Organic Pale Ale
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

Organic Pale AleOrganic Pale Ale
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Style:
English Pale Ale
Ranked #5
ABV:
5%
Score:
87
Ranked #13,403
Avg:
3.89 | pDev: 12.6%
Reviews:
900
Ratings:
1,595
From:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
 
England, United Kingdom
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
87
Very Good
Organic Pale AleOrganic Pale Ale
Notes: Known as Organic Best Ale in the UK.
Reviews: 900 | Ratings: 1,595
Photo of utfiero
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Color- nutty light brown. Medium but thick head.

Aroma-sweet and nutty.

Taste- Very malt forward, a gentle giant. Starts malty, rich and buttered toast. Then, it mellows and finishes with a lingering grainy perfection. An excellent brew which reminds me of a holiday in the UK. This malt forward pale ale is not an IPA but may be a good transitional brew for those wishing to acquaint themselves with ESBs and IPAs, a stepping-stone to hoppier cousins.

The 5.00% ABV makes this a great session beer.

Poured from 550 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted on 2/14/14.

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Photo of Foyle
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a thick, sudsy cream colored head that recedes slowly with mild lacing. Color is a mostly clear rich amber with moderate carbonation streaming.
Aroma: raisins, apricots, toffee, yeast rolls.
Mouthfeel: light bodied with a bit of ale fluffiness and a mostly dry finish.
Flavor: initial flavor is the sweet barley malt-- toffee, caramel, and white bread. The middle has some butterscotch and fruity esters with a earthy hop bite in the finish.

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Photo of delta490
3.66/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slightly cloudy amber with a foamy white head. No retention but just a hint of lacing. The aroma has light notes of darker fruits but a pretty strong note of diacetyl. The taste is pretty mild as well. I was hoping for more of the "Best Bitter" styles I got familiar with in England, and while this one seems like it should, it just falls short. It does improve as it reaches it proper temp (closer to 55F). It's got a nice weight to the body but even when it gets to a better temperature, it's just lacking in the full, rich deep flavors normally associated with the style.

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Photo of theteleman
5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A beautiful amber color with a highly carbonated massive white head. This beer is perfect to me. Like nothing I have ever tasted before, a truly unique brew that is incredibly balanced and still complex and interesting to taste. My expierence in pale ales has been Sierra Nevada/West Coast type stuff, and dont get me wrong, I love the brews that come out of the West coast but this is just so different yet still so enjoyable to sip on. Go buy one! Cost me 3.50 at PW Mart in Poway CA, a decent price for a really outstanding beer.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one didn't impress me much, but it's drinkable. i have liked other Sam Smith's beers better. To be perfectly honest, I was steered to try this because "it was a perfect example of diacetyl." Now I can finally be certain of what they meant, and what that flavor is. I suppose it's not a bad taste, but it's not my favorite either. I certainly wouldn't turn down a glass of this, but I'll seek out other brews from this brewery in the future..

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Photo of thebrood1987
5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The smell is fantastic. A nice deep rich candy malt smell with a slight floral smell. I also get the yeast in there as well. On the first sip I get a nice carbonation and slight hop bite with a very rich malt candy flavor that is out of this world. Its so smooth.. It ends with a tinge of floral bitterness.

I also get a slight salty taste but in the best way possible probably from the hard well water they use in the beer. This is my favorite malty forward beer I've ever had. Maybe I'm biased though because I'm a big organic food advocate and saw organic and instantly wanted to try it. but wow what a difference.

This is definitely not an American beer by any standard. Not to say American beers aren't balanced but this is the best balanced beer I've ever had. Definitely one of my favorites of all time.

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Photo of stuarthyde
4.69/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer was recommended to me by one of my customers.

I ordered it and when the bottle arrived I was surprised by the label (old school).

The color and taste were very good! I have since recommended this beer to all of my beer drinking friends.

I have taken the next step and also purchased this beer to have in my refrigerator at home.

I have also tried several of their other Organic beers as was not disappointed!

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Photo of Leviathan5
3.42/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle

A - Dark orange/ambar color with a decent off-white head. Not that much retention and/or lacing

S - Toasted malts with caramel touches. There's a scents from citrusy hops, and an earthy presence, but not so prominent as the malts

T - Mostly toasted sweet malts. The hops are there to balance the malts, but they're mostlu present at the dry, bitter finish.

M - Medium body and medium carbonatation. Creamy but not that smooth texture

O - Not an spectacular beer, in the sense that none of its ingredients really stand out, but it's an nice balanced ale. Maybe I wouldn't choose it if others are available, but i wouldn't mind drinking it again

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.44/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

550ml Bottle: BBD Jul 14, poured into an over sized UK pint sleeve on 17th Nov 13.

