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

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Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale (Organic)Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale (Organic)
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3.83/5
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1,218 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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#11,893
Reviews:
697
Ratings:
1,218
pDev:
12.27%
Bros Score:
4.1
 
 
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Photo of arguemaniac
3.83/5  rDev 0%
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%
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%
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%
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%
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%
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%
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%
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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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Perfectly clear amber, with a nice small but solid head of beige foam. No carbonation visible. Looks syrupy and still in the glass. Lacing is good. Looks pretty tasty.

Copper and malt on the nose, quite sweet, with a hint of preserved lemon citrus character. There's a good backbone of solid caramel/candy sweetness, but it's not huge. Nice characters, but not particularly powerful.

The caramel malty richness is present on the palate too, but there's a good firm English hoppy bitterness to balance it here. Green and sharp and quite robust. Nice, it just cuts through the malt the way you want it to. It leaves the sweetness as the canvas, but the hops as the striking contemporary design swished over the top.

Mouthfeel is quite smooth, perhaps not as creamy as a good real ale could be - and this would benefit from a little of that.

A very drinkable brew, well balanced and well made. If it seems a tad on the sweet side at first, it manages to balance itself out by the end.

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Photo of kegger22
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sam Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale is dark amber in color with a two finger head that settles nicely to a thick skin covering.

The aroma I mostly detect is hops, there is a faint caramel malt scent too.

The taste is sweet caramel, buttery and vaguely hoppy.

The feel is medium bodied and ample carbonation, buttery also applies to texture.

Drinkability is good, 18.7 oz bottle right now and I could do another.

I have always had a liking for English pale ales, Old Brewery Pale Ale was no exception.

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Photo of ADZA
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I must admit the Samuel Smiths brewery is a consistent brewer of good beers in my mind that has been for ages and once again im proud to review one of their beers,it pours a copper hue with nice carbonation that leaves a one finger head with really nice sticky lacing all down the glass,it has a subtle aroma for a EPA not much hop aroma to it more of a caramel,toffee,malty smell to it,the mouthfeel starts off nice with a silky medium feel to it and finishes very smooth with a subtle hop caramel finish quite a nice beer thats easy enough to drink.

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Photo of MobBarley
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful, full golden-copper color with a small creamy head. The smell is tangy and sweet, clearly favoring the malt side of the equation, but with a spicy hoppiness as well. The taste, sorry to say, was less to my liking than expected. I suppose I'm just used to PNW Pale that are hop-heavy, but the sweet, malty nature of the taste was a little cloying. Notes of caramel are abundant, with a slight piney hopiness and a peculiar tinny aftertaste battling for the finish. Crisp nonetheless, and good in the mouth due to strong carbonation and relatively full body. Drinkability is average. A solid English Pale Ale when I want something different.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Small bottle served in a chalice.

A: Beautiful clear amber color with a small yellow head. Small retention and not much lacings left

S: Delicious smell of toffee, roasted caramel malts, herbs and earthy yeasts

T: Also delicious taste of roasted caramel malts and hops. Citrus bite and "hoppy" end

M: Light body. Low carbonation. Balanced bitterness. A bit molasses. Quite refreshing

O: Good drinkability. Quite light and refreshing beer but at the same time with strong British personality. An authentic British Ale. Light in alcohol, balanced bitterness, dry taste, good perfume of earthy yeasts and fresh hops. Recommended

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Photo of bobsy
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from the LCBO. Split with the missus, and accompanied by roast beef and yorkshire puddings. Complimented the dinner perfectly. Pours a dark amber, with a good muddied white head. The aroma of hops and malt is continued in the flavour, and replaced with a nutty finish. There is a nice mild hoppy bitterness to this brew.

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Photo of misternebbie
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hoffman
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours up nice from bottle to pint glass. A 2.5 finger head rises frothy and rich and then falls to a ring and some spotting on the surface with a nice thin lace on the glass. The nice translucent brown/amber color is really appealing. Smells of roasted malts carmels, and some earthy organic tones. A nice full taste toasty and smooth with ample hop integrity as the drink warms. Plenty malty right through the middle and definately in the finish....some nice alchohol hints in the finish as well. The mouthfeel is incredibly full nice carbonation balance a great feel. Over all very drinkable beer. A nice addition from sam smiths...not too surprising I guess.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Clean copper with a 1.5 finger off white head with strong staying power. Sick lacing that clings for dear life.

S- Maltier than most pales I have had as the English style comes through. Most US pales pound the nose with hops, but that is not the case here. Toasted bread and burnt caramel. Some sweet notes come through. Light floral and pine

T- Earthy to say the least. Toasted breads, rich charred wood, herbal like hop presence. Smooth but bitterness not completely hidden. A true English style ale.

M- Fantastic feel. Light bordering on mid body. Perfect carbonation for the style. A bit more wet than the style dictates, but I don't mind.

