo of micmillon18
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a Samuel Smith's Imperial pint glass. No born on date, something I wish Samuel Smith's would finally institute. I love their beer but I'm we've all been duped into buying skunked bottles due to lack of dating.

A - Pours an amber color with a small white head. No lacing.

S - Sweet toffee maltiness with a nice, mellow hoppiness.

T - Sweet toffee and bready malts are followed by a balancing hoppy bitterness, reminiscent of lemon. Finishes semi dry with a lasting biscuit flavor.

M - Medium bodied with balanced carbonation and finishes semi dry.

O - Easily one of my favorite EPA's, a beer I could easily have 3 or 4 of in a night.

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Photo of sinistermadman
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am a big fan of Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout, but this is the first time I've tried this pale.

This brew pours a nice amber-brown with a white froathy head. Foam lingers throughout the whole pint...leaves a nice lacing on the side of the glass after a good swig.

Ahhh. Smells pretty good. Malty hops are at the forefront. Without even tasting it I know that the malt will dominate the flavor. My mouth froths in anticipation as my olfactory sensors take it in.

The taste is not what I expected from the smell. It's kind of whispy, lacking depth I usually associate with Sam Smith brews. It is a well balanced ale, though not overly complex. This would probably be good with spicy Thai food.

As I already pointed out the mouthfeel leaves something to be desired. It is pleasant, but I like a bit more tinge and bitterness. Still pretty good though. Very balanced.

This is a very drinkable pale ale. Next time I'm going to try with some kind of food, as I think it would lend itself pretty well as a dinner beer. I think I'll stick with the oatmeal stout or nut brown ale.

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Photo of adamette
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from foil wrapped bottle purchased in a gift pack some months back at World Wines & Liquor in Mentor, Ohio along with a pint glass. It was poured into that same souvenir glass.

A Brown translucent body under off white head, pleasing if unremarkable.

S Very light hops, mostly barley malt, not unlike a brown ale with a dash of hops bitterness.

T Typical sam smith woodsy taste with some hops. It tastes like a great English pub beer.

M Moderate with interesting tastes but low ABV.

D A great session beer.

Notes: A solid pale ale in the English style, exactly as advertised. I will always give high marks for beers that deliver on what is promised.

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Photo of MiScusi
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 16.9oz bottle. The appearance was a beautiful amber/orange crystal clear with a generous white soft fluffy head. Taste was sweet with toffee, and slight hops to balance it. It was more tilted toward the malt side though. Carbonation was moderate and mouthfeel was light.

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Photo of NEbeerbro
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - pours an amber gold, quite asthetically pleasing. Lively carbonation, head and lacing below average however.

s -Bready, grassy, malty nose. Underhopped relative to American ales, typical and delicious trait of English ales.

t - very smooth balanced flavor. Malts followed by a slight citrus hops note.

m - nice carbonation, smooth going down. Dry and refreshing.

d - very easy and enjoyable to drink

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Photo of RedwoodGeorge
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can't believe I've never had a Samuel Smith Pale Ale before! Certainly the Stouts (Oatmeal and Imperial) the Nut Brown Ale and the Taddy Porter gather more attention but it would only make sense that Samuel Smith would make a classic style English Pale Ale.

The pour is highly inviting - the beer is a clear, deep red in color with a large, sticky tan head. The head sticks around like whipped cream on hot cocoa but oddly leaves very little lacing.

The smell is textbook English Pale Ale - plenty of fruit and malt notes to savor. Major notes are apricot and warm bread with a wee bit of floral hops to round out the experience.

Taste is right on the mark - lots of sweet malt up front, plenty of fruity notes and then a touch of English hops to round out the sip. The beer is a bit on the sweet side which draws attention to the fruitiness but the hopping keeps it all from being cloying.

Mouthfeel isn't what I'd normally look for in a beer; it's a bit on the under carbonated side (after that nice head!) and rather oily on the tongue but then that's (again) exactly to style for an English Pale Ale. If I could find anything to quibble about at all I'd have asked for a little bit more hopping to bring out some astringency but it truly would be a quibble...

All in all very drinkable. The clear glass bottle didn't seem to have harmed the brew in the least (good handling or just good luck?) If you're looking for a good English Pale Ale there are a few major brands you can choose without going wrong (Youngs, Fullers) It's safe to say you can add Samuel Smith to that list.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a rich amber with a nice creamy head. Aroma of sweet malts and hops. Taste: roasted malts, nutty, lightly sweet and a slight grassy note having a good amount of hop and carbonation making it crisp and refreshing, but still lacking something. Mouthfeel is light - medium that goes down smooth, I should try more of these British PA's, a good one to try.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an amber copper tone with a vibrant and quite fuffy vanilla colored head that leaves lacing sporatically as it leaves speckled lacing. Aroma: European hops take much of the aromatic qualities this beer has to offer with a bit of an offness from the light exposure that it has been under from the cooler I bought it at. Still some noticeable malt caramel sweetness not too shabby. Taste: Flavor has a bready quality from the Sam Smith's yeast used good mix of hops and malts here not over the tops a quality session pale ale very nice. Mouthfeel: Quite uninteresting mouthfeel medium body but nothing special here. Drinkability: Easily would like to have and would be to finish a four pack of these puppies, just at nine bucks a pop I'm not willing to do that.

