Organic Pale Ale | Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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

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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Photo of hdofu
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not quite what I had expected being as it was slightly a darker gold then I had expected, had a white head which disappeared swiftly. The taste was sweet like molasses. The smell was something like honey bread with other spices not too much bitter hop in there. The beer had a crisp mouthfeel. Overall it was rather drinkable as it was sweet and went down easy.

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Photo of StormAles
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DBSheaII
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Great looking beer! Orange,and vibrant with an inch of mocha head.

S: Very sweet; almost citrusy.

T: Sweet with a nice bitterness on the very back of the tongue.

MF: Very light. Average carbonation.

Pouted into a pint glass, the first thing that stands out with this Pale Ale is its bright orange appearance; a quick whiff reveals a wonderful sweetness. Taste is sweet at first and bitter at the back end; an exhale after swallowing reveals a nice caramel note. I enjoyed the second half of the bottle with (spicy) Indian food--paired extremely well.

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer seemed to be fairly low rated in comparison to other Sam Smith offerings, but I thought I would try it anyway since I am a big fan of Pales. I have liked every Sam Smith product I've tried, and this is certainly no exception, but this was probably my least favorite of those I've had.

The appearance is a dark orangey-red color with a very delicate fizzy head. Doesn't look like a Pale Ale to me, more like a bitter or something. The smell was kind of buttery (I've never understood what people mean by that until now), and slightly hoppy and yeasty. Also coming through are caramel malts and a bit of a roasted aroma.

The taste had a slightly bitter upfront flavor and is followed by a blend of caramel sweetness on the tip of tongue and hops bitterness in the back upon the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is light to medium in body and reveals a delightful blend of sweetness and hops when swished through the mouth. I could picture myself drinking more of this further along the road, but I have yet to try the Sam Smith Organic Pale (or whatever it's called). As far as this goes, I think I liked Fuller's London Pride better for a good English Pale Ale, but only slightly.

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Photo of kmo1030
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

light golden amber with a thin white head that fades to a ring in a short amount of time.
toasted caramel malty aroma that has plenty of fruity floral qualities as well
light, but rich biscuity caramel butterscotch flavor, caramel at the beginning, butterscotch towards the end. fruityness comes into play in the middle, pear or apple, with somewhat herbal hops at the end cleaning things up slightly preventing lingering sweetness.
almost medium bodied with a moderate carbonation.
good drinkability, nice aroma, combined with a solid pale ale taste, make for a very pleasant drinking english pale ale.

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Photo of atis
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear amber with thin white head that very slowly fades, thin strings of lacing. Aroma is sweetish pale malt, honey and apples.

Taste is bready malt, berries, grassy and slightly spicy English hops that do not fully balance malt, bitter aftertaste with hints of citrus. Mouthfeel is medium, moderate carbonation.

Overall, certainly not bad, but nothing very special either. Taking into account that it is not cheap, I am not sure if it was worth the money.

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Photo of DoctorDog
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 550 ml. bottle into a nonic. No freshness/best by date indicated.

A- Slightly hazy golden/copper. Pours with ~2 fingers of tan head, which fades slowly to a thin, incomplete cap. Minimal lacing.

S- Moderate biscuty/yeasty odor. Touch of fruity/hop odor. Malty sweetness emerges more strongly as drink warms a bit.

T- Fairly pronounced malt / bread, with moderate caramel sweetness. Bitterness minimal. Slight fruity notes to be found.

M- Crisp with moderate carbonation.

D- Very easy drinking, flavorful, moderately low ABV%; highly sessionable beer.

Future outlook: Not a favorite style, but as with most Sam Smith, a dependable beer that I would happily go to for a change of pace or in a pinch.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish amber in color with little to no head. The smell is malty and sweet. Typical English-Style pale ale, but one that I like. Malty and smooth in the beginning with some hop flavor coming in towards the end. I also taste a hint of caramel some where there.

I still have to say my favorite beer from Sam Smith's is the Oatmeal Stout. I have yet to try the Imperial Stout but have heard great things.

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Photo of brendan13
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from the bottle into a pint glass a fairly clear copper colour with a couple of centimetres of off white head that hangs around for a while.
S - A slight toffee malt aroma hits first followed by some slight floral and fruity hop notes.
T - Nice bready maltiness backed up by some floral and fruity hop notes & a touch of spice.
M - Light to medium bodied, fairly low carbonation, dryish finish.
D - Hits all the right spots for what it's supposed to be. Not a beer that will blow your mind but rather a good quality & quite tasty sessioner.

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a dull copper with a nice creamy head. light retention as it dissipates.

lots of caramel and malt with some faint floral hops

more flavorful with a stronger hop presence. nice mix of floral and bitter hops. nice caramel malt backbone.

a bit moderate carbonation with some bite. moderate body.

very good, loads of flavor for this english pale.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pleasing copper amber color with a thick creamy foamy head. Lacing down the side.

