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

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Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale AleSamuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale
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Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
United Kingdom (England) | website

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001

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661
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3.86
pDev:
14.77%
 
 
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Photo of Duhast500
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
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 gpogo
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
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 kbub6f
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think I may have a bias for English Pale Ales. I just can't get enough of the rich, tangy, toffee, buttery, nutty, bitter goodness. This one gives up two fingers of noisy, uneven, foamy, cream-colored head. The color of the beer is a nice rusty-red-amber-brown and clear. Sweet, tangy, caramel, toffee, Brit-malt, awesome nose. Caramel starts the show turning full, malty, buttery toward a tangy, nutty, bitter finish. Absolutely delicious.

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Photo of acevenom
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours copperr with a biege head. The head dissipates slowly, leaving some lacing on the side of the glass. The aroma is of sweet bready malt and some mild floral hops. The taste is sweet and bready. There are some mild hops on the back end. The flavors are very well balanced. The body is medium with adequate carbonation. The beer is smooth. The drinkability is very high. This is an excellent pale ale and certainly the best English pale ale I've tried.

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Photo of BierFan
4.31/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 550ml bottle into my Samuel Smith pint glass.

Appearance: Reddish orange with a big light tan head. Nice head retention and lacing.

Smell: Mouth-watering sweet aroma. Faint hops.

Taste: Sweet caramel malts up front followed by a lightly hopped finish.

Another well constructed and subtle beverage from Samuel Smith's. Don't pass this one by.

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Photo of morimech
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
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 ProfessorHomer
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: reddish brown, thinnish head, no lacing to speak of. good carbonation.

S: malty, raisins & apples. Malty. some alcohol.

T: fantastic English Pale Ale. Smooth & creamy. Malt notes hit you aright away and linger on. Nicely balanced alcohol. Not much hop notes to speak of - this is a proper English Ale, by jove.

M: full, creamy, balanced.

O: a very very fine representation of the style. Would love to have this on tap. Like all Samuel Smith's beers, this is afire, fine beer. Recommended!

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Photo of JayTheFinn
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the best session beers in a bottle ever! It's not the greatest ale ever brewed, but it's just really drinkable and tasty. From brown body, solid head with decent lacing, great mix of hops and malts with a touch a yeasty goodness, which spreads across the tongue and touches nearly every tastebud, this one from Sam Smith's goes down smooth and easy...again and again!

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Photo of Loki
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 18.7 oz or 500 mL bottle.

Appearance: Light brown in color with a big off-white head. Webs of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Simple english malt and very delicate floral Fuggals and Kent Golding hops. This is not the hop bomb that many American Pale ales are. This is a archetype English Pale Ale.

Taste: Sweet malt that leads into a slight hop bitterness and mild dryness. Slight fruit sweentess with a grassy, floral taste that is just perceptible, but not dominant or even leading.

Mouthfeel: Solid medium body with a slight dryness and mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Wonderfully balanced and consistant. Easily a session beer that could be enjoyed everyday without tire. While not boring it is not challenging either. A beer that could be enjoyed by nearly anyone.

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Photo of HabiMendes
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The reddish-brown of this excellent beer looked very nice, but the soon-to-follow aroma... oh, it was impressive! The caramelized malty character shows itself so well, but yet so unobtrusively. We also have a background tofee-like smell. The controlled bitterness at the beginning, which precedes an unexpected, but real, carbonation impression at the palate, is very soothing actually. In the end, the hops appear more clearly, which is pleasant and refreshing. Fantastic beer!

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Photo of albern
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I haven't had a Sam Smith in awhile and almost forgot how enjoyable it truly is. This is a pale ale worthy of name. The color is a nice copper, decent sized head, good carbonation and retention of both head and carbonation. The smell is very good, a little on the malty sweetish side, very enticing. The taste is excellent. This is a British pale ale! Medium bodied, a little on the dry side, malty, a little sweet in the middle, very subdued bitterness, no after bite at all. Very drinkable. I won't wait so long this timeto have my next one. L'Chaim.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
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 allengarvin
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear walnut color, moderate head.

Aroma: Toasty, rather nutty malt aroma. Slight hop nose, but restrained.

