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

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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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Photo of bigdeuce
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Boy, I am NOT an English ale kinda guy, but damn is this good. Scent is the only thing holding this one back. Smell is a bit light and kinda metallic. Great pour, excellent head retention. Tracing on the glass. Tastes terrific, of toffee and is creamy and very nutty. Really nice flavors in the beer, shoot all around the palate. Nice hop balance on the back end. Great session brew. Way tooo expensive. A fair price for this beer may be $11 bucks a sixer but it is that for only four. If it were affordable, Old Brewery Ale would be in my fridge daily!

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Photo of gabe23
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Crystal clear amber color with slowly fading white head. Lacing is scattered.

S - Mild aroma with a toasty malt mixed with a bit of sweet fruit. A slight earthy hop aroma is in there somewhere, but malt dominates.

T - The start is mildly bitter and hoppy, with a metallic tinge to the taste. A sweet malt fruitiness then takes over and leads to a slightly dry finish. Very nice, and not as sweet as the aroma would indicate.

M - Medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Slightly thick on the tongue, but not heavy.

D - This is a very drinkable beer with a balanced flavor and low ABV. Perfect for downing a few pints or enjoying with a meal.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.22/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reviewed 8/16/2007 (bottle):

Pours a clear brown colored body, with a white-brownish colored head, average to small in size. Has a malty aroma, with some honey. Malty effervescent, honey taste. Fresh tasting. Lots of honey aftertaste. Nice session beer.

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Photo of roadhouse
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 18.7 oz. bottle into an imperial nonic.

Appearance is copper in color with a quarter inch off-white head that falls to a skim and leaves some moderate lacing.

Aroma is very weak overall, I'm barely getting anything. There's a bit of caramel malt, some toastiness, and a light hop presence of the spicy herbally variety.

Taste is pretty much the same as the aroma. There's caramel and toasty notes up front with a finish that consists of mild herbal hops.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, pretty creamy. Nice carbonation.

Overall, I wasn't really impressed by this and have had better English Pales. Still, it's not a bad beer, just not worth the cost.

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Photo of sentomaster
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice bright copper color with a two finger off white head. Good retention.

S- Nice bouquet of flowers with citrus and light orange fruitiness.

T- Smooth pale malt flavors of fresh soft biscuit up front with a soft fruitiness that carries through. A very slight hop bite in the middle with notes of citrus and lemon rind. A bit of spicy esters in the finish with a classic pale ale dryness.

M- Very smooth medium body with a nice grainy texture.

D- An outstanding pale ale with nice layers. Eternally drinkable.

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Photo of grub
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. sampled feb 5/09.

pours crystal clear deep orange, nearly red really, wtih a big cap of off-white head. the head drops fairly fast but leaves tons of lace behind.

aroma is nice. biscuit and white bread. touch of alcohol. earthy and slightly spicy hops. touch of light fruity character too.

taste is good. fairly low bitterness level. biscuit and whole wheat bread. earthy and spicy hops again. nice light fruity character here too. a bit nutty too, almond and a bit of hazelnut. touch of alcohol.

mouthfeel is nice. just a touch over medium carbonation, which i think is a bit too much. medium-light body.

drinkability is good. nicely balanced, hiding its alcohol very well. a solid and tasty english pale.

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Photo of Psilo707
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep mahogany color with a medium-size head that dissipates at a standard rate. The smell is a bit less prominent than I would have expected and when the scent does invade the senses, it's one of mediocrity and standardness. A bit piney.

Slight almond flavor with a grape-y attitude on the tongue. Very expected taste from a Sam-Smith ale, and nothing special. Mouthfeel is good, a good resting point on the tongue. Drinkability is decently high and I could down a few of these, especially since it's not as dark as you'd expect from such.

Overall; decent.

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

01/31/09- Purchased at Whole Foods in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 500ml bottle with no freshness info. Poured into my 20oz Pizza Port glass.

Appearance- Copper in color. Rich white rocky 3/4 inch head with some streaks and spots of lace left behind.

Smell- Really didn't have a skunky smell, which I was expecting from the clear bottle. Pretty bready with a rich caramel sweet nose. Maybe a touch fruity...not smelling much in the hops dept.

Taste- Exactly as it smells, except not quite a sweet. Caramel and bready flavor from the malt, seems a tad fruity in a muted sort of way. English hops barely come through, but add a nice touch.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation, thicker for a lower abv beer.

Drinkability- A very nice English Pale Ale. Would have liked a little more of a hoppy aspect though.

