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

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86
very good
1,209 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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,209
Reviews:
691
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
12.24%
 
 
Wants:
57
Gots:
112
For Trade:
0
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Photo of thegodfather2701
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poors a bright clear copperish red. It has a nice off white billowy head. There is not much in the nose, just a very slight hop smell.

It tastes mildly bitter, slightly hoppy, with just a touch of spice. It leaves a little after taste, but that is not a bad thing. It is very smooth and leaves minimal lacing.

Overall I thought this was a great beer. It was much better than other English Pale Ales I have had, such as Bass. It is a great session beer that goes down smooth and easy. Truly a top notch brew, if you have the means I highly recommend picking some up.

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Photo of Quaffer
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer poured a slightly hazy, amber color with an off-white head. The fizzy bubbles rose up easily to two fingers and then faded away quickly. A thin, wavery patch of foam was all that remained after just a minute or two. There was no lacing.

Smell: The aroma was not heavy, but it did have some strength to it. It consisted of banana, buttery toffee, and a candy-like sweetness. There was also a solid backbone of malt with cracker- and biscuit-like qualities. This gave the beer a wonderful roasty, toasty quality. At first, there was only an occasion faint whiff of hops that rose up out of the glass. However, as the beer warmed up, it became more noticeable, though it was still not the dominant component of the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Thin- to medium-bodied with a bit of a coating quality to it. Smooth except for a slight tingle on the tongue.

Taste: Very sweet upfront with qualities of caramel and candy sugar. In the middle came a mild, English hops bitterness that gave way to a nice, grainy malt flavor on the finish.

A nice beer that reminded me what an English pale ale is all about. Almost too sweet for me, though.

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Photo of budgood1
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours out a beautiful deep amber colour, with a huge, rich,frothy off white head. pretty lacy, too. aroma of earthy maltiness, sweet and full of caramel. light english hop nose, too. tastes refreshing...medium maltiness that has a real grainy tone is balanced nicely by a fair dose of english hops...nicely bittered for a english ale. i could really pick up on the mineral aspects of the water...definitely part of the profile. mouthfeel isn't exactly smooth, but slightly rough and raw feeling. body is medium to full. overall, nice tasting and easily quaffable. a classy english ale.

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Photo of Dizzy
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brown with tan head, leaves some lacing. Aroma is sweet and bread like malts. Malty sweetness, along with some fruitiness. Kind of a buttery flavor, there must be a lot as I rarely detect diactlyl. Noticeable hop bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied. Overall, an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of carolinabeerguy
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured an amber color with a small light tan head. Nice lacing throughout.

Smell: Hints of malt with a nice floral aroma.

Taste: Nice roasted malt flavoring with a hint of hoppy bitterness. A slight bit of citrus. Not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Has a little bite to it from the carbonation. Slightly acidic. Not very heavy.

Drinkability: Does not seem to be too filling. Seems to go down quite easily. High drinkability for a Pale Ale.

Overall: I'd rate this as a very solid Pale Ale. Another great effort by Samuel Smith's.

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Photo of Jcarriglio
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beeeeeerman
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lobina
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SSBrennan
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark gold with a thick tan head that falls slowly with lacing. Good clarity but little visible carbonation.

The smell is of unbaked bread with subtle herbal hops, very little detectable bitterness. The smell is dominated by malts with only subtle indicators of the other flavors.

The taste shows the the bitterness that is lacking in the aroma. Fairly significant hop flavor, slightly soapy, with mostly dry roasted malt flavors.

The mouthfeel is good with prickling carbonation and the right weight.

A very drinkable beer.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a 3 oz. Sam Adams sampler.

A: A bright, clean copper color with slight chilled haze and a fine bubbly head of white carbonation.

S: Light spicy malt aroma with some grassy hops lending a hint of citrus fruit.

T: Fine slightly sweet toasted biscuit malt character with a dry, slightly bitter mid palate and a mildly spicy hop finish with no lingering flavors.

M: Mouthfeel is clean and crisp with a dry mouthfeel and snappy finish.

D: One of the classic English pale ales. If you're a Bass drinker, treat yourself to a higher breed of English pales and grab the highly sessionable Sam Smith pale ale.

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Photo of samEBC
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jtslay
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a very thick and beautiful head. It has a light copper color. This is a very smooth beer with a clean aftertaste. The aroma is similar to the nut brown ale. This is a very drinkable beer due to the clean aftertaste. Follow this beer with a stout or the brown ale.

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Photo of jar2574
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light amber colored. Not that much head, although it may have been an uneven pour. Plenty of carbonation. Smells of hops and honey.

Interesting taste. Honey, butter, hops and a touch of coffee. Never had a beer quite like this, so I give it points for originality.

Tasty, satisfying brew.

