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

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86
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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:
1,201
Reviews:
691
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
12.24%
 
 
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Photo of CBFanWish
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Smith's flexes its muscle with the Old Brewery Pale Ale. Every bit as good as a pale ale should be.
Deep amber in colour with a thick white head that lasts for a couple minutes and leaves a thin lace.
The aroma is complex with floral, fruit and grassy notes topped off with a buttery smell.
The taste is not as complex, but is very good, none-the-less. Fruity. Subtlties of banana, grass, vanilla, with a smoothness of butter.
Very good, but not a session beer. This would be great with a bowl of jambalaya or gumbo. Pulled pork would also pair nicely with this.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Boy, I am NOT an English ale kinda guy, but damn is this good. Scent is the only thing holding this one back. Smell is a bit light and kinda metallic. Great pour, excellent head retention. Tracing on the glass. Tastes terrific, of toffee and is creamy and very nutty. Really nice flavors in the beer, shoot all around the palate. Nice hop balance on the back end. Great session brew. Way tooo expensive. A fair price for this beer may be $11 bucks a sixer but it is that for only four. If it were affordable, Old Brewery Ale would be in my fridge daily!

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Photo of wheatyweiss
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 550 mL bottle into an imperial pint.

Pours a light rust color with a short lived 1/2 inch head that leaves decent lacing.

Aroma is of light roast malt, floral undertones and tannins.

Flavor is malty and buttery with a small floral flavor that hints at hops. Tannic flavor like iced tea comes through in the middle along with a nutty flavor. Finishes slightly dry with a nice toasty malt flavor that lets the hops come through slightly.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium. Creamy carbonation with a slightly stinging bite which may be from the minerals in the water.

Very nice, easy to session ale.

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Photo of Cycle69
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy orange bronze color that had about a quarter inch of head of tight bubbles at first. The head was gone within a minute to a small ring maintained by a few bubbles rising. Some lacing.

Aroma: Lots of fresh hops noticeable at first. The hops are playing well with the buttery British malts, but the balance is tipped firmly to the hops.

Taste: The hops greet you in the beginning as the aroma carries into the flavor. There is a malt presence in the flavor that doesn't shy as easily as the aroma did. The balance is still tipped toward the hops, but there is a very firm malty backbone in this beer. The finish is slightly dry and bitter from the hops.

Opinion: I would suspect that there is a bit of a lower-attenuating yeast that was in charge of this brew. The finish isn't syrupy, but it is pretty sugary considering that this is only a 5%ABV beer. The bittering hops is very well balanced to keep it from being cloying. This really is a pretty well crafted brew, and one I would recommend trying at least once. I personally prefer Youngs Special London Ale, but this is a fine brew from an outstanding brewery!

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Photo of soulgrowl
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Blushing brownish honey amber, barely translucent, with a creamy, nougaty head with decent retention.

Smell: Toasty malts act as the base here, with a subtle sweet richness, full of toffee and a bit of mocha. Diacetyl provides some light and sweet butterscotchy notes along with a velvety vanilla that combines with the mildly woody spice of the hops to create the distinct impression of Bourbon. Very nice. There's a light fruitiness here as well, something like ripe cherries or peaches.

Taste: Balanced and pleasant, but not as interesting as I hoped from the nose. Lightly sweet brown sugar malts countered by the dry, bitter tang of hard water and estery English hops. Finish is nutty, toasty, and slightly woody.

Mouthfeel: Smooth but zipping with lively carbonation. Though it's fairly dry and clean on the palate, the finish is surprisingly sticky.

Drinkability: This is nice, but not my favorite. Certainly an easy drinker, but it could be even more so if it were a little bit more interesting and/or a bit cleaner.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Guinness pint. Boasts a lovely hue of orange-red with a soft glow due to slightly compromised clarity. The head lays thick and goopy with an antique yellow-white color.

Buttery malts, toast, and an English flair of nutty yeasts. Biscuity and lightly roasted with an attenuation of hops.

