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 bigrzman
4.3/5  rDev +12%
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 scootny
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper with an off white head. Decent head with moderate lacing. Smell is full of caramel and brown bread. A big fruity aspect brings plums and light figs. Taste features the aforementioned with a mineral edge. Earthy finish brings more minerals to the fore. Not a bad thing just a bit sharp and metallic. Body is full of caramel and fruit. Sweet yeasty brown bread with toasted notes as well. Feel is smooth and gently carbonated with a touch of creaminess. Medium weight has a touch of chew to it. Goes down nicely with a satisfying heartiness for a pale ale.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Pours copper with a foamy off-white head. Aroma is of bready malt, caramel and ripe fruit. Medium, slightly crisp body. Taste is dominated by earthy, peppery hops while caramel malt provide some balance. Long, peppery finish. Quite an ordinary bitter.

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color when poured was a dark amber, with a reddish hue. Very little foam, but fair lace retention on the glass. The taste was of mild roasted malts with a lack luster hoppy flavor. Weak on the aftertaste, but a bit to bitter. Overall, not a big smell, weak flavor and a little to bitter.

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Photo of CraftAleRookie
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a Dogfish Head Pint Glass

A- Nice clear, deep amber color; 1 finger white head that turned into thick foamy lace. Nice retention.

S- slight sweet hop up front, followed by malt notes. Not an overpowering aroma at all, very light scents.

T- Suprisingly mild taste for such a good looking amber ale- I was expecting more forward flavors. Malts dominate the flavor with just a hint of hops- for a pale ale, the lack of forward hop notes is disappointing.

M- Again, the look of this brew hints to a much livelier feel than is actually experienced. Tame- a bit on the flat side.

D- A malty, light to medium body amber ale that I'd only choose if the only other choices were regular lager.

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Photo of TheSarge
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been a while since I've had an English Pale Ale. Pretty fond of the style, so Sam Smith shouldn't let me down.

Pours quite well with a light tan cranium that is about three fingers thick, and retains perfectly.

The aroma is leathery, herbal, toffee, and a hint of cooked vegetable.

Taste wise it's got the typical tea flavors with buttery toffee and a very slight tart fruitiness.

Feels smooth, crisp, and dry to the palate. Altogether a nice sessionable pale ale.

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Photo of BDJake
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden abber with a nice fluffy white head, leaving decent lacing. Grassy, grainy, and herbal tones hit the nose. Sweet malts, a biscuit-like grain tone and the slightest of hops in the taste. Medium bodied with a dry feel, and a toasted feeling in the aftertaste. A decent drinker, one I imagine would be even better off tap.

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Photo of wcudwight
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Russet in color with a 1/2" pillowy cream colored head. Head quickly fades to a tight lace on top. Lot's of sweet malt in the nose with some herbal and grassy hop aromas. It's the simple complexity that makes this beer so delicious. Caramal malts, sweet breads, just enough grassy and herbal hops. Incredibly balanced. Incredibly simple. Incredibly delicious. This is the standard to which I hold all English Pale Ales. Very dry mouthfeel with a toasty aftertaste. Easy to drink and very enjoyable.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a mixed sixer for 10.99 not a bad price at all!

A - Pours a nice dark amber color, full of carbonation and a bit of head that clear to a nice ring of lace.

S - smells of a slight grain smell, maybe a bit of caramel but not offending.

T - Kind of grainy with slight hops. Finishes rather sweet with malts and a bit of sugar but dry which is a surprise. Repeated sip reveals the same so its pretty balanced.

M - Light to medium body. Grains are not as bitter as expected.

D - Well I like it and its hard to believe its an English pale ale since most offend me with herb notes this one is sweet yet bitter and kind of a dry finish. Not something I would hunt for but I would pick it up at the same price.

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Photo of jibbyvonjibb
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber color. Clear. Tall head. A beautiful beer all round. Lace sticks to glass well.

S: Earthy, floral hops. Maybe some butterscotch. I love this aroma. Possibly the best part of this beer.

T: Sweet caramel malt. Woodsy - oak. Slight tartness in back. Fairly dry finish.

M: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Smooth.

O: Very drinkable beer. I really like the earthiness of this one. Aroma is especially pleasant. Hits the spot some days. This is one of the beers that made me fall in love with beer in general, and I still haven't gotten tired of it. Though it's not the best beer I've ever tried, it might just be the best in its category (the organic version is great too). Anyways, I'd recommend this beer to anyone - you might not love it, but I bet you'll appreciate it.

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Photo of Rauknar
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a ceramic mug.

A - Produced a foamy head that subsided in a few minutes. Not much to look at in the dark mug . . looks like beer!

S - Slightly sour smell with some hop aroma that comes through, not much for grain scents.

T - Hops up front balanced with malt characteristics. Not tasting any malt sweetness but slightly tangy aftertaste.

M - Light mouth-feel, watery for my palate.