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Photo of Popsinc
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice looking amber pour with a generous off-white head. A sweet and lightly hoppy nose with floral notes. The taste is modeartely hoppy with a fruity sweetness and hints of carmel. nice maltiness as well. very smooth mouthfeel and a very easy drinker. while it's not my favorite pale ale, i think it is very good and has excellent drinkability.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass. Amber to orange color with a finger and half of head. Great lacing and hold.
Lots of aroma: pear and apple mostly.
Quite malty, minimum bitterness at first, builds towards the end. Lemon.
Soft texture. Medium body, low carbonation.
Nice pale ale to enjoy the malt side of the ale without having to fight through the bitterness of American Pale Ales.

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Photo of thejewthatbrews
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear amber with a nice, slightly off white head. Litlle lacing, and head doesn't stay around for long.

Malty in the nose, and malty in the taste. Enough bitterness to not be overly sweet, and a very distinct caramel taste. Most of the bitterness is felt afterwards.

Slightly heavy mouthfeel, but in a good way. Very drinkable, and not as filling as you might expect. If it were on tap, I'm sure I could take down at least three pints before feeling full.

Overall, very drinkable, but could use a little more hops in it.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber hue, a struggling head with spotted lacing. Faint, dull aroma, some hops and raisins tough to detect. English malts and hops, some fruit noted off the top, somewhat bitter, yearning for the hops. Some spices and a dry and rich body. Hoppy and bitter balanced makes it a good drink, anytime, anyplace. Another SS top quality brew, mark as a staple.

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Photo of arguemaniac
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear copper color with a creamy, tan-tinged head. Caramel and bready malt in the aroma. The flavor is a combination of (very) lightly toasted caramel, some buttery biscuit malt, a light, fruity (apricot) pale malt flavor, mildly pronounced grain, and some nicely balancing but subtle hops. Smooth mouthfeel with subtle carbonation.

Like every Samuel Smith brew I’ve ever had it’s exceptional. Balanced with subtle complexity and a great malt profile. Highly recommended.

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Photo of waldoiverson
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle to us pint

A: copper with a huge rocky light tan head

S: Strawberries, grapefruit peel, biscuit malts

T: sweet, almost cherry-like, with nice grassy bitter finish

M: Smooth, carbonated bite, the bitterness suggests dryness but it doesn't really take hold

D: very solid to style, like the sweetness, hops play an interesting and very non-american role.

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Photo of karst
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copper and crystal clear. I was a little worried about the clear bottle but this one is not skunked. Two finger persistent nitrous like head. Aroma of earthy Fuggles and Goldings hops mingle with fruity British yeast esters and a mild butterscotch diacetyl. A medium light body with stonger carbonation than I expected for the style. The sweetness from crystal malt balanced with hops. Improves with warming - showing off its lightly roasted malt base and burnt caramel that lingers with light hop and finishes with dry biscuit malt notes.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, $2.49 from the Village Pump.

Pouring a mostly clear amber with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and gorgeous lacing, this is a gorgeous beer. The nose is awesome. Delicate toffee, light toast, a faint hop character (not sure how fresh this is), mild caramel. Simple but beautiful balance.

The palate opens rather full, moderately mineral-rich (more cationic flavors) and with a nice balance between toffee, caramel and a mildly earthy hop flavor. Bitterness is mild, perfectly complementing the toffee flavors. A touch of butterscotch is present as well. Light in body with moderate carbonation, this is drying on the finish with a blend of toffee, hoppy bitterness, a little butterscotch and minerals. The bitterness and minerals, in particular, make this stand apart from other beers of the style that I've had. Very good stuff, highly recommended.

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Photo of ndekke39
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good friend of mine shared his bottle of this with me. Pours a slightly hazy caramel color, with a thin, tan head. Pretty good retention. Smells of sweet caramel, toffee, bourbon, and toasted grain. Touch of the alcohol as it warms. Taste starts out small, but it's growing on me. Light and sweet flavors of the toasted grains. A touch of bitterness in the aftertaste, then a nice, grainy finish. Light-to-medium mouthfeel completes the simplicity of the beer. Very easily drinkable, nice introduction to the style. Would gladly reach for another!

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Photo of shutter
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Much like other Samuel Smith beers I've had, this Pale Ale was great to drink.

Appearance was good, light gold in color with just the just the right amount of head.
Smell was pleasant, slightly aroma of hops and fruit.
Taste was representative of the smell, a bit hoppy and fruity.
Mouthfeel was medium bodied, plenty of texture and finished a little dry.

I found this beer to be very drinkable and I definately recommend it.

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Photo of darkmartin
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours to a murky molasses-brown with a thick tan head. Thick, single layer of lacing.

Smell: Smells of caramel malts, and subtle floral hops.

Taste: Very similar to the smell, smooth caramel malt up front, followed by subdued floral hops. Smooth, yet complex taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with a fair amount of carbonation. Maybe a little too much for the style.

Drinkability: Really good beer, the taste is quite complex yet contains nothing too overbearing. Simple, smooth, and good.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice brown color, nice carbonation, nice two-finger foamy off-white head, nice sticky lacing to follow. The nose is sweet, malty, with some caramel. The taste follows the nose pretty much. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice brew, but I still like the American version better.

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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 1,209 ratings.
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