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)
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3.83/5
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1,227 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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#12,466
Reviews:
700
Ratings:
1,227
pDev:
12.27%
Bros Score:
4.1
 
 
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Ratings: 1,227 |  Reviews: 700
Photo of BeerBuilder
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, amber/orangish in color, with an off-white head. The aroma is full of grain and fruity, floral hops. The taste is of caramel malt, as well as grain. The hop flavor is floral. Hop bitterness is medium, subdued by the malt flavors. It is a medium-bodied brew with light carbonation. Overall, it is an easy drinking, well balanced English Pale Ale.

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Photo of Oleg85
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dstc
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper color with a full white head that sticks around. Once it falls it leaves a trace of lace behind.

It has a sweet malty smell to it. Quite nice.

Nice medium bodied beer with a sweet maltyness to it. It also has that bitter, though very slight, aftertaste to it that I normally do not enjoy but it works here (maybe I'm getting use to bitterness).

Smooth and medium bodied in the mouth with decent carbonation.

This beer has grown on me as I reach the bottom of the glass. I wouldn't mind trying this again. Nice brew.

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Photo of mattparsons
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of TheHammer
4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Two fingers of head that retained like crazy and produced modest lacing. The body is the classic pale copper with steady carbonation, without a hint of cloudiness. A bit more lacing would earn the perfect score.

Smell: Well balanced caramel malt and fruity yeast with touches of piney hops. Warming didn't really help it's case and it's exceptionally good, but it's just not potent enough.

Taste: Nice sweet caramel malt that turns into a more fruity and yeasty note that is lightly dusted off with a decent but not overpowering hit of hops. There is nothing bad I can say about the taste of this beer. Nothing too complex, but nothing boring.

Mouthfeel: Exceptional transitioning as the experience seamlessly blends together. The carbonation assists the entire beer, the aftertaste is a present mild fruity malt. Once again, there is nothing I can complain about.

Drinkability: I little bit heavier then I'd expect, but still easy to drink regardless. Refreshing, keeps down nicely and smooth. I really like that the aftertaste never gets out of control.

Final Thoughts: I find myself finding the English and Scottish styles far better suited to my pallet then their American counterparts. I think this unseats St-Ambroise as my pale ale of choice. I think the best part is that they kept bitterness in check and didn't aim closer to IPA territory. Highly recommend this one.

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Photo of cbnz
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Samp01
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber with a small white lasting beige with good retention. Aroma and Taste is sweet caramel malt, some citrus and fruity notes, some yeast and bread, with some light piney hops. A medium body brew with moderate carbonation on the palate with a smooth mouthfeel. Finishes with a good sweet caramel malt character, some yeast, followed by some fruity citrus notes ending with some good bitter hops to balance the sweetness. Overall a good, balanced session brew.

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Photo of JSchock7
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of bigox420
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of chewy6935
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Artjsantos
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of karst
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copper and crystal clear. I was a little worried about the clear bottle but this one is not skunked. Two finger persistent nitrous like head. Aroma of earthy Fuggles and Goldings hops mingle with fruity British yeast esters and a mild butterscotch diacetyl. A medium light body with stonger carbonation than I expected for the style. The sweetness from crystal malt balanced with hops. Improves with warming - showing off its lightly roasted malt base and burnt caramel that lingers with light hop and finishes with dry biscuit malt notes.

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Photo of bishopdc0
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my favorite beer glass toasted English malt fills the aroma. It has a full white head and a almost cloudy amber color. The flavor starts sweet with a slight amount of carbonation but finished dry but a slightly nutty aftertaste. A very good English and I like its complexity despite the lack of hops that I've come to like in an American style

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Photo of IanSpindler
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of droomyster
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber with a big tan head that laces the glass. Aroma is almost entirely of toasted malt, with some wet earth also detectable. The taste is simple, not very catchy. The toasted malts are supported by a mineral and black tea bitterness that is good but not eyebrow raising. Given how expensive it is I expected more. Probably my least favorite of the major Samuel Smith beers.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured and orange – brown cloudy color with a thick head (darkest pale ale I’ve seen). The smell is slightly sweet and nutty. The taste is bitter and nutty…..very well balanced for a Pale Ale. The mouthfeel is full. This beer is smooth and drinkable.

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Photo of donnebaby
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
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 kbnooshay
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a super clear amber brown with a finger width sized off white head. The frothy tan head stuck around for about a minute. Main aroma here is of sticky sweet caramel. Lots of fruitiness but not much in terms of hops in the nose. Woah, sweetest epa i have had to date, tastes like toffee and a shitload of sugar. Hints of wood and nut are nice. I didn't get any hop bitterness till about 5 sips in but as this baby warmed up it came alive.

Feel is sticky and kinda creamy with a decent amount of carbonation. I can't have more than a pint of this, too sugary.

I tend to prefer the doughy breadlike epa's with a hint of butteriness and this a malty explosion of sugar but i still enjoyed it. I was reminded of a shitty bass or a nasty old speckled hen but good. I would definitely get this again if i had some appropriate food to pair with it.

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Photo of ElGuapo
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A deep reddish amber pour with a large off-white covering of foam on top. Sweet malts and floral hops make a great balance in the nose.

A rich bodied pale ale done just the way it should be. Big sweet malts come in first and are then met with hops. This is an english pale that defines the style. A little bit sweet, but definitely not cloying. It does have a somewhat nutty flavor. It seems like a bit of the nut brown was presenet in this one. This is one great ale.

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Photo of hotstuff
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I found this beer to have a very smooth flavor to it along with a fruity aroma.There was no overwhelming bitter aftertaste observed with this beer.While I would not consider this to be an outstanding beer, it is one that I would consider drinking for the evening.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Boy, I am NOT an English ale kinda guy, but damn is this good. Scent is the only thing holding this one back. Smell is a bit light and kinda metallic. Great pour, excellent head retention. Tracing on the glass. Tastes terrific, of toffee and is creamy and very nutty. Really nice flavors in the beer, shoot all around the palate. Nice hop balance on the back end. Great session brew. Way tooo expensive. A fair price for this beer may be $11 bucks a sixer but it is that for only four. If it were affordable, Old Brewery Ale would be in my fridge daily!

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Photo of obywan59
3.19/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Great appearance. Golden amber in color and nearly clear with a 3 finger thick light tan head and great lacing.

Metallics and tart citrus both in aroma and taste with an off bitterness.

Medium full in body and rather high carbonation

No date on the bottle, but I think my sample was well past it's prime. Flat in taste and aroma, I'll try it again sometime, and hope for a fresher bottle. 1st disappointment ever from Samuel Smith. It was nothing like the description and the positive reviews, just a fluke.

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Photo of burnstar
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear red/copper with a nice persistant off white head. Smell is carmel and toasted malt. Taste is light toasted malt with a carmel note. Some herbal hops. Just a touch of bitterness. Nice bready carmel aftertaste. Very british tasting pale ale (obviously). Mouthfeel is medium, maybe a bit on the light side. Really nice for this beer. Very drinkable and a very nice pale ale overall. I'd like to find this on tap.

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Photo of SteveB24
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale (Organic) from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 1,227 ratings
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