Nice orange amber body, clear and clean, on top a full off-white foaming head.

Malty nose, bread dough and dry biscuits though, not sweet or molasses style. Some fruit esters in the aroma too.

The taste was also malt led, the malts however were semi-sweet compared to the smell and there is a caramel feel to the biscuit flavour. Those fruit esters are in the taste, giving the beer an extra dimension within the taste. The hops were very under-stated although there is a mild hop finish.

The body hides the alcohol nicely and this is an easy going beer which I really enjoyed.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Guinness pint. Boasts a lovely hue of orange-red with a soft glow due to slightly compromised clarity. The head lays thick and goopy with an antique yellow-white color.

Buttery malts, toast, and an English flair of nutty yeasts. Biscuity and lightly roasted with an attenuation of hops.

Nice and dry with a fruity ester, not unlike artificial strawberry, that smooths out in front of a toasty malt backbone. Plenty of English nuttiness with a stocky bitterness that evokes some good early-boil hopping. A bit floral with carryover notes of canteloupe and peppermint leaf. Has a slight tannic acidity, like red apple skin or over-steeped black tea. Quite nice.

Superbly smooth-bodied with a medium to medium-light level of carbonation. Rather mellow. Has the drinkability of a good mild or semi-hoppy pale.

Another solid Sammy that I'll remember to look for again. This is a standard that I waited all too long to review. Makes me want to buy their India Pale Ale and do the same. I'll see if I can find a fresh one. In the interim, I have a bottle of year-plus old Stingo in the closet worth drinking. Until then, cheers!

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Oak & Vine on 16 Ave in Calgary, only place so far in this city I have found this classic. Pours an amazing bronze amber hue, almost marmalade orange, with a lot of white foam. I had to rush to contain the initial fizzy blast but things very quickly settled down. Aroma was heady and multifaceted, with sweet malts, stone fruits, and earthy hops predominating. This beer is a classic quintessential English ale, with ample character and complexity. Earthy woody English hops lead the way with a hint of apricot (Goldings aroma) against a rich toffee backdrop, considerable crystal malt sweetness but a lot of hop character to provide balance. Some sour crabapple and marmalade citrus flavors add complexity. Dark fruit (raisin) character and diacetyl butterscotch emerge in the finish, along with a mineral bite and old wine fermented notes. Great tapestry of English beer flavors. Body medium thick, with a lingering syrupy sweetness. Lots of residual sugars here. I am an unabashed Samuel Smith fan and this is one of the classics of the genre. Bottles may come off as a bit "old" in flavor but the overall effect is that of a timeless examplar of one of the great beer styles of the world.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Clean copper with a 1.5 finger off white head with strong staying power. Sick lacing that clings for dear life.

S- Maltier than most pales I have had as the English style comes through. Most US pales pound the nose with hops, but that is not the case here. Toasted bread and burnt caramel. Some sweet notes come through. Light floral and pine

T- Earthy to say the least. Toasted breads, rich charred wood, herbal like hop presence. Smooth but bitterness not completely hidden. A true English style ale.

M- Fantastic feel. Light bordering on mid body. Perfect carbonation for the style. A bit more wet than the style dictates, but I don't mind.

O- An outstanding pale. Highly recommended for those that don't care to be bombarded with IBUs. A delicious herbal flavor.

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Photo of mick303
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This is labelled as "Organic Pale Ale" so I'm hoping I've got the right one. Very tasty in any case.

Into a tulip glass this has a nice off-white soapy head, good retention. Colour is a bright caramel brown, slightly reddish. Really nice film and lacing. Very attractive. 4

S – an interesting nutty caramel, roasted apples with a rich fruitiness. Has light apple and floral notes on top of a caramel malt and mineral base. Hop presence is not especially aggressive, an inviting slightly earthy and grassy profile. 4

T – bready full maltiness, lemon and earthy bitterness, some nice bracing minerality with some yeast character toward the end. Good balance of mineral acidity with the malt and hops. Cinnamon and caramel sweetness but a good yeasty/bready character as well. Mild but quite a bit going on. Mighty tasty stuff, balance is well executed. 4

M – light with lots of carbonation, tingling and malt forward with a full crisp finish. Full flavoured and easy drinkability. Very lively. 3.75

Very tasty English Pale Ale. Not in your face in any respect. I gravitated to the mineral and yeasty body. This is a well-executed ale, worth a try as it does good service to this style. 4.25