Flavor: Great malt flavor up front, not sweet at all but toasted. Light fruitiness and a lot of buttery diacetyl. Some musty hop flavor, moderate bitterness, and a very dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Oddly, both creamy and slightly astringent. Medium carbonation.

One of my favorite beers since I learned to drink good beer. I first tasted Sam Smith Pale Bitter (a slightly different, less strong version) in Yorkshire in 1992, and I've drunk many bottles over the years. It's my favorite of the line, and though occasionally I've gotten a skunked bottle, most times I've been completely satisfied.

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Photo of Vancer
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hey now, this was quite a twist, compared to an American pale ale. Yeah, it has the real nice clear oak/mahogany color, with a frothy ivory head. And you can defiantly pick up on the sharp floral tones in the aroma.

But the taste, superb! Malts and coffee, with just a hint of floral hops in the finish- the balance between the two sides was excellent. Lightly carbonated, very smooth to drink and enjoy. I hope to have this one in the market basket again!

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Photo of Parrotbeak
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
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 bigrzman
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of 12oz bottle into my Sam Smith pint glass. Pours out with a 1/2 inch head and a nice red-copper color. Carbonation is moderate and appropriate for this style.

Smells of sweet malts, bready overtones, earthy fuggle, hops and stone. Very pleasant.

Tastes like earthy hops up front intertwined with a sweet bread and caramel malts and mild citrus in the back. there is a lot of mineral content in this one.

Mouthfeel is light-medium with a nice drying effect at the back end. Carbonation tingles the tongue.

Drinkability is high. I could drink pint after pint of this excellent Pale Ale from Tadcaster!

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Photo of botham
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pint bottle poured into a nonic. pours a crystal clear golden amber with a few fingers of light orangish, frothy head. moderate lacings here.

aroma is of munich and caramel malts, with a light yeasty character. overall a sweet aroma; no real hop character to speak of. a grainy character is present, acting as an undertone to the malts.

taste is of munich and caramel malts, with floral yeast as well. generally smooth and sweet on the palate, with a dry finish of hops. bold in flavor and well matched in aroma. good concentration, and good breadth of flavor here.

mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with a smooth feel until swallowing, when the character goes dry and hoppy. overall a well balanced pale ale.

this is a very drinkable brew. well balanced and bold in flavor, this one is another great from Samuel Smith. cheers!

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.29/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazed red-copper with an off-white one and a half finger head. Shows good retention but leaves minimal spotty lacing. A fruity, toasted pale malt nose with crystal malt, faint diacetyl and weak english hop aromas. Initial pale malt sweetness, caramel, and toasted notes are met by an assertive sugarplum fruitiness and butterscotch flavor. Semi-dry aftertaste, mild fuggle or E. Kent hop flavor and subdued bitterness keep the taste on the sweeter side. Medium in body, with a comfortable hard-water texture that never quite becomes cloying. Medium-high carbonation aids in keeping the mouthfeel crisp and not slick. There are an abundance of flavors here, but it finishes remarkably soft and drinkable. Probably one of the best examples of the English style Pale Ale commercially available.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New review of a really fresh bottle.

Pours out exactly what I imagine when I think of a pale ale. Copper body, off-white, fluffy, head that clings to the glass leaving beautiful lacing. Aroma is malty, bready, nutty, slightly buttery, herbal, toasty. Flavor starts off rather malty and bready, leading into an herbal hops middle, which then finishes toasty, bitter, and dry. Maybe a little too dry for me, but this is a delicious one. Mouthfeel is very good, but the carbonation could be a little more mellow in the tongue and the body could use a little more beefing up as it kind of sweeps off the palate a LITTLE watery. Great session.

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Photo of MaxBrews
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

18.7 ounce or 550ml Bottle poured into a 16oz glass.

Appearance: This beer pours with a nice soft 1 and a half finger white head, that dissipates leaving no lacing behind. The color is a medium amber.

Smell: A very malty aroma with sour fruit esters. Aromas of pear & apple with a touch of dark fruit prunes & raisins. It also has touches of bourbon wood and honey, Very slight hop aroma.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Big flavor from this ale. Like the aroma it has an abundance of malt, sour fruit and dark fruit. You can't taste the hops per-say in this beer however they provide a pleasant and assertive bitter bite in the finish. Well carbonated and bitter without being overbearing.

