Organic Pale Ale | Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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Organic Pale AleOrganic Pale Ale

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

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Known as Organic Best Ale in the UK.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-27-2001

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Ratings: 1,576 |  Reviews: 891
Photo of TGS
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cbl2
3.03/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


A clear brown with a huge white head that is slow to settle.


Sadly the best description I can come up with is: smells like beer. There are some faint hops and malts, but nothing spectacular.


I am disappointed in this offering from Sam Smith. It is smooth, but doesn't offer a lot of flavor, or leave you wanting more as the rest of their beverages do. A so-so beer from a spectacular brewer.

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Photo of scottoale
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Came in a 12oz. clear bottle and poured into my small 14oz. tulip a clear copper with a reddish tint, and a big frothy off-white bubble-lace head. Some nice sticky lace and decent carbonation.

Bisquity malt nose with some nuttiness and some hops out back. As it warms, you can almost get a whiff of an alcoholic note...nice smell.

It's taste is like the smell, but more flavorful...the hops speak up a bit and aid to somewhat bitter finish. The middle is nutty to an almost citrus towards the end. Nicely balanced Pale here.

Medium body with a clean finish and a moderately low ABV, give this Pale a sessionable, easy too drink quality. Cheers.

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Photo of jrempel
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of EBeckett3
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of yoitsarch
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of ssjkyle
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of cswhitehorse
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Organic Ale of Sam Smith pours a clear amber color with a quickly dissipating foam head that doesn't leave much in the way of lacing.

The aroma is buttery malt with a faint citrusy smell.

The taste is a balanced malt and hop profile. The hop bitterness hits at the beginning then the malt comes and the hop takes over the rest of the journey.

In the mouth you are left with a slight hop zing on the tongue and back of the throat. It is a very well balanced beer and smooth. I could drink these all day.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer has a yellow colour and a decent head that fades into full-surface lacing in about a minute. The smell is of piney hops and maybe a hint of alcohol. The first flavour I tasted was maltiness and a slight amount of yeast. It has a hoppy apple cider aftertaste. My bottle was flat in the mouth. I think maybe I got an old bottle, given that it lacked of carbonation and wasn't especially hoppy.

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Photo of Zraly
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light amber/copper color with a beautiful two finger head that brings elegance and poise to a Samuel Smith nonik pint glass. Soft nose of malts and fresh bread.

The flavor of this ale is wonderful, a playful take on mild butterscotch diacetyl and balanced hop character. A strange *earthy funk* brings a fuller body to this ale (possibly from fermentation techniques & yeast the brewery uses...two cheers for "house flavors"! I recall the same note in other Sam Smith products), which runs a bit counter to its American pale ale siblings. The focus is not so much on the hops, but the pleasantness of smooth malt flavor. A bit bready. A slight slickness in the mouthfeel. Toasty and dry in the finish. It's interesting and wonderful.

A wonderful way to begin a dinner of cajun-style sausage and rice. Would do well with a grilled steak paired up with a bleu cheese maitre d' butter. Or drink it on its own and honor a tried and true tradition.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light brown/toffee color, creamy head of 1-1.5” which quickly subsides leaving a light lacing around the glass.

Aroma: Most notable was the caramel scent followed by some light citrus hints.

Taste: Again I noticed some caramel taste with a hop presence on the back of the tongue. This beer has something to offer for all tastes.

Mouthfeel: This beer is very crisp and easy on the palate. Very well balanced and not over bearing.

Drinkability: Very satisfying. Not necessarily something I would choose for a session, but definitely worth sampling.

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Photo of KimenTshom
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Shiloh
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is of a dull murky brown product with a full fingered head which is very typical for these British ales IMHO.
Body is medium/full with very light carbonation.
Aroma initially is lightly skunked with no linger.
The taste starts to the hops but finishes to the malts and continues to linger in a mild syrupy sort of way thanks to the mouthfeel.
Not a big fan of Samuel Smith's Brewery...but, me thinks this may be there best product.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz. clear bottle (how do they get away with that?!) with the gold foil around the top.

Appearance: An opaque copper-colored appearance with a frothy, bubbly head that rings the glass distinctly after each quaff.

Smell: Just a little bit of citrus hoppy aroma....but there was also a whiff of "skunkiness" to this one as well.

Taste: Nothing in this beer really jumped out at me. The hops didn't outpower the balancing sweetness from the malts. Just a decent-tasting pale ale.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation and crispness of the hops make for a good mouthfeel.

Drinkabilty: Definitely one of the more "puckering" type PA's I've had. This one really finishes dry. That was kind of a turn off for me.

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Photo of beerluvr
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a nice off white head, slowly settling on top of beautifully clear golden-amber liquid tinged with red. Nose is the "patented" Sam Smith buttery/diacetyl, with grassy notes & little hop. Taste is marvelously smooth and fruity, nice gentle carbonation makes this go down quickly. Restrained but adequate hoppiness mixes nicely with a medium-bodied maltiness. Finishes slightly sweet, with a bit of dryness coming back after the swallow. All in all, a fine English-style Pale Ale, unique in character and taste.

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Photo of hunteraw
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a brown bottle - is this one of the Samuel Smith's beers that recently changed from a clear bottle?

