Organic Pale Ale | Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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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:
Known as Organic Best Ale in the UK.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-27-2001

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Photo of bob3701
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of a gift pack poured into the pint glass that came with set. Pours a beautiful clear cooper color with a nice big head that stays around. Was surprised by the lack of lacing minimal at best. A very neutral aroma to my nose. This ale is well balanced and not real big on flavor but pleasant to drink, would pair nicely with a large variety of foods. Would make a good session brew.

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Photo of rabsten
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

550 ml bottle poured into a pint glass. This one came in the 3-pack gift set with the Oatmeal Stout and Nut Brown Ale.

1/2 head that disappears rahter quickly, but leaves some lacing. Coloour is the red side of amber.

Smells malty and a bit "stale," but has a nice, middle of the road English Ale taste that balances hops and malt. Almost identical to the Old Speckled Hen I had last week, or the Boddingtons I had before that.

The alcohol content is strong enough to make it iffy as a session beer, but this is very drinkable and would make a good one, nevertheless. The fact that I can get this at area grocery stores (while the OSH and Bod's requires a trip out of state) gives it an extra point or two as well.

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Photo of brentk56
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber, almost russet, color with a thick head that leaves webs of lace behind

Smell: Toffee and earthy tones, with mild butterscotch diacetyl present

Taste: Opens with a herbacious, diacetyl-influenced caramel character that moves in a bitter and earthy metallic direction by mid-palate; after the swallow, these English pale ale flavors blend together

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: It has been a while since I have consumed a true English Pale Ale, the style pretty much having been abandoned by American craft brewers; an enjoyable change of pace, even though the style is not one I would reach for every day

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Photo of malcontent
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pale orange body topped off by a finger of head that dies down to form a nice, sticky lacing. Lots of bubbles rising shooting up from the bottom makes this an above average-looking beer.

The scents are faint and smell mostly of sweet corn/grain and frankly remind me more of a lager.

Given the smell, there is a surprising hop presence with a little bitterness on the tip of the tongue and then a nice, dry, bitter finish. In between there is mostly a soft cereal malt taste with subtle sweetness and little else.

Has the body of an Engilsh Pale in that it isn't overly bubbly and has a smooth mouthfeel. This strikes me as a versatile beer either for sessioning or pairing with food. Its neutrality is its greatest virtue.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

"Brewed with hard well water (the original well sunk in 1758 is still in use), best barley malt, yeast and aromatic hops to create a copper-coloured ale with a full, rounded flavor; fermented in 'stone Yorkshire squares'; the finish is a perfect balance of malt and hops. A good many British beers were very dark before the Industrial Revolution; new malting techniques led to pale malts allowing the evolution of this classic brewing style - a cornerstone of British pub culture." Brewed in the style of an English Pale Ale. No bottle date. Available in 550ml single bottles.

Poured from a 550ml. bottle to a pint glass. Served above 44º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a creamy/frothy copper-white head over a mild hazy orange amber body with plenty of vivacious carbonation. Retention is quite nice as the head thickens without settling through time. Lacing is thin but strong. A very enjoyable appearance. 4.25

(Smell) Doughy, biscuity malts, a notable hint of cider and vinegar qualities, evidently acidic. Some mild grain notes. Hard water aromatics. Faint earthy hop notes. Potency is medium. Smells right for the style, not particularly original but not underdone either. 3.75

(Taste) Doughy dry malts, some trace husky caramel & toffee sweetness, a mostly acidic bitterness, not so much hop profiles. Hard water qualities are mild with a mild acidity, good for drinkability's sake. Body depth is right for the style and the sweetness, while tame for this beer makes for a very drinkable English Pale Ale. It swings on the malt side, but it's enjoyable in its own regard. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Mildly crisp, airy carbonation doesn't mangle the palate much. Body is just shy of medium for the style, below medium overall as well. Alcohol presence is low, pretty tame in this beer. Finish is mildly acidic, a bit doughy and faintly dry. 4

(Overall) This was my long delayed introduction to Samuel Smith's beers and I'm a little ashamed that I waited this long. The beer was impressive on most factors, as the flavor was mild, malty and enjoyable, the balance was nice and the textures were just mild enough to accent the flavor profile. It's a good deal at under 4 dollars a bottle. 3.75

Samuel Smith Old Brewery's
Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale
3.8/5.00

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gotta move quick on this one...

