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

BA SCORE
86
very good
1,205 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:
1,205
Reviews:
691
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
12.24%
 
 
Wants:
57
Gots:
111
For Trade:
0
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Poured from the 550 ml bottle into a shaker pint glass. In addition to the typically cool old timey label with Yorkshire rose is a "USDA Organic" sticker. I got a mild gusher upon opening. An easy pour produces about a one inch head that proves fairly sticky. The beer is a slightly hazy ruddy pale brown with rather high carbonation.

Subtle floral and tea-like hop aroma-flavors with a rich caramelly malt base. A nice fruity pungency evocative of apricot underlies everything and contributes to an illusion of sweetness belied by the dry mineral finish.

Another excellent and accessible beer from Sam Smith (more and more available in my area). I continue to be intrigued by the whole Yorkshire square method of brewing, and how this obviously contributes to the unique qualities manifested in the beer. This beer was very reasonably priced at 4-something for the bomber. Purchased at Front Street Market in Butte, Montana.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

550 ml bottle served cold into a pint glass. Purchased for under $5 CDN from the LCBO.

Appearance - clear amber color, limited bubbles, two fingers of so of frothy off white head. Smooth lacing remains behind slathered all over the the inside of the glass.

Smell - bait fruity,a bit like apricot or peach, then some floral notes shine through. An underlying caramel sweetness throughout. Definitely malt heavy based off the nose.

Taste - malty, with a bit of hops to cut through the decadence. Some fruit like apricot and peach in small doses and a green tea element in there too. Pretty tasty and reasonably complex. A little bit of raisin as the beer warms too.

Mouthfeel - smooth, reasonably carbonated, yet fairly light body. Eminently quaffable.

Overall - a pretty damn solid English pale ale, from the guys you'd expect to do a good job on it. While I won't be purchasing this all the time, partially due to price and partially due to availability, but this is definitely a well executed pale ale.

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Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale (Organic) from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
3.84 out of 5 based on 1,205 ratings.
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