Appearance: Deep orange/amber in color, large two/three finger fluffy off-white head that exhibits excellent retention and lacing.

Smell: Sweet malt and diacetyl, a bit reminiscent of Bass in aroma (not surprising to be reminded of another English Pale Ale). Aroma is on the light side, little in the way of hops aroma - the hops character that is present is reminiscent of a pilsner somehow - maybe I'm picking up on the hops used?

Taste: Much more bitter than I had expected based on the aroma alone. Bread from the malt, diacetyl from the yeast, and a slight acidic orange juice citrusy-ness from the hops.

Mouthfeel: Creamy mouthfeel. Acidic and dry finish. Good carbonation, a little bit on the light side - good for the style.

Drinkability: Not a bad session English Pale Ale. Perhaps curiously for an American beer drinker, I think I prefer this to their IPA - I find the diacetyl lower in this one, and maybe just as bitter.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance - rich reddish copper hue with fluffy tan head

smell - rich malt, hint of cherries & caramel

taste - malt, graham cracker, some hops

mouthfeel - mediun bodied, ample carbonation, somewhat bitter upfront, mineral/metallic in the finish

overall - good beverage trhat was a pleasure to drink

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paler copper colored with a thin beige head. Notes of diacetyl, butterscotch and a healthy dose of floral English nobles present. Hoppy and smooth; quite enjoyable. Malty and rich with a silky mouthfeel. Slightly effervescent. Hoppier than one might expect, not in an American pale ale way, though. Very drinkable.

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Photo of yelterdow
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in the brewery's appropriate imperial pint glass at refrigerator temperature, from a 550 ml. bottle. From a boxed "gift package", which had no exposure to light.

Appearance- Absolutely beautiful deep amber color with a tight, soapy, well formed three finger head that really holds itself together. Sticky lacing rides the glass as the minutes pass.

Smell- Spicy Fuggles and Goldings hop aromas abound... with a rich caramel maltiness that balances the scales. Nicely complex for an English Pale Ale... great bready notes, the ingredients smell clean and pure.

Taste- Wow... the maltiest Pale Ale I've ever tasted, no doubt... this is damn tasty! The bready malt character bleeds seamlessly into a nice, enjoyable hop bitterness that whets the palate for the next sip.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Solid, good carbonation. Bold, in a good way... not quite as slick and rolling as what I'd consider the "perfect" mouthfeel, but good. I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of billshmeinke
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into my pint glass.

Pours a one finger off white head that takes a few moments to die down to a nice layer of foam on top. Beer is clear few bubbles rising to the top. Amber with golden hues around the edge. Not much lacing.

Smell brings a light ale fruitiness, a slight caramel aroma. Mostly sweet.

Taste has a light ale fruitiness (reminds me a ted of strawberries). Some biscuit and golden brown toast notes in the middle. An herbal, leafy and slightly bitter hop characteristic is there as well. Unfortunately, there is a slightly metallic taste to it somewhere towards the end. (Is this from the use of hard water?)

Light bodied, medium carbonation. Pretty smooth.

Good session beer.

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Photo of kmo1030
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

light golden amber with a thin white head that fades to a ring in a short amount of time.
toasted caramel malty aroma that has plenty of fruity floral qualities as well
light, but rich biscuity caramel butterscotch flavor, caramel at the beginning, butterscotch towards the end. fruityness comes into play in the middle, pear or apple, with somewhat herbal hops at the end cleaning things up slightly preventing lingering sweetness.
almost medium bodied with a moderate carbonation.
good drinkability, nice aroma, combined with a solid pale ale taste, make for a very pleasant drinking english pale ale.

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Photo of joecast
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

great ruby red and brown color with a tanned head.
full malty sweet aroma, like pale malted grains.
some sweetness in the flavor, but real smooth. some bitterness at first but seems to change to an alcohol dryness.
very smooth mouthfeel.
chenge of pace from american pale ales. i guess thats obvious since its not american. trades in the blatant hop influence for a more restrained character.

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Photo of NODAK
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is malty...a bit sweet, carmel...some toffee. Kind of buttery in a way. Nice, true to what I'd expect.

Taste is of some muted caramel, but not quite as predominant as one may expect off of the aroma. There's also a definite fruity contingent to this beer as maybe?? It's different, but pretty delicious. There's also a bit of a metallic quality to this. English hops make themselves present near the end in a small way.

A little bit of sweetness lingers on the finish. Rather clean for the most part though. Pretty drinkable and refreshing beer with character.

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Photo of jettjon
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber with a moderate tan head. Nose is apply, woodsy sweet, like an apple juice or apple tea. Mouth is sweet, again of tea, perhaps some light coffee, nuts, and the slightest touch of bitterness. Overall, the flavor is very complex and quite good. Mouth is watery with minor carbonation. There’s a nice clean finish with light bitterness along with some sweet apple and again a hint of coffee. Drinkability is above average, these go down easy. Overall, an excellent and complex ale.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a rich amber with a nice creamy head. Aroma of sweet malts and hops. Taste: roasted malts, nutty, lightly sweet and a slight grassy note having a good amount of hop and carbonation making it crisp and refreshing, but still lacking something. Mouthfeel is light - medium that goes down smooth, I should try more of these British PA's, a good one to try.

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Organic Pale Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 1,576 ratings