Nice and dry with a fruity ester, not unlike artificial strawberry, that smooths out in front of a toasty malt backbone. Plenty of English nuttiness with a stocky bitterness that evokes some good early-boil hopping. A bit floral with carryover notes of canteloupe and peppermint leaf. Has a slight tannic acidity, like red apple skin or over-steeped black tea. Quite nice.

Superbly smooth-bodied with a medium to medium-light level of carbonation. Rather mellow. Has the drinkability of a good mild or semi-hoppy pale.

Another solid Sammy that I'll remember to look for again. This is a standard that I waited all too long to review. Makes me want to buy their India Pale Ale and do the same. I'll see if I can find a fresh one. In the interim, I have a bottle of year-plus old Stingo in the closet worth drinking. Until then, cheers!

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Photo of micmillon18
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a Samuel Smith's Imperial pint glass. No born on date, something I wish Samuel Smith's would finally institute. I love their beer but I'm we've all been duped into buying skunked bottles due to lack of dating.

A - Pours an amber color with a small white head. No lacing.

S - Sweet toffee maltiness with a nice, mellow hoppiness.

T - Sweet toffee and bready malts are followed by a balancing hoppy bitterness, reminiscent of lemon. Finishes semi dry with a lasting biscuit flavor.

M - Medium bodied with balanced carbonation and finishes semi dry.

O - Easily one of my favorite EPA's, a beer I could easily have 3 or 4 of in a night.

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Photo of sinistermadman
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am a big fan of Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout, but this is the first time I've tried this pale.

This brew pours a nice amber-brown with a white froathy head. Foam lingers throughout the whole pint...leaves a nice lacing on the side of the glass after a good swig.

Ahhh. Smells pretty good. Malty hops are at the forefront. Without even tasting it I know that the malt will dominate the flavor. My mouth froths in anticipation as my olfactory sensors take it in.

The taste is not what I expected from the smell. It's kind of whispy, lacking depth I usually associate with Sam Smith brews. It is a well balanced ale, though not overly complex. This would probably be good with spicy Thai food.

As I already pointed out the mouthfeel leaves something to be desired. It is pleasant, but I like a bit more tinge and bitterness. Still pretty good though. Very balanced.

This is a very drinkable pale ale. Next time I'm going to try with some kind of food, as I think it would lend itself pretty well as a dinner beer. I think I'll stick with the oatmeal stout or nut brown ale.

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Photo of adamette
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from foil wrapped bottle purchased in a gift pack some months back at World Wines & Liquor in Mentor, Ohio along with a pint glass. It was poured into that same souvenir glass.

A Brown translucent body under off white head, pleasing if unremarkable.

S Very light hops, mostly barley malt, not unlike a brown ale with a dash of hops bitterness.

T Typical sam smith woodsy taste with some hops. It tastes like a great English pub beer.

M Moderate with interesting tastes but low ABV.

D A great session beer.

Notes: A solid pale ale in the English style, exactly as advertised. I will always give high marks for beers that deliver on what is promised.

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Photo of Loot
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a- it pours an orangy, brown almost arnold palmer or a long island in color. Intriguing...

s- caramel, and ample malt notes...subtle with a slight cracker note. A hint of hops...very subtle...

t- starts with a smooth maltiness, lots of complex caramel notes...finishes with a tingle on the tongue of hops. There is a subtle ,but interesting bready, biscuity, flavor throughout. Good.

m- very good, has a little bit of a chew to it. I think from the bread and cracker notes.

d- it was very good, drank it rather quick after the tasting. Def. A drinker!

all in all a good beer. I think it is a great execution of the style. Seems very traditional. It did not let me down...in the age of super hoppy beers a refreshing more malty change. All in balance.