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Photo of gpogo
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Beautiful clear amber copper with a moderate sized off-white head. Head dissipated, but left a nice sparse lacing.

A- Nice bready aroma. Floral hop aroma.

T- Nice malty flavor. Lots of caramel flavor and bready tasting. As the beer warms up more a florally bouqet of hops appears more in the flavor. A nice complexity of flavors.

M- Medium body with a moderate carbonation. A very smooth drinking beer.

D- A tad on the expensive side, though it is quite a good representation of an English Pale Ale.

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Photo of danny013
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550 ml bottle left to warm for a few minutes poured into a 20 oz. Samuel Smith imperial pint glass. Nice hard pour reveals a wonderful amber body topped with a thick 2-finger tan head. Little to no lacing, but a nice chunky head stays with the beer for the whole pint.

Aroma is dominated by malty grains with some nice breadiness/toasted grains and a light floral hop aroma. Hops jump out in intensity after searching for a bit. Pleasant.

Big bready grains up front in the taste, light maltiness mixed in with a nice mineral profile and a light herbal hoppiness. Some good healthy esters hint around in the back, some green apples float around and intermingle with the bitterness. Good toasted grains as the beer is swallowed, leaving a dry finish with a light bitterness intermingled with more pronounced estery flavors.

Mouthfeel is great, lightly carbonated with a light-medium body. Drinkability is also great. Goes down smooth, an easy drinker with plenty of complexity to sit back and enjoy. A bit pricey, but save some pennies and buy a pair of bottles for a lazy evening.

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Photo of tconboy
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful clear dark amber with a nice foamy white head that lasts, moderate lacing. This one looks nice. The first sip, and I'm very impressed. Smooth, light carbonation, a fantastic blend of malt and a hint of bitterness, with a little nut flavor and very smooth and highly drinkable. I am blown away by this. I'm not too familiar with the style, but I'm definitely going to have to seek out similar beers because this is very enjoyable.

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Photo of kbnooshay
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a super clear amber brown with a finger width sized off white head. The frothy tan head stuck around for about a minute. Main aroma here is of sticky sweet caramel. Lots of fruitiness but not much in terms of hops in the nose. Woah, sweetest epa i have had to date, tastes like toffee and a shitload of sugar. Hints of wood and nut are nice. I didn't get any hop bitterness till about 5 sips in but as this baby warmed up it came alive.

Feel is sticky and kinda creamy with a decent amount of carbonation. I can't have more than a pint of this, too sugary.

I tend to prefer the doughy breadlike epa's with a hint of butteriness and this a malty explosion of sugar but i still enjoyed it. I was reminded of a shitty bass or a nasty old speckled hen but good. I would definitely get this again if i had some appropriate food to pair with it.

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Photo of mj001jk
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear amber color, decent head but little lacing.

Sightly nutty aroma with some dried apple and apricot with aromatic subtle hops.

Silky smooth mouthfeel and a light round sweetness with good bittering. This is a nice light beer with a medium richness that is satisfying. Not too complex but leaves a good taste on the palate.

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Photo of thejewthatbrews
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear amber with a nice, slightly off white head. Litlle lacing, and head doesn't stay around for long.

Malty in the nose, and malty in the taste. Enough bitterness to not be overly sweet, and a very distinct caramel taste. Most of the bitterness is felt afterwards.

Slightly heavy mouthfeel, but in a good way. Very drinkable, and not as filling as you might expect. If it were on tap, I'm sure I could take down at least three pints before feeling full.

Overall, very drinkable, but could use a little more hops in it.

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Photo of Duhast500
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a pint bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a dark amber/orange with a slight off white head.

The smell is slightly hoppie, some hints of fruit like tangerine, notes of caramel, has a malty overtone and it a bit smother than expected.

Taste is of rich malts, hops are present with the fruity flavor of tangerine, lemon, and orange.

This beer is a great beer on it's own .A better I.P.A. A sweet taste, it will give you the incentive to come back for more.

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Photo of morimech
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with a large white head that hangs around for awhile. The head eventually settles to a thin cap but plenty of lacing is left in its wake. The aroma is full of floral and earthy hops. Wonderful English hops. The flavor likewise is full of English hops balanced by biscuit and caramel malt flavors. Bitterness is fairly low for having this much hop flavor. The body is a little thin and the carbonation is fizzy. About the only thing I can complain about in this beer. I was hesitant about this beer because bottled English Ales do not hold their flavor for long. After being assured about the freshness of the bottle, I pulled the trigger and brought it home. Glad I did. Find a fresh bottle and bring one home with you.