Overall: A good balanced, drinkable pale ale. This beer does not have all the qualities I was hoping to taste, however it is still very enjoyable.

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Photo of beerprovedwright
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour resulted in a two finger head of light brown thick suds. Great clinging lace with nice pattern. The color is a 20 on the SRM beer color chart with just a slight bit of haziness. Smells of sour dough bread, caramel, and some earthly tones. Flavorful, with hints of bread, caramel, molasses, sweet malt, and hops. Full body of creaminess in my mouth. Good tight flavor with lots of character, will have more of this in the future.

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Photo of NightINgale
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

550ml bottle poured into my Samuel Smith's tulip pint glass... This bottle was a year old, although this ageing was not planned upon.

A - Clear copper body with a nice frothy head. Very good head retention and impressive lacing. A truly beautiful Pale Ale!

S - Very earthy, with hints of caramel, sourdough bread and plum. Nothing too special about it, yet nice.

T - I suppose the water used in the brewing is on the hard side, which gives this ale a distinctive dry texture. At first you get some roastiness, along with caramel and toffee notes, which is followed by an apparent fruit taste, with apple and plum notes. The finish is bitter yet balanced by a moderate toffee-like sweetness and a lingering bready feel.

M - Medium-bodied. Quite dry, yet very smooth. The carbonation level is low and very appropriate for this style of beer. As I was drinking it, the beer became almost creamy, smoothly coating my palate.

D - Drinks smoothly and goes down well, provided you are used to pale ales. The ABV is more than reasonable. I would not go as far as to call it a session ale, but this beer is very drinkable nonetheless.

Overall, this is another great offering from Samuel Smith's. I was genuinely impressed, as I was not expecting that much from it. Truly English, Truly Ale. Recommended!

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance; pale, slightly hazy, chestnut color. Light lacing after the tan head dissipates. A collar of foam remains thoughout the drink.

smell; toasty and sweet malts with an overall nutty backbone, quite characteristic of this brewery. Slightest bit of alcohol and hop herbals.

taste; upfront nuttyness that changes to a hint of sour, for only a moment, before ending in a nutty malt finish. Some bitterness hangs around in the aftertaste and dances with warm nutty malts.

mouthfeel; rich and creamy, finishes a little dry but smooth.

drinkability; the aftertaste hangs around for a bit too long but besides that a pretty drinkable beer.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I have always been a big fan of Samuel Smith beers. Unfortunately the Old Brewery Pale Ale did not work for me. There was an undescribable flavor/taste to this particular S.S. that I just did not care for. I plan to stick with many of the other beers from their line. (old review from Nov 2010 2.43 rating).

New 3/21/17 review. Still not quite as good as other English Pale Ales I've had but much better than the low rating I gave back in 2010. Still perhaps, I'm not sampling a bottle fresh. Kinda stale and slightly wet cardboard tasting. Easily drinkable but not the most desireable of flavors.

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Photo of thekoz
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle has the traditional sammy smiths gold foil top.

Pours a dark amber color with a 1/2 inch off white head. Much darker than most pale ales I feel.

I don't get a lot of aroma from the beer.

Nice carbonation level, pretty big bubbles. Almost a little much,

More bitter than most english pale ales. There is a slightly harsh flavor to the beer that I can't quite identify that hits on the back of the mouth. Perhaps a slight burnt coffee or toffee flavor.

Would certainly drink again, though might not choose over other examples of the style.

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Photo of jsh420
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours copper with a 1+ finger head that left some spotted lacing

smells like grapes?? and caramel

taste is just like the nose - its a caramel grape apple

mouthfeel is medium body with low carbonation that is close to being flat

drinkability is ok - good price good taste - its just the mouthfeel that kills it a little

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Photo of biglite351
2.8/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - slightly cloudy amber color. Nice tall creamy head that leaves some lacing.

S - Malty like a stout but then a fruity offness counes out.

T - tangy... fruit and malts, some caramel flavor in the mix. mnild bitterness in the after taste.

M - mild coating, a hit on the entire front of the tongue.

D - quite drinkable, but not my overall style.

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Photo of wahhmaster
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a light copper color with a foamy, white head that dissipates slowly and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: Has an earthy hop aroma with a bit of a candy-like sweet smell.

Taste: Has a slightly fruity and malty taste up front that becomes a slightly hoppy flavor towards the back supported by biscuity and grainy notes. Very tasty and very well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Reasonably full-bodied with a crisp edge to it.

Drinkability: An excellent exemplar of the English Pale Ale style. Definitely something lovers of the style should try and something I certainly wouldn't mind having again.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.44/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a 2" head which dissipates to 1/8". Surprisingly dark for a pale ale, looks like Lipton tea. In fact both in bottle and in glass my sample looks surprisingly dark compared to the photo in the BA reviews. Has a nice creaminess, some malt, and a hint of coffee in the flavor. Honestly, to me this seems like an aborted stout, like they started to make multiple things out of their stout process and with more time or a little tweaking this pale ale would indeed have been a stout. Enjoyable, but not what I expect from a pale ale.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
2.83/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out into a samuel smith pint glass. Its a tonic dark red fire amber with orange licking the sides when held to light. A formidable off-white head that lasts at its inch and a half til drunk.

