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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)
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001

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Photo of frlrv1020
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of JackieKu
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of magpieken
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

550ml bottle. Mar15. Pours a bright, deep copper colour with a foamy, light tan head which lasted well and left some lacing. Earthy aroma of caramel and raisins. A mild sweetness is followed by a slightly astringent bitter finish and a hint of nuttiness (so to speak). Soft mouthfeel, light to medium body and very gentle carbonation. I appreciate that this beer is true to style and very well made, it just didn't leave me craving more.

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Photo of philipquarles
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

55cL bottle. Pours clear dark copper with a large, rocky tan head. Smells of sweet, honey-like malt, slightly floral, earthy notes, and a hint of brown sugar. The taste is again mostly sweet, earthy malt, along with some light hop character. Buttery flavors from diacetyl; they actually add to it though. Medium, smooth body. Nice, mild, flavorful beer.

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Photo of kegger22
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sam Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale is dark amber in color with a two finger head that settles nicely to a thick skin covering.

The aroma I mostly detect is hops, there is a faint caramel malt scent too.

The taste is sweet caramel, buttery and vaguely hoppy.

The feel is medium bodied and ample carbonation, buttery also applies to texture.

Drinkability is good, 18.7 oz bottle right now and I could do another.

I have always had a liking for English pale ales, Old Brewery Pale Ale was no exception.

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Photo of acevenom
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours copperr with a biege head. The head dissipates slowly, leaving some lacing on the side of the glass. The aroma is of sweet bready malt and some mild floral hops. The taste is sweet and bready. There are some mild hops on the back end. The flavors are very well balanced. The body is medium with adequate carbonation. The beer is smooth. The drinkability is very high. This is an excellent pale ale and certainly the best English pale ale I've tried.

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Photo of weaselchew
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of berley31
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a small-to-moderate sized, off-white head that quickly diminished to 1/2-finger, but stayed there and provided some light lacing. Body is light copper, and clear with a touch of haze.

S: Some slight breadiness to it, along with a good amount of fruitiness.

T: Some bready, biscuity flavors, followed by fruity esters which dominate. Some bitterness becomes apparent and lingers into the finish.

M: Moderate body, soft-medium carbonation, slightly creamy.

D: A very solid English Pale Ale that is slightly light on bitterness and high on fruitiness, as is common in the style.

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Photo of Beefytits4
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Luiz0930
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of jkrich
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
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 Hoagie1973
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours reddish amber with a big foamy off-white head. Sticky clumps of lace and great retention, with bubbles continuously rising from the bottom.

Aroma is sweet and malty with a touch of hops and faint alcohol.

Flavor is definitely to the malty/sweet side. A bit of caramel, nuts, and a pleasant fruitiness expected from the style. Slight balancing bitterness in the finish after the sweetness fades.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Medium to full body.

Flavorful and drinkable. I could put down quite a few of these.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish amber in color with little to no head. The smell is malty and sweet. Typical English-Style pale ale, but one that I like. Malty and smooth in the beginning with some hop flavor coming in towards the end. I also taste a hint of caramel some where there.

I still have to say my favorite beer from Sam Smith's is the Oatmeal Stout. I have yet to try the Imperial Stout but have heard great things.

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Photo of Dapperticus
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of life_of_agony
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stoutman
4.62/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Round and balanced mouthfeel. High acidity, medium to high bitterness shows great balance. The toffee, orangey, toasty taste make this another of the old tadcaster brewerey must do's. Very well balanced between malt and hops. Dry, hoppy finish.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber hue, a struggling head with spotted lacing. Faint, dull aroma, some hops and raisins tough to detect. English malts and hops, some fruit noted off the top, somewhat bitter, yearning for the hops. Some spices and a dry and rich body. Hoppy and bitter balanced makes it a good drink, anytime, anyplace. Another SS top quality brew, mark as a staple.

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Photo of biggmike
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
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 climax
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
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%
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 John_Squires
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of seand
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
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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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - 1/2" off white head down to a cap immediately. No lace. Amber-orange colored beer.

S - Caramel with a light backing of herbally hops.

T - Tea, toffee, caramel. Tangy, grassy hops.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

D - Good drinkability. Another solid Sam Smith's.

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Photo of phisig137
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
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 GreenWBush
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
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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Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale (Organic) from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 1,224 ratings
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