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Photo of hotstuff
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I found this beer to have a very smooth flavor to it along with a fruity aroma.There was no overwhelming bitter aftertaste observed with this beer.While I would not consider this to be an outstanding beer, it is one that I would consider drinking for the evening.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very fine specimen. A nice rich amber colour with a fair white foamy head that lasts a minute or so, leaving a fine lace on it's way down the glass. Strong malty aroma with a bit of spicy hops.
Rich malty flavour balanced out nicely by the hops, goes down very easy and is quite refreshing. The malt definitelty dominates over the hop content in this pale ale. A formidable session brew.

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Photo of EliottJW
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I haven't had a whole lot of samuel smith's... but I know they run a lot of old recipes and have set many benchmarks with their beers, so I've GOT to respect that much.

what a beautiful pour this beer's got. deep amber with a super tight, whippy looking head... not a whole lot of lacing to speak of, but the initial pour is gorgeous.

smells sweet and estery. not much bitterness to the nose. I feel as though english pales are in large a touch more sweet than we're used to state side, and that's what I'm getting with a quick quaff.

the taste is much along the lines of the nose... sweet, fruity, some green apple hints at the front. soon though, the fruitiness gives way to some serious bite at the back of the throat... formidable bite for a pale. it finishes out with a mild biscuity flavor that sits quite nicely.

wonderful mouth on this. it comes in right in the middle of the spectrum. with a medium body and slight creaminess, I really enjoy the mouthfeel on this one.

while I've scored this beer pretty well in every category, I can simply say it's not my cup of tea. personal drinkability doesn't rank all that high for the style.

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Photo of velosuds
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date apparent. Paid $2.99 at Cost Plus World Market. Other stores usually sell for $3.99.

A-Pours an orange-amber hue with a two finger light tan head with good retention and ample lacing. Very nice appearance.

S-The aroma is primarily toasted caramel malt and herbal, English hops. A bit subdued, but nice.

T-Bready caramel malt that is more filling than sweet. Faint English toffee that is nice in a pale ale. The stingy hop bitterness is predominantly herbal and earthy, with a slight citrus fruit essence.

M-Exceedingly smooth with a balanced complexion. Just the right level of carbonation.

D-Another fine beer from Samuel Smith's. Not my favorite beer in their fine lineup due to style. But, they are among the best at getting so much flavor and other characteristics in a 5% ABV beer.

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Photo of smcolw
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Large rocky head that leaves plentiful lace. The color is orange, copper. There is the slightest of haze.

Sweet caramel aroma; no noticable hop.

Full bodied with a low amount of carbonation. There is a smoothness to this beer. Lots of berry-like flavors. Nice hop finish. The aftertaste is a combination of light hop and sour milk.

This is what I would call a mellow pale ale. There is none of the in-your-face hop that is common in the American versions of pale ales.

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Photo of Zylod
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jame515
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of steverx8
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aquaderek
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought this beer at TJ's for about 2.49. Presented in a 1 pt2.7 oz bottle. I poured this beer into a regular pint pub glass. A nice amber color with a nice head which diminishes to a nice lace on the glass. The nose, I get some nice fruity hops. The taste is hoppy with a nice sutle malty finish. The mouthfeel is nice, creamy and effervescent. Pretty good beer, I could drink a few.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Fuller's London Pride.

A: Clear light amber with few tiny bubbles and a two-finger, off-white creamy head that lasted a couple of minutes. Pretty good lacing.

S: Malt. Apples and dark fruit. Very mild.

T: Light sweetness and bitterness. Apples and citrus hops. A hint of nuttiness.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Creamy and smooth. Just slightly dry.

O: I was a bit dissappointed by the head retention and lacing. The smell was a bit too mild. Overall, very drinkable though, and very smooth. I like the flavor.

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Photo of Platonis
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thoglund
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Thunderballroom
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of foamer
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a coppery brown with a cream coloured-domed frothy head which diminishes rather quickly to a layer of bubbles on the surface. Some malts with some hops in the nose, but not much. Grainy malts in the taste lead to a very nice lingering bitter hop finish. Good mouthfeel with not too aggressive carbonation. A classic English Pale Ale, and a good solid beer. Too bad Samuel Smith only cask-conditions the OBB.

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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 1,201 ratings.
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