Smells a tad bready, some almond and soft leather, slight yeast and floral.

Tastes sweet at first touch with a hint of alcohol at the swallow. There is a little bit of bitter dough and an oh so slight metallic tinge, which is strange considering it goes from stone to glass to get here in the states. Not what you go for if you want an american pale ale. Mmm some citrus/strawberry hits further into the session.

Mouthfeel is lower to medium body with nothing sticking but a tannin feel on the back of the tongue, and again, i know this is taste oriented, but I'm getting iron flavors when focusing on the back of the feel. Light comfortable carbonation.

Semi easy to drink, it is not a beast in any way too powerful, nor is it too weak for any mention, but it really is just not that good. I'd recommend going a different direction when it comes to the purchase of this beer, but hey Sammy Smith has a great Imperial Porter as well as other brews much more lauded than this.

The price was reasonable, but I would not buy this beer again so I guess it is not worth it.

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Photo of jampics2
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8oz or so, enjoyed at a beer tasting with Samuel Smith, the son of the current head of the brewery @ the Winking Lizard. Consumed in a branded English half-pint glass.

The beer is copper with some amber and orange highlights. It's not cloudy; instead, it's quite clear and has just a small film of head. Great color but poor head retention.

The smell of this beer is enjoyable but not what I like in the style. I prefer just a touch more expression from the hops. I know English Pale Ales should be more malty than their American counterparts and lack the citrus and pine aromas, but this had very little from the Golding hops Samuel said they use. Some bready malt, caramel, and minor wet cardboard I can only assume was mild oxidation.

The mild malt in the taste sets the stage for what could be an epic beer. But there's little to balance it, just some earthy hops and medium bitterness. Just not as flavorful as I like, and there's no contrast of sweet and bitter flavors.

The mouthfeel is decent, with a crisp medium bodied beer having nice carbonation and a lingering mildly bitter finish.

The pale ale, unfortunately, was my least favorite of the evening. But it paired well with the roast beef, horseradish mashed potatoes, and yorkshire pudding we enjoyed with it. I just wish it was a bit more flavor-forward and expressive. While discussing this with Samuel, we talked about American Pale Ales and he mentioned he enjoyed a few in Seattle the previous evening and said they were fantastic but certainly too hoppy for a session ;)

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark copper with light carbo's and a rather inadequate foamy head. Nice and clear though.
Smells a bit on the bread side hops are understated.
Taste is balance between hops and malts. The hops are understated which is normal for the English version and perfectly fine here as well.
Malts have a slight biscuit taste.
Mild in flavor, smooth and balanced with a dry finish.
Good lacing.
drink up chaps

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Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

550ml bottle.

This beer pours a clear, medium bronzed amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and creamy beige head, which leaves a decent array of sudsy bike-chain lace around the glass in its slow and meandering wake.

It smells of slightly toasted caramel malt, buttered biscuits, edgy orchard fruit, and some floral, earthy, and mildly piney hops. The taste is bready, almost sourdough-esque caramel malt, a bit of further toffee sweetness, a mild oily nuttiness, some reserved apple, pear, and dried apricot fruitiness, a touch of aerosol black pepper, and soft floral, herbal hops.

The carbonation is a bit strong, and forcefully frothy at first, but quickly settles to a more reasonable spritz soon enough, the body a solid medium weight, generally smooth, with a wee twinge of creaminess. It finishes still rather off-dry, the malt and fruit lingering like aimless teenagers, and cleanly bitter.

Overall, this is big on flavour, without any particular one standing out. Nicely drinkable, and what I imagine a proper EPA to be. Could see sessioning a few rounds of this in a dim pub, arguing the various inconsequential merits of Champions or Premier league play.

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Photo of velosuds
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date apparent. Paid $2.99 at Cost Plus World Market. Other stores usually sell for $3.99.

A-Pours an orange-amber hue with a two finger light tan head with good retention and ample lacing. Very nice appearance.

S-The aroma is primarily toasted caramel malt and herbal, English hops. A bit subdued, but nice.

T-Bready caramel malt that is more filling than sweet. Faint English toffee that is nice in a pale ale. The stingy hop bitterness is predominantly herbal and earthy, with a slight citrus fruit essence.

M-Exceedingly smooth with a balanced complexion. Just the right level of carbonation.

D-Another fine beer from Samuel Smith's. Not my favorite beer in their fine lineup due to style. But, they are among the best at getting so much flavor and other characteristics in a 5% ABV beer.

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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 1,205 ratings.
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