Beautiful, clear amber with light carbonation. A finger of soapy head forms and quickly dissipates into a faint rim. Very light to no lacing. Strong fruit aromas, some overripe peach, maybe a little pineapple, along with some sweet malt characteristics. Very nice and very British thus far. Beautiful, upfront notes in the flavor. A sharp tanginess, akin to sweet cherries that aren't quite ripe, but close, pervades the middle and finish of this light bodied ale. Very malty at the start, and fades into a malty finish that has hints of hop bitterness. Painfully drinkable, and well-priced at $3.69/550ml bottle. The finish is a weird mish-mash of flavors and that ultimately kills this from being 1st or 2nd tier, but a fine effort from one of the World's finest producers.

What I like most: The wonderful, fruity aromas.

What I like least: The weird, slightly thin finish.

Verdict: Well-priced and very decent effort worth trying.

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Photo of PatronWizard
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Grabbed a 4-Pack from a local liquor store. It's possible they were sitting there for a while, but I always like to get something I've never had before.

A: Dark amber, completely clear, absolutely gorgeous. Nice head that hangs out for a minute and really nice legs. I just kept picking up the glass and gazing at it. I guess I really enjoyed the color.

S: Forgive me, I'm still learning to pick out individual scents and flavors, but this one definitely had a smell and it was nice. My daughter said "it smells like beer." Uh, yeah.

T: My wife frowned, but I smiled and drank some more. Good stuff man.

M: Don't exactly know how to judge mouthfeel yet either but I promise to work on it. Every day.

D: Loved the first bottle so I had another, and another. Turns out my four pack had an odd bottle of some other Sam Smith variety in it, so I only got to drink three of these pale ales. The first was on an empty stomach and I have to say it sure felt nice when I was done. Hope I didn't overrate it since this is my first actual review. Maybe I'll get some known crap beer to review for reference as well as some highly rated IPA.

Overall, Daddy likes it.

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Photo of AmitC
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a snifter.

About two and half fingers thick off white colored head that stays as a thin layer. Color is golden. Very clear and transparent. Nice lacing on the sides. A lot of bubbles seen rising up.

Aroma is very subdued. Malt presence. Some minor noble hops as well as some weed like hop notes. Slight caramel is off flavor i guess. Strength is moderate. No alcohol or warmth.

Taste is slightly better with a more balanced presentation. Hops and malts blend in really well and provide a nuanced flavor. Some bready malts and slight caramel. Hops are very subdued to have any presence of bitterness. Finish is dry. No bitterness whatsoever - low for pale ale.

Mouth feel is light bodied. Good amount of carbonation. Borders on being a one dimensional lager like ale.

One of the worst stuffs from Samuel Smith that I have had so far.

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Photo of swgwilt
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Osiris9588
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dark peach color from a 550ml bottle. It is capped by a creamy white head with slight retention and lacing.

The aroma is very malty and orangey. It smells very earthy, accompanied by the fragrance of wet leaves. The flavor is of candied malt and orange, both creamy and syrupy, with just a whisper of subtle hops on the back end.

The mouth is light, fruity and bright on the front, syrupy and slightly drier on the finish. It lacks great complexity however.

It's a very light and drinkable brew. I could see it being very refreshing in hot weather and complementing a wide array of foods. It would not be my first pick of the Sammy Smith family though.

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Photo of hoffman
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours up nice from bottle to pint glass. A 2.5 finger head rises frothy and rich and then falls to a ring and some spotting on the surface with a nice thin lace on the glass. The nice translucent brown/amber color is really appealing. Smells of roasted malts carmels, and some earthy organic tones. A nice full taste toasty and smooth with ample hop integrity as the drink warms. Plenty malty right through the middle and definately in the finish....some nice alchohol hints in the finish as well. The mouthfeel is incredibly full nice carbonation balance a great feel. Over all very drinkable beer. A nice addition from sam smiths...not too surprising I guess.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Clean copper with a 1.5 finger off white head with strong staying power. Sick lacing that clings for dear life.

S- Maltier than most pales I have had as the English style comes through. Most US pales pound the nose with hops, but that is not the case here. Toasted bread and burnt caramel. Some sweet notes come through. Light floral and pine

T- Earthy to say the least. Toasted breads, rich charred wood, herbal like hop presence. Smooth but bitterness not completely hidden. A true English style ale.

M- Fantastic feel. Light bordering on mid body. Perfect carbonation for the style. A bit more wet than the style dictates, but I don't mind.