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Photo of dreamchaser
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A well executed, authentic pale ale. Sweet, malty aroma with notes of burnt sugar or molasses. Appearance is bright, clear copper, with a light, relatively fast-dissipating head. Flavour is quite sweet with a strong hop-layered finish, that lingers and hints at toffee. The balance is slightly toward bitter, but a well-balanced beer overall. The mouthfeel is generally light and effervescent, and contrasts sharply with the complexities within the malt and hop flavours.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Old Brewery pale ale pours a darker cooper color with a small lacing head. There is a floral aroma with a creamy note that Is full of nut and toffee notes, but its enjoyable. The taste has some floral notes, but it has a very unique okay undertone, and the flavor has some warmth from the alcohol, strong nut and toffee flavors. Easy to drink, just a tad watery. Overall its a pale, with some very unique flavors.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

550 mL bottle from the LCBO; bottled on May 22 2013. Always pumped to try out a new beer from this brewery, which has not yet disappointed me with any of their offerings. It's labelled as their 'Organic Pale Ale' in this market, although the label art is virtually identical to that in the picture so I must assume this is the correct place to put this review. Served well chilled.

Pours a beautiful, clear orange-amber colour, topped with roughly 1.5 fingers of frothy, foamy off-white head that wilts away over the next five minutes or so. In its wake, it leaves a smooth, creamy cap and a few modest smudges of lacing. Mild, clean aroma that leans toward the malty side - butterscotch and toffee come through nicely, as well as toasted biscuits, sultanas, and some leafy hop notes. Plain, but otherwise spot-on for the style.

Fortunately, the flavours are much bolder than the subdued aroma might first imply. Once again, the malts are the star of the show, but there is a sturdy hop backing that balances it perfectly. Toffee sweetness and doughy, biscuity malts start us off, as well as some light toasted nuttiness and lemon zest. This leads into some hoppy bitterness, which becomes more prominent toward the end of the sip, providing a pleasant, earthy dryness that lingers. Earthy, leafy aftertaste with a strong mineral vibe from the hard well water. On the light side of medium-bodied, with a somewhat smooth, creamy mouthfeel. The carbonation was a little high for my liking at first, but it settles somewhat as the beer warms.

Final Grade: 4.22, a very respectable A-. Samuel Smith's Organic Pale Ale is an immaculately balanced ale that is guaranteed to please any fan of English pales. While the malts are probably more likely to draw the bulk of your taste buds' attention, the earthy bitterness provided by the English hops is a perfect counterweight to their biscuity, toasted sweetness. This is one of the best EPAs I have ever had the pleasure of trying, although at this price point ($3.85 per bottle) it's not exactly the cheapest tipple as far as this style goes. Well worth a try for any English ale fan.

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Photo of lsummers
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fantastic color of amber, copper. Somewhat cloudy with a nice one finger fluffy cream colored head. I love when lighter styles look flavorful.

Smells of some toffee biscuits. Very sweet with just a hint of some floral hop notes. Overall, bready, malty, sweet, and a little funky.

Taste is very nutty and creamy. Notes of toffee, brown sugar, and biscuit along with some slight dried fruit. Not much hop notes at all poking through the bready malt sweet notes. I wouldn't mind having some more hop notes, although I wonder if fresher the bottle the more hop notes you get. Having this fresh might have a lot to do with it.

Mouthfeel has some medium carbonation which helps the every so slight touch of hops on the flavor. There's not that much so it's nice to have a mouthfeel that accentuates that bitterness bite you get from hops. It's slighty creamy and feels somewhat fat. Mouthfeel is very nice and instantly reminds me I'm drinking an english pale.

Overall, a very enjoyable english pale. Samuel Smiths brewery seems to do nothing bad, they just have more offerings that are better. A solid English Pale Ale, but not my most favorite pale and definitely not my most favorite from this brewery. You should try this at least once.

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Photo of Auraan
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured a gorgeous amber with a half finger off white head. A nice look that reminds one of an English classic. Scents of caramel, honey, sweet malt and slight apple juice. Not amazing, but it entices one to taste. Flavors of grainy malt, slight caramel and honey sweetness, particularly in the middle of the sip, though both are extremely muted and a nice moderate level of bitterness with some floral hop flavors. Finish is slightly dry. Very well done. Subdued, yet with a hoppy character. Not greatly hoppy like an APA. It balances it's bitterness with a nice grainy malt back bone and a very slight sweetness to make it quite drinkable. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation. Perfect for a session ale. A classic English pub style, executed extremely well. The best EPA I've had, well worth drinking.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Amber/copper; huge foam on bottle opening, but didn't last in glass

Aroma: Malty; dried fruit; hints of butterscotch

Taste: Sligthly dry, bitter start moving quickly into malty, juicy, vinous fruit mid; finishes with a dry, nutty flavor

Remarks: Pretty well balanced; pretty good flavor overall

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of rangerred
3.49/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

550ml bottle into an English pint.