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Photo of Macca
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a bright copper colour. It has a slight head but this drops away quickly.

There is a great hoppy fruitiness on both the nose and the palate. A wonderful sweetness to it but not OTT.

It has a wonderful full mouth feel and great length.

This is a great beer. I could drink a lot of it.

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

Pours a slightly cloudy amber color. Good 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of malt and hops. Fits the style quite nicely. The bitterness is the first sense; chewy, smooth, average carbonation. Tastes of hops first, with a strong malt background. Overall, one of the better English Pale Ale's I've ever had - worth a try.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 550 ml bottle into a pint glass, pours a clear golden orange with a half inch of slightly off-white head. Retention and lacing were moderate.

Smells of malt, caramel and a bit of citrus and light hops. A bit more depth than my limited experience with the style, and in fact offers a light smoke as well.

Taste follows the nose with the caramel and orange/honey on moderately lingering finish. A long lasting and effervescent carbonation yields an easy drinking ale with a moderate body for the style, yet without what might be an anticipated sweetness given that body.

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Photo of adamette
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from foil wrapped bottle purchased in a gift pack some months back at World Wines & Liquor in Mentor, Ohio along with a pint glass. It was poured into that same souvenir glass.

A Brown translucent body under off white head, pleasing if unremarkable.

S Very light hops, mostly barley malt, not unlike a brown ale with a dash of hops bitterness.

T Typical sam smith woodsy taste with some hops. It tastes like a great English pub beer.

M Moderate with interesting tastes but low ABV.

D A great session beer.

Notes: A solid pale ale in the English style, exactly as advertised. I will always give high marks for beers that deliver on what is promised.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.59/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a solid burnt orange with a thick, quickly simmering head that flattens out evenly to an off-white ring--a steady stream of effervescence accompanies... bright, fragrant aroma that boasts fresh hops, doughy yeast and sweet malts--a well-balanced scent... soft, smooth vivacious approach with a tickling presence on the teeth--medium to full-bodied, almost demands like an IPA in its heft... first and foremost, punchy hops; last yet least, hearty malts--a crisp, clean and sweet balance that does not usually occur on American soil... not surprisingly, another stud for the Samuel Smith stable...pairing this would be a joyous endeavor... in a pleasant war with Sierra Nevada to be the plae ale I sip in heaven (God willing!)

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Photo of thegodfather2701
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poors a bright clear copperish red. It has a nice off white billowy head. There is not much in the nose, just a very slight hop smell.

It tastes mildly bitter, slightly hoppy, with just a touch of spice. It leaves a little after taste, but that is not a bad thing. It is very smooth and leaves minimal lacing.

Overall I thought this was a great beer. It was much better than other English Pale Ales I have had, such as Bass. It is a great session beer that goes down smooth and easy. Truly a top notch brew, if you have the means I highly recommend picking some up.

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Photo of Viggo
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

550 ml bottle from the Christmas pack.

Pours a clear light coppery orange, thin big bubbled off white head forms, quickly settles down to a thin collar, not really any lacing, looks okay. Smell is malty, quite sweet and bready, some caramel, biscuits, brown sugar, light raisin, some fruit, not too bad. Taste is similar, light flavour, bit of caramel and raisin, quite toasty, a bit of fruit, light floral hopping, nutty in the finish, weak and watery. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low to medium carbonation, goes down like water. I really remember this one being quite a bit better, weak watery pale ale.

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Photo of Vendetta
2.58/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Original Rating Date:
September 4, 2008

Nose in the bottle leads to a really odd, funky smell at first- like stinky feet. After the pour it opens up and smells a bit more of sour hops. Still not a great smell... reminds me of sour dog piss, no kidding. Nice bronze color to it, though. As long as I keep my nose away I can easily handle it- some good bitter, a bit sour hops. Sam Smith loves their ESB, and they do them well. This is an enjoyable beer but not a pale ale in the least. A bit tart, very malty. Average mouthfeel- what I expected. Another good brew from Samuel Smiths. I'm becoming an enormous Samuel Smiths fan, these are some high quality brews for no more than $3. Thumbs up.

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Photo of mcsquint
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 550ml bottle into dimpled mug.
A - Copper-red in color. Large, creamy, off=white head with excellent retension.
S - Amber malt with some dried fruit and caramel faint grassy hops.
T - Predominant malt taste with dried light fruit. Just the right amount of hop bitterness.
M - A bit slick at first but cleans up well on the finish.
D - This, like all the other Samuel Smith products, is spot on. Nothing big or adventurous, but true to the original style and reasonably priced.

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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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