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

BA SCORE
86
very good
1,205 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
Ratings:
1,205
Reviews:
691
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
12.24%
 
 
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57
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Photo of armock
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a copper color with a tan head that leaves some lacing

S - Is of some hops with some caramel malt

T - Starts with malt upfront and finishes with hops

M - This is a smooth beer lightly carbonated

D - This is a very good EPA I think one of the best that I've had I would recommend this beer to my friends very enjoyable

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Photo of BeerBob
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale pours a dark walnut from a 550ml clear glass bottle. Light tan head went to over three fingers and has some staying power along with fine lacing qualities.

Nose is of damp barley malts and traces of diacetyl. Palate is a sweet malt with butterscotch along with a bit of gypsum and maybe some milk sugar as well. The level of carbonation leaves the palate clean and refreshed... ready for the next pint.

A nice pale ale from Samuel Smith, that I have had many times before and that I will have many times again.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No date on bottle, beer served in an imperial pint glass. Beer is brown / amber and clear. Carbonation is low and the beer forms a tight white head of small bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Beer looks good.

Mostly malt in the aroma. Not too surprising.

Beer is oddly bitter, highly drinkable, medium to full body. Overall its really smooth and there is almost a red like flavor / sweetness in the front of the mouth. Overall its pretty good.

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Photo of arizcards
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 550ml bottle from BevMo in late November for $2.99.

Beer poured an amber-orange with a decent off white head. Nose is toasted biscuity malts and a hint of hop flower. Taste is well balanced with biscuity malts and a pear-apple hop finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, well carbonated, and pretty smooth. Overall drinkability is good. This is a well balanced session pale ale that is a bit spendy but definitely worth trying if you are a English pale ale fan.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB Nov 12

Pours a deep gold/copper. Coarse two finger head. Clear. Clingy lace.

Malts and earthy/bready hops in equal balance on nose. Add in some toffee.

Taste is mainly earth hop driven with caramels to the fore. Well balanced.

Mouthfeel good - no nasty zingy aftertaste.

Good example of style.

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Photo of SaunaKing
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a holiday pack of Samuel Smiths and got a nice pint glass too. The pale ale is a nice rich amber color with an offwhite head that is quite thick and creamy and leaves nice lacing.
I am able to pick up only a faint aroma, slightly sweet and candy like. Maybe its the cold i am fighting but its really difficlut to pick up the aromas.

The taste is nice and malty with a nice hop balance. I detect a little vanilla in the smooth finish. The mouthfeel and drinkablity of this beer are good. A good overall beer.

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Photo of mwagner1018
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a four banger of this one a couple of weeks ago...I have had it several times, but have to admit it is not one my "go to" beers...figured I would review it...

A- Nice medium amber color, decent creamy head, nice 2 fingers.

S- Decent smell, notes of light hops...smells like Goldings...Good balance to the aroma, but nothing too exciting...I think that the balance in aroma is definitely more a toffy/caramel character...definitely reflective of the malt more than the hops...

T- Really nice balanced taste, really showcases the malt/hop interaction, refreshing....allowed to warm up to room temp, I think shows more of the complexity of this beer.

M- Nice carbonation level, low and characteristic of the English old Ale style...good tingle of hops in the back of the tongue, and clean on the pallet...really nice in the mouth, caramel from the malt...

D- Very drinkable, nice alcohol content, makes this one a great "session" ale...although not for the price...I like this beer, but will probably continue to drink on a pretty infrequent basis...I do like this beer though...

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: shiny amber body, 2 finger head, patchy lacing

S: biscuit malt, apple, grain

T: light apple, grain malt, light bitter crisp finish

M: light/med body, dry crisp mouth

O: This is good English pale ale.
Great session brew and would
recommend to others.

WELL DONE, GIVE IT A GO!

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - amber in color, a little murky, with about half a fingers worth of off-white foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell - interesting hop aroma, and maybe with a slight butteriness to it. The malt is also pretty strong in the smell.

Taste and Mouthfeel - again, interesting hop flavor, but not one that I recognize. Smooth taste all around, stronger on the upper palate in the middle and end, but there's a quick fade at the end that leads to a very faint aftertaste. Not terribly bitter. The texture is quite well balanced.

Overall - somewhat interesting in taste, and even still good tasting in general. Worth a try!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burnished orange-bronze with bright orange highlights at the margins. The impressive looking head of creamy, caramel colored foam looks to be going nowhere fast. Arching streamers of lace are beginning to stick to the glass and are the capper on a wonderful looking English pale ale.

