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)
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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001

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#12,485
Reviews:
700
Ratings:
1,227
pDev:
12.27%
Bros Score:
4.1
 
 
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Ratings: 1,227 |  Reviews: 700
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 Morris729
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly orange copper color with a thin white head that dissipates into a nice lace. Nose is sweet and fruity, almost candy like. Smells a lot like a Fruit Rollup. Taste is a sweet fruitiness up front with a touch of spice, a malty and bready middle, and a dry finish with a mild hop bitterness. Nice full mouth feel. A very nice pale ale!

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

Pours a light ruby, plenty of carbonation and an off white head that stays fairly long
Smells fresh and crisp and taste the same with a hint of hard candy, a very well balanced brew that lets bitterness, acidity and sweetness come forth without either being too dominant.
Feels very good on the tongue, creamy and full for a pale ale, smooth and goes down easy. This is a pretty good brew as most things coming from the Tadcaster brewery.

-Oelergud

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Photo of bditty187
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruddy-copper hue with influences of brownish-bronze, the slightly off-white head reached almost two fingers in height. Slowly the bubbles fracture and the head subsided leisurely to a tight cap. Eye candy. Laces rather well. The nose is not hoppy, this is to be expected, lightly malty with kisses of caramel, distant candy-like sweetness, butter. The bouquet has mild potency but the invitation to quaff is there nevertheless. I find English-style Pale Ales to be divine tasting. More malty than hoppy, as brewed, the maltiness is strongly influenced with caramel flavors. Samuel Smith adds a layer of candied-sugar sweetness in this old boy, which mingles well with a buttery-yeast taste (now hearken back to the caramel… and wow what a flavor profile!). The hoppiness is distant and dry, leafy. The bitterness is mild and only appears at the finish. It is very pleasing to drink; the low abv begs you to session with it. How can you not? The carbonation is very relaxed, soothing like a massage, medium in body. Lovely. Recommended. Now give me some fish-n-chips and leave me alone.

I’d kill every one of you to try this on cask, seriously.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear russet body (with orange highlights when held to the light) is topped by a rocky light tan head that holds quite well and leaves excellent lace. The nose displays an earthy malt and lightly grassy hops as well as an affirmative diacetyl / butterscotch note. The body is medium light, and combines with a very fine & gentle carbonation to create a nicely creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is mainly of a lightly caramel & biscuity malt that's enhanced by a touch of buttery diacetyl, a distinct earthiness, some mild fruitiness, a light hop flavor and a firm balancing bitterness. In the finish, the hoppiness combines with the sweet buttery malt to give a light spiciness on the tongue and throat similar to that of black licorice candy. A really enjoyable English pale that probably deserves more attention than it gets.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Comes in a 550ml Bottle, with a label format that Samuel Smiths must have been using for years, a rectangular shaped label with a gold trim, the one where only the background color and name changes for different beers (this has a black background with the words Old Brewery Pale Ale) but always topped proudly by the White Rose of Yorkshire.
I carefully ‘dunked’ the beer, because I like a head on my beer. A big release of dissolved CO2 gives a rather deep, some 4”, light brown head in my over size Glass. The voluminous head is a light tan brown color that pairs extremely well with the super clear brown, copper-chestnut colored ale. It really does look the part, and very appetizing. Tops marks for head retention as well – it settled (eventually!) to about 1” but more importantly for me it lasted the distance. It also leaves a super looking lace on the glass walls. Nose is rather average in strength, but this is not detrimental for me as it contains a good dose of malt, which a Pale Ale should. Hops are somewhat feint but evident as well. Initial tastes are of sweet malt, an ever so slight almost delicate slightly roast taste, some hops come in towards the end, but the finish is perfectly balanced between the sweet malt and the hops. I swear I get some oak wood, or is it Walnuts? in the finish as well, how can that be? Taste lingers for some time, a sweet very satisfying mouthfeel.
A great drinking beer, albeit 5%. Hell, do I wish they would sell this in Cask in England, what a great lunchtime session beer it would make. I could easily demolish a (UK) Gallon of this at lunchtime: screw work in the afternoon.
Yet again, Sam’s do themselves proud, they do not disappoint, do they ever?! As a Yorkshireman myself, they also make me feel proud to be able to drink this high quality beer in the USA. Thanks to Merchant du Vin, a totally inappropriate name for the Importer.

