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

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Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale (Organic)Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale (Organic)
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1,219 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
Ranking:
#11,973
Reviews:
697
Ratings:
1,219
pDev:
12.27%
Bros Score:
4.1
 
 
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58
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Ratings: 1,219 |  Reviews: 697
Photo of carolinabeerguy
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured an amber color with a small light tan head. Nice lacing throughout.

Smell: Hints of malt with a nice floral aroma.

Taste: Nice roasted malt flavoring with a hint of hoppy bitterness. A slight bit of citrus. Not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Has a little bite to it from the carbonation. Slightly acidic. Not very heavy.

Drinkability: Does not seem to be too filling. Seems to go down quite easily. High drinkability for a Pale Ale.

Overall: I'd rate this as a very solid Pale Ale. Another great effort by Samuel Smith's.

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Photo of Jcarriglio
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beeeeeerman
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lobina
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SSBrennan
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark gold with a thick tan head that falls slowly with lacing. Good clarity but little visible carbonation.

The smell is of unbaked bread with subtle herbal hops, very little detectable bitterness. The smell is dominated by malts with only subtle indicators of the other flavors.

The taste shows the the bitterness that is lacking in the aroma. Fairly significant hop flavor, slightly soapy, with mostly dry roasted malt flavors.

The mouthfeel is good with prickling carbonation and the right weight.

A very drinkable beer.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a 3 oz. Sam Adams sampler.

A: A bright, clean copper color with slight chilled haze and a fine bubbly head of white carbonation.

S: Light spicy malt aroma with some grassy hops lending a hint of citrus fruit.

T: Fine slightly sweet toasted biscuit malt character with a dry, slightly bitter mid palate and a mildly spicy hop finish with no lingering flavors.

M: Mouthfeel is clean and crisp with a dry mouthfeel and snappy finish.

D: One of the classic English pale ales. If you're a Bass drinker, treat yourself to a higher breed of English pales and grab the highly sessionable Sam Smith pale ale.

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Photo of samEBC
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jtslay
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a very thick and beautiful head. It has a light copper color. This is a very smooth beer with a clean aftertaste. The aroma is similar to the nut brown ale. This is a very drinkable beer due to the clean aftertaste. Follow this beer with a stout or the brown ale.

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Photo of scottoale
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Came in a 12oz. clear bottle and poured into my small 14oz. tulip a clear copper with a reddish tint, and a big frothy off-white bubble-lace head. Some nice sticky lace and decent carbonation.

Bisquity malt nose with some nuttiness and some hops out back. As it warms, you can almost get a whiff of an alcoholic note...nice smell.

It's taste is like the smell, but more flavorful...the hops speak up a bit and aid to somewhat bitter finish. The middle is nutty to an almost citrus towards the end. Nicely balanced Pale here.

Medium body with a clean finish and a moderately low ABV, give this Pale a sessionable, easy too drink quality. Cheers.

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Photo of Cozzatoad
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355ml bottle, best before april 2012

A- Deep and slightly hazy copper colour. Huge and healty off-white that shows very good retention throughout the whole tasting, while also leaving some nice amounts of lacing on the sides of the glass

S- Soft and slightly earthy combination of bready and caramel malts, with some light background fruity notes. Has some kind of a buttery feel to it

T- Biscuity malts with sweet notes of caramel and maybe honey. A slight leafy/earthy feel from the hops (Fuggles?) may be noticed. Some delicate fruity undernotes show up as the smell suggested. Finishes surprisingly quite dry, with a nice hint of clean hop bitterness that makes you longing for another sip. Perfect balance between sweet and bitter notes. Not extra flavourful or complex but somehow still highly satisfying

M- Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Soft, butterish mouthfeel on both tongue and palate. Dry on the finish and in the aftertaste as already mentioned

O- A very fine, perfectly balanced ale that manages to feel highly satisfying despite not having loads of flavours or high compexity. Highly drinkable and even decently refreshing

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Photo of grub
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
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 thegodfather2701
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
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 Quaffer
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer poured a slightly hazy, amber color with an off-white head. The fizzy bubbles rose up easily to two fingers and then faded away quickly. A thin, wavery patch of foam was all that remained after just a minute or two. There was no lacing.

