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

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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
Reviews:
689
Ratings:
1,197
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
12.24%
 
 
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Photo of rgrholmes168
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.
The beer is a nice burnt orange color that poured a good dark head. As the foam dissipated the glass has solid lacing down the sides.
The aroma was the weakest part of this beer as I got a slight waft of malt, but little else.
The beer has a solid caramel malt taste that is of a medium body. No hops were discerned and the beer did go down smoothly.
A very solid drinkable beer.

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Photo of jjm2503
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a glass.

A: A thick head tops this dark amber- almost reddish ale. Light lacing on the glass once the head recedes.

S: Smells sweetly malty right off the bat with hints of apple and banana.

T: Very similar to the smell up front with an almost apple cider like sweetness. This goes away quickly as roasted malts and a dash of hops dominate the bittersweet finish. Surprisingly complex aftertaste which leaves you wanting another sip.

M: Feels medium bodied and creamy in the mouth with a nice carbonation.

O: I have to say that this was a surprisingly drinkable Pale Ale. Quite complex and uniquely different than an American style pale ale. I will be sipping this again.

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

Picked up a holiday pack of Samuel Smiths and got a nice pint glass too. The pale ale is a nice rich amber color with an offwhite head that is quite thick and creamy and leaves nice lacing.
I am able to pick up only a faint aroma, slightly sweet and candy like. Maybe its the cold i am fighting but its really difficlut to pick up the aromas.

The taste is nice and malty with a nice hop balance. I detect a little vanilla in the smooth finish. The mouthfeel and drinkablity of this beer are good. A good overall beer.

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

Poured from 550ml bottle into dimpled mug.
A - Copper-red in color. Large, creamy, off=white head with excellent retension.
S - Amber malt with some dried fruit and caramel faint grassy hops.
T - Predominant malt taste with dried light fruit. Just the right amount of hop bitterness.
M - A bit slick at first but cleans up well on the finish.
D - This, like all the other Samuel Smith products, is spot on. Nothing big or adventurous, but true to the original style and reasonably priced.

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Photo of mwrseeley
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Excellent. Every sip was a joy. Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale is a beer I will come back to with frequent regularity.

A light beige head, foamy and tightly-bubbled, capped an orange-red body. I loved the smooth creaminess and the beer was carbonated exactly to my liking.

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Photo of skillerified
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fairly dark copper-orange brew with a small white head. The head faded quickly. Lacing looks alright, but a little slick maybe.

Pine and citrus dominate the scent. It's lemony citrus. There's a hint of a metalic scent. A touch of spice too.

Sweet malt up front with a little caramel mixed in. Some of the citrus flavor comes in around the middle. Fades to a hoppy, bitter flavor at the end. Grapefruit-like on the bitterness, but not nearly as intense.

Fairly smooth and mellow mouthfeel. Medium bodied. A slight carbonation prick on the tongue. Like I said, it starts with a smooth sweetness and fades to a slightly harsher hoppy bitterness. Fairly well-balanced.

Not bad. There something about these English Pale Ales that's appealing to me. This wouldn't make a bad session beer, but I think I'd prefer it on-tap if it were available.

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Photo of WaltTrombone
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer came in a 550ml clear glass bottle, as part of a Samuel Smith's Beer Nut package. It poured a medium amber, with a huge off-white head. The aroma was a sweet malty one. Taste was also sweet malt, balanced by a touch of bitter hops, and some grapefruit notes. The mouthfeel was posh and luxurious, and a smooth, light hoppy finish.

An excellent beer! I liked this better than the Nut Brown Ale, very smooth and drinkable. A good session ale.

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Photo of zacharius
2.59/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an orange color with a thick off white head, little carbonatoin noted. As I opened the beer I was taken back by the skunky odor, damn clear bottles. Skunkyness dissapated as the beer settled in the glass but then was replaced by fruitty esters with a sulfury winey characteristic. I don't care too much for the yeast strain Samuel Smith uses. Taste is earthy and aftertaste of grain builds up, some fruitty esters in there, again with a vinous characteristic. Body is thin and watery and beer is lightly carbonated. Once you get past the taste the drinkablity isn't bad. Definatly not worth the price.