I have to tell you - this is THE beer to drink with Fish and Chips !!
A truly great English Pale Ale, a taste of home and simply just, well -Bloody Marvellous.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, amber/orangish in color, with an off-white head. The aroma is full of grain and fruity, floral hops. The taste is of caramel malt, as well as grain. The hop flavor is floral. Hop bitterness is medium, subdued by the malt flavors. It is a medium-bodied brew with light carbonation. Overall, it is an easy drinking, well balanced English Pale Ale.

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

As always this was a great product from Sam Smiths! A classic Engligh Pale Ale packed with flavour! This beer poured a beautiful copper colour and smelled of hops and malts. It tasted wonderfully sharp and had a nice level of carbonation as well. This had a very big creamy mouthfeel and an awesome drinkability to boot. One of the best Pale Ales!

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Photo of Gusler
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The color on the pour a translucent burnished copper, the head mountainous in size, the consistency is that of butter crème frosting with thick glutinous sheets of lace to envelope the glass, both a light tan color. Nose malt, and sweet black walnuts, pleasing to the old nose. First taste is ambrosial, top is fair to middling in mouth feel, the finish is enchantingly hopped, charmingly acidic, delightfully dry aftertaste. What a “Wonderful World” it would be if all beers were as masterfully brewed as Samuel Smith’s “Bravo” to the brewers of this most exquisite line of beers, a regular on my “Beer Shopping List”!

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Photo of the42ndtourist
4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is really great. I love the cloudiness and copper-brown colour. All I could ask for would be bit more head. The head does leave a ring and a little lacing, though.

Smell is nice - some hoppiness and a thick sweetness behind that. The taste is malty, hoppy, thick and excellent. I like it, the hop bitterness is not overwhelming - it's not weak at all, but very well proportioned. Good, good, good. Now if only I could get this regularly in Canada.

edit: second review.

It seems I can get this regularly in Ottawa, I just have to pay through the nose at Pub Italia... Still a fantastic beer. One of my favourites, now. The colour is quite distinctive, after a year in England I don't think I ever found another beer with quite the same appearance. I certainly didn't find many with the same abundance of flavour. While I dearly love the crazy hoppy pale ales we produce on this side of the Atlantic, there really is something to be said for a more subtle, complex ale like this one. It reaches Orval-like heights of elusiveness of flavour and impressions. Two beers that are hard to pinpoint because you always notice something different when drinking them. But both beers I can't do without (and can't buy in stores here).

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Photo of ThreePistols
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale amber color with a pale copper head. Roasted malt and molasses aroma, big hop flavor with plenty or roasted malt. Great body, finely carbonated, long dry hop and roasted malt aftertaste.

Great beer. Prosit.

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Photo of frank4sail
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fresh hop nose. Lasting slightly tan thick head. Red crystal clear look with lots of little bubbles in the glass. Toasted malt husk taste with some bitterness in the finish . Lively mouth but it does lack any real tongue coverage. This brew is above average, but is not a "special" pale ale. This style is so competitive and this beer does not "stand out" it just "hangs out". It is a solid beer, but not one I'd buy again for the money in relation to local american competition.

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Photo of inebrius
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Creamy fat head rests over an English amber liquid explosion of flavor. Rich and mellow buttery caramel spine is superbly balanced against loamy hops all mineral-like and tasty. Subdued carbonation makes it a pleasure to coat your throat with this stirring pale.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge pillowy foamy head that takes its sweet sweet time to drop off, atop a deep copper colored brew. Thick lace is left everywhere as I drink. The only was I can describe the smell is that of an English pub.

Light carbonation on the tongue with a delicious mild hop flavor. Nothing overpowering and exceptionally smooth. Just another "common" kick-ass brew from the Old Brewery.