Eau de skunk has almost completely faded, although traces of it remain when I finally get around to assessing the aroma. It's easily ignored at this point, but dammit, why do we have to put up with clear glass bottles? The nose is equal parts lightly toasty caramel malt and herbal, earthy, slightly musky English hops. I prefer my pale ales to be more highly hopped.

Old Brewery Pale Ale is solid, even though it's just about as hop-deficient as they come. The flavor profile is dominated by bready caramel malt with traces of buttered toffee that I find more delicious each time I upend the glass. What hoppiness is able to be appreciated is predominantly herbal and earthy, along with a little orange juice fruitiness. I'm reminded of English Breakfast tea, as I often am when drinking an English pale ale.

Although this is a rather simple beer overall, and would probably benefit from a slightly more assertive hoppiness, it's delicious. The mouthfeel is medium for the style with a softness that isn't quite negated by a slightly too generous amount of carbonation.

Samuel Smith is a quality brewery. Given the fact that Old Brewery Pale Ale leans so heavily toward malt, I'm a little surprised that I like it as much as I do. Quality is quality, though, and I will happily continue to give these guys my hard-earned money for their well-brewed beer.

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Photo of JayNH
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a slightly cloudy copper with a large foamy head. Leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

S- slightly sweet toasty malt and a mild tea like hoppiness.

T- Excellent balance. A toasty malt and an earthy hoppiness. Finishes dry.

M- Medium bodied and very smooth, carbonation is just right.

D- Excellent. Perfect balance, I could could drink quite a few of these.

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Photo of Carolvs
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an amber copper tone with a vibrant and quite fuffy vanilla colored head that leaves lacing sporatically as it leaves speckled lacing. Aroma: European hops take much of the aromatic qualities this beer has to offer with a bit of an offness from the light exposure that it has been under from the cooler I bought it at. Still some noticeable malt caramel sweetness not too shabby. Taste: Flavor has a bready quality from the Sam Smith's yeast used good mix of hops and malts here not over the tops a quality session pale ale very nice. Mouthfeel: Quite uninteresting mouthfeel medium body but nothing special here. Drinkability: Easily would like to have and would be to finish a four pack of these puppies, just at nine bucks a pop I'm not willing to do that.

Haven't had this one in quite awhile, this time around it pours a pale copper hue with a billowing off white light khaki head. Clouded texture which rises above the rim of my glass adds to the eye candy. Served slightly chilled, lacing is sporadic and spotty but this beer is nice. Served into an official Samuel Smith imperial pint glass. Aroma is quite fruiy with some green apple and and bready qualities coming togther. An interesting layer of earthy hops and a touch of mineral water colliding together. I bought a nice gift sampler with big 550 ml bottles of this, the Nut Brown Ale, and Oatmeal Stout with the glass included for around 11 bucks. Flavor is semi sweet with a mix of caramel malt, bready yeast tones, and balanced with fruity ale notes and herbal earthy English hops. The well water used does impart a nice mineral water character that doesn't impart any off flavors, it just really works well here. Mouthfeel is well rounded carbonation is subdued and very smooth on the palate, medium bodied session ale for sure. Drinkability is pretty effortless the only thing better would be a couple pints pulled from a hand pump while hanging in a London pub.

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Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear light amber/copper in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high sense beige head that quickly died down but never completely faded away, leaving some lacy patterns of bubbles on the surface along with a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: The smell has moderately strong fruity aromas of apples along with some hints of toffee.
T: Like the smell, the taste is quite fruity (apples seem to stand out in particular) and also has some flavors of biscuit and bready malts, toffee and hints of tea.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very sessionable as it’s easy to drink and goes down very smoothly.

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Photo of rale
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of spointon
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this ale from a 16.9oz brown bottle into a pint glass as part of my pale English beer flight.

A= This ale poured a perfectly clear copper color with a 2.5 inch light tan head. The head was like creamy foam and left serious lacing down the glass.

S= This ale gave subdued aromas of sweet malt, with even fainter aromas of earthy hops and green orchard fruits also present.

T= Typical of the style, this ale sported malty sweetness up front with biscuit and caramel notes. The hops appeared just enough to take the edge off the malt sweetness and lead to a slightly dry finish.

MF= This was medium bodied with appropriate carbonation levels.

