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

very good
1,206 Ratings
Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale (Organic)Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale (Organic)

Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
England, United Kingdom

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

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Photo of rapayn01
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Amber/copper; huge foam on bottle opening, but didn't last in glass

Aroma: Malty; dried fruit; hints of butterscotch

Taste: Sligthly dry, bitter start moving quickly into malty, juicy, vinous fruit mid; finishes with a dry, nutty flavor

Remarks: Pretty well balanced; pretty good flavor overall

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of Bierleichen
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of ski271
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an attractive dark copper with a very small, off-white, thin head that reduced to a persistent film.

Smell: Wow! I wasn’t expecting such a malt sweetness. Caramel, floral hops, and a bit of raison. Smells like some doppelbocks I’ve had. Odd… but good.

Taste: Still malty with a nice hop kick, caramel, nutty, and a bit of hazelnut. Finish is long and sweet and tea-like.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body, thick texture, low carbonation.

Drinkability: Well, it was not what I was expecting, but it was still good, I went through this bottle with relative ease, and I’d probably have another if they weren’t so stinkin’ expensive.

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Photo of sfprint
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gushed out the top upon opening, but poured not much of a head. Mild carbonation, fairly transparent, dark strawberry in color. The scent, while not so strong, also reminds me of a not so sweet strawberry. Lovely but weak. Chocolate as well.

The taste has an unsweet juice like quality. Like an unsweet fruit tea, ale. A hair sour.

Mild carbonation, not dry, no sting.

Overall decent, but not nearly as special as everyone else seems to think.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Small amount of fluffy head over a golden orange body. Nose is bready white toast with a faint fruity hop character. Flavor is the same as nose. Light bready flavor with a metallic sourness. Some fruity hops notes but I'm thrown off by this malty sourness. It doesn't taste infect but just a bad mix of malts. I drank the whole bottle but won't be buying this again.

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Photo of frank4sail
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fresh hop nose. Lasting slightly tan thick head. Red crystal clear look with lots of little bubbles in the glass. Toasted malt husk taste with some bitterness in the finish . Lively mouth but it does lack any real tongue coverage. This brew is above average, but is not a "special" pale ale. This style is so competitive and this beer does not "stand out" it just "hangs out". It is a solid beer, but not one I'd buy again for the money in relation to local american competition.

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Photo of changeup45
3.29/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good beer but not as good as some of their others. The color is a little darker than most Pale Ales I've tried. It does have a nice foamy tan head and a lot of lace on the glass. The aroma is mild, I just didn't get a whole lot. Malty and spicy flavors with a hoppy, fruity finish. Decent EPA.

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Photo of vidisad
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Greggy
3.37/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A soapy white head. Minimal lacing but thin cap.

S Pine resin, marmalade, earthy

T earthy pine and some distant marmalade finish is quick

M on par per style. Would like to see more carbonation.

D ok but nothing special. Overall a textbook English pale

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Photo of bh123
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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

Pours a tawny russet amber topped by an inch of foamy head. Clear. Nice cascading carbonation. Great head retention and fantastic lacing. Looks handsome.

The aroma is about right for the style. There's caramel and something mildly fruity with maybe just a touch of creamery butter and candi sugar.

The taste follows and is spot on, with a nice creamy caramel sweetness balanced against a medium resiny bitterness. There's just a hint of nuttiness in the mix and some fruity esters gamely playing along. It finishes dry.

It's medium-light bodied with a nice, crisp carbonation.

This is a solid example of an English pale ale and I could see myself drinking more than a few of these quite happily in a single session.

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Photo of magpieken
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

550ml bottle. Mar15. Pours a bright, deep copper colour with a foamy, light tan head which lasted well and left some lacing. Earthy aroma of caramel and raisins. A mild sweetness is followed by a slightly astringent bitter finish and a hint of nuttiness (so to speak). Soft mouthfeel, light to medium body and very gentle carbonation. I appreciate that this beer is true to style and very well made, it just didn't leave me craving more.

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Photo of frlrv1020
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of JackieKu
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

55cL bottle. Pours clear dark copper with a large, rocky tan head. Smells of sweet, honey-like malt, slightly floral, earthy notes, and a hint of brown sugar. The taste is again mostly sweet, earthy malt, along with some light hop character. Buttery flavors from diacetyl; they actually add to it though. Medium, smooth body. Nice, mild, flavorful beer.

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Photo of kegger22
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sam Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale is dark amber in color with a two finger head that settles nicely to a thick skin covering.

The aroma I mostly detect is hops, there is a faint caramel malt scent too.

The taste is sweet caramel, buttery and vaguely hoppy.

The feel is medium bodied and ample carbonation, buttery also applies to texture.

Drinkability is good, 18.7 oz bottle right now and I could do another.

I have always had a liking for English pale ales, Old Brewery Pale Ale was no exception.

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Photo of acevenom
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours copperr with a biege head. The head dissipates slowly, leaving some lacing on the side of the glass. The aroma is of sweet bready malt and some mild floral hops. The taste is sweet and bready. There are some mild hops on the back end. The flavors are very well balanced. The body is medium with adequate carbonation. The beer is smooth. The drinkability is very high. This is an excellent pale ale and certainly the best English pale ale I've tried.

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Photo of weaselchew
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of ImperatorScab
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ludachris
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Second one of the 3-pack gift set.

Pours a deep honey brown with a 1 finger of quickly dissipating off-white head that leaves some nice lace.

Big, buttery biscuit character upfront, gooey butterscotch , light toasted malt and subtle, dry grassy hops.

Earthy malt character with buttery undertones, a touch of butterscotch and a dry, grassy hop finish, with a hint of caramel left on the tip of my tongue.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slighty creamy and well balanced. Without the prickly carbonation this would be a ridiculous quaffer, but that's not what this beer is intended for.

Another solid beer from Samuel Smiths, but the least preferable of the other two I've had from them (RIS, and Nut Brown). As I've found in their other offerings, as well as several other English styled beers I've had, the smell is much more pronounced than the taste. But with that being said, that's most likely due to the style and not the beer itself, so I still give it a thumbs up.

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Photo of berley31
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a small-to-moderate sized, off-white head that quickly diminished to 1/2-finger, but stayed there and provided some light lacing. Body is light copper, and clear with a touch of haze.

S: Some slight breadiness to it, along with a good amount of fruitiness.

T: Some bready, biscuity flavors, followed by fruity esters which dominate. Some bitterness becomes apparent and lingers into the finish.

M: Moderate body, soft-medium carbonation, slightly creamy.

D: A very solid English Pale Ale that is slightly light on bitterness and high on fruitiness, as is common in the style.

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Photo of Beefytits4
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of njbusa
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of CharlesRiver
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish amber in color with little to no head. The smell is malty and sweet. Typical English-Style pale ale, but one that I like. Malty and smooth in the beginning with some hop flavor coming in towards the end. I also taste a hint of caramel some where there.

I still have to say my favorite beer from Sam Smith's is the Oatmeal Stout. I have yet to try the Imperial Stout but have heard great things.

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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 1,206 ratings.
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