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

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86
very good
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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,205
Reviews:
691
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
12.24%
 
 
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57
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Photo of RedChrome
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The body had a nice medium to darker amber color. A creamy half inch eggshell colored head shrank slowly. Large amount of carbonation bubbling to surface. Wispy lacing.

A very nice blended aroma. A distinct presence of hops was quite strong. There is a nice light caramel malt aroma which helps to balance out the bittering aroma.

Very crisp bitter taste in the mouth. Yeasty bread flavor had a hint of sweetness. A very faint hint of sour lemon can be detected on the back of the tongue as an aftertaste.

A slightly thick feeling. Very nice movement of the flavor as a result of a bubbling carbonation effect.

An above average beer. Would go great with Greek cuisine involving lamb. If this is a style that appeals to you then you need to try this one yourself.

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Photo of Tresha
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is known as the brewery's flagship beer! When you pour it in a glass, its a copper coloured beer. The head and big and fluffy. When you gulp it, the beer will tease your palate and you will get the aroma of malt, hops and even a hint of apple. It has great flavours and aromatics. A nice drink for the holiday season!

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another clear bottle. I'm not sure of this. The beer pours a ruby amber color, with a finger of head that falls to coat the beer. The initial scent is a skunked beer, but after letting it sit, the nose is a lot of caramel sweetness, and not much hop. The flavor is mosthy caramel malt, very sweet without much hop to bring balance. Its not bd, but not great. The feel is just moderate at bes, with a decent carbonation that works well with the beer. The drinkability is okay on this as well. I'd drink this again.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

the glory of these beers is their price, less than 4 bucks per go? are you kidding me?! the quality to price point is unrivaled in the beer world. while some are outstanding, standard setters, others are just okay. this pale ale is somewhere in between. its clear in the pours, more red than copper, with a finger of off white bubbles that pop down to a thin skin before long. the nose is quintessentially English, with all the caramel malt dusty attic you could ever want, but with a welcomed touch of vanilla extract. the yeast doesn't really manifest itself until the flavor, neither do the hops. the yeast combines with the caramel malt to give a doughy cereal profile, while the hops finish the beer nice and bitter, balancing the vanilla expertly. tastes just a tad old at the end, but ill bet this is nearly perfect at the source on tap. thinner body, which im back and forth between liking and not, and airy carbonation that keeps this beer drinking easily. overall this isn't my favorite beer from sam smiths, but now that I have worked my well into their lineup, I can safely say that the quality of this brew is up to the high bar of the others. again, the economics cannot be beat.

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Photo of witster18
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

like their other offerings this brew is good but not great. Looks good with a hazy copper... 1" head. The nose is awesome with lots of floral and fruit(citrus and mellon). Probobly the easiest drinker of the sammy brews I've had and they all go down pretty easy. Lacks kick.... wish it delivered the same with the taste as it does with the nose. I'm sure this is traditional and I know it's fine quality... but for the price hand me an American Pale... or somethin with some hop bang which this lacks.

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Photo of drmeto
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

L:
-pours a clear amber-red with a medium,foamy,offwhite head
-low to medium carbonation visible
S:
-cherries,strawberries,caramel,plums,slightly spicy
T:
-plums,strawberries,spicy,slightly grassy,cherries,nutty
-finishes very dry
-medium bitterniss for the style
F:
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
O:
A really solid English Bitter.Carbonation may be a bit high for the style.

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Photo of CreekyJarls
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vermilcj
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a some big ass glass...

Appearance-Amber body, very dark Pale Ale. Sucha creamy 3 finger off white head. Beautiful Retention and nice lacing. Very appealing as it should be.

Smell-Sweet malts, light hops. Some skunk, not sure what the date is on this bottle...

Taste-Tart granny smith apple along with some sweet caramel malts. A light bitterness lingers throughout.

Mouthfeel-Medium bodied, nicely carbonated. Refreshing and easy to drink.

Overall-Simple, and straight to the point. Like all Sam Smith beers it's very drinkable. This 550 will be finished shortly.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

18.7 oz brown bottle picked up a couple weeks ago at the Coop for $3.50 ... poured into my New Belgium snifter.

