Organic Pale Ale | Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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Organic Pale AleOrganic Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Known as Organic Best Ale in the UK.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-27-2001

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured form a 550 mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a mild golden, hazy apricot color with a bubbly, foamy head that has only decent retention.

Smell: Quite syrupy pale malt, light citrus notes, and herbal yeast notes.

Taste: Starts off with a very nice light biscuity malt taste, with tons of carbonation complementing the flavor. Earthy spice and hops come in next. Finishes clean and smooth.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp, clean carbonation gives this a light feel, even though it is medium bodied. The carbonation lingers on the tongue, helping to leave a nice soft earthy and herbal aftertaste.

Drinkability: With a pleasant, nuanced taste, Sam Smith's has come up with another winner.

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Photo of Parrotbeak
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pristine copper color, with a half-inch, off-white head that fades gradually, leaving some thick lacing on the glass.
Smell is caramel malts and yeast, with some grassy hops. Some citrus notes in there, as well as some buttery toffee notes.
Taste is more caramel notes with some light spices and yeast. Light hops as well. Toffee and citrus notes come in towards the finish. Good malt backbone.
Mouthfeel is a good balance of crispness and smoothness. Finish is fairly clean. Light-to-medium body.
Drinkability is very good. Refreshing and tasty.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orangy brown color with minimal off white head. Scent is of fresh bread, toffee, roasted nuts and a faint touch of watery fruit. Taste brings again the taste of fresh bread, touches of sweet carmel, toffee, nuts, butter, watery fruit. Medium bodied, slightly grainy, perfect carbonation, slightly dry. An all around fresh tasting, highly drinakable and enjoyable malt forward english ale.

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Photo of busternuggz
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 18.7 oz bottle into a pint glass (and refilled).
Beautiful orange-golden color with a 1/2" thick, creamy white head that remained at about 1/4" after receding.
Smells included nice sweet malt and nuttiness. The taste followed, with a nice nuttiness and somewhat sweet malt character. A little hint of honey. Nice finish with a little more dryness.
Had a nice medium body to it, very smooth. Very drinkable too, I polished the bottle off easily and could have kept drinking more. I could see drinking a bunch of these in a pub. Went will with some grilled catfish and corn, I imagine it's a pretty good all-around food beer. Not flashy but a solid and delicious beer.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

550 mL bottle without a freshness date. Pours a clear, medium copper color with a creamy cap of light beige foam. Retention is pretty good and the lacing is definitely sticky. Surprisingly dark in color, looks good.

Nose is lightly caramelized malts with some noticeable minerality, light fruit and mild hop aroma. Smells surprisingly fresh, I might have gotten lucky and picked up a recently brewed bottle!

Taste is nicely balanced between slightly sweet malts and floral hop flavoring and bitterness. Malts are toasty and caramely. Mouthfeel is very nice on this one...very creamy feeling and perfectly carbonated. Probably the most refreshing British pale Ale I have had thus far. Minerality comes through, chalky even. Fruit is kept surprisingly mild for an EPA. I really like it and cannot believe it took 12 years of craft beer drinking to finally try it!

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Photo of JordonHoltzman
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours aggressively for a nice thick head, that has an off-white color. this is a pretty damn red pale ale, filtered for a transparent body.
i smell malts, caramel, and i also smell fruitiness and i want to go with cherries as my attempt to pinpoint.
taste pretty much matches the aromas.
mouthfeel is nice, a smooth finish, appropriate carbonation too.
pretty drinkable overall

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Photo of likethetaste
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium amber color.
Nice lacing
slight fruity smell
good flavor but mouth feel is not as nice.
I actually like this a lot better than Fullers but I know I am crazy to say this, but I like the much lighter colored Sam Adams Pale Ale better than both. Much better drinkablity.

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Photo of mcdevster
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a nice medium copper..
this smells great.. smells fruity slightly malty - slight hint of grain or hops.. very light citrus/dark fruit.. dry.
Samuel smith is always great for full flavored beers.. you can really taste this from the front to the back of the mouth.. nice soft feel but enough dryness to leave a lasting finish.. this is a classic pale ale. it is light enough to drink as a session..yet the flavor is powerful and lasting. this ranks very highly in my opinion.

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Photo of Buebie
3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I do not know the age of the bottle, no freshness date. A brown bottle though with a gold tin wrap.
Poured into the glass, producing a fairly frothy 1+ inch head. Receding slowly and leaving a thin cap of retention. Decent lace here, although thin, leaving nice coverage.
Color is mostly amber with some golden glow.

Aroma is sweet and inviting with bready aroma and grains. Hops are not much present in aroma.
Although no hops are detected, this still smells very good.

