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)

Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001

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Ratings: 1,228 |  Reviews: 700
Photo of peensteen
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale copper-amber colour, just over one finger of white head, little lace. Smell is malty with a bit of a toffee and caramel, fruity as well, earthy and lightly metallic hops. Taste is fruity with a light bitterness up front, malty-toffee like sweetness, light fruity earthy points as well, overall flavours were fairly muted but well balanced. Lightly carbonated, medium-full body. Solid stuff and very easily drinkable, would have liked more pronounced flavours though.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I have always been a big fan of Samuel Smith beers. Unfortunately the Old Brewery Pale Ale did not work for me. There was an undescribable flavor/taste to this particular S.S. that I just did not care for. I plan to stick with many of the other beers from their line. (old review from Nov 2010 2.43 rating).

New 3/21/17 review. Still not quite as good as other English Pale Ales I've had but much better than the low rating I gave back in 2010. Still perhaps, I'm not sampling a bottle fresh. Kinda stale and slightly wet cardboard tasting. Easily drinkable but not the most desireable of flavors.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear glowing dark amber colored beer. A light tan head formed when poured, and sank down to a thin coating after a while. The smell is of butterscotch and sweet malt, not much in the hop department. Smooth, clean body. The flavor is a splash of floral hops, and ringwood yeast? Most of what I thought was flavor was the aroma carried over into the light flavor. I like this one, and I'm assuming the characteristics of an English pale ale are different than an American style Pale Ale.

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Photo of dblinkhorn
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a glass tulip goblet.

Appearance - This is probably the most beautiful bear I've ever poured. The head is very thick from the pour, about 4 fingers. It is slightly tan and very velvety and creamy. The brew itself is a spectacular amber-orange color that is crystal clear. The head dissipates to a constant quarter-finger thickness with excellent lacing all the way down.

Smell - The most noticable aroma is a crisp and bitter hop presence. The malt character is moderate, and definitely in the background.

Taste - Right away the hops crab you. There are crisp, perfectly bitter, slightly citrusy, and have lots of big character. The rich malt flavor comes right after that, but is not quite as strong as I prefer. The Stone Pale ale or Red Seal Ale have a nicer malt character, in my opinion. However, this stuff tastes excellent, make no mistake. The aftertaste is dominated by the hops with only a hint of the malt remaining in your mouth.

Mouthfeel - This is a medium-bodied beer. The carbonation is excellent. This brew has a good mouthfeel.

Drinkability - Excellent drinkability. This stuff goes down without any strain or effort. You can take a big gulp without making a face.

Overall this is an average pale ale, in my opinion. While it has a fantastic appearance, everything else is only slightly above average (for microbrews).

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Photo of chrisdenny
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from pint bottle into pint glass:

A - A very nice copper/red colored ale with plenty of creamy white head. The head seems to hang around throughout with some nice lacing left behind.

S - Not quite the aromatic I was expecting out of this pale ale, but the malts are sweet and there are some hints of spicier hops.

T - A really clean, well-rounded taste. They spicy hops blend well with the almost buttery-like malts. I'd like a bit more hop kick to it, but overall a nice taste.

M - This beer seems to be well carbonated, but it is pretty pleasing to the palate.

D - Should suffice well for a single or a session. It's not too heavy or overwhelming to have more than one.

Overall, I was pleased with this brew, not as much as other Samuel Smiths brews, but I would definitely have another.

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Photo of PirateUlf73
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an English-style pint glass.

A: Clear reddish-amber in color with a substantial off-white head. Good retention and pretty decent lacing.

S: Not a very strong nose. Some hop earthiness with perhaps a smattering of toasted caramel malt.

T: Soft hop spice mingles with semi-dry caramel and toasty sweetness. Neither one really overpowers the other. Very balanced and tasty.

M: Silky medium body with a bit lower carbonation than expected. Finish is bitter, dry and almost chalky.

D: A good 'ol fashioned drinking ale. Goes down smooth and easy.

I was a bit underwhelmed by this beer at first, perhaps because I've become somewhat jaded on the hop monsters in the U.S.A. However, it grew on me as I drank it, and as I realized what it was supposed to be: a good solid English pub ale. Makes me wish I had some fish and chips to go with it.

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Photo of gdogalishus
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a glass mug. Poured an old copper color with a good looking 1 inch head. Mildly carbonated. Strong malt aroma with little to no hop bitterness in the nose. A sweet, caramel aroma. The flavor reflects the strong malt backbone but is balanced a little more than the aroma would indicate. Smooth easy to drink and a good example of an English Pale Ale.

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Photo of BrownNut
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Copper/amber. True to form, this Samuel Smith's yields a thick biscuit of textured foam that lingers. You could eat it with a spoon.

Smell - very yeasty, like rising bread dough

Mouthfeel - kind of soft

Taste - what at first seemed fruity became more like honey. It's malt but leans towards a honey taste. It's pretty light and easy drinking, bordering on watery but not quite getting there. The fruit peeks back in just a bit now and then. A little banana? Apple? Not sure.

Aftertaste - Just the barest hint of bitterness. I love the smell as I exhale out of my nose for a while after a sip. The taste fades away fairly quickly. After five minutes it's at a very low level and the mouth feels clean and barely astringent.