Drinkablity: An English pale ale done properly. This beer amazes me, it has all the strong & complex malt and fruity esters of an English Barley wine yet remains with a modest Alcohol content. Its not as warming alcohol wise of course but all the flavor is there. If you really want a sessionable ale that is complex and extremely flavorful this your beer. I've always been a fan of American Pale Ales with a strong malt taste and a touch of bitter hops. This beer however is changing my mind a bit, instead of floral flavors this is packed full of malt and fruit. A total English Classic and world class Pale ale.

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Photo of cracgor
4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: A nice amber transparent colored beer with hues of orange. A tan rocky head...with good sticking/lace. Great retention. stays with a sheet of head forever.

Smell: Has a very hoppy smell though not like the oily American Pale Ales. A salty sour apple/lemony smell, and a bit of nutty aroma.

Taste: A sweet hopped beer. A little grassy. Tastes like green apple. A sweet malt, caramel flavors as well as a buttery taste.

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium bodied. Very clean and refreshing. ON the dry side.

Drinkability: A great beer for session drinking. Good flavor but not overwhelming.

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Photo of Nipitato
4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a bottle at Brookline Liquor Mart in Brighton, MA.

A: Copper hue with brilliant clarity. Pours with a 1/2" tan head that dissipates to a thin topping.

S: Definate caramel malt aroma - probably the best caramel aroma I have smelled in a pale ale. Mild bitterness in aroma. A little fruity but not pronounced or owning any specific characteristic.

T: Soft flavors. Moderate bitterness throughout. Some mineral flavors amplify the earthy hop flavors. Malt has some biscuity character. Good lingering bitter aftertaste.

MF: Soft and fluffy mouthfeel. Moderately high carbonation. Smooth.

D,notes: Appropriately bitter with a reasonable amount of malt backing. Smooth and fluffy mouthfeel adds to drinkability. Obviously a very good session beer.

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Photo of Mandrake
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brilliantly clear deep copper with a tight and creamy pale tan head (rather dark for an EPA though) that lasts very well, leaving plenty of lacing. Smell is mildly hoppy, bang on for the style, with the Goldings hops and subtle earthy tones coming alongside the rich malt profile. A tad medicinal, but the light maltiness comes through as well. Taste is led by the malts. Caramel and mild diacetyl with a bit of breadiness and grass as well. The hops are very understated, but noticible, especially in the dry finish. Mouthfeel is full and well carbonated, and drinkability is excellent.

A classic English-style ale, the subtleties and craftsmanship apparent in this ale are welcome at any time. Expecting it to be a hop bomb will lead to disappointment, and is a great disservice to a stellar ale. Take it for what it is trying to be, and one can't fail to appreciate what the brewers at Sam Smith's achieve with virtually every single one of their brews.

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Photo of brewtal
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured in a Sam Smith pint glass.

Massive foamy cream-white head with enormous bubbles lacing the glass. Glowing amber and orange. Good brilliance. Mouth watering.

Smells very much of biscuity malts, in a cookie dough kind of way. Buttery aromas and earthy hop undertones. Perfumy orange pekoe tea.

The above transcends to the palate. Fruity marmelade, but not too cloying. Taste is very deep and yet balanced and finishes on a dry and clean goldings note.

Very round. Carbonation makes this a creamy ale and very enjoyable to drink! Tasty, full bodied and refreshing as a pale can be. This is what i'm looking for when I talk pale ale and I couldn't think of getting enough of this.

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Photo of abeerlovr
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a burgandy wine glass, I know, but we were drinking wine prior to popping this open.

A: nice caramel, copper color, not much head, noticeable lacing.

S: nutty, in fact after a few sniffs I detected nutmeg, don't know if that was really there or if anyone gets that, but I distinctly smelled nutmeg. Some citrus detected. Sweet smelling which then worried me but...

T: lovely flavor, caramelly, nutty but a little bitter hops on the back of the tongue, a little hint of citrus, a smooth drink

M: sweet yet had a hoppy bitterness at the finish, nice.

Overall: I enjoyed this, it may have been my first English Pale Ale and is not comparable to American Pale Ales. I little heavier because of the sweetness and not as hoppy bitter.

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Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
3.86 out of 5 based on 1,001 ratings.
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