Smell: The aroma was not heavy, but it did have some strength to it. It consisted of banana, buttery toffee, and a candy-like sweetness. There was also a solid backbone of malt with cracker- and biscuit-like qualities. This gave the beer a wonderful roasty, toasty quality. At first, there was only an occasion faint whiff of hops that rose up out of the glass. However, as the beer warmed up, it became more noticeable, though it was still not the dominant component of the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Thin- to medium-bodied with a bit of a coating quality to it. Smooth except for a slight tingle on the tongue.

Taste: Very sweet upfront with qualities of caramel and candy sugar. In the middle came a mild, English hops bitterness that gave way to a nice, grainy malt flavor on the finish.

A nice beer that reminded me what an English pale ale is all about. Almost too sweet for me, though.

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Photo of budgood1
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours out a beautiful deep amber colour, with a huge, rich,frothy off white head. pretty lacy, too. aroma of earthy maltiness, sweet and full of caramel. light english hop nose, too. tastes refreshing...medium maltiness that has a real grainy tone is balanced nicely by a fair dose of english hops...nicely bittered for a english ale. i could really pick up on the mineral aspects of the water...definitely part of the profile. mouthfeel isn't exactly smooth, but slightly rough and raw feeling. body is medium to full. overall, nice tasting and easily quaffable. a classy english ale.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Last reviewed in January, 2005. Time to look again.

$3.49 at Bevmo in Redlands, CA. in August, 2007 for 0.5 l brown bottle.

Pours a slightly chill-hazed, but clear amber-brown with the slightest of head and no carbonation. Aroma of toasty malts and a light hop tingle. Slight sweetness.

Flavor is a solid pleasant malt base and interesting floral herbal hoppiness that is very subtle (compared to our American Pale Ales) and quite interesting. A bit of black pepper in the generally mild hops. I obviously missed all of this the first time. Now it is quite enjoyable, just not over the top. A good sipper!

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Photo of Jodio
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jkhara12
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of billshmeinke
3.87/5  rDev +1%
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 beerhunter13
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bsp77
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Clear medium amber with moderate off-white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing, especially for an English beer.

Smell: Dark sweet fruit, caramel, English hops and a slight earthiness.

Taste: Fairly malty pale ale with an emphasis on slightly sweet fruit, caramel and an almost buttery quality. The malts are somewhat balanced by a nice Fuggles/Goldings hop taste. Ends with a somewhat metallic bitterness.

Feel: Relatively low carbonation, very smooth medium body, semi-dry finish.

Drinkability: Above average EPA that would be a great session beer. I was expecting more though, but I think I like Bitters and ESBs more than EPAs.

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Photo of tdm168
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brownish amber with 1/2" of dense, foamy head with good retention. The smell is cooked apples, faint caramel, and light, bready malts. The taste is bready, caramelly malt with some sweet apple-like fruitiness and faint alcohol phenols. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and well carbonated.

This is a well balanced, malty, delicious example of the style. I've had it on several occasions, and I've enjoyed it every time.

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Photo of Stingray5
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured brown with reddish hues, thin white head. Served to me much too cold, so the initial aromas were lost in the frozen tundra. Once things warmed up a bit, the fruity, nutty flavors became evident. Mouthful was good with a nice amount of carbonation. Finished bitter with nice hop flavor.

Served at around 5 degrees Kelvin, a lot of this brew was lost on me until it warmed up enough to taste. Tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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 BeerSox
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355mL bottle into mug.

Clear amber hue with a thick light tan head that lasts forever, then settles to a foamy cap.

Strong malt notes with hints of diacetyl along with slightly bittering hops.

Crisp malt flavors in a thinner body with decent carbonation that lends a crisp bite leading to a dry finish from the hops. Butterscotch flavors can be tasted throughout.

Pretty much your standard English Pale Ale with buttery notes and light balancing hops. Pretty much your typical session beer. Recommended.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cream, one-finger head that vanishes quickly leaving no lace. Slightly cloudy amber color. Medium-strong carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is faintly sweet. Starts on the sweet side with some hops hiding in the background. Clean finish, this is a good pale not loaded with hops. $3 for a 550ml bottle from Northend Superette Manchester, NH.

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Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale (Organic) from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 1,219 ratings
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