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%
 
 
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55
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110
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Photo of biggmike
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

White head didnt hang around too long. Nice lacing. Aroma is a bit caramelly and fruity. A roasty maltiness is the dominating character of the flavor with hints of fruit. Very balanced flavor. Mouthfeel is medium. Very drinkable beer with low amount of carbonation.

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Photo of Dapperticus
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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

Sam's Old Pale poured a dark amber with a reddish tone. The bottle erupted when i tore the top off and the fizzyness of the head reflected that. Very bubbly beer.

The smell had cidery green apple tones that I didn't particularely appreciate. Euro lager and skunkiness eventually faded as it warmed to more pleasant sweet caramel, toffee, and honey oat bread.

The taste was better than the nose, the cidery nuisance was more subdued. Astringent caramel, and bread were accompanied by a citrusy hop note. It was mostly sweet with a nice bitter balance.

The feel and bodyy was a little on the light side. The carbonation was very sharp initially and kept my cheeks puckered through the finish. This one's not bad, but not the brewery"s best.

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a Sam Smith imperial pint glass. Darker than I'd expect for a pale ale, golden brown color with a ridiculously creamy off-white head.

Not much aroma at all... just the slightest hint of some hops.

Taste is more malty up front, very light in body, more light malt flavors on the back end. Not picking up any hops but I'm sure they used some in there.

Very drinkable... just tasting it for reviewing I'm halfway done with the glass... goes quick!

Not the best Samuel Smith beer, but still pretty damn good.

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Photo of seand
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly brownish red amber, with maybe a reasonable amount of off white head. Just a thin layer on the surface retains, but it leaves decent lacing.

S: Light smell, mainly grains.

T: Relatively mild and simple flavour, but pleasant. Starts a bit sweet, leading to the grainy/hoppy tones from the nose. Some sweet fruit in the background on the finish.

M: Lots of fairly prickly carbonation, medium body, sticky finish.

D: Certainly wouldn't make a bad session beer, which is probably the goal.

Probably one of the less impressive Sam Smith beers I've tried, but still pretty good. It's a well executed but plain pale ale.

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Photo of Luiz0930
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of jkrich
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brown 12 oz. bottle with no freshness date - part of a 4 pack. I can recall years ago purchasing the 6 packs....Poured a beautiful, clear copper with red and orange highlights. The creamy off-white head lingers throughout most of the quaffing.

The aroma was rather restrained, but it had the characteristic spicy, fruity and earthy aromas I have come to expect from an English ale.

The flavor is malt forward with a refreshing, dark fruity taste. The hops are surprisingly assertive, offering a balanced, round flavor. This most be a fresh bottle. There are no exotic, "off flavors" that one often encoutered with English imported ales.

The mouthfeel was soft and creamy with a nice, cleansing fruity flavor on the palate. The carbonation was restrained for the style with just enough to add to the refreshing mouthfeel.

I don't often purchase this product when I visit the local beer store. Perhaps it is the price and no freshness date. I was delighted with the freshness of this bottle. This is a complex but quaffable ale for any season.

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Photo of ImperatorScab
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of phisig137
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a copper orange color, with a magnificently fluffy one finger head. Some of the longest lasting retention I have ever seen falls very slowly, to reveal a blanket of foam over top of the glass, and perfect lacing. Looks incredible.

Aroma is fairly mild, smelling of caramel grains, malt, and wort. Reminds me of the way a mash smells. Faint hop presence in the back.

Flavor is smooth and balanced. Again, a hint of caramel malt, with toffee hints, and a smooth hoppy finish. Very restrained and "british", not your typical american pale ale. Mouthfeel is smooth and very creamy. Once it warms a little, this is a close as you can get to a cask beer from a bottle. Drinkability is good.

Another winner from a brewery that does not disappoint.

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

Photo of GreenWBush
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Glass bottle with freshness label ...

Upon cracking this, a strange phenomenon occurs which happens in many Samuel Smith beers: about a dozen giant bubbles bound up and pop inside of the bottle. A strange welcome that whooshes the nose to your nose.

Slightly sour aroma, yeasty tones with biscuit and grain. Sweet malts with a bit of sulfur. Ringwood yeast?

