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

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Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale AleSamuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
661
Ratings:
1,001
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
14.77%
 
 
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48
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42
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Photo of NEbeerbro
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - pours an amber gold, quite asthetically pleasing. Lively carbonation, head and lacing below average however.

s -Bready, grassy, malty nose. Underhopped relative to American ales, typical and delicious trait of English ales.

t - very smooth balanced flavor. Malts followed by a slight citrus hops note.

m - nice carbonation, smooth going down. Dry and refreshing.

d - very easy and enjoyable to drink

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Photo of Cpherg
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Darker apple juice with little to no head, hazy with no suspended particles

S: A cidery, nutty nose with a total absent of hops.

T: Sweet apple with a dry finish. Nice hoppyness. Little beyond apple.

M: Medium bodies beer with a fizzyness that leaves the mouth dry

O: An easy beer to drink, light for a medium bodied beer

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Photo of Kexx
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a classic Bass Pint Glass at about 50F.

Pours with about an inch of light tan head. Fades to a thin layer of foam pretty fast. Carbonation is very slight which is proper for the style. Color is a clear deep amber. A small bit of lacing present.

Aroma: The nose is of rich caramel and malt. No perceptible hops. Seems to be very much a "British" pale ale, as it doesn't slap you in the face with hops like American pale ales do. The malt dominates.

Taste: Burnt caramel and malt. Some earthy English hop character in the finish. Mellow and smooth, a bit of roasted barley and nuttiness comes through as it starts to warm, almost like an Irish red. A good beer to savor slowly.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Lower-level of carbonation is well suited to the style. Leaves a dry, slightly bitter aftertaste. It seems to get better as I go. An enjoyable pint.

Overall, this is a solid example of a "English Pale Ale". It seems to have a bit more dark roasted character then usual for the style. Great if you like that sort of thing. The flavors are somewhat subtle and it's fairly easy drinking and not too heavy. If you love hoppy American style pale ales and ipa, then you might not care for this one. Cheers.

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Photo of chrisdenny
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from pint bottle into pint glass:

A - A very nice copper/red colored ale with plenty of creamy white head. The head seems to hang around throughout with some nice lacing left behind.

S - Not quite the aromatic I was expecting out of this pale ale, but the malts are sweet and there are some hints of spicier hops.

T - A really clean, well-rounded taste. They spicy hops blend well with the almost buttery-like malts. I'd like a bit more hop kick to it, but overall a nice taste.

M - This beer seems to be well carbonated, but it is pretty pleasing to the palate.

D - Should suffice well for a single or a session. It's not too heavy or overwhelming to have more than one.

Overall, I was pleased with this brew, not as much as other Samuel Smiths brews, but I would definitely have another.

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Photo of Rauknar
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a ceramic mug.

A - Produced a foamy head that subsided in a few minutes. Not much to look at in the dark mug . . looks like beer!

S - Slightly sour smell with some hop aroma that comes through, not much for grain scents.

T - Hops up front balanced with malt characteristics. Not tasting any malt sweetness but slightly tangy aftertaste.

M - Light mouth-feel, watery for my palate.

Overall: A good balanced, drinkable pale ale. This beer does not have all the qualities I was hoping to taste, however it is still very enjoyable.

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Photo of beernaked
3.08/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One of three out of the gift set. 550 ml bottle poured into the pint glass that came with the set.

Appearance: Clear reddish copper color with a 1 inch off white head with unimpressive retention. The head fell off quicker than i expected.

Smell: Mild to say the least. But i did detect caramel and slight whiff of fruit. Just a touch of alcohol smell as well.

Taste: A well balanced brew with slightly better ending. A fairly smooth and medium bodied with just the right amount of carbonation.

Notes: A decently crafted beer, not one Sam Smith's best but interesting enough to give a try. For me, their Imperial stout is still my fav, also the Oatmeal ale (included this set) very good as well

[ serving type: bottle ]

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Photo of JokeInsurance
4.57/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - It pours a caramel/cherry color. The tan, which is a light brown color is exceptional.

S - It definitely has an extremely distinctive smell. As it has a caramel look to it, it also has a heavy caramel taste to it too.

T - Very smooth with a heavy caramel and hazelnut taste to it. The initial taste kinda kicks you in the mouth but after it savored in my mouth for a couple of moments, that is when the heavy flavor makes its impact. Even after it trickles down south, the heavy flavor still lingers about which makes good emphasis.

M - Like what the other reviewers described, it was very smooth, pleasant and creamy.

D - If one can handle a heavy beer by just by sipping and savoring, this beer is for you.

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Photo of JeremiahLyle
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Poured into goblet with a little over an inch of head. Nice coloring with little solid lacing. Head goes away at a slow jogs pace.

Smell - Very light fruitiness and an almost light candy smell I'm having a hard time describing.

Taste - Consistent as expected with the smell with a nice light bready taste finishing with an almost syrupy bland candy taste that is quite nice and different.

Mouthfeel - mouthfeel is perfect in the sense that it rolls through your mouth not overpowering it like a pale ale should and almost enhances the syrupy taste.

Drinkability - Very nice in the sense that it dries nicely towards the end and leaves your mouth wanting more. Keeps my tastebuds very inquisitive wanting to know what else is in this very well put together beer.

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Photo of sfparadox
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a glass where it formed a thick white head. The liquid turned to a dark orangish brown color. The smell was not strong but on first sip you could taste the flavor of the beer. There was no strong after taste and it went down clean. As you continued to drink you could continue to see the remains of the head sticking to the side of the glass. Overall a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of Foto14
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was a more than satisfactory choice for my first review.

Color: Deep amber with a lovely gradient and almost two fingers of head

Aroma: Malty with a bit of citrus and hops. I almost instantly thought of honey lemon tea, actually. Not the most potent aroma, but this is not a complaint

Taste: Caramel, again, I thought of honey, a nice balance of hops and malt. Nothing too crazy, but there is plenty happening.

Mouth feel: Light carbonation, goes down smooth, and has a nice lingering aftertaste that doesn't take over your tongue.

Overall: I continuously read and hear that England knows how to pay attention to balance, and this beer is living proof. Can't wait to enjoy another!

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Photo of DBSheaII
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Great looking beer! Orange,and vibrant with an inch of mocha head.

S: Very sweet; almost citrusy.

T: Sweet with a nice bitterness on the very back of the tongue.

MF: Very light. Average carbonation.

Pouted into a pint glass, the first thing that stands out with this Pale Ale is its bright orange appearance; a quick whiff reveals a wonderful sweetness. Taste is sweet at first and bitter at the back end; an exhale after swallowing reveals a nice caramel note. I enjoyed the second half of the bottle with (spicy) Indian food--paired extremely well.

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