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

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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%
 
 
Wants:
57
Gots:
111
For Trade:
0
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Photo of CanuckRover
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clean looking beer. A copper penny with a decent head that went away pretty quickly. Good lacings. Crystal clear, very nice.

As with any good English ale, malt stands out in the aroma. Fruity, grape juice'ish with a fresh hoppy tang.

Surprisingly hoppy for the style. Some nice English-style bitterness from the hops provides great contrast to the very fruity malt. I mean VERY fruity malt. Some hay in there as well giving a bit of the English country feel.

English session ale, you could toss a few back, I'm sure it would be a beauty from the cask. A good example of my favourite style, a balanced, malt focused pale ale.

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Photo of Svendozen
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of marcobrau
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've recently been revisiting some English ales that I haven't had in a long time and this time my selection was Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale. If I can recall, many years ago when I first started drinking ales, I started with Bass and American microbrews like Pete's Wicked Ale (back when it was micro.) Liking Bass, I was told that I should try Samuel Smith's and the (the Old Brewery) was the first I tried.

Revisiting this beer today, it seems a bit different than I remember, but it's still a fine English ale with a unique character. The aroma is earthy and accented by toasted grains. These same grains add to the flavor of this ale and mingle carefully with the hops and other grains, along with the minerally-tasting yeast flavors.Though the malt component of this beer is put forward, the hops help achieve a balance and add a bitterness that is distinct in a British manner, but not by any means assertive or overwhelming in an American way. The English ales are about subtlety and grace when compared to brighter and more assertive American ale. I can still appreciate this beer, despite being hooked on American hops.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 550 mL bottle into an imperial pint.

Pours a light rust color with a short lived 1/2 inch head that leaves decent lacing.

Aroma is of light roast malt, floral undertones and tannins.

Flavor is malty and buttery with a small floral flavor that hints at hops. Tannic flavor like iced tea comes through in the middle along with a nutty flavor. Finishes slightly dry with a nice toasty malt flavor that lets the hops come through slightly.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium. Creamy carbonation with a slightly stinging bite which may be from the minerals in the water.

Very nice, easy to session ale.

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Photo of shockrocker65
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of Oleg85
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Macca
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a bright copper colour. It has a slight head but this drops away quickly.

There is a great hoppy fruitiness on both the nose and the palate. A wonderful sweetness to it but not OTT.

It has a wonderful full mouth feel and great length.

This is a great beer. I could drink a lot of it.

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured amber and clear, presented a copper hue in the glass. Modest half finger tan head with good carbonation. Smell of all spice, fruit zest, hops. Taste of orange rind, hops again, bitter but with a slightly sour finish. Sharp, dry texture, mouthfull of spiced apple and some oak showing but I thought the overall experience was slightly less than I expected from the appearance and fragrance.

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Photo of Skye1024
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

Photo of JBogan
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light caramel color topped by a one finger creamy off white crown. Not a great deal of lacing is left behind.

Smells of sweet malts and caramel. There was also a bit of an alcohol presence in the aroma.

Tasted of malt along with nuts. A very slight bitterness follows. Not especially complex, however everything is in nice balance and enjoyable.

A very nice mouthfeel rounds things out. Quite smooth, thick and creamy. Just the right amount of carbonation adds to the pleasing sensation.

This is one of the better pale ales out there. I'd have liked just a bit more boldness in the color and a slightly more assertive taste, but if you enjoy a good pale ale now and then this is one you'd do well to try.

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Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - 1/2" off white head down to a cap immediately. No lace. Amber-orange colored beer.

S - Caramel with a light backing of herbally hops.

T - Tea, toffee, caramel. Tangy, grassy hops.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

D - Good drinkability. Another solid Sam Smith's.

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Photo of EStreet20
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

550 ml bottle poured into a Sam Smith's nonic pint glass.

A - A nice deep amber color topped by a gorgeous fluffy two finger head. Lots of lacing on glass.

S - nice hoppy aroma ( bit grassy) with some sweet malts.

T - Extremely dry witht he tiniest bit of malt sweetness. Not a whole lot going on flavor wise though.

M - A bit more watery than exepcted.

