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

Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale (Organic)Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale (Organic)
BA SCORE
66.8%
Liked This Beer
3.83 w/ 1,214 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:
#11,161
Reviews:
696
Ratings:
1,214
Liked:
811
Avg:
3.83/5
pDev:
12.27%
Alströms:
4.1
 
 
Wants:
58
Gots:
113
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,214 |  Reviews: 696
Photo of maxandmorgan
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice fruity aroma from a nice English yeast. Very nice earthy aroma from the English hops. Overall, a really pleasant beer that I always aspire to brew on my own.

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Photo of BlueShepard19
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dhannes
2.9/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of jeffthepony
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Greasy
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Boo-urns
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drain pour! I couldn't even finish it....it must just be stale and old.....no date on it though, but it must be , considering the high reviews. It has a sour gross aftertaste! Hopefully I'll get to taste it again , but this particular bottle is a bit nasty.

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Photo of TigerSoul
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I'm not sure why this beer didn't score in the 90's here on BA. Not to call into question the impeccable palates and discriminating taste of these 'experts' but I sometimes wonder what they actually expect from a beer. Sam Smith's Organic Pale Ale is a world classic, in my view, a definitive example of the variety. It's a traditional, regional English country ale, not intended to hit you over the head with any one of the characteristics of beer (look, smell, etc.) although I do find the rich copper hue quite pleasing to the eye... Smell? Nothing to write home about, but the taste? It's got a solid malty backbone with a slight hint of mustiness that I suspect might come from the stone troughs used in fermentation. Hops are not forward, but they're not supposed to be. There is hardly any hop character, but it still packs enough tang to satisfy the hop-seeker. ... The "Organic" variety, in fact, has permanently replaced the original "Old Brewery Pale Ale"; folks just found this one to taste better so Sam Smith's ceased production of the other one... Is this one for the growing numbers of hop-crazy beer enthusiasts? No. Is it for the Yuengling-Bud crowd? No. Is it for the drinker who appreciates tradition, quality and craft? Yes.

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Photo of GoHabsGo
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tykechandler
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vladdswrath
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours hazy and copper, with a perpetual bubble show climbing up the glass and feeding the dense but short lived head. Nose is sweet, sort of raisiny, buttery biscuits. Taste is not quite as sweet as it smells and what is there fades quickly into a very dry, slightly carmel finish. Mouthfeel is thin and dry with lots of carbonation and a prominent mineral tang. All in all it's a pretty tame, low ABV drink, which of course being an English Pale Ale was probably exactly what they were going for...

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Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bryanzk
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Platonis
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of warpedrevolution
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cycle69
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of erk0607
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Medium light-brown with an offwhite, short lived foam head
Smell: Not very strong, floral hoppy notes
Taste: Sweet, hoppy is the first thing you notice, light zest followed by some additional bitterness
Feel: Super light, fluffy, soft carbonation, soapy
Overall: Pretty good, definitely flavorful and better than your mass market beers, but not a superstar

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Photo of wpreynolds
2/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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

Photo of ThemThangs
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Short but dense head. Smells kind of earthy and sweet like I expect in a British beer, but there is also some kind of fruity smell in there. Taste is subtly sweet, with notes that remind me of bread, caramel, nuts, leather, malt, earthiness, and hay. Not bad. This is getting even better as it warms up a little in the glass. Very easy drinking.

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Photo of swgwilt
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of scratch69
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jame515
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jw4free
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SLewis
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Barleycorn
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale (Organic) from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 66.8% out of 100 with 1,214 ratings
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