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

BA SCORE
86
very good
689 Reviews
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
Reviews:
689
Ratings:
1,194
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
12.24%
 
 
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Photo of jimmah120
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with no date

Pours a slightly dark amber with a small creamy head. Smell is oak, caramel, toasted malt, earthy hops. First impression is oak, rosin, followed by grassy herbal hops with the malt in the background. Aftertaste is tart and almost sweet. Mouthfeel is a little watery.

Interesting pale, but not earth-shattering.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poors a rich brwon with a small creamy head which quickly disappears. Color is wonderful. Some lace present. Smell is a classic english ale smell. More malt then hops. Not much hops on the taste, all malt on this one. Very smooth going down, no real after taste to seak of, but again very smooth and drinkable. Would drink this again, not a goto kinda of drink, but would turn it down if served.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper color with a white creamy/foamy head. Nice lace present on the glass throughout. Faint toast or biscuit smell, and not much else. Tastes slightly buttery with a nice bitter finish. This is a drinkable beer. This seems to be an old reliable of mine that I revisit every now and again. Sometimes there is a thirst for a English Pale, and this seems to hit the spot.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer pours a burnt orange color with a nice finger or so of slightly off-white head.

S: Light floral aromas up front but other than that, sort of blah. Toffee and stale bread with a small amount of butter in there, too. Slight butterscotch as well.

T: Luckily the flavor picks things up a bit. Still on the sweet side, as to be expected from an English pale. Malty all the way with caramel and toffee, but there is a nice little bite of floral hops and bitterness.

M: Medium in body with a lively carbonation and a dry finish, despite the sweetness.

O: Wish I could give this one a higher score, but the nose was just off-putting. Too bad.

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Photo of Buebie
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I do not know the age of the bottle, no freshness date. A brown bottle though with a gold tin wrap.
Poured into the glass, producing a fairly frothy 1+ inch head. Receding slowly and leaving a thin cap of retention. Decent lace here, although thin, leaving nice coverage.
Color is mostly amber with some golden glow.

Aroma is sweet and inviting with bready aroma and grains. Hops are not much present in aroma.
Although no hops are detected, this still smells very good.

Taste is also fairly sweet with plenty of cereal grain flavors, become a little husky into the swallow. I'm betting this bottle is not fresh, because hops are not really present in taste either. Although there is a slight grassy flavor and some mild bittering pairing with the husky flavors on the finish and linger.
Honey malt and cara 60 or something similar is keeping things sweet and delicious. Drying into the finish and follwoing the pale ale style well in that respect.

Mouthfeel is light in body and also in carbonation. Although present, does not bite.

Decent beer, not somthing I'd seek out. Although I'd really like to taste this fresh, I think it would be a completely different beer.

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Photo of sacfly
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

550mL, holiday gift pack 2005
Pours a clear, amber color with a huge frothy head of medium bubbles. Smell is grassy and musty. A hint of malt.

Taste is slightly sweet with an astringent character. Most defiantly an English pale ale. Dry in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel a bit lacking, but not too watery.

Don’t expect even a hint of American pale ale here. I must say I didn’t really like it at first. But about half way through I found myself getting used to the astringency and enjoying it.

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Photo of erz316
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle into sam smith pint glass

body isn't quite as pale as it is a slightly copper tinged brown. the body is completely transparent, and the head is a slightly off white orange colour. the nose is dull, a slight aroma of hops at the most. the taste is also quite dull, a touch of hops that leave a long biter aftertaste and a bit of a grainy taste. just kind of a 'meh'. the body has some heft to it and the carbonation is fine.

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Photo of stangbat
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I generally really like Samuel Smith's beers, however this one will not be on my regular rotation. It smells great, a little like their Nut Brown Ale, which along with the Oatmeal Stout are two of my favorite beers. It looks nice, and the mouthfeel is good.

But it just seems like it is lacking flavor. It seems like the beer finished a little dry and bland. I can't really put my finger on it though. Maybe my palate is accustomed to American Pale Ales that are higher hopped. Overall, not bad. But I don't think it is worth over $2 a bottle, which I will gladly pay for their Nut Brown or Oatmeal Stout.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer seemed a bit excited from the trip from the corner store to my glass. It foamed up a bit upon popping the cap, but I managed to rescue most of it into my glass. As I am pouring this brew, I get definite, disappointing notes of light struck beer. The beer is topped by a frothy, initially three-finger thick, large bubble, lace inducing, tan colored head. The beer itself is a brilliantly clear, ruby hued, dark amber color. The light struck skunkiness seems to fade with time, and notes of toffee, a wisp of diacetyl, toasted grain and some caramel do a fair job of masking that particularly offensive aroma. There seems to be a touch of earthy, lightly herbal hops, though one could certainly wish for a bit more.