Haven't had this one in quite awhile, this time around it pours a pale copper hue with a billowing off white light khaki head. Clouded texture which rises above the rim of my glass adds to the eye candy. Served slightly chilled, lacing is sporadic and spotty but this beer is nice. Served into an official Samuel Smith imperial pint glass. Aroma is quite fruiy with some green apple and and bready qualities coming togther. An interesting layer of earthy hops and a touch of mineral water colliding together. I bought a nice gift sampler with big 550 ml bottles of this, the Nut Brown Ale, and Oatmeal Stout with the glass included for around 11 bucks. Flavor is semi sweet with a mix of caramel malt, bready yeast tones, and balanced with fruity ale notes and herbal earthy English hops. The well water used does impart a nice mineral water character that doesn't impart any off flavors, it just really works well here. Mouthfeel is well rounded carbonation is subdued and very smooth on the palate, medium bodied session ale for sure. Drinkability is pretty effortless the only thing better would be a couple pints pulled from a hand pump while hanging in a London pub.

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Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear light amber/copper in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high sense beige head that quickly died down but never completely faded away, leaving some lacy patterns of bubbles on the surface along with a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: The smell has moderately strong fruity aromas of apples along with some hints of toffee.
T: Like the smell, the taste is quite fruity (apples seem to stand out in particular) and also has some flavors of biscuit and bready malts, toffee and hints of tea.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very sessionable as it’s easy to drink and goes down very smoothly.

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Photo of rale
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of spointon
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this ale from a 16.9oz brown bottle into a pint glass as part of my pale English beer flight.

A= This ale poured a perfectly clear copper color with a 2.5 inch light tan head. The head was like creamy foam and left serious lacing down the glass.

S= This ale gave subdued aromas of sweet malt, with even fainter aromas of earthy hops and green orchard fruits also present.

T= Typical of the style, this ale sported malty sweetness up front with biscuit and caramel notes. The hops appeared just enough to take the edge off the malt sweetness and lead to a slightly dry finish.

MF= This was medium bodied with appropriate carbonation levels.

D= This was a very good English pale ale. I drank this an hour or so after drinking (and reviewing) the Fuller's London Pride, and I have to say it takes second seat to the Fullers. That said though, this is a great beer in its own right and proves again that Samuel Smith's knows what they are doing.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass and received a one-finger head that stuck around due to carbonation. A mix between between copper and oragne is how I would describe the light, seethru body. A strong smell eminates, giving off a strong hop presence but also underlined by a small malt and bread presence with a hint og citrus. The beer has a ryeish, dry hop taste that contains earthy tones and is not very complex but good. Balanced out by the malts for a refreshing, smooth ale that keeps you wanting more. I wouldn't session this beer, one or two is fine and perhaps I was a overly critical since I know Samuel Smith makes better beers.

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Photo of Hoagie1973
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours reddish amber with a big foamy off-white head. Sticky clumps of lace and great retention, with bubbles continuously rising from the bottom.

Aroma is sweet and malty with a touch of hops and faint alcohol.

Flavor is definitely to the malty/sweet side. A bit of caramel, nuts, and a pleasant fruitiness expected from the style. Slight balancing bitterness in the finish after the sweetness fades.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Medium to full body.

Flavorful and drinkable. I could put down quite a few of these.

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Photo of Carolvs
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of beerhunter13
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bsp77
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Clear medium amber with moderate off-white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing, especially for an English beer.

Smell: Dark sweet fruit, caramel, English hops and a slight earthiness.

Taste: Fairly malty pale ale with an emphasis on slightly sweet fruit, caramel and an almost buttery quality. The malts are somewhat balanced by a nice Fuggles/Goldings hop taste. Ends with a somewhat metallic bitterness.

Feel: Relatively low carbonation, very smooth medium body, semi-dry finish.

Drinkability: Above average EPA that would be a great session beer. I was expecting more though, but I think I like Bitters and ESBs more than EPAs.

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Photo of tdm168
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brownish amber with 1/2" of dense, foamy head with good retention. The smell is cooked apples, faint caramel, and light, bready malts. The taste is bready, caramelly malt with some sweet apple-like fruitiness and faint alcohol phenols. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and well carbonated.

This is a well balanced, malty, delicious example of the style. I've had it on several occasions, and I've enjoyed it every time.

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Photo of Stingray5
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured brown with reddish hues, thin white head. Served to me much too cold, so the initial aromas were lost in the frozen tundra. Once things warmed up a bit, the fruity, nutty flavors became evident. Mouthful was good with a nice amount of carbonation. Finished bitter with nice hop flavor.

Served at around 5 degrees Kelvin, a lot of this brew was lost on me until it warmed up enough to taste. Tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 550 ml bottle into a pint glass, pours a clear golden orange with a half inch of slightly off-white head. Retention and lacing were moderate.

Smells of malt, caramel and a bit of citrus and light hops. A bit more depth than my limited experience with the style, and in fact offers a light smoke as well.

Taste follows the nose with the caramel and orange/honey on moderately lingering finish. A long lasting and effervescent carbonation yields an easy drinking ale with a moderate body for the style, yet without what might be an anticipated sweetness given that body.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355mL bottle into mug.

Clear amber hue with a thick light tan head that lasts forever, then settles to a foamy cap.

Strong malt notes with hints of diacetyl along with slightly bittering hops.

Crisp malt flavors in a thinner body with decent carbonation that lends a crisp bite leading to a dry finish from the hops. Butterscotch flavors can be tasted throughout.

Pretty much your standard English Pale Ale with buttery notes and light balancing hops. Pretty much your typical session beer. Recommended.

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Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale (Organic) from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
3.84 out of 5 based on 1,205 ratings.
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