Taste is also fairly sweet with plenty of cereal grain flavors, become a little husky into the swallow. I'm betting this bottle is not fresh, because hops are not really present in taste either. Although there is a slight grassy flavor and some mild bittering pairing with the husky flavors on the finish and linger.
Honey malt and cara 60 or something similar is keeping things sweet and delicious. Drying into the finish and follwoing the pale ale style well in that respect.

Mouthfeel is light in body and also in carbonation. Although present, does not bite.

Decent beer, not somthing I'd seek out. Although I'd really like to taste this fresh, I think it would be a completely different beer.

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Photo of beertunes
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a clean, clear, light gold color with about an inch of foamy white head that had good retention and light lacing.

The aroma is nicely balanced, grainy malt blended with even hopping. The flavors are a little bolder than the aroma leads you to expect, crisp grains and gently sharp hops.

The body is fuller than average, tongue-coating without being sticky. Drinkability was very good, if this were on tap I'd be very happy with a nice long session of brew.

Overall, a very nice beer that's worthy of your time.

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Photo of dpasotti
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This is an attractive-looking beer all around. Translucent, light copper shade under a long-lasting, fine ivory head. The aroma is comprised of lightly sweet caramel malt, English hops, and a fruity ester presence.

The taste is quite a bit different, with the yeasty apple/grape flavor in front. The English hop presence is well-balanced and not intrusive. A slightly biscuity and sweet malt base rounds things out. There is also a prominent metallic taste that is appropriate for the style.

Excellent mouthfeel. A medium-full body and modest carbonation render quite a smooth texture. This beer is good but not great, as it falls short in the flavor department. Not one of my favorite styles, nor my favorite brew from Mr. Smith.

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Photo of glid02
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Pours a clear copper color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of pale malts with good amounts of indistinct fruits and hints of leafy and earthy hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though a bit more muddled. Pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by mild amounts of nuttiness and indistinct medium fruit flavors. Midway through the sip hints of leafy hops enter into things, carrying through a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without any problems and could have another.

Overall this is a very good example of an EPA. Nothing extraordinary but it's got some niceties that are worth searching for. Worth a shot.

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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper colored, this beer has a light haze to the body with an ample bone-colored head atop. Stonefruit and butter toffee permeate the nose, the fruit being especially prominent, lightly sweet and lightly tart. It has a bit of graininess to it as well, pale and amber malts with a touch of biscuit. The taste is similar to the aroma, but rearranged; the biscuit-like malts are foreward, with a mild jam-like fruitiness behind. It's like taking a bite of toast covered in peach preserves and butter. Hearty but light, this has a lot of depth yet it's very quaffable and balanced. It ends on a malty and mildly buttery and fruity note with only a hint of bitterness, ultimately drying and crackery. Very good.

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Photo of stephens101
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a clear and brassy brew which sports a prolific and stubborn bubbly tan head. Lace is thin and spotty where it exists. Smells of caramel malts, some light fruits, grain, some faint hops and tannins. Really complex for the style. Tastes of sweet malts, more light fruits, faint cinnamon and tea leaves. A slight nuttiness comes out later on. Goes down smooth and almost creamy. Highly drinkable yet interesting makes for a great combo.

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Photo of tone77
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 18.7 oz. bottle. Has a dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is nutty, hops, maybe a touch of honey. Taste is also nutty, balanced hops and malts, some honey. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a good quality beer.

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Photo of Thiestru
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Deep amber with a bit of cloudiness. Off-white head, about one finger at first, but fades over time but never vanishes. Not much lacing. The color really makes this appearance as good as it is.

Smell: More malts than hops, with a strong nutty character. Grassy hops are there, though.

Taste: While I like the dominance of malt in the nose, I was really hoping the hops would come out more in the taste. Sadly, this is not the case. They aren't absent, of course, but I notice much more maltiness than anything else. It's not sweet, but a bit nutty and biscuity. Hops provide some balance, but not much more. It's very pleasant, don't get me wrong, but a little more bite would have been nice.

Mouthfeel: Not too carbonated, which is fine; it doesn't feel stale. Body is middling.

Drinkability: I can really enjoy one of these, but alas, I find myself wanting something else after that. I seem to recall enjoying this much more a couple of years ago, to the point of its being one of my favorite pale ales, but now I think it's just pretty good. Definitely worth a try if you haven't had it; I don't think most people would regret getting a four-pack. Also interesting for being a maltier kind of pale ale than many I've had.

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Photo of MuddyMo
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I am a fan of Samuel Smith products, but experienced some hesitation as I included two 12 oz bottles of this offering in my mixed sixer. Hesitation because the label did not indicate the style of beer. Just "Organically Produced" and "Ale." No date on the bottle.

Pours a hazy amber with a distinct head that fades quickly with little or no lacing. Swirling brings back a smattering of foam to the surface. The aroma of fresh apples and a bit of alcohol is soon joined by wafts of grain and caramel.