Smell was muted - amlty hop aroma, not much else.

Taste was classic english pale - malt open with a balanced hop finish. Very mild citrus hint. Moderately carbonated in the mouthfeel.

Highly drinkable. While not the best offering from Sam Smith, this is a solid brew, and one I come back to every few months or so. Always reliably tasty.

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Photo of nimrod979
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours copper with a beautifully frothy off white head... Lacing stays glued to the glass as you drink it down. Aroma is unique. Kind of a toasty banana scent, caramel and bready malts with hint of floral hops. Flavor has a sweet caramel malt flavor with a light bitter finish. Exceptionally creamy mouthfeel, medium body. Very pleasant beer. Thanks Sam.

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Photo of elricorico
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Last time I had this beer was before I wrote reviews, figured now was a good time to revisit.

Very clear and copper coloured, with a tan head that started out two fingers and creamy, and has been very slow to recede.

Smell is a bit reminiscent of a pilsner, a bit grassy and faint spice, but the base has more of a caramel impression.

Relatively sweet for the style, quite a firm toffee taste in the front. Toffee fades, but carries all the way back finally letting in a herbal and floral hop finish. A little fruity, perhaps a bit of apple to it. Very smooth and well balanced in the flavours.

The mouthfeel could set a good standard for the style. Active carbonation and a smooth but light body make for an easy drinker. I could easily imagine sitting in a pub somewhere and sessioning this brew. Better than I remember it being.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from my Bomabardier Conic Pint glass

A - Pours a nice red amber colour with an off white head that retains well and laces.

S - Caramel and fruits aroma and a little dusty

T - A malty caramel presence is dominant, a little biscuit and nuttiness also. Slightly bitter on the finish.

M - Medium body and light to medium carbonation.

O - A very sesionable ale with plenty on offer.

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Photo of AaronSRosenberg
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served in an English style pint glass from a typical Samuel Smith 550cc bottle.

a: Bright gold to copper color with 1/2 inch of bright, fluffy head. Head retention isn't great, but about on par for style.

s: Bready malt and light caramel dominate the nose. Although the label promises plenty of fresh hop character, very little is present in my bottle. There may be some floral notes, but I think the transatlantic voyage is really showing in this regard. The English yeast character is delightful, however, with plenty of apple/pear notes.

t: Again dominated by caramel and bready malt flavors. Hop bitterness is present, though the balance is tipped towards the malt. Very little hop flavor.

m: although the head retention is less than robust, and it is not heavily carbonated, this beer is full body, and a nice bubbly sensation in the mouth.

Overall, the beer is good, but I suspect that the bottles I have access to are not treated will during shipment and storage at my local shops. I can't give points for what I expect the beer tastes like when the hop character is fresher, but I wish that I could. The malt character is brilliant, as is the mouthfeel, with some hops on the nose and a bit of hop character I could see falling in love with this beer.

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Photo of Poser
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an deep amber color with good head and lacing. Smells slightly floral with hops up front. The ale is medium-bodied with some strong hop flavors and slightly creamy and buttery. It's very balanced and some of the beer snobs on here might think it's a little uninteresting, but I found it very refreshing. This is a great brew and one I will be coming back to.

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Photo of HBeezley
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At first, I didnt think too much of this beer. It seemed a little plain Jane. But then, I started noting the flavors....

A- what you would expect from an ale. Light golden hue, nice bright white head that actually retains!

S - not too Much going in the olfactory department. But it's an ale! Just a simple average ale.

T - here's where things start happening. The taste is pretty Bready and earthy. Few grass notes, some tastiness, little bite; it seems like this beer has a very well rounded flavor combination. Everything is so well blended that it just easy to drink and still very enjoyable to pick it apart, taste by taste.

M- carbonation is very good. Not too much, not too toned down. The beer is easy to drink but no where near watery. It's a light ale with heavieness to it, if that's possible.

O- if you want to know what the standard is for an English ale, this is it. Simple, flavorful, and just damn well done!

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Photo of Mark
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Surprisingly and thankfully, I experienced no skunkiness from the clear bottle offering. This ale poured a deep amber that bordered on a copper color. Head retention was good and wispy lace patterns stuck to my British pint glass. Heavily tilted toward the malt in both aroma and taste. Slight hop with some buttery tones. Very smooth and drinkable. Good ale when you can find them unskunked. I don't get the clear bottles, but this one was fine.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a slightly hazy orangish copper color. The off-white head settles quickly to a film with decent sticky lacing. The beer smells mostly of malts with a slight sweetness poking through. The beer tastes very malty with some caramel sweetness. The hop presence is there, but not dominant. A very well-balanced beer. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and very easy to drink.

