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

very good
1,210 Ratings
Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale (Organic)Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale (Organic)

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

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Artjsantos
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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

Copper and crystal clear. I was a little worried about the clear bottle but this one is not skunked. Two finger persistent nitrous like head. Aroma of earthy Fuggles and Goldings hops mingle with fruity British yeast esters and a mild butterscotch diacetyl. A medium light body with stonger carbonation than I expected for the style. The sweetness from crystal malt balanced with hops. Improves with warming - showing off its lightly roasted malt base and burnt caramel that lingers with light hop and finishes with dry biscuit malt notes.

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Photo of IanSpindler
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of bishopdc0
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my favorite beer glass toasted English malt fills the aroma. It has a full white head and a almost cloudy amber color. The flavor starts sweet with a slight amount of carbonation but finished dry but a slightly nutty aftertaste. A very good English and I like its complexity despite the lack of hops that I've come to like in an American style

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

Pours a deep amber with a big tan head that laces the glass. Aroma is almost entirely of toasted malt, with some wet earth also detectable. The taste is simple, not very catchy. The toasted malts are supported by a mineral and black tea bitterness that is good but not eyebrow raising. Given how expensive it is I expected more. Probably my least favorite of the major Samuel Smith beers.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured and orange – brown cloudy color with a thick head (darkest pale ale I’ve seen). The smell is slightly sweet and nutty. The taste is bitter and nutty…..very well balanced for a Pale Ale. The mouthfeel is full. This beer is smooth and drinkable.

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

Deep-looking dark copper appearance, with a creamy tight 2cm off-white head. Smell is great, of fresh-baked bread and flour, with light breezy malts to promise.

Taste is malts punctuated by high carbonation in the mouth. Not sweet at all. Creamy finish fades into more fresh bread crusts and mild hops, with some lasting malt accents. Medium body, combined with the carbonation, made this beer very filling in my tummy.

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Photo of DBosco
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of chewy6935
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of kbnooshay
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a super clear amber brown with a finger width sized off white head. The frothy tan head stuck around for about a minute. Main aroma here is of sticky sweet caramel. Lots of fruitiness but not much in terms of hops in the nose. Woah, sweetest epa i have had to date, tastes like toffee and a shitload of sugar. Hints of wood and nut are nice. I didn't get any hop bitterness till about 5 sips in but as this baby warmed up it came alive.

Feel is sticky and kinda creamy with a decent amount of carbonation. I can't have more than a pint of this, too sugary.

I tend to prefer the doughy breadlike epa's with a hint of butteriness and this a malty explosion of sugar but i still enjoyed it. I was reminded of a shitty bass or a nasty old speckled hen but good. I would definitely get this again if i had some appropriate food to pair with it.

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Photo of ElGuapo
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A deep reddish amber pour with a large off-white covering of foam on top. Sweet malts and floral hops make a great balance in the nose.

A rich bodied pale ale done just the way it should be. Big sweet malts come in first and are then met with hops. This is an english pale that defines the style. A little bit sweet, but definitely not cloying. It does have a somewhat nutty flavor. It seems like a bit of the nut brown was presenet in this one. This is one great ale.

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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 SteveB24
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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

Drain pour! I couldn't even finish must just be stale and date on it though, but it must be , considering the high reviews. It has a sour gross aftertaste! Hopefully I'll get to taste it again , but this particular bottle is a bit nasty.

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Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of zhanson88
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Old Brewery Pale Ale pours an attractive amber color. A nice amount of clumpy off white head forms, and it reduces to nice lacing that clings like crazy to the sides of my glass.

Smell: Some caramel malts with lighter citrus, banana and hop notes.

Taste: Caramel malts and slight citrus up front, with light hops on the back end. A very balanced beer, with nothing sticking out too much.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin, and smooth with a slightly dry finish.

Drinkability: With its fairly mild flavor and smoothness this beer is pretty drinkable.

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Photo of Jsalz21
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of diablo14
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very nice pale ale from sammy's, but as others have expressed here, not their best offering.i certainly dont mind grabbing one every so often, and like all their other brews, tasty and easy to knock down.

if it wasnt for the fact they also have a nut brown ale, id suggest this often resembles a brown in nature. lovely garnet hue, solid head that has some go with minimal carbonation. smell is reminiscent of newky brown. sweet, nutty, with some hoppy tinges there. taste is also very similar to newky, but firmer, more robust with a touch more complexity. hazelnuts and caramel come through, with a tasty hop bitterness that is subdued, but lingering. it also creeps up on you as you get further into the pint. feels fuller and more developed than newk.

again, not the pick of sammy smiths beers, but still a well constructed, well balanced beer that is satisfactory in every department. wont blow your mind but cant be classified as a disappointment either.

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Photo of burnstar
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear red/copper with a nice persistant off white head. Smell is carmel and toasted malt. Taste is light toasted malt with a carmel note. Some herbal hops. Just a touch of bitterness. Nice bready carmel aftertaste. Very british tasting pale ale (obviously). Mouthfeel is medium, maybe a bit on the light side. Really nice for this beer. Very drinkable and a very nice pale ale overall. I'd like to find this on tap.

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Photo of athomasPSU
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of LittleCreature
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4.5
A thumb's thickness of foamy cream to beige coloured head sit atop of a clear, amber to copper coloured body. Lots of sticky lace, must be quite fresh.

Smell - 4.0
Sweet biscuity malt, hard toffee, toasty grains a little orange rind, it's all quite subtle though and smells very balanced.

Taste 4.0
More bitter than most English pale ales, very nicely balanced overall. Quite crisp with a dry, biscuity, toasty malt backbone, caramel, slightly woody (thanks to the wooden casks), moderately bitter with leafy hop flavour and a little more alcohol character than I would like.

Mouthfeel - 4.5
Moderately carbonated, very smooth and crisp in the finish.

Drinkability - 4.0
Less than some EPA's due to the boozy character in the finish.

OVERALL - 4.15
A very good, very tasty pale ale that came close to scoring higher than it did. For me the only negative is an alcohol character that is stronger than most of the style, remembering that this is supposed to be a session beer. Beautifully balanced, I would definitely drink it again.

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Photo of Seabass1964
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dmamiano
4.37/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep copper with a reddish tint to finger off white head..fading fast.
Smells of caramel malts...sweet with a kiss of hops.
Tatse is very malty. Once again I taste caramel , with some bready characteristics.
Not as "hoppy" as I would expect, but very well balanced. I guess it is dead on for style...not the Americanized versions.
Very good beer.

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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 1,210 ratings.
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