My taste buds are greeted by a nice sharp bitterness from the get go, it combines with the carbonation to give this brew a decent bite through to and even magnifying in the finish. Soft fruity notes of apples, a touch of grape-like raisin and some notes of lightly sweet caramel balance out the hop bitterness. There is a nice level of underlying toasted malt character here; it gives the beer a sort of toasted biscuit type note. Also there is just a wisp of diacetyl again, it adds a really subtle buttery quality to this brew, but I am a touch sensitive to this particular flavor. It is not offensive though and helps to add some more complexity to this brew. While light and quaffable, this brew has a certain malty heft to it that is quite nice, again it is another thing that helps to balance the noticeable bitterness.

This is not a bad brew, but it is certainly not great either. Shipping this in brown bottles would certainly help this brew immensely. Still I am perfectly happy sipping an Imperial pint of this brew. While some flavors may be too much, or others lacking, this beer really struck a nice balance between the hoppy bitterness and the multifaceted malt character; it is something the English seem to do well, even in a beer like this.

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Photo of Beastdog75
3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nearly everything Samuel Smith produces can be considered a classic, and their Pale Ale is certainly no exception. This is a good pale ale for almost any occasion. Of course, it is also customary to gripe about the clear bottle that this is served in, but I found that the exposure to light didn't effect the flavor as much as I thought it would have.

Sam Smith' s Pale Ale pours a golden amber color with hints of red and brown. A slightly off-white head forms and lasts for about 3 to 4 minutes, leaving some whispy lace behind. The aroma unfortunately did suffer from being lightstruck, lending a skunky aroma, but it managed to subside enough to give some hints of caramel. There is a smooth, moderately carbonated mouthfeel to this beer. As mentioned, the skunk did not hinder the beer all that much. There is a good malt presence with notes of caramel and buttery toffee. A light-moderate harshness/roughness was present in this beer, and it might be due to the light exposure, but I have nothing to back that up. I found the hop presence leaned towards the stronger side of things, with the beer being bitter and drying in the finish. The aftertaste had more notes of caramel, and the bitterness lingered long after the beer was done. This one finishes out with a light alcoholic warmth.

I do see this beer as being a good pairing for pub grub: perhaps some bangers and mash, fish and chips, or maybe even a prime rib. This is a good drinkable pale ale, and other strong offering from Sam Smith's.

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Photo of Tim460
3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a clear amber color with a nice off white head that lasted quite a bit before turning to lace. Looks great. Hops as well as a nut smell is present. Taste is just average. Slight malt taste, hops become apparent halfway through but nowhere near as apparent very subdued. Medium bodied with a dry finish. High drinkability due to low alc % and sublte taste.

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Photo of rangerred
3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

550ml bottle into an English pint.

Pours a crystal clear deep copper with a one finger fluffy off-white head. Ok head retention with a few streaks of lacing.

The aroma I feel is a little on the weak side and is full of dark fruit, caramel, and toast. I would have liked it all to be just a little more forward, however.

This same lack of excitement carries over into the taste. Nice dark fruit and some grassy hops up front quickly followed by toast and burnt caramel. A nice moderate bitterness lasts throughout adding to the burnt character. Full, slick mouthfeel ending with a bit of stickyness.

Overall, a decent offering from Samuel Smith but I find it a bit lacking. There are better examples out there.

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Photo of BadBadger
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice ale. Pours a moderate amber color. A nice off-white head forms and lasts. Smell is slightly hoppy. The taste is somewhat better than average, with a pleasant balance of hops and malt. A nice pale ale to enjoy, although not so special that it should be searched out.

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Photo of Naes
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This ale pours a dark amber with orange hues and has a tall off-white head that laces and retains quite well.
The aroma is of the typical British style hops with a bit of graininess.
The flavor is less hopy than the nose implies, but never the less, the British style hops definitely are the main ingredient to the flavor. The underlying maltyness throughout this beverage is a bit bready and has a grainy presence as well. Overall, not bad for a British pale ale, but could use a bit more in the flavor department. It is just a bit watered down.
Mouth feel is a bit light, but the carbonation levels are done right.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured a light copper color with white head that lasted very little time and disappeared in to thin film

S - Malts all around. Some hop character a bit not too much going on on the nose. Kind of disappointing. Some soury notes in the nose as well.

T - Nice malty taste with limited hops some soury citrus notes and slight nuts as well.

M - Crisp well balanced. Clean.

D - Refreshing and not too strong.

not my favorite EPA but definitely not a bad selection.

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Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - 1/2" off white head down to a cap immediately. No lace. Amber-orange colored beer.

S - Caramel with a light backing of herbally hops.

T - Tea, toffee, caramel. Tangy, grassy hops.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

D - Good drinkability. Another solid Sam Smith's.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a reddish copper colour with a thin white head. Fruity aroma with a little malt. Medium carbonation. Flavours of apple, melon, a little caramel, sweet and light bodied.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - orange amber, small tight creamy head almost like whipped cream sitting on top of some hot cocoa.