2 finger head lasts quite a bit and leaves very nice lacing... Brew is very clear copper amber... looks pretty for sure ... darker than one would think for a pale ale.

Aroma is low grassy hops with alot of traditional English fruity esters... Light caramel and pale malts are sorta eclipsed by the esters.

Flavor is a very satisfying mix of bready malts and more of the English yeast. Diacetyl is subtle but present in appropriate amounts. Floral hoppiness melds well. Slightly metallic mid palate with the caramels and very light butterscotch mixing in the finish. Middle of the road sweetness with a low bitter backbone.. Flavor is what I think of English as it warms. Palate is on the thick side for a 5% brew.. but persistent small bubble carbonation helps a bunch. Drinkability would be my only "complaint" ... I would need to be in a pub to have more than 1-2... I get bored easily.

Overall, I forget about the Samuel Smith brews because I always seem to have access to the main stable... I really should pick these up more often and I definitely will next time I am going to try and brew anything with an English profile.

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Photo of Thiestru
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Deep amber with a bit of cloudiness. Off-white head, about one finger at first, but fades over time but never vanishes. Not much lacing. The color really makes this appearance as good as it is.

Smell: More malts than hops, with a strong nutty character. Grassy hops are there, though.

Taste: While I like the dominance of malt in the nose, I was really hoping the hops would come out more in the taste. Sadly, this is not the case. They aren't absent, of course, but I notice much more maltiness than anything else. It's not sweet, but a bit nutty and biscuity. Hops provide some balance, but not much more. It's very pleasant, don't get me wrong, but a little more bite would have been nice.

Mouthfeel: Not too carbonated, which is fine; it doesn't feel stale. Body is middling.

Drinkability: I can really enjoy one of these, but alas, I find myself wanting something else after that. I seem to recall enjoying this much more a couple of years ago, to the point of its being one of my favorite pale ales, but now I think it's just pretty good. Definitely worth a try if you haven't had it; I don't think most people would regret getting a four-pack. Also interesting for being a maltier kind of pale ale than many I've had.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a brown body with a full tan head that sticks around almost the whole time it is in the glass. The lace on the other hand disappears quickly. It has mild malty aroma which is different for a pale ale there is a metallic hop aroma in the background. The taste is also malty and not really as bitter as we are used to on this side of the pond but it is still a great beer. It has medium mouthfeel and the right amount of carbonation.

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Photo of Mustard
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 18.7oz translucent bottle; no discernible "bottled on" or "best before" date; purchased from Trader Joe's as part of a three beer+pint glass Samuel Smith gift pack for $7.99.

Appearance: Pours a good looking toffee color with good but not great clarity; good-sized, off-white head; a healthy c-cup's worth of lace; good head retention.

Aroma: Nicely of toffee, butter and floral hops.

Taste: Lightly sweet upfront; fruity, buttery flavors throughout; malt profile is largely toasty; a nice, floral bitterness rounds things out beautifully in the end; light to medium bodied with a smooth and gently carbonated mouthfeel.

Notes: Very well balanced; enjoyed this quite a bit.

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Photo of YAndreK47
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

my first review so please excuse the lack of description

color: rich amber
head: rocky but eventually dissipates to less than 1/8" in 5 minutes and lingers
aroma: hoppy and fruity esters
taste: crisp followed by hoppy bitterness followed by smooth finish
motuhfeel: medium body but closer to the dry side
overall: very drinkable beer

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep copper color with a frothy/creamy white head that persists forever. Smells of light caramel with an earthy/mineral edge in there as well. A light fruitiness and a hint of prunes and dark sugar round out the aroma for me. Taste is heavy on the malt. Caramel and sugar on top of light fruit and butterscotch. I almost pick up some cherries in there, but they seem to disappear as soon as I look for them. Slight earthy element from the almost non existent hops. Slightly sweet mouthfeel, medium carbonation and body. I think this one is decent, definitely not hoppy enough for my American palette. I would love to one day revisit this one at the source, because I'm not so sure this bottle is anywhere near fresh and with no bottle dating I have no way of knowing.