D - I could see this being a good session beer for some but it really just lacks too much in the flavor dept in my opinion.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.29/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazed red-copper with an off-white one and a half finger head. Shows good retention but leaves minimal spotty lacing. A fruity, toasted pale malt nose with crystal malt, faint diacetyl and weak english hop aromas. Initial pale malt sweetness, caramel, and toasted notes are met by an assertive sugarplum fruitiness and butterscotch flavor. Semi-dry aftertaste, mild fuggle or E. Kent hop flavor and subdued bitterness keep the taste on the sweeter side. Medium in body, with a comfortable hard-water texture that never quite becomes cloying. Medium-high carbonation aids in keeping the mouthfeel crisp and not slick. There are an abundance of flavors here, but it finishes remarkably soft and drinkable. Probably one of the best examples of the English style Pale Ale commercially available.

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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 PhageLab
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into the ole Hobgoblin nonic.

A - Nice amber/brown coloration. Murky upon pouring, then after a few moments it all settled in. Nice two tip head which displayed excellent retention. Lacing was fine as well.

S - Bready and slightly bitter. Malt presence is detectable, but no noticeable hops.

T - Sweet caramel malt profile with an earthly tone. Finish was bitter. Not too complex but very tasty and refreshing.

M - Light bodied, nice carbonation level, very clean feel.

D - Not bad at all, a finely crafted sessionable brew that seems perfect to take the edge off after a hard day's work. I could see this as being a reliable fallback beer and one to have in stock. Reco!

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Photo of arguemaniac
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
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 BBM
4.53/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a hazy burnt amber color into a pint glass with a thin, beige head atop it. Nice amount of lacing around the glass. Aroma was sweet with that distinct aroma of English hops.

Everything here is in fine and subtle balance, with a toasted bread-like malt and a spicy, tart English hop flavor. Crisp, clean, and toned. A light citrus hop buzzes through the brew as well. Delightful from beginning to end. Mouthfeel is well carbonated. I could truly drink this all day, the consummate English pale ale. If there is a finer brewery in England, I know not of it.

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Photo of dgallina
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

20oz bottle without freshness date.

Pours transparent golden copper. A half-inch of off-white foam recedes to a decent film and sticky lacing. Sweet toasty malts in the nose, with some yeasty breadiness and hop bitterness in the background. Excellent round and toasted flavor; sweet and slightly smoky malts are balanced against lightly bitter hops with a mineral finish. Light-to-medium in body, with moderately strong carbonation.

Quite refreshing. Surprisingly nice in flavor and very drinkable.

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Photo of robotiks
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of HopBrain
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Phoneguy
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of slowdaddy
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of kobeer
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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

A- Beautiful clear amber copper with a moderate sized off-white head. Head dissipated, but left a nice sparse lacing.

A- Nice bready aroma. Floral hop aroma.

T- Nice malty flavor. Lots of caramel flavor and bready tasting. As the beer warms up more a florally bouqet of hops appears more in the flavor. A nice complexity of flavors.

M- Medium body with a moderate carbonation. A very smooth drinking beer.

D- A tad on the expensive side, though it is quite a good representation of an English Pale Ale.

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Photo of hoplover82
4.62/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a clear dark golden color with lots of bubbles in the beer and a full, medium creamy off white head that leaves very good lacing in it's trails.

S-The aroma starts off with soft earthy hop notes, then goes to a strong caramel backbone with some light fruity esthers. As the beer warms, and I swirl my choice wine glass, the beer gives me a kind of english pine hop aroma. I know it sounds weird, but it's not the pungent pine note that american simcoe hops give, but it's like a soft earthy "english" pine hoppiness. It's nice. On the second pour, I get a toasted toffee aroma as well! Very nice and complex.

T-The flavor is much of the same but with less of a hop character to it. A VERY soft bitternes, which the beer definately needs. But the caramel, toasted toffee are the stars in this beer, which is good for the style which I really appreciate. And the fruity esthers carry over to the flavor as well, it's almost like grapes n' fruit of the likes.

M-The mouthfeel is right on. Very creamy and full. And the carbonation is just right. Just the slightest dryness at the very end.

D-This beer is very sessionable. I could drink this beer all night and be goood. I highly suggest this wonderful 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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