Aroma - slight caramel malt preceded by a brief hint of skunk which was subdued but detectable. That completely evaporates, leaving the caramel behind in a much weakened state and kind of hard to pick up.

Taste is of lightly roasted caramel malt and some metallic notes. Light bitterness at the finish, fairly good stuff. Edit - fresher sample tried 1/10/05, no metal, very clean taste, adjusting taste from 3.0 to 3.5.

Mouthfeel is fairly smooth, below average carbonation. Not all that memorable but certainly not bad.

Drinkability - if it wasn't for the metallic taste this would easily score much higher. Edit - a different beer when fresh, adjusting score from 2.5 to 4.0.

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Photo of longpondbeerman
3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a very light, floral brew that pours a clear light amber that is typical of the English Pale Ales. There's little head, and less lace, and by the smell, you'd almost think you were about to consume water laced with a hop or two and some lemon. The taste is fortunately more full-bodied, even complicated. It's not too bitter, but what bitterness there is sticks with you throughout. It does not fade. The sweetness, that floral taste, is of rose hips offset by a twist of lemon--a fun and tantalizing feature. The mouthfeel is light and more bubbly than I expected. A good brew, really--though costly over on this side of the Atlantic.

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Photo of Mdog
3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear amber, good head.

Smell: Toffee, a little unappealing green apple.

Taste: Mild toast, toffee sweetness, mild tea bitterness.

Drinkability: Nice blend of flavors and lower ABV could make this a session beer.

Beer #2 from the sampler pack, the pale ale is a solid English pale, very balanced between malt and bitterness. I'd like to try this on cask sometime.

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Photo of TacoSaladin
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
A clear and crisp copper color with a light/frothy white head with semi-decent head retention. I feel the color was a little on the dark side for the style (I classify this beer as a SB) but in hind sight the room was a bit on the dark side.

Aroma:
The overall aroma is sweet and of hops, leaning more to the sweet. Also this beer has hints of caramel.

Taste:
This beer was less bitter tasting than expected. There was more of a focus on the malts. The carbonation was appropriate with a dry (sweet) finish with a hint of hops.

Overall:
All-in-all I think this beer is a little too mild on the bitterness for a English Pale Ale (SB). With that said, this is a very enjoyable drink.

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Photo of slitherySOB
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My last of the Samuel Smith beers. Until, of course, I'm lucky enough to find more. This ale pours a nice, copper colour with a small but firm white head. About a finger's worth of foam floating atop the copper. Their are a few whisps of lace. But, not much. No more than a few strings here and their. Smells of fruit candy, grass, lemon and bread. Taste is mild. Bready, sweet, with a bit of a bitter grass finish. Mouthfeel is a bit granular, rough. I like it. Drinkable as a session beer. But, not overly complex. Simplicity is what makes this beer good.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz. clear bottle (how do they get away with that?!) with the gold foil around the top.

Appearance: An opaque copper-colored appearance with a frothy, bubbly head that rings the glass distinctly after each quaff.

Smell: Just a little bit of citrus hoppy aroma....but there was also a whiff of "skunkiness" to this one as well.

Taste: Nothing in this beer really jumped out at me. The hops didn't outpower the balancing sweetness from the malts. Just a decent-tasting pale ale.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation and crispness of the hops make for a good mouthfeel.

Drinkabilty: Definitely one of the more "puckering" type PA's I've had. This one really finishes dry. That was kind of a turn off for me.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A gift from Uncle Roy

Amber with a persistent head for an English Pale. Multiple foam rings like a rugby shirt. Smell is very malt forward with biscuit mix and dough being the primary aroma. Some earthy hops in the background. Wheat bread malt flavor with the more earthy hop balance in back. Mild orange marmalade. Surprisingly, and appreciated, prickly mouthfeel for this usually flat English style.

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Photo of PatrickJR
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Deep transparent copper, 1/2 inch head that recedes quickly to thick white collar. Nice stream of bubbles from the bottom.

S - Predominantly coffee and caramel, with some spicy hop character in the background.

T - Lots of caramel malt with dark fruit overtones and a faint hop bitterness in the background. Usual Sam Smith's sourness near the finish.

M - Pretty smooth with a decent amount of carbonation.

D - I wouldn't mind drinking a few of these, but I wouldn't mind not drinking a few either. It's good, but it's something inbetween a pale ale and a light stout or porter.

A fairly poor representation of a pale ale if you ask me, but a tasty beer nonetheless. The hops don't shine through at all, one of the hallmarks of the style, and the malts are far too dark to constitute "pale." The beer is on point, but like their India Ale, I feel the name is a misnomer.

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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 1,194 ratings.
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