Overall - Despite loving Samuel Smith's, I have steered clear of this one for years because the Nut Brown and the Oatmeal and the Imperial were always sitting right next to it and because I'm not a pale ale or IPA guy in general. But this is great. What a nice and drinkable pairing of honey malty sweet and mild hop bitter in a light and refreshing package. If I could ask for anything it might be a bit more robustness on the back end to increase the richness and to slow me down a bit. But on the whole it's a very pleasant, sessionable, well-made, and pleasingly flavored beer.

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Photo of AmishT
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint

A - Amber in color with a nice cream colored head that retains well.

S - Fruity esters, bready malt, and floral hops. Aromas are a bit weak, but a pleasant nose to say the least.

T&M - A delicious, balanced flavor. A nice biscuity malt backbone blends with some floral hops brilliantly. Unfortunately, the mouthfeel is a little thin for me; I'd like the flavors to endure better. Low carbonation level doesn't aid with the kinda weak feel.

D - Low abv and great flavor make this an easy beer to drink

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Photo of Jwale73
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550ml brown bottle served in my Samuel Smith nonic. Poured a translucent copper with a frothy, creamy white head embedded with sizzling and popping ringlets. Head settles into a half inch cap, leaving strands of lacing adhering to the walls of the glass during the session. Nose is light - cereal grains and a kiss of aromatic hops. Taste consistent with nose - a little bit watery, perhaps a little earthy/peppery in the mix and finishes slightly bready/malty/caramely. Mouthfeel is fairly light in body with a lively carbonation level and a somewhat clean finish. Pretty easy drinking session beer and a solid example of the style.

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Photo of shleepy
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into snifter glass.

A: Clear golden color (but on the darker side - approaching orange, or even amber). Medium, white head.

S: Sweet and fruity. Apples, caramel, maybe even toffee.

T: Fruity, with a light pastry sweetness (i.e., caramel and bread). Not too concentrated or overly sweet, though.

M: Light body, medium carbonation, and a refreshing level of acidity.

O: A refreshing and enjoyable pale ale. Just don't expect it to be nearly as hoppy as an American Pale.

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Photo of ADR
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear and amber, spicy aroma and 1/4 inch pillowy head. Hops in the flavor are restrained, malts are more niticeable and a little like pumpkin pie filling. Not a lot of finish despite a medium-bodied mouthfeel. but there is little fade in the mouth. Pretty good balance in the hop/malt arena but then again Sam knows what they're doing. I tend to prefer American Pales but would love to try this stuff on tap.

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Photo of trackstar1043
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Darker that I expected, rich carmel hue, unclouded and a long lasting thick head that left behind a heavy lace as it disapated.

S - Rich smell of carmal, citrus and hops.

T - More of a bite than other pale ales, with a distinctive finish of bitter flavors.

M - Almost creamy in feel with low carbonation went down great.

D - Very good as an occational beer, but not an everyday choice.

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Photo of JordonHoltzman
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours aggressively for a nice thick head, that has an off-white color. this is a pretty damn red pale ale, filtered for a transparent body.
i smell malts, caramel, and i also smell fruitiness and i want to go with cherries as my attempt to pinpoint.
taste pretty much matches the aromas.
mouthfeel is nice, a smooth finish, appropriate carbonation too.
pretty drinkable overall

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Photo of thekoz
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle has the traditional sammy smiths gold foil top.

Pours a dark amber color with a 1/2 inch off white head. Much darker than most pale ales I feel.

I don't get a lot of aroma from the beer.

Nice carbonation level, pretty big bubbles. Almost a little much,

More bitter than most english pale ales. There is a slightly harsh flavor to the beer that I can't quite identify that hits on the back of the mouth. Perhaps a slight burnt coffee or toffee flavor.

Would certainly drink again, though might not choose over other examples of the style.

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Photo of Rauknar
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a ceramic mug.

A - Produced a foamy head that subsided in a few minutes. Not much to look at in the dark mug . . looks like beer!

S - Slightly sour smell with some hop aroma that comes through, not much for grain scents.

T - Hops up front balanced with malt characteristics. Not tasting any malt sweetness but slightly tangy aftertaste.

M - Light mouth-feel, watery for my palate.

Overall: A good balanced, drinkable pale ale. This beer does not have all the qualities I was hoping to taste, however it is still very enjoyable.

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Photo of droomyster
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber with a big tan head that laces the glass. Aroma is almost entirely of toasted malt, with some wet earth also detectable. The taste is simple, not very catchy. The toasted malts are supported by a mineral and black tea bitterness that is good but not eyebrow raising. Given how expensive it is I expected more. Probably my least favorite of the major Samuel Smith beers.

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Photo of RedChrome
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
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 -3.4%
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 -3.4%
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 -3.4%
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 -3.7%
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 -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

-pours a clear amber-red with a medium,foamy,offwhite head
-low to medium carbonation visible
-cherries,strawberries,caramel,plums,slightly spicy
-plums,strawberries,spicy,slightly grassy,cherries,nutty
-finishes very dry
-medium bitterniss for the style
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
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 -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vermilcj
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale (Organic) from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 1,228 ratings
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