Pours a crystal clear deep copper with a one finger fluffy off-white head. Ok head retention with a few streaks of lacing.

The aroma I feel is a little on the weak side and is full of dark fruit, caramel, and toast. I would have liked it all to be just a little more forward, however.

This same lack of excitement carries over into the taste. Nice dark fruit and some grassy hops up front quickly followed by toast and burnt caramel. A nice moderate bitterness lasts throughout adding to the burnt character. Full, slick mouthfeel ending with a bit of stickyness.

Overall, a decent offering from Samuel Smith but I find it a bit lacking. There are better examples out there.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

the glory of these beers is their price, less than 4 bucks per go? are you kidding me?! the quality to price point is unrivaled in the beer world. while some are outstanding, standard setters, others are just okay. this pale ale is somewhere in between. its clear in the pours, more red than copper, with a finger of off white bubbles that pop down to a thin skin before long. the nose is quintessentially English, with all the caramel malt dusty attic you could ever want, but with a welcomed touch of vanilla extract. the yeast doesn't really manifest itself until the flavor, neither do the hops. the yeast combines with the caramel malt to give a doughy cereal profile, while the hops finish the beer nice and bitter, balancing the vanilla expertly. tastes just a tad old at the end, but ill bet this is nearly perfect at the source on tap. thinner body, which im back and forth between liking and not, and airy carbonation that keeps this beer drinking easily. overall this isn't my favorite beer from sam smiths, but now that I have worked my well into their lineup, I can safely say that the quality of this brew is up to the high bar of the others. again, the economics cannot be beat.

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Photo of DrewSnyc667
4.44/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Slightly hazy brilliant copper color. Minor activity and almost no head whatsoever

S: Amazingly robust chocolate and caramel. Unique to the stye, I am chewing on the malts before I take a sip.

T: A malt fans delight. Super complex starts like chocolate chandy and ends with a nice little hop crisp

M: Nice amount of carbonation keeps that sweet malt at bay and makes this highly session able

O: I have been really into the English session ales lately and this one is another treat.

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Photo of Damian
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Drank from a 1pt. 2.7fl.oz./550 ml bottle
Served in a Samuel Smith's imperial pint glass
Thanks to my dad for this bottle

The beer poured a slightly hazed, deep crimson-amber. A two-finger crown of tight, frothy, beige colored foam topped the liquid and slowly faded to a lasting cap. Patches of lacing trickled down the glass.

The nose was very British. A bit steely and quite mellow overall. Good dose of biscuity malts. Somewhat toasty. Mild toffee notes. Slightly fruity and moderately sweet.

The flavor profile was decent. Biscuity malts dominated. Some toffee. Touch of noble hops. Fruity in the center. Earthy, bittering hops came through in the finish. Crisp and drying.

The mouthfeel was slick, smooth and somewhat creamy on the palate. Medium bodied with a fine and mild effervescence.

Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale might be spot-on for the style, but I found it rather boring. If you have an affinity for British session ales, this might be your cup of tea.

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Photo of AmitC
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a snifter.

About two and half fingers thick off white colored head that stays as a thin layer. Color is golden. Very clear and transparent. Nice lacing on the sides. A lot of bubbles seen rising up.

Aroma is very subdued. Malt presence. Some minor noble hops as well as some weed like hop notes. Slight caramel is off flavor i guess. Strength is moderate. No alcohol or warmth.

Taste is slightly better with a more balanced presentation. Hops and malts blend in really well and provide a nuanced flavor. Some bready malts and slight caramel. Hops are very subdued to have any presence of bitterness. Finish is dry. No bitterness whatsoever - low for pale ale.

Mouth feel is light bodied. Good amount of carbonation. Borders on being a one dimensional lager like ale.

One of the worst stuffs from Samuel Smith that I have had so far.

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Photo of pkingdesign
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.75

Clean ale flavor, extremely smooth and drinkable, a bit of citrus flavor and in the nose. Good head that lasted through the first several sips. I poured mine straight from the 'fridge into a chilled glass. Was delicious when very cold. One of my favorite beers overall.

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Organic Pale Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 1595 ratings