Organic Pale Ale | Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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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:
Known as Organic Best Ale in the UK.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-27-2001

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#9,921
Reviews:
891
Ratings:
1,576
pDev:
12.4%
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4.1
 
 
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Photo of MNAle
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on April 1, 2018. Date code SK30P1 (Nov 30 2016), so it is very old. This is pathetic. I haven't opened the bottle yet and I am already dreading it. If I can find a more reasonably fresh one in the future, I'll update the review. Otherwise, if Samuel Smith really doesn't want beer this old being sold, they need to step up their pressure on their importer/distributor. And, the store (one frequently spoken highly of on the Midwest forum here) should be ashamed of themselves regardless of what the distributor does. I mean, this beer was 1.5 years old! At least I know where I won't be buying British beer any more.

Sweet, malty, aroma. The aroma is more like a barley wine than a pale ale. Tall, thick off-white to tan creamy head, receding moderately, leaving lots of lacing. Slightly reddish dark amber, clear, good amount of carbonation. Feel is appropriate for the style, medium thin. Malty and nutty initial taste, but nicely bitter and a bit tart on the finish. From the other reviews, I have to assume this beer is well past its prime.

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Photo of Zazzi82
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of travelguy
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CIBoy10
2/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of msscott1973
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chinchill
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

.5 /l bottle.
Hazy, copper colored body with a decent off-white head.
While my last Samuel Smith's beer (their Pure Brewed Organic Lager) was disappointing, I am a fan of this brewery and this pale ale fosters that view. The malt/hop ratio is high for style, leaving some toffee and bread flavors most obvious. There are adequate hops to add complexity and to make this mildly bitter overall.
Overall: a "pale ale" leaning towards an ESB or brown ale.

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Photo of DanielCrawshaw
3.27/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tasty brew, little hoppier and darker than I expected for being labeled a pale ale. Decent finish and easy to sip it down.

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Photo of HarryPotHead
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheCrowsEye
3.39/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of OzmanBey
5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of obywan59
3.19/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Great appearance. Golden amber in color and nearly clear with a 3 finger thick light tan head and great lacing.

Metallics and tart citrus both in aroma and taste with an off bitterness.

Medium full in body and rather high carbonation

No date on the bottle, but I think my sample was well past it's prime. Flat in taste and aroma, I'll try it again sometime, and hope for a fresher bottle. 1st disappointment ever from Samuel Smith. It was nothing like the description and the positive reviews, just a fluke.

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Photo of puck1225
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Copper colored with a thin head and head. Sweet malty smell. Good clean taste, grassy, lemony, and malty. A bit thin but enjoyable.

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Photo of DoctorRobert1969
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Smith is a great brewery and this one is my go to English Pale.

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Photo of Phoodcritic
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of OregonGrown7
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of irate_alien
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.44/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bmaslakov
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A decent refreshing pale ale. Look: nice caramel chestnut color with very little foam. Pleasant and warm aroma, reminiscent of sun-warmed wood and baguette. The taste is dominated by a pleasant hoppy bitterness with some hints of wildflowers. The malt base is quite subtle for a pale ale. Light carbonation.

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Photo of sokol_1993
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bottle from a local Bristol Farm.
Look: quite ironically for a "pale ale", brownish color, with a good amount of creamy head.
Taste: very sweet, full of biscuit, honey. Strong maltiness. Light hoppiness at the end.

Excellent brew, but a little bit too sweet for me.

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Photo of csmrx7
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a great example of a British pale, but more what an American may describe as a brown.

Pours dark copper with a sweet malty nose with some nut.

Flavor is similar with a hint of hopdry bitterness to clean the pallet.

Flavour really pops as it warms.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.31/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Well, that was a surprise. Chilled and it gushed.

Clearish copper colour, 2 fingers of foam with lacing.

Serious English malt nose going on. Earthy, kinda sweet and nutty. Citrus hops bring a light fruitiness.

The taste is sweet(caramel), nutty, earthy, balanced by a mild citrus hop kick.

Simple effective mouthfeel..not a full body but not that far off.

Very very drinkable.

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Photo of Davedrinkinbeer
4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Smell is just as one would expect, malt and nutty scent. Taste is a subdued taste of roasted nuts mostly. Mouthful has a good feel overall, light, refreshing, and leaves a light nutty aftertaste. Beer is not dry at all. This seems like a lighter version of Smith's Nutty Brown Ale to me, but is still refreshing to drink. Good Beer.

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Photo of BubbaGuppy
4.7/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of RochefortChris
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of maxist
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Organic Pale Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 1,576 ratings