Overall, this is a very easy drinking Pale Ale. There is a sort of musty feel about it that I find in all of Samuel Smith's beers, but I'm not saying that's a bad quality, I like it, and I think this beer falls in line with all of their other wonderful brews.

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Photo of PhageLab
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into the ole Hobgoblin nonic.

A - Nice amber/brown coloration. Murky upon pouring, then after a few moments it all settled in. Nice two tip head which displayed excellent retention. Lacing was fine as well.

S - Bready and slightly bitter. Malt presence is detectable, but no noticeable hops.

T - Sweet caramel malt profile with an earthly tone. Finish was bitter. Not too complex but very tasty and refreshing.

M - Light bodied, nice carbonation level, very clean feel.

D - Not bad at all, a finely crafted sessionable brew that seems perfect to take the edge off after a hard day's work. I could see this as being a reliable fallback beer and one to have in stock. Reco!

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Photo of hanco005
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought this as a gift set (to myself) and it came with 3 bottles of Samuel Smith beer, 2 coasters and a pint glass. 550 ml bottle poured into the pint glass that came with the gift set.

A—pours slightly hazed copper with a 2 inch thick foamy off white head that lasts for a very long time, laces in thick layers

S—mild citrus, some pine, then some sweet caramel tones come through, faint whiffs of alcohol mix in as well

T—interesting and good, caramel sweetness is balanced well by some floral hoppy flavors, very well balanced, finishes just a tad on the bitter side

M—overall smooth, but just a hint of chalk on the swallow, medium bodied, good carbonation

D—it’s good and worth the try. I’d have it again for sure.

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Photo of 4000qtrap
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Source/Serving: 550ml. Bottle, no expiry date.

Smell: Caramel and apple cider that's a little musty with a pleasantly smooth and creamy earthy edge.

Taste: Smooth and creamy up front that's mostly cider with a hint of caramel. Yeasty and bready sweetness in the middle and just enough bitterness to offset the sweetness up front. Incrementally more caramel which is soft and pleasant along with a medium body. On the way to the finish hops become more apparent with an oily mouthfeel and earthy/grassy/herbal tones that are soft and pleasant and some biscuit and some sharpness from the grains. The dryness is a nice change of pace from the sweet cider up front. Ends as it begins with sweet cider and caramel, but as it lingers a pleasant and substantial dry herbal bitterness hangs around for a while and it much appreciated.

Notes: Well done. Another Sam Smith classic.

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Photo of xtacyturbo
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served out of the holiday gift pack, this bottle had been hidden inside a cardboard box- hopefully avoiding any problems normally arising from clear bottles. Served in a 16 ounce imperial pint glass.

Poured out a nice copper color with a thin to moderate off-white head. Wonderful lacing on the glass after the head dissapated- this beer virtually painted the glass creamy white when I tipped it to take a sip.

Aroma was of bready malts, with a slight smell of hops and a little sweetness.

Bready malt flavor with a dry, roasted finish. I picked up just a hint of caramel in the flavor, but it's subtle. Very well balanced and wonderfully drinkable. I'm not normally a big fan of English ales, but I found this one very enjoyable and will be picking some up again.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another nice product from Samuel Smith. The Old Brewery Pale Ale pours a good looking copper color, slightly hazed, and with mounds of nice lacing and cream colored foamy head.

The aroma is light without much other than a hint of hops with a full boat of malt overlaying the bittering. The taste is mostly of the malts with enough hops to balance the sweetness and finish with good dryness. The feel is medium with only light carbonation. Nice biscuit sense in the taste as well. Exceedingly drinkable.

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Photo of Foxman
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a very clear coppery amber. A finger of white head settles soon to frothy surface swirls. Light lacing glances along the inside of the glass.

The aroma is malt first, with caramel and light sugar sweetness in play. A more understated breadiness lays low beneath a subtle but distinctive floral hoppiness, mildly spicy and genuinely British in character.

Upon tasting, it's malt once again to the fore, sweetly caramel and berry fruit, but very refined in nature. The hops are again very subtle and feathery, though a bit spicier here to counter the floral tone of the Golding-esque presentation. A notable biscuit caress fades before a soothingly bitter and dry finish lingers. The blending is first rate, and only the muscle of the malt keeps the hops from starring.

Light bodied, the malt presence is credible and the hoppy glow is a very nice memory.

The note was a bit thinner and more vague than I anticipated, but the flavor won me over with a bold but subtle blending of good things from England. It's easily as drinkable as one could hope for, with one leaving the urge for another in its wake. This is a testament to a classic style, one that came before "extreme" was the hot trend. And while I do love extreme, sometimes a little pat is more in line than a big smack.

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Organic Pale Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 1,579 ratings