O- An outstanding pale. Highly recommended for those that don't care to be bombarded with IBUs. A delicious herbal flavor.

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Photo of donnebaby
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep-looking dark copper appearance, with a creamy tight 2cm off-white head. Smell is great, of fresh-baked bread and flour, with light breezy malts to promise.

Taste is malts punctuated by high carbonation in the mouth. Not sweet at all. Creamy finish fades into more fresh bread crusts and mild hops, with some lasting malt accents. Medium body, combined with the carbonation, made this beer very filling in my tummy.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; deep copper - maybe reddish amber in color; 1 finger khaki head that receded to a wispy cap; no lacing;

S: caramel, toffee, tobacco;

T: caramel, toffee, and tobacco up front; licorice gets added in at mid-palate and becomes dominant by the mildly bitter finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish;

O: easy drinking;

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Photo of jettjon
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber with a moderate tan head. Nose is apply, woodsy sweet, like an apple juice or apple tea. Mouth is sweet, again of tea, perhaps some light coffee, nuts, and the slightest touch of bitterness. Overall, the flavor is very complex and quite good. Mouth is watery with minor carbonation. There’s a nice clean finish with light bitterness along with some sweet apple and again a hint of coffee. Drinkability is above average, these go down easy. Overall, an excellent and complex ale.

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Photo of scratch69
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bob3701
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of a gift pack poured into the pint glass that came with set. Pours a beautiful clear cooper color with a nice big head that stays around. Was surprised by the lack of lacing minimal at best. A very neutral aroma to my nose. This ale is well balanced and not real big on flavor but pleasant to drink, would pair nicely with a large variety of foods. Would make a good session brew.

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Photo of rabsten
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

550 ml bottle poured into a pint glass. This one came in the 3-pack gift set with the Oatmeal Stout and Nut Brown Ale.

1/2 head that disappears rahter quickly, but leaves some lacing. Coloour is the red side of amber.

Smells malty and a bit "stale," but has a nice, middle of the road English Ale taste that balances hops and malt. Almost identical to the Old Speckled Hen I had last week, or the Boddingtons I had before that.

The alcohol content is strong enough to make it iffy as a session beer, but this is very drinkable and would make a good one, nevertheless. The fact that I can get this at area grocery stores (while the OSH and Bod's requires a trip out of state) gives it an extra point or two as well.

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Photo of brentk56
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber, almost russet, color with a thick head that leaves webs of lace behind

Smell: Toffee and earthy tones, with mild butterscotch diacetyl present

Taste: Opens with a herbacious, diacetyl-influenced caramel character that moves in a bitter and earthy metallic direction by mid-palate; after the swallow, these English pale ale flavors blend together

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: It has been a while since I have consumed a true English Pale Ale, the style pretty much having been abandoned by American craft brewers; an enjoyable change of pace, even though the style is not one I would reach for every day

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

"Brewed with hard well water (the original well sunk in 1758 is still in use), best barley malt, yeast and aromatic hops to create a copper-coloured ale with a full, rounded flavor; fermented in 'stone Yorkshire squares'; the finish is a perfect balance of malt and hops. A good many British beers were very dark before the Industrial Revolution; new malting techniques led to pale malts allowing the evolution of this classic brewing style - a cornerstone of British pub culture." Brewed in the style of an English Pale Ale. No bottle date. Available in 550ml single bottles.

Poured from a 550ml. bottle to a pint glass. Served above 44º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a creamy/frothy copper-white head over a mild hazy orange amber body with plenty of vivacious carbonation. Retention is quite nice as the head thickens without settling through time. Lacing is thin but strong. A very enjoyable appearance. 4.25

(Smell) Doughy, biscuity malts, a notable hint of cider and vinegar qualities, evidently acidic. Some mild grain notes. Hard water aromatics. Faint earthy hop notes. Potency is medium. Smells right for the style, not particularly original but not underdone either. 3.75

(Taste) Doughy dry malts, some trace husky caramel & toffee sweetness, a mostly acidic bitterness, not so much hop profiles. Hard water qualities are mild with a mild acidity, good for drinkability's sake. Body depth is right for the style and the sweetness, while tame for this beer makes for a very drinkable English Pale Ale. It swings on the malt side, but it's enjoyable in its own regard. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Mildly crisp, airy carbonation doesn't mangle the palate much. Body is just shy of medium for the style, below medium overall as well. Alcohol presence is low, pretty tame in this beer. Finish is mildly acidic, a bit doughy and faintly dry. 4

(Overall) This was my long delayed introduction to Samuel Smith's beers and I'm a little ashamed that I waited this long. The beer was impressive on most factors, as the flavor was mild, malty and enjoyable, the balance was nice and the textures were just mild enough to accent the flavor profile. It's a good deal at under 4 dollars a bottle. 3.75

Samuel Smith Old Brewery's
Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale
3.8/5.00

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Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale (Organic) from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 1,218 ratings
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