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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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Photo of hoffman
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours up nice from bottle to pint glass. A 2.5 finger head rises frothy and rich and then falls to a ring and some spotting on the surface with a nice thin lace on the glass. The nice translucent brown/amber color is really appealing. Smells of roasted malts carmels, and some earthy organic tones. A nice full taste toasty and smooth with ample hop integrity as the drink warms. Plenty malty right through the middle and definately in the finish....some nice alchohol hints in the finish as well. The mouthfeel is incredibly full nice carbonation balance a great feel. Over all very drinkable beer. A nice addition from sam smiths...not too surprising I guess.

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Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into the branded glass a clear amber liquid presents itself. Atop this is a thick mocha coloured head, thick and porous like volcanic rock, it lasts well to the halfway point.

Caramel apple and floral hop aromas greet the nose held up by gram cracker malt aromas. Fruity resin of the hops quickly follows this, reminiscent of melon rind at times.

Bitter hop flavours mix well with the balancing malt; with its slight toasted nutty notes. The overall taste is very subdued. As one drinks on sweet malt becomes more prevalent masking some of the hops.

A medium light body with relatively low carbonation this one is very quaffable.

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Photo of BillyBoysPie
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle into a pint glass. I'm still wishing for an imperial pint glass to appear into my cupboard...

Pours a great copper color with an almost tan head - solid inch and a half. Really pretty to look at. Lacing is there.

Nice clean hoppiness. A touch of pine, but mostly real hop scent - probably the goldings. A touch of sweet caramel, but mostly hop. Not much spice, but a touch of basil.

Great flavor - lemony zest with a little orange, some rhubarb and a bit of caramel. Nice balance with the clean finish. Worth savoring.

Nice light carbonation, typical of the British style. Well rounded, light mouthfeel, but a nice bit of "zap" at the end to get a touch of the astringent qualities. Easy to drink - glad it comes in the imperial pint.

Try it. You'll probably like it.

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Photo of airforbes1
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange color. The head is one finger thick, and a thin layer remained throughout the beer. On the nose, I didn't smell too much, with sour apple being the primary aroma.

The sour apple sensation became even stronger on the taste The beer even made me pucker on my first few sips. The hops don't make an appearance. Neither do the typical diacetyl overtones. I wonder how fresh this bottle is, but I can only go off what I'm tasting right now.

Anyway, going off the bottle I had, I'd say this isn't a bad beer, but it doesn't compare well to the Fuller's London Pride I had earlier in the evening.

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Photo of likethetaste
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium amber color.
Nice lacing
slight fruity smell
good flavor but mouth feel is not as nice.
I actually like this a lot better than Fullers but I know I am crazy to say this, but I like the much lighter colored Sam Adams Pale Ale better than both. Much better drinkablity.

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Photo of Running4beer
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an deep amber/rust color with an off white head that was thick but settles to a thin lace quickly. The aroma of malts jump at your nose and some caramel does too. Sweet malt and caramel taste is followed by a slight bitterness a good one, two punch to this tasteful beer. Light carbonation and smooth mouthfeel. The balance of flavors and mouthfeel make this an easily drinkable brew.

Cheers!!!

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Photo of MobBarley
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful, full golden-copper color with a small creamy head. The smell is tangy and sweet, clearly favoring the malt side of the equation, but with a spicy hoppiness as well. The taste, sorry to say, was less to my liking than expected. I suppose I'm just used to PNW Pale that are hop-heavy, but the sweet, malty nature of the taste was a little cloying. Notes of caramel are abundant, with a slight piney hopiness and a peculiar tinny aftertaste battling for the finish. Crisp nonetheless, and good in the mouth due to strong carbonation and relatively full body. Drinkability is average. A solid English Pale Ale when I want something different.

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

Copper in color with a thick half inch head. Fruity smell with hops overtones. Dry, clean, and crisp in taste. A solid pale ale and overall an incredibly balanced beer. Standard but good. Highly drinkable. Of the Samuel Smith beers I would probably wander towards the Oatmeal Stout or the Nut Brown Ale before this beer.

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Photo of bosox941827
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served cold from a 0.5L bottle into an imperial pint glass....allowed to warm as I tasted.

A - Classic "British" pale ale look, dk. orange/amber/brown, with thin head
S - Some malts and sweetness on the nose, but not much in the way of hops. Not unexpected from a British-style pale ale
T - I'm getting mostly toasted malts, and believe it or not, a bit of alcohol even though it's only 5.0%. Hops are there are there at the end if you wait for them, but they are not prominent.
M - Very smooth, low carbonation as is typical of the style
D - Quite drinkable, but not a "go-to" beer for me, like a bit more assertiveness in my pale alses.

