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

BA SCORE
86
very good
689 Reviews
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
Reviews:
689
Ratings:
1,194
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
12.24%
 
 
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Photo of TigerSoul
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I'm not sure why this beer didn't score in the 90's here on BA. Not to call into question the impeccable palates and discriminating taste of these 'experts' but I sometimes wonder what they actually expect from a beer. Sam Smith's Organic Pale Ale is a world classic, in my view, a definitive example of the variety. It's a traditional, regional English country ale, not intended to hit you over the head with any one of the characteristics of beer (look, smell, etc.) although I do find the rich copper hue quite pleasing to the eye... Smell? Nothing to write home about, but the taste? It's got a solid malty backbone with a slight hint of mustiness that I suspect might come from the stone troughs used in fermentation. Hops are not forward, but they're not supposed to be. There is hardly any hop character, but it still packs enough tang to satisfy the hop-seeker. ... The "Organic" variety, in fact, has permanently replaced the original "Old Brewery Pale Ale"; folks just found this one to taste better so Sam Smith's ceased production of the other one... Is this one for the growing numbers of hop-crazy beer enthusiasts? No. Is it for the Yuengling-Bud crowd? No. Is it for the drinker who appreciates tradition, quality and craft? Yes.

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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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Photo of woodychandler
4.49/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nobody panic! My avatar recently changed and I am not drinking beer from a CAN, bottle be getting back to The CANQuest (TM) real soon. For now, I want to concentrate on the Samuel Smith's oeuvre.

Mine is a heavy brown bottle, vice the clear one in the picture. My pour created a finger of tawny head with decent retention. Color was a slightly hazy orangish-amber. Nose was highly malty, underlain with grassy hops. Mouthfeel was silky smooth with tastes of honey and raspberries on the tongue. Great goshdarn! How have I overlooked this beer for so long?!? Finish was very fruity with a little butteriness, to boot. How do they do that? I gotta make a mental note of this one.

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Photo of meechum
4.48/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received this as part of a gift pack from my brother in law for Christmas (Thanks Breadslicer).

A - Poured a deep amber or copper into a Sam Smith's pint tumbler. Had a nice deep 2 to 3 finger head that fell slowly leaving a nice big lace down the glass.

S - Had a nice toasty smell along with a flowery hop aroma

T - Had a big malt presence up front..nice and toasty...some slight nutty flavor..and then a dry bite of hops at the back end that is just perfect couter balance to the sweetness of the malts

M - A nice crips carbonation along with a slightly thick feel..give this beer a wonderful feel

D - To me this is the epitome of what a Pale Ale should be...I could literally drink this all night long..at 5% it's the perfect session brew and it's taste is satisfying and left me wanting more...I was bummed when I finished it and didn't have any more to go...I will be making this a regular place in my weekly beer stock

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Photo of Shovelbum
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this from a Sam Smith sampler box, so it avoided light spoilage despite the clear bottle.

Pours a creamy off-white head over a deep copper body. Substantial aromas of sweet caramel malt and British minerals. More sweet careml malt in the flavor joined by a nice toasted biscuit character, slight frutiness adn a bit of flroal hops. Despite the aroma, the mineral character is not nearly as pronounced as in some other British ales. Mild hop bitterness in the background and makes this a well-balanced pale ale. Smooth and creamy in the mouth. Slightly drying finish.

This is one fine Pale Ale. It far more balanced than the American versions of the style, but retains great depth and complexity, particularly in the malts profile. A great session ale.

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Photo of erosier
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a nice clear amber color with a medium sized and semi-medium bodied head that takes some time to settle but laces the glass very nicely all the way down.
S: Smells of very sweet malts, some caramel and toffee, and a bit of hops at the end of the nose.
T: Tastes of very nice sweet and roasted malts, some caramel and toffee flavors come through and then balanced out with a very subtle yet effective hop finish.
M: Very smooth, light, crisp, and refreshing. Perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable beer as all of the flavors blended well and it has a nice feel to it. This is a very good beer.