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Photo of beernut7
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brew pours a deep copper color with a faomy thick head wafting the malty aroma all the beers from Samuel Smith seem to exude. Smooth body with a buttery sweet malty flavor. The sweet spicy hop profile blends well with the malt to create a tasty easy-drinking pale. I enjoyed this much.

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Photo of hyuga
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber-orange color with an off white head that stays thick. Why use clear bottles? Preserving the freshness of the beer is much more important than being able to see the color through the bottle before buying or pouring it. A bit of skunky aroma escaped when the bottle was opened, but it went away quickly. My aroma rating would definitely be higher if it wasn't for that. Sweet and fruity malt and subtle spicy hops in the nose, similar to other Samuel Smith brews. Extremely well balanced flavor profile packed into a medium body. Malty grain sweetness is almost one with the slight spicy hop character. Very traditional feel. Nice and refreshing, just an all-around pleasure to drink. Good session brew, too. A craft beer classic!

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Photo of Dogbrick
2.86/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My bottle was slightly skunked (they love those clear bottles at Sam Smith's),but even that aside I was kind of disappointed at the quality, given how much I love their Oatmeal and Imperial Stouts. The aroma was malty and had a stale aspect to it. The flavor was lacking in hops but still managed some bitterness in the finish. All in all I expected better.

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Photo of BeerAngel
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear but dark caramel color with a 2 finger head that that leaves a lace all the way down. The appearance is beautiful! The smell is slightly fruity and lightly hoppy. The taste is consistant with the smell but also reveals a malty taste and mouthfeel. It surprisingly doesn't finish as dry/hoppy as some other pale ales that I've tried. I wasn't overly impressed, but wasn't too disappointed either. Cheers!

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

This is beer I last had on tap in Lincoln, England. In a bottle here, it poured a nice amber color and formed an off white head with some nice lace. The aroma was of hops and some fruit(non-citrus). The flavor sweet and of hops, malt and caramel. Finish was a bit sweeter than I usually expect in pale ales. A good beer, but definately over here in the States in a bottle, a different brew.

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Photo of ADR
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear and amber, spicy aroma and 1/4 inch pillowy head. Hops in the flavor are restrained, malts are more niticeable and a little like pumpkin pie filling. Not a lot of finish despite a medium-bodied mouthfeel. but there is little fade in the mouth. Pretty good balance in the hop/malt arena but then again Sam knows what they're doing. I tend to prefer American Pales but would love to try this stuff on tap.

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Photo of AaronRed
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Overall, an everyman's beer. (Or it should be instead of commercial swill). Nice balance of malt and hops. Not very assertive, as it mellows with any food. This beer has a creamy texture for a pale ale, but with enough bite to keep it going.

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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 rastaman
2.5/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not my favourite, but i got a feeling that the place that served it hadn't cleaned there equipment for a while, coz it tasted off, so thats what my ratings based on.

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Photo of marc77
3.19/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Copper in color and very clear. Moderate, but persistent head. Unfortunately, this bottle was a tad skunked (you might get lucky and get a better bottle) What would be a leafy and earthy Fuggles hop nose has become masked by skunky mercaptans. The skunkiness does dissapate as the beer breathes, and thankfully signature fruity British yeast esters and a butterscotch note assert themselves. Luckily, the skunkiness didn't make its way into the flavor. The moderate hop bitterness is quite clean and adequately balances sweetness from crystal malt and residual sugars left by the yeast. Pleasant mild diacetyl rounds out the flavor. This pale finishes w/ dry biscuit malt notes. The skunkiness prevented this from reaching its potential. My suggestion is to pour the entire bottle into an imperial pint glass and let it "breathe" for several minutes before tasting.

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Photo of aracauna
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

There's not much head to this beer at all, although I've come to not expect much in the head department from Samuel Smith. What it lacks in head, it makes up (partly) in coloration with it's nice medium brown transparent color. It feels really smooth on the tongue, which is nice. The taste starts out sweet and malty and then you notice a bit of roastiness. The bitterness is very mild. I'm not overly big on Pale Ales, but this is a good pale ale.

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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 1,227 ratings
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