The apperance of this ale in the pint glass is generic golden amber with a huge sticky windowpane of lace from the huge honeycomb head.

The taste is all watery lightly hopped goodness. The mouthfeel slacks because of the lack of chewy malt, but offers a deviation from the normally thick and unappealing-in-the-summer SS's. Hints of suflur are offput by the lovely well water of Tadcaster.

Its damned good, but don't accept a non-fresh sample. Look for the bottled on date that is new to SS. If it looks like its been in the sun for even a good while, forget it. Otherwise it is a spectacularly clean pale ale that is a misunderstood gem. It should be a benchmark.

Everyone has to try it.

And to Merchant duVin (and the manufacturer): Put an end to the CLEAR glass!

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Fuller's London Pride.

A: Clear light amber with few tiny bubbles and a two-finger, off-white creamy head that lasted a couple of minutes. Pretty good lacing.

S: Malt. Apples and dark fruit. Very mild.

T: Light sweetness and bitterness. Apples and citrus hops. A hint of nuttiness.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Creamy and smooth. Just slightly dry.

O: I was a bit dissappointed by the head retention and lacing. The smell was a bit too mild. Overall, very drinkable though, and very smooth. I like the flavor.

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Photo of KindaFondaGoozah
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Natural510
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours from bottle with an amber-tan color and thick head which slowly dissipates into a creamy layer which coats the glass well.
Smells of mellow malts & subtle hops.
Malted barley is backed up by a creeping hop presence in flavor. There is graininess, tartness & sweetness which blend well together. Everything is subdued & well-balanced.
Goes down creamy & very smooth.
All in all a wonderfully drinkable English pale; does everything right & nothing wrong. I'll have another, please...

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Photo of slitherySOB
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My last of the Samuel Smith beers. Until, of course, I'm lucky enough to find more. This ale pours a nice, copper colour with a small but firm white head. About a finger's worth of foam floating atop the copper. Their are a few whisps of lace. But, not much. No more than a few strings here and their. Smells of fruit candy, grass, lemon and bread. Taste is mild. Bready, sweet, with a bit of a bitter grass finish. Mouthfeel is a bit granular, rough. I like it. Drinkable as a session beer. But, not overly complex. Simplicity is what makes this beer good.

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Photo of Beer_lover89
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of TrojanWheels
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of sbanacho
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Higravity
2.16/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Well as with the other SS this is metallic and this is probably the worst. I must have been chewing my bronze gum while drinking this, note to self no more light SS. Anyway from this years gift set this beer was a nice copper taste, I mean color and a unforgiving metal taste that was only tolerable being chugged. It had a decent body and it smelled like a beer in a rusty can.

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Photo of Bobhoya
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of sporklift87
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

$4/550mL bottle. No visible date.

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

A clean looking beer. A copper penny with a decent head that went away pretty quickly. Good lacings. Crystal clear, very nice.

As with any good English ale, malt stands out in the aroma. Fruity, grape juice'ish with a fresh hoppy tang.

Surprisingly hoppy for the style. Some nice English-style bitterness from the hops provides great contrast to the very fruity malt. I mean VERY fruity malt. Some hay in there as well giving a bit of the English country feel.

English session ale, you could toss a few back, I'm sure it would be a beauty from the cask. A good example of my favourite style, a balanced, malt focused pale ale.

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Photo of Svendozen
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of marcobrau
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've recently been revisiting some English ales that I haven't had in a long time and this time my selection was Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale. If I can recall, many years ago when I first started drinking ales, I started with Bass and American microbrews like Pete's Wicked Ale (back when it was micro.) Liking Bass, I was told that I should try Samuel Smith's and the (the Old Brewery) was the first I tried.

Revisiting this beer today, it seems a bit different than I remember, but it's still a fine English ale with a unique character. The aroma is earthy and accented by toasted grains. These same grains add to the flavor of this ale and mingle carefully with the hops and other grains, along with the minerally-tasting yeast flavors.Though the malt component of this beer is put forward, the hops help achieve a balance and add a bitterness that is distinct in a British manner, but not by any means assertive or overwhelming in an American way. The English ales are about subtlety and grace when compared to brighter and more assertive American ale. I can still appreciate this beer, despite being hooked on American hops.

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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 1,201 ratings.
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