Realize that, as one who is used to an American Pale Ale, this needs to be judged on a different scale, but this doesn't really do it for me. It's a bit "blah", and though the hops start to come through a bit more as it warms, it's still not what you expect from a pale ale. The fact that you can sense the alcohol (not in a good way, for me) is telling. This is a classic and I'm in the minority here, but this one's not in my wheelhouse.

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

Appearance: Pours to a murky molasses-brown with a thick tan head. Thick, single layer of lacing.

Smell: Smells of caramel malts, and subtle floral hops.

Taste: Very similar to the smell, smooth caramel malt up front, followed by subdued floral hops. Smooth, yet complex taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with a fair amount of carbonation. Maybe a little too much for the style.

Drinkability: Really good beer, the taste is quite complex yet contains nothing too overbearing. Simple, smooth, and good.

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Photo of trackstar1043
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Darker that I expected, rich carmel hue, unclouded and a long lasting thick head that left behind a heavy lace as it disapated.

S - Rich smell of carmal, citrus and hops.

T - More of a bite than other pale ales, with a distinctive finish of bitter flavors.

M - Almost creamy in feel with low carbonation went down great.

D - Very good as an occational beer, but not an everyday choice.

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Photo of WissBrauSean
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep red amber, very clear and with a nice tan head consisting of tiny bubbles that fade to a ring around the glass and a center cap for the rest of the drink. Lacing is a wide and uniform polka dot pattern, but very little of it.

The aroma is of dark fruits like figs and raisins with a caramel malt base and some nice bread to make you feel at home. As it warms, it becomes even more like you wanna put your feet up on the coffee table and drink in the atmosphere.

With the taste you can sort of make out the effect of the hard water as it seems to carry the light hop bitterness on top of a caramel malty, bready, figgy base. The bitterness is mild but apparent with the whole sip as the mild sweetness moves across the tongue and ends up finishing lightly dry with a little bitter at the back of the tongue. It's nicely mild and balanced well leaning a little more to the bitter side.

Mouthfeel is fairly moderate and maybe a little on the thin side allowing the bitter to slightly overtake the sweetness at first. I poured it too cold. As it warms up it becomes even better balanced. Carbonation is perfectly moderate leading to a lasting dry mild bitter finish. English hops for sure. My favourite.

Overall, I would say that this is close to being a world class beer if it were only a little more full bodied, but then it would not be a session-able pub beer would it? It gets a 4+ out of 5 from me!

You have to try this beer as it is pretty affordable and a classic! Get out there, drink good beer. Life is too short for the mundane!

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Photo of scottakelly
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Medium white head. Light brown, slight copper hue.

S: Fruity esters, herbal hop nose.

T: Light sweetness and some fruit notes. Herbal hop taste and moderate bitterness. Some biscuity taste in the background. Very well balanced and delicious.

D: Very high.

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Photo of ROMER79
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour was straight out of the bottle into a Samuel Smith Pint Glass. It was a copper orange with a thick three finger white/tan head. Honey, citrus, and hops were all present in the smell. It had a good blend of malts, spices, honey, citrus, and hops in the taste. The mouthfeel was smooth and it was a very easy beer to drink.

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Photo of sentomaster
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice bright copper color with a two finger off white head. Good retention.

S- Nice bouquet of flowers with citrus and light orange fruitiness.

T- Smooth pale malt flavors of fresh soft biscuit up front with a soft fruitiness that carries through. A very slight hop bite in the middle with notes of citrus and lemon rind. A bit of spicy esters in the finish with a classic pale ale dryness.

M- Very smooth medium body with a nice grainy texture.

D- An outstanding pale ale with nice layers. Eternally drinkable.

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Photo of ProfessorHomer
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: reddish brown, thinnish head, no lacing to speak of. good carbonation.

S: malty, raisins & apples. Malty. some alcohol.

T: fantastic English Pale Ale. Smooth & creamy. Malt notes hit you aright away and linger on. Nicely balanced alcohol. Not much hop notes to speak of - this is a proper English Ale, by jove.

M: full, creamy, balanced.

O: a very very fine representation of the style. Would love to have this on tap. Like all Samuel Smith's beers, this is afire, fine beer. Recommended!

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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 1,197 ratings.
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