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Photo of Suds
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer is a deep copper color with a thin, but steady head. It’s quite clear, and has medium carbonation. Aroma is a mix of floral hops and a sweet mustiness. The taste is exactly what I’d expect from a good pale. Fine balance of hops and malt. It’s a bit on the sweeter side, with a woody-nutty tone, and has a medium mouthfeel. Finish is a mildly hoppy, and could certainly stand additional bitterness. This is a pleasant, drinkable pale ale….no off-flavors, and it’s certainly better than average.

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Photo of haz77
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A – Pours a deep orange-hued copper, with a frothy off-white head. This falls to a thin cap. Small bubbles of low carbonation.

S – Grassiness, background citrus, boiled sweets.

T – Breadiness up front, with a little sweet fruit coming through. Slight caramel before the restrained hops come through and lead to a dry, crisp finish.

M – Crisp, refreshing, medium body, with soft carbonation.

D – Easy drinker, with subtle flavours. Well worth a try.

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Photo of Stimack
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is actually one of the first times I have had this offering from SS. Over all it is a nice beer, poured to a copper color with a nice foamy off white head that left a fair amount of lacing on the sides of the glass. The aromas are of Malt, a sweet slight nutty scent along with a pinch of hop. Nothing extreme with this brew, very subtle aromas. The taste is very similar to the aroma’s, nothing extreme. A well-balanced brew with flavors of buttery malt, hints of caramel and a slight hop taste. This seems to be a classic English version of a pale ale. Over all it is a good beer but not one of my favorites from Samuel Smith’s.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium brown color, medium head. Aroma is malty with some hops. Medium bodied pale ale. Mild flavor, kind of typical for English Pale Ale. Malts and hops are evident, but not overpowering. Kind of buttery tasting. Well-balanced beer. Nice taste. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is crisp and a touch dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Photo of Oleg85
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kendo
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a pint glass, the body is coppery-orange with a small cream-colored head. Leaves behind a decent amount of lace.

S: Malty and earthy -- light biscuit or bready malt and a slight bit of mustiness.

T: Body is mainly light malt flavors -- biscuity, bready with a slight sweetness -- and a moderate bitterness on the finish. Not terribly flavorful, and there's a slight metallic sense to the finish.

M: Lighter side of medium in heft. Carbonation is low, reminding me in feel that this is a British ale.

D: Solid. Easy-drinking.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance - rich reddish copper hue with fluffy tan head

smell - rich malt, hint of cherries & caramel

taste - malt, graham cracker, some hops

mouthfeel - mediun bodied, ample carbonation, somewhat bitter upfront, mineral/metallic in the finish

overall - good beverage trhat was a pleasure to drink

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Photo of HardTarget
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Toasted light malt with a generous spike of floral hops. A slightly skunky smell as well, the clear bottles always scare me.
Appearance: A clear brown amber body with a respectable quarter fingered tan head of tightly packed bubbles.
Flavor: A cask taste, strong wood flavor, nuttiness, toasted bread crust, slight sulfur note with a nice balanced bitter end. Hops are definitely bittering, not aroma.
Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy body, low carbonation, slight chew, dry finish.
Overall Impression: A nice English Pale Ale. It’s drinkable, refreshing, interesting and has some complexity which lends itself toward a decent session beer. A good representative of its style, but I prefer its American cousins when thinking Pale Ale.

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Photo of diablo14
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very nice pale ale from sammy's, but as others have expressed here, not their best offering.i certainly dont mind grabbing one every so often, and like all their other brews, tasty and easy to knock down.

if it wasnt for the fact they also have a nut brown ale, id suggest this often resembles a brown in nature. lovely garnet hue, solid head that has some go with minimal carbonation. smell is reminiscent of newky brown. sweet, nutty, with some hoppy tinges there. taste is also very similar to newky, but firmer, more robust with a touch more complexity. hazelnuts and caramel come through, with a tasty hop bitterness that is subdued, but lingering. it also creeps up on you as you get further into the pint. feels fuller and more developed than newk.

again, not the pick of sammy smiths beers, but still a well constructed, well balanced beer that is satisfactory in every department. wont blow your mind but cant be classified as a disappointment either.

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Photo of nodder
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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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