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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)
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

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688
Ratings:
1,185
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
16.15%
 
 
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Photo of merlin48
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a surprise to find a four pak of these at one of my local beer stores across the state line in Virginia.
Appearance: Pours a clear copper body with a small wisp of offwhite hued head that soon falls to film and collar. Sparse patches of lace are left on the glass.
Aroma: Very aromatic nose, with a floral/herbal hops profile atop a solid malt backbone of caramel and toffee notes.
Mouthfeel: Light medium to medium body with lively carbonation and a lovely metallic accent.
Taste: Herbal and floral hops bitterness is assertive and lingering in a very English style hops profile. A pleasant metallic note seems to burst through the carbonation and blend with the sweet toffee malt tastes. Mildly bitter herbal hops finish.
Drinkability: An excellent rendering of the English Pale Ale style and, perhaps, a benchmark for the style. Very enjoyable, with superb drinkability, essentially a session ale.

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

Picked up a 4-pack from Byerly's in Maple Grove, MN. Appears clear orange-amber with a short white head and bit of lacing.

Great aroma right after pouring. Oh man, I'm getting fresh apple with frosting, oak, French bread and hops spice. The flavor has almost a mild barleywine/old ale malt profile with a dry hit of sugar cookie and soupy caramel. It finishes with a long, moderate strength, slightly grassy, peppercone hops note. Delicious and drinkable. Get this beer.

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Photo of tzieser
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 550ml bottle into an imperial pint glass.

L: hazy bronze in color with a thick white head that settles into almost a thin lacing after several minutes. Not the best looking beer in the world but "it'll do", as they say over in the UK.

S: pleasantly sweet malty aroma. notes of caramel, freshly baked biscuits and earthy, herbal hops.

T: layers of sweet malt expertly balanced by herbal hop bitterness. caramel, toasted bread notes with a bit of orange marmalade in the back thanks to the hops. Excellent from start to finish

M: somewhat dry finish.

O: a terrific English pale ale. Expertly balanced and worth the $3.75. Would go well with some fish & chips.

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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 Mandrake
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
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 +10.7%
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 +10.7%
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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Photo of sjccmd
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma of raisins, toffee, and almonds. Green and herbal hops. Berry-like yeast esters. Some minty and spicy. Just a hint of bubblegum. Sweet and bready. Caramel and treacle. Somewhat steely.

Pours clear amber. Ruby highlights. Small off-white head with some lacing. Good retention.

A rush of fruits and bread. Berries and apricots with toast. Firm bitterness but leans towards malt. Herbal fruity hops. Washes away quickly leaving residual hop bitterness and caramel malts. Finish is quite dry.

Medium light body with low carbonation. Rich and juicy upfront finishing dry and steely.

Ridiculously balanced but complex. Juicy malts and fruity hops blend into each other nicely.

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Photo of Foto14
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was a more than satisfactory choice for my first review.

Color: Deep amber with a lovely gradient and almost two fingers of head

Aroma: Malty with a bit of citrus and hops. I almost instantly thought of honey lemon tea, actually. Not the most potent aroma, but this is not a complaint

Taste: Caramel, again, I thought of honey, a nice balance of hops and malt. Nothing too crazy, but there is plenty happening.

Mouth feel: Light carbonation, goes down smooth, and has a nice lingering aftertaste that doesn't take over your tongue.

Overall: I continuously read and hear that England knows how to pay attention to balance, and this beer is living proof. Can't wait to enjoy another!

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Photo of palma
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Body is a dark copper hue with a long lasting off white color head. Produces a great lace as well. Very nice aroma consisting of pungent sweet malt and grains. Taste is very grainy and bready with a tasty sweet malt flavor throughout. English hops are definitely in there and cannot be missed. A good tasting bitterness in the end. Also a bit on the dry side which makes it even more enjoyable. A very easy drinking brew and a great pale in my opinion.

One note: what the hell is with the clear bottle??

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Photo of ujsplace
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured hard into an oversized pub glass.

Thick, billowy head, sticky lacing that is antique white. The brew itself is a dark orange in color.

Smells of sweet caramel and herbal hops..

Mildly sweet fruitiness, good hop finish..

Medium and very drinkable...

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear copper color from a 12 oz bottle, with no ABV or freshness date on the bottle.
One finger frothy, foamy head that dissipates fairly slowly to a thin film that stays.
Rich malty aroma with hints of spice and hops.
Taste, similar to the aroma, is high on malts. There is a lingering bitterness from the hops in the finish.
Crisp, refreshing and easy to drink. Perfect sessions beer.
This is an ale for all times. Definitely worth a try and comes highly recommended.

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Photo of cracgor
4.26/5  rDev +10.9%
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 +10.9%
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 MaxBrews
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
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 goochpunch
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
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 PBRstreetgang
4.29/5  rDev +11.7%
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 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 ProfessorHomer
4.3/5  rDev +12%
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 +12%
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 +12%
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 +12%
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 +12%
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 +12%
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 +12%
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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Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale (Organic) from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
3.84 out of 5 based on 1,185 ratings.
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