A thin bodied beer with bright tart fruit flavors up front and a light touch of carbonation that lasts throughout. The finish is not exactly dry, but set the glass down for more than 60 seconds and a drying sensation will slowly spread over the tongue and begin creeping into the throat. There is a perfect remedy for this sensation: another pull from the pint glass. Amazing how that works.

A quintessential English Pale Ale. The epitome of a good session beer.

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Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into the branded glass a clear amber liquid presents itself. Atop this is a thick mocha coloured head, thick and porous like volcanic rock, it lasts well to the halfway point.

Caramel apple and floral hop aromas greet the nose held up by gram cracker malt aromas. Fruity resin of the hops quickly follows this, reminiscent of melon rind at times.

Bitter hop flavours mix well with the balancing malt; with its slight toasted nutty notes. The overall taste is very subdued. As one drinks on sweet malt becomes more prevalent masking some of the hops.

A medium light body with relatively low carbonation this one is very quaffable.

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Photo of prosper
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a deep copper. very clear. Big, dense head.

Smells of dark malts - toasty, slight acridness.

Tastes strongly of dark caramel - molasses, dried fruits. Sweet. Not much hop flavour, and only just enough bitterness to balance out the sticky-sweet malt.

Mouthfeel is medium.

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Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal-clear deep copper and is capped with a thin off white head. Very little visual carbonation.

The smell is huge on malts, deliciously sweet, and accompanied with just the slightest hint of a fuggles-like hop note. Scents of bananas and cotton candy play on the wonderful sweetness.

Toasted bread and caramel are at the fore of the taste. The hops don't seem to carry into the flavor, but a slight and gentle bitterness from the roasted grains.

The body is mild with a silky-smooth texture and a clean finish, making it very drinkable.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear amber/brown color with a 1 inch head that fades to a 1/2 inch cap. Lacing is not that great.

S - Smells of biscuit and sweet fruits.

T - Tastes like a biscuit with fruit preserves. There is VERY little bitterness or hop taste to this beer.

M - Very creamy and smooth.

D - Very tasty. Another great offering from Samuel Smith.

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Photo of brentk56
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber, almost russet, color with a thick head that leaves webs of lace behind

Smell: Toffee and earthy tones, with mild butterscotch diacetyl present

Taste: Opens with a herbacious, diacetyl-influenced caramel character that moves in a bitter and earthy metallic direction by mid-palate; after the swallow, these English pale ale flavors blend together

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: It has been a while since I have consumed a true English Pale Ale, the style pretty much having been abandoned by American craft brewers; an enjoyable change of pace, even though the style is not one I would reach for every day

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Photo of billshmeinke
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into my pint glass.

Pours a one finger off white head that takes a few moments to die down to a nice layer of foam on top. Beer is clear few bubbles rising to the top. Amber with golden hues around the edge. Not much lacing.

Smell brings a light ale fruitiness, a slight caramel aroma. Mostly sweet.

Taste has a light ale fruitiness (reminds me a ted of strawberries). Some biscuit and golden brown toast notes in the middle. An herbal, leafy and slightly bitter hop characteristic is there as well. Unfortunately, there is a slightly metallic taste to it somewhere towards the end. (Is this from the use of hard water?)

Light bodied, medium carbonation. Pretty smooth.

Good session beer.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 550mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: body is a crystal-clear relatively rich amber-brown color. Head is a thin layer of tan foam, but the body looks just spectacular.

Smell: nice caramel malt aroma; I'm catching hints of fresh bananas here as well. It's an interesting overall presentation; hops do not appear much here. I do quite like it.

Taste: caramel malt with a little hop bitterness. Again, hop flavors are very mild and come up mostly toward the end. The overall flavor is quite good, though.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a medium-low level of carbonation. Mouthfeel is good but not great.

Drinkability: quite drinkable indeed. I'm going to go enjoy the rest of this out on the patio.

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Photo of dpodratsky3
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

550ml bottle poured into pint glass

A: Kind of copper golden brown, head foams up then settles to half a finger of a thin creaminess

S: Definitely english hops with that earthy buttery smell, has some fruity smell too, good and aromatic, caramel malt provides the base

T: More powerful than I was expecting, since smell is earthy and not pungently bitter than an american pale ale I wasn't expecting the punch, its not hugely bitter but nice and strong, big earthy hops right away, but still has that fruity almost sweet side that makes it delicate and balanced, malt helps with that too and provides nice body

M: Like all traditional english beers, a little thinner than I would like, but nice because it still packs all the flavor, semi-dry

D: High, big flavor but a nice British drinking beer

Notes: I really like this style and this is a good example. Very traditionally British, but will please almost anyone.

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Organic Pale Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 1,575 ratings