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

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86
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1,201 Ratings
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%
 
 
Wants:
55
Gots:
110
For Trade:
0
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Photo of jwc215
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours copper with a slightly off-white head that slowly descends to a thin covering.

The smell is of mild barley and citrusy fruits. Hints of bread come through.

The taste is of earthy hops balanced by a sweet, grainy malt. As the drink progresses, some mild graininess emerges. It has a fairly even balance of sweet malt and soft bitter hops, leaning towards the malt, that remains steady. Basic, not complex, but flavorful and well-balanced in a medium body. The flavors hold up pretty well.

It's smooth. The sweet and bitter intermingle.

This is a fine example of a classic English Pale Ale. Mild, yet tasty, smooth and drinkable.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a huge, and well-retained creamy head, with a pale amber color. Aroma is soft, slightly floral, faint fruitiness, some citrus, but very mellow in the hop department. Overall, a sweetish palate, practically nil on the bitterness scale.
Light texture, very easy mouthfeel, lacks some substance. Doesn't need any really, for the purposes of this style. It's a pub ale, with not so much flavor to take your attention from the football or the darts. Slightly coppery, tangy taste, a little buttery.
My least favorite Samuel Smith's beer, just too mild and pale for my taste, although perfect for what it tries to be. I compare all "pale ales", sometimes unfavorably, against hoppier American craftbrew versions.

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Photo of Tone
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy amber color. Good 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of malt and hops. Fits the style quite nicely. The bitterness is the first sense; chewy, smooth, average carbonation. Tastes of hops first, with a strong malt background. Overall, one of the better English Pale Ale's I've ever had - worth a try.

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Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

01/31/09- Purchased at Whole Foods in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 500ml bottle with no freshness info. Poured into my 20oz Pizza Port glass.

Appearance- Copper in color. Rich white rocky 3/4 inch head with some streaks and spots of lace left behind.

Smell- Really didn't have a skunky smell, which I was expecting from the clear bottle. Pretty bready with a rich caramel sweet nose. Maybe a touch fruity...not smelling much in the hops dept.

Taste- Exactly as it smells, except not quite a sweet. Caramel and bready flavor from the malt, seems a tad fruity in a muted sort of way. English hops barely come through, but add a nice touch.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation, thicker for a lower abv beer.

Drinkability- A very nice English Pale Ale. Would have liked a little more of a hoppy aspect though.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of sendbeer
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of aasher
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.11/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle purchased at Jembetat in Rochester, NY.

Pours a clear light amber, with a big 1.5 inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like fruity English yeast, some slight skunkiness, and biscuity malts. No hop flavors in the aroma.

There's a bit more hop flavor in the taste, but it seems faded. When combined with the slight touch of skunkiness, it's easy to see that this might be an old bottle. It was sitting in a glass display case, after all. Still tastes alright, but has sort of an unpleasant astringent skunky aftertaste. The fruity English yeast flavors are on full display here, with some tea-like hop flavors. The malt flavor is light, but biscuity.

This one is medium bodied, and starts out with a crisp mouthfeel that unfortunately devolves later in the sip into sort a sweet honeyish and skunky mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

I've had much better from Sam Smith's- I'd like to try this in England, possibly- this was likely an old bottle.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No date on bottle, beer served in an imperial pint glass. Beer is brown / amber and clear. Carbonation is low and the beer forms a tight white head of small bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Beer looks good.

Mostly malt in the aroma. Not too surprising.

Beer is oddly bitter, highly drinkable, medium to full body. Overall its really smooth and there is almost a red like flavor / sweetness in the front of the mouth. Overall its pretty good.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Gavage
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange / copper color with a thick 2"+ off white head. Some minor lacing develops. The aroma is great as a bready, nutty caramel tone is easy to detect. The flavor is nice as the mild nuttiness and caramel tones are all over this with a nice mellow bitterness. Some quiet fruity tones lurk in the background.

The mouthfeel is smooth with a slightly dry finish. The malt lingers a bit after swallowing. Nicely drinkable and it is always a pleasure to drink this simple and pleasurable english style pale ale.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice brown color, nice carbonation, nice two-finger foamy off-white head, nice sticky lacing to follow. The nose is sweet, malty, with some caramel. The taste follows the nose pretty much. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice brew, but I still like the American version better.

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Photo of tone77
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 18.7 oz. bottle. Has a dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is nutty, hops, maybe a touch of honey. Taste is also nutty, balanced hops and malts, some honey. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a good quality beer.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass.
A very good beer. This is one of my favorites. Good balance between malt, hops and the other flavors. Nuts, caramel and slight fruits. Easy to drink either warm or cold. Leaves a bit of an aftertaste that doesn't quite match the body.
Could use a thicker head.

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Photo of tempest
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 4-pack from Byerly's in Maple Grove, MN. Appears clear orange-amber with a short white head and bit of lacing.

Great aroma right after pouring. Oh man, I'm getting fresh apple with frosting, oak, French bread and hops spice. The flavor has almost a mild barleywine/old ale malt profile with a dry hit of sugar cookie and soupy caramel. It finishes with a long, moderate strength, slightly grassy, peppercone hops note. Delicious and drinkable. Get this beer.

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Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an amber color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is good. It is full of pale malts and a mild hop aroma. The taste is also good. This is a fine English-style pale ale. It is light and bitter with a dry finish and a mild hop flavor. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This drinks well and is a good sessions beer.

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Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DoubleJ
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found the organic version to be impressive, so I have high standards for this one. On to the beer:

As I might have expected, it looks equally impressive as the organic counterpart; a chill hazed orange with a sticky white head. Soft buttered bread and diacetyl make up the aroma. Moving on to the taste, it's a little cleaner than I was expecting, but still has some diacetyl that coats the palate. It's a simple balance of malt and hops. Smooth and quaffable.

Not nearly at the same level as the organic ale, but this is still worth a look. For the optimal experience, give it some time to warm up.

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Photo of tobelerone
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of plaid75
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a deep copper/amber hue with a thin lacing of head. There was decent lacing.

The smell had a stong malt sweetness, similar to molasses or corn syrup. Little to no hop profile.

The taste was a bit more balanced than the smell. A clean rich sweet malt foundation, featuring subtle hop highlights.

The mouthfeel was clean and smooth. Nothing really exciting here.

Certainly a drinkable ale, but nothing that really holds my attention.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A. Copper color, head dissipates quickly.

S. Slightly hoppy.

T. Sweet like honey with a bit of bitter hops. Well balanced.

M. Light and smooth.

D. Could put a few down. I will say Samual Smith offers better.

Overall: A weaker IPA, left me wanting alittle more.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish amber with a slight head that settles to a thin cap. Some sweet malt comes through first in the nose, followed by some copper notes that are typical for the style, and some bready notes on the finish. Tastes of classic biscuity malts, copper, crisp with a soft bitterness, bready on the finish. Crisp with late earthy hoppy bitterbess in the mouth. Very pleasant and a classic of the style.

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Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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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