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Photo of leansean88
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Let me just say that this was not at all what I expected, in a good way. I got this beer because I like Samuel Smith's, not because I'm a big pale ale person. I can easily say it was unlike any pale ale I've ever had. It was a very smooth, very enjoyable taste. It was a hint of hops and malt bathed in pure smooth creaminess. I really cannot get over how much I enjoyed it. Like all Sam Smith's I've had so far, the mouthfeel cannot be beat.

Notes: The Nut Brown was quite nice, the Imperial Stout was amazing, and this beer falls somewhere between those two. I've still got two more bottles of Sam Smith's to try before I pick my favorite. As far as pale ales go, I think I have a new champion.

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Photo of Dave1999
4.46/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into a standard pint glass.

Rich red in colour with a white foamy head.

Smells of malts and grapefruit as well as malts.

A complex array of tastes including hops, malts, lemon, treacle and barley.

Goes down smooth with just the right amount of carbonation.

This is just a fantastic pale ale, complex layers of flavour and just a great beer. I'd recommend this to anyone.

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Photo of Herrbrokt
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

550 ml. bottle. Served into pint glass. no fresh by.

Pours an amberish brown. Nice beige head that sticks around for the fun.

Smells of dough and fruits.

Fantastic balance in the taste. sweet malt, buttery dough and the all important kick of hops. Real nice.

It lays a bit thicker on the tongue than I expected though. not as dry and bright as many pale ales. only criticism on this one.

overall big hit. I'll pick up a stack.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Review from notes on 6/29/09

A - poured clear mahogany amber with a 1" cream colored head in the Samuel Smith's imperial pint glass. Spidery lace patches all around. 4.0

S - very clean and grainy. Pale malty sweetness with a little bit of caramel. Fruits, apples, pears. Fruity and touch of earthiness from hops. 4.0

T - Taste is very similar to smell but the hops are more pronounced in the finish. A wonderfully balanced beer. 4.5

M - Light bodied and well carbonated. Very smooth and clean. A little bit of dryness. 4.5

D - One word: DAMN! 5.0

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Photo of mwrseeley
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Excellent. Every sip was a joy. Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale is a beer I will come back to with frequent regularity.

A light beige head, foamy and tightly-bubbled, capped an orange-red body. I loved the smooth creaminess and the beer was carbonated exactly to my liking.

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Photo of yelterdow
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in the brewery's appropriate imperial pint glass at refrigerator temperature, from a 550 ml. bottle. From a boxed "gift package", which had no exposure to light.

Appearance- Absolutely beautiful deep amber color with a tight, soapy, well formed three finger head that really holds itself together. Sticky lacing rides the glass as the minutes pass.

Smell- Spicy Fuggles and Goldings hop aromas abound... with a rich caramel maltiness that balances the scales. Nicely complex for an English Pale Ale... great bready notes, the ingredients smell clean and pure.

Taste- Wow... the maltiest Pale Ale I've ever tasted, no doubt... this is damn tasty! The bready malt character bleeds seamlessly into a nice, enjoyable hop bitterness that whets the palate for the next sip.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Solid, good carbonation. Bold, in a good way... not quite as slick and rolling as what I'd consider the "perfect" mouthfeel, but good. I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of DrewSnyc667
4.44/5  rDev +15.6%
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 GreenWBush
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Glass bottle with freshness label ...

Upon cracking this, a strange phenomenon occurs which happens in many Samuel Smith beers: about a dozen giant bubbles bound up and pop inside of the bottle. A strange welcome that whooshes the nose to your nose.

Slightly sour aroma, yeasty tones with biscuit and grain. Sweet malts with a bit of sulfur. Ringwood yeast?

The apperance of this ale in the pint glass is generic golden amber with a huge sticky windowpane of lace from the huge honeycomb head.

The taste is all watery lightly hopped goodness. The mouthfeel slacks because of the lack of chewy malt, but offers a deviation from the normally thick and unappealing-in-the-summer SS's. Hints of suflur are offput by the lovely well water of Tadcaster.

Its damned good, but don't accept a non-fresh sample. Look for the bottled on date that is new to SS. If it looks like its been in the sun for even a good while, forget it. Otherwise it is a spectacularly clean pale ale that is a misunderstood gem. It should be a benchmark.

Everyone has to try it.

