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

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Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale AleSamuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale
BEER INFO

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

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:
661
Ratings:
1,001
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
14.77%
 
 
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Photo of hyuga
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber-orange color with an off white head that stays thick. Why use clear bottles? Preserving the freshness of the beer is much more important than being able to see the color through the bottle before buying or pouring it. A bit of skunky aroma escaped when the bottle was opened, but it went away quickly. My aroma rating would definitely be higher if it wasn't for that. Sweet and fruity malt and subtle spicy hops in the nose, similar to other Samuel Smith brews. Extremely well balanced flavor profile packed into a medium body. Malty grain sweetness is almost one with the slight spicy hop character. Very traditional feel. Nice and refreshing, just an all-around pleasure to drink. Good session brew, too. A craft beer classic!

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Photo of Dogbrick
2.86/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My bottle was slightly skunked (they love those clear bottles at Sam Smith's),but even that aside I was kind of disappointed at the quality, given how much I love their Oatmeal and Imperial Stouts. The aroma was malty and had a stale aspect to it. The flavor was lacking in hops but still managed some bitterness in the finish. All in all I expected better.

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Photo of BeerAngel
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear but dark caramel color with a 2 finger head that that leaves a lace all the way down. The appearance is beautiful! The smell is slightly fruity and lightly hoppy. The taste is consistant with the smell but also reveals a malty taste and mouthfeel. It surprisingly doesn't finish as dry/hoppy as some other pale ales that I've tried. I wasn't overly impressed, but wasn't too disappointed either. Cheers!

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Photo of Wildman
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is beer I last had on tap in Lincoln, England. In a bottle here, it poured a nice amber color and formed an off white head with some nice lace. The aroma was of hops and some fruit(non-citrus). The flavor sweet and of hops, malt and caramel. Finish was a bit sweeter than I usually expect in pale ales. A good beer, but definately over here in the States in a bottle, a different brew.

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Photo of ADR
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
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 AaronRed
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Overall, an everyman's beer. (Or it should be instead of commercial swill). Nice balance of malt and hops. Not very assertive, as it mellows with any food. This beer has a creamy texture for a pale ale, but with enough bite to keep it going.

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Photo of stoutman
4.62/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Round and balanced mouthfeel. High acidity, medium to high bitterness shows great balance. The toffee, orangey, toasty taste make this another of the old tadcaster brewerey must do's. Very well balanced between malt and hops. Dry, hoppy finish.

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Photo of rastaman
2.5/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not my favourite, but i got a feeling that the place that served it hadn't cleaned there equipment for a while, coz it tasted off, so thats what my ratings based on.

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Photo of marc77
3.19/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Copper in color and very clear. Moderate, but persistent head. Unfortunately, this bottle was a tad skunked (you might get lucky and get a better bottle) What would be a leafy and earthy Fuggles hop nose has become masked by skunky mercaptans. The skunkiness does dissapate as the beer breathes, and thankfully signature fruity British yeast esters and a butterscotch note assert themselves. Luckily, the skunkiness didn't make its way into the flavor. The moderate hop bitterness is quite clean and adequately balances sweetness from crystal malt and residual sugars left by the yeast. Pleasant mild diacetyl rounds out the flavor. This pale finishes w/ dry biscuit malt notes. The skunkiness prevented this from reaching its potential. My suggestion is to pour the entire bottle into an imperial pint glass and let it "breathe" for several minutes before tasting.

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Photo of aracauna
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

There's not much head to this beer at all, although I've come to not expect much in the head department from Samuel Smith. What it lacks in head, it makes up (partly) in coloration with it's nice medium brown transparent color. It feels really smooth on the tongue, which is nice. The taste starts out sweet and malty and then you notice a bit of roastiness. The bitterness is very mild. I'm not overly big on Pale Ales, but this is a good pale ale.

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Photo of Jason
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz clear bottle that has gold foil on top, no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Bright and copper colored with sea foam like off white lace.

Smell: Hint of hops with a light jolly rancher candy like fruitiness.

Taste: Medium bodied and a dryish mouth feel show on the palate, subdued fruitiness and a malty sweetness holds the front with a mellow biscuity malt taste. Hop bitterness and a slight husk flavour help to balance. A little grainy in the finish with a true pale ale dryness in the end.

Notes: Clean to the tongue with lots of complexity, perfect quaffing material ... A Pale Ale to reckon with.

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Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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