D= This was a very good English pale ale. I drank this an hour or so after drinking (and reviewing) the Fuller's London Pride, and I have to say it takes second seat to the Fullers. That said though, this is a great beer in its own right and proves again that Samuel Smith's knows what they are doing.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass and received a one-finger head that stuck around due to carbonation. A mix between between copper and oragne is how I would describe the light, seethru body. A strong smell eminates, giving off a strong hop presence but also underlined by a small malt and bread presence with a hint og citrus. The beer has a ryeish, dry hop taste that contains earthy tones and is not very complex but good. Balanced out by the malts for a refreshing, smooth ale that keeps you wanting more. I wouldn't session this beer, one or two is fine and perhaps I was a overly critical since I know Samuel Smith makes better beers.

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Photo of Hoagie1973
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours reddish amber with a big foamy off-white head. Sticky clumps of lace and great retention, with bubbles continuously rising from the bottom.

Aroma is sweet and malty with a touch of hops and faint alcohol.

Flavor is definitely to the malty/sweet side. A bit of caramel, nuts, and a pleasant fruitiness expected from the style. Slight balancing bitterness in the finish after the sweetness fades.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Medium to full body.

Flavorful and drinkable. I could put down quite a few of these.

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Photo of MiScusi
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 16.9oz bottle. The appearance was a beautiful amber/orange crystal clear with a generous white soft fluffy head. Taste was sweet with toffee, and slight hops to balance it. It was more tilted toward the malt side though. Carbonation was moderate and mouthfeel was light.

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Photo of NEbeerbro
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - pours an amber gold, quite asthetically pleasing. Lively carbonation, head and lacing below average however.

s -Bready, grassy, malty nose. Underhopped relative to American ales, typical and delicious trait of English ales.

t - very smooth balanced flavor. Malts followed by a slight citrus hops note.

m - nice carbonation, smooth going down. Dry and refreshing.

d - very easy and enjoyable to drink

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Photo of RedwoodGeorge
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can't believe I've never had a Samuel Smith Pale Ale before! Certainly the Stouts (Oatmeal and Imperial) the Nut Brown Ale and the Taddy Porter gather more attention but it would only make sense that Samuel Smith would make a classic style English Pale Ale.

The pour is highly inviting - the beer is a clear, deep red in color with a large, sticky tan head. The head sticks around like whipped cream on hot cocoa but oddly leaves very little lacing.

The smell is textbook English Pale Ale - plenty of fruit and malt notes to savor. Major notes are apricot and warm bread with a wee bit of floral hops to round out the experience.

Taste is right on the mark - lots of sweet malt up front, plenty of fruity notes and then a touch of English hops to round out the sip. The beer is a bit on the sweet side which draws attention to the fruitiness but the hopping keeps it all from being cloying.

Mouthfeel isn't what I'd normally look for in a beer; it's a bit on the under carbonated side (after that nice head!) and rather oily on the tongue but then that's (again) exactly to style for an English Pale Ale. If I could find anything to quibble about at all I'd have asked for a little bit more hopping to bring out some astringency but it truly would be a quibble...

All in all very drinkable. The clear glass bottle didn't seem to have harmed the brew in the least (good handling or just good luck?) If you're looking for a good English Pale Ale there are a few major brands you can choose without going wrong (Youngs, Fullers) It's safe to say you can add Samuel Smith to that list.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a rich amber with a nice creamy head. Aroma of sweet malts and hops. Taste: roasted malts, nutty, lightly sweet and a slight grassy note having a good amount of hop and carbonation making it crisp and refreshing, but still lacking something. Mouthfeel is light - medium that goes down smooth, I should try more of these British PA's, a good one to try.

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Photo of oberon
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown with slight amber tones with a real nice big head,the aroma was more malty with some light hop aromas lingering.The taste up front is of lightly sweet malt with a hop smack that hits and lingers thru the finish.There is a winey,fruity undertone to this beer wich I like and havent tasted on any other pale,a good solid English classic.

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Photo of bruachan
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this is a pale ale? seemed like more of a brown, but it's been awhile since i had a british pale...are my tastebuds so culturally insensitive?

dark amber to caramel brown, with a waning head that never fully quit. the emphasis here was clearly malt, which i can dig, with bitterness to balance. bready caramel with munich(?), previewed in the nose

the bitterness boasted a dry hop tang toward the end

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Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale (Organic) from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
3.84 out of 5 based on 1,205 ratings.
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