O- An outstanding pale. Highly recommended for those that don't care to be bombarded with IBUs. A delicious herbal flavor.

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Photo of waughbrew
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light gold, small cap of white foam. Light aroma of bicuit, butter, and cider. Flavor lets that biscuit shine rather nicely with an earthy herbal hop note. Finishes a little sweet, but welcomes another sip. A nice beer that does the English proud. I won't go out of my way to import it again, but I will enjoy it when I have it.

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Photo of kunzbrew
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a golden straw color with a fluffy head that does not last long leaving a collar with a nice lace behind.

The strong smell of hops hits the nose hard with a biscuit malt aroma as well.

The sweet malt flavor along with a moderate hop aroma fill the mouth. Strong carbonation stings the tongue as well.

The overall mouthfeel is good but not great, same for the flavor.

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Photo of donnebaby
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep-looking dark copper appearance, with a creamy tight 2cm off-white head. Smell is great, of fresh-baked bread and flour, with light breezy malts to promise.

Taste is malts punctuated by high carbonation in the mouth. Not sweet at all. Creamy finish fades into more fresh bread crusts and mild hops, with some lasting malt accents. Medium body, combined with the carbonation, made this beer very filling in my tummy.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; deep copper - maybe reddish amber in color; 1 finger khaki head that receded to a wispy cap; no lacing;

S: caramel, toffee, tobacco;

T: caramel, toffee, and tobacco up front; licorice gets added in at mid-palate and becomes dominant by the mildly bitter finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish;

O: easy drinking;

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Photo of jettjon
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber with a moderate tan head. Nose is apply, woodsy sweet, like an apple juice or apple tea. Mouth is sweet, again of tea, perhaps some light coffee, nuts, and the slightest touch of bitterness. Overall, the flavor is very complex and quite good. Mouth is watery with minor carbonation. There’s a nice clean finish with light bitterness along with some sweet apple and again a hint of coffee. Drinkability is above average, these go down easy. Overall, an excellent and complex ale.

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Photo of scratch69
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Popsinc
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice looking amber pour with a generous off-white head. A sweet and lightly hoppy nose with floral notes. The taste is modeartely hoppy with a fruity sweetness and hints of carmel. nice maltiness as well. very smooth mouthfeel and a very easy drinker. while it's not my favorite pale ale, i think it is very good and has excellent drinkability.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass. Amber to orange color with a finger and half of head. Great lacing and hold.
Lots of aroma: pear and apple mostly.
Quite malty, minimum bitterness at first, builds towards the end. Lemon.
Soft texture. Medium body, low carbonation.
Nice pale ale to enjoy the malt side of the ale without having to fight through the bitterness of American Pale Ales.

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Photo of thejewthatbrews
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear amber with a nice, slightly off white head. Litlle lacing, and head doesn't stay around for long.

Malty in the nose, and malty in the taste. Enough bitterness to not be overly sweet, and a very distinct caramel taste. Most of the bitterness is felt afterwards.

Slightly heavy mouthfeel, but in a good way. Very drinkable, and not as filling as you might expect. If it were on tap, I'm sure I could take down at least three pints before feeling full.

Overall, very drinkable, but could use a little more hops in it.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber hue, a struggling head with spotted lacing. Faint, dull aroma, some hops and raisins tough to detect. English malts and hops, some fruit noted off the top, somewhat bitter, yearning for the hops. Some spices and a dry and rich body. Hoppy and bitter balanced makes it a good drink, anytime, anyplace. Another SS top quality brew, mark as a staple.

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Photo of irate_alien
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of arguemaniac
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear copper color with a creamy, tan-tinged head. Caramel and bready malt in the aroma. The flavor is a combination of (very) lightly toasted caramel, some buttery biscuit malt, a light, fruity (apricot) pale malt flavor, mildly pronounced grain, and some nicely balancing but subtle hops. Smooth mouthfeel with subtle carbonation.

Like every Samuel Smith brew I’ve ever had it’s exceptional. Balanced with subtle complexity and a great malt profile. Highly recommended.

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Photo of waldoiverson
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle to us pint

A: copper with a huge rocky light tan head

S: Strawberries, grapefruit peel, biscuit malts

T: sweet, almost cherry-like, with nice grassy bitter finish

M: Smooth, carbonated bite, the bitterness suggests dryness but it doesn't really take hold

D: very solid to style, like the sweetness, hops play an interesting and very non-american role.

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Organic Pale Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 1,578 ratings