And to Merchant duVin (and the manufacturer): Put an end to the CLEAR glass!

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Photo of Grundle20
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance:
The beers is copper in color with a big sticky white head that laces the glass in rings.

Smell:
Initially I pick up a bready sweetness but not so much like dark bread. There is a great floral hop profile to compliment the sweet scent. The only draw back here is a just a touch of detergent scent which is a little undesirable.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
Plain and simple, this beer is cold, wet, and refreshing. It starts off again with that sweet white bread character which evolves in to a bitter floral note. The finish is a little nutty and full but has little aftertaste to speak of. Very well balanced and delicious.

Drinkability:
Absolutely one of the best drinking beers I've had in quite some time.

Bottom Line:
This beer is pretty much everything that an English pale ale should be and a few American pale ales should also take notes from this fine beer.

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

Pours a good clear amber orange brown with good fizzy off white head that dissipates fairly quick. Nose is appley as hell with a bit of a coppery smell. Taste is nice and complex, but simple enough to session quite easily. Maltiness is most noticeable with a good kiss of english hops on the finish. An overall smooth flavor with a bit of apple flavor, some very smooth earthy malts, but not overpowering or too sweet. A nice dry finish is graced with some slight hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is quite good, Drinkability is about as good as it gets. This is one of my all time favorite session brews for summertime at the cabin. I absolutely love this brew for session drinking, or even to enjoy just one. I think when my tax returns arrive I will stock my fridge with these. Great brew.

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

Poured a dark copper colour, slightly cloudy. Light tan coloured head, and sticky strings of lace.

Smelled of sweet sweet caramel and fruitiness. Slight hop aromas.

Had a good biscuity, caramel flavour. Sweetness from slightly roasted malts. Ends kind of dry, and bitter. Medium bodied.

One of the great english pale ales.

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

Creamy fat head rests over an English amber liquid explosion of flavor. Rich and mellow buttery caramel spine is superbly balanced against loamy hops all mineral-like and tasty. Subdued carbonation makes it a pleasure to coat your throat with this stirring pale.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber color with a nice off-white head. Smell is malty and slightly hoppy. Taste is malty that finishes very dry as the hops set in. The taste is also slightly nutty and there is a kind of metallic taste as well. The mouthfeel is medium and lightly carbonated. Overall this is another superb brew from Samuel Smith's that I will enjoy time and time again.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale has a very thick, soapy, cream-colored head, lots of thick lacing rings left behind, and a somewhat hazy, amber appearance, with a few bubble streams and some little brown particles floating about. The aroma is pungent, sweet, bready, roasted, and full. Taste is of the same elements, with toffee and a pleasant, and even sharp, hop bitterness in the middle-to-end of the sip. Mouthfeel is medium and slick, and Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale finishes dry, refreshing, and quite drinkable. Overall, this is a most excellent beer!

RJT

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Photo of utfiero
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
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 PvtVile
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It was poured into a snifter from a brown bottle with gold foil.

Appearance: Dark amber with a good 2 finger head that stays around for awhile then dissipates after sitting for a minute.

Smell: The smell is kind of sweet. I also smell some bread and raisin.

Taste: Kind of bitter but not overwhelming, tastes sweet and of grape fruit.

Feel: Nice consistency, a little thick and fizzy, the carbon stays to give a refreshing feel.

Drink ability: A very good beer that I would love to drink all the time.

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Photo of maxandmorgan
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice fruity aroma from a nice English yeast. Very nice earthy aroma from the English hops. Overall, a really pleasant beer that I always aspire to brew on my own.

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Photo of Opethsprite
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pulled from a Samuel Smith sampler (which also includes their Oatmeal Stout and Nut Brown, as well as a Samuel Smith), and I'm pleased to say that this will have to be a regular for me! It's a lovely, medium-dark brown with a bit of red. The head is a fluffy, off-white which disappeared before long to leave some lacing. It smells much sweeter than I'd expect--lots of carmel with coffee and chocolate as well. It is a beautifully well-rounded beer with not-too-in-your-face hops and it's not-overpoweringly either. Medium bodied with carbonation, and it finishes slightly dry. I love this beer!!!

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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 1,194 ratings.
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