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

BA SCORE
86
very good
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%
 
 
Wants:
55
Gots:
110
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Michael_Windisch
3.19/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of misternebbie
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beejay
3.41/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Reddish amber in color, nice tall off white head on top.

S: Caramel and bread aromas, with a nice flower and herb hop smell.

T: Good caramel flavor, with bread notes. Some light toffee, and a touch of erbal hops in the finish.. there is a touch of a tannic finish.

M: Medium in body, with a fairly creamy feel. Carbonation is fairly high.

O: Overall pretty tasty. Although I wish there was a little more character from the English Hops. Although perhaps that's just because I was really craving a Fullers ESB, and settled on this. Still a fine beer.

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Photo of jwswigs
3.41/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ChaimS
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

mid level carbonation. finger and and a half head. light lacing. toasted notes. fruity. wet finish.

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Photo of Hohnbaum
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Toteezz
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of peensteen
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale copper-amber colour, just over one finger of white head, little lace. Smell is malty with a bit of a toffee and caramel, fruity as well, earthy and lightly metallic hops. Taste is fruity with a light bitterness up front, malty-toffee like sweetness, light fruity earthy points as well, overall flavours were fairly muted but well balanced. Lightly carbonated, medium-full body. Solid stuff and very easily drinkable, would have liked more pronounced flavours though.

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4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 Hellpop65
3.12/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of JackieKu
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of double2chin
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of BcOneSeven
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of DownWithSocks
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of enjambed
2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

Serving: Undated cold bottle, standard pint glass

Look: Mostly brown with orange highlights, and very hazy. It generally looks like iced tea. Moderate pour produces little head that soon disappears, lacing is moderate

Smell: This is new to my palate. It's like a combination of fruits and rich, burnt(?) caramel, also some metallic notes.

Taste: That burnt caramel flavor dominates, with some other flavors like fruits or maybe herbs. Also earthy. Finish is harsh.

Feel: Rather light, but not fully watery. Finish has a mouth-drying astringency like sucking on a tea bag, very unpleasant.

Overall: Not what I was expecting even for an English Pale Ale. The astringency is overpowering and unpleasant, and I had not had any beer, let alone a pale ale with such a strong caramel flavor. However, I suspect there was something wrong with this bottle: The color was darker than most others described it, the astringency was overpowering, even for an English Pale ale the hops were non-existent, and it really just seemed off. I'm leaving this review for future comparison to other English Pale Ales.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.6/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.95/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.52/5  rDev -8.3%

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1.5/5  rDev -60.9%

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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