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

BA SCORE
88
very good
611 Ratings
Samuel Smith's Organic Best AleSamuel Smith's Organic Best Ale
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 02-27-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
611
Reviews:
373
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
12.63%
 
 
Wants:
89
Gots:
23
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 611 |  Reviews: 373
Photo of akk14
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of unclekeith
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ZEB89
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pathman
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

7/19/16

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Photo of Beginner2
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(12 oz bottle, code SF2401 - poured into a shaker)

L: relatively clear, burnt-orange-amber liquid... finger-width, bouncy pad of almost sepia-tinged foam, moderately dense... thin, webby wall of lace from top-to-bottom of the glass

S: bread crust, smell from sticking your face at the mouth of an open malt sack... light-moderate tone of lightly toasted caramel... faint whiff of classic pale ale fruity esters on the edges... overall, predominantly malt-forward, maybe a subtle character of earthy noble hops adding some color... intensity fading

T: 'fruit of the malt', almost like imagine if one could squeeze malt and the juice that would drip out... dried green shrubby hops do dance around, back of palate, in the finish, a static combination of dried citrus peels and random berm grasses/herbs, herbal humming bitterness, with a hint of peppery spice lingering... the subtle caramel coming through in the nose is reduced to barely a whisper underneath the overhead noise of the hop fuzz and husky toast... almost an essence of white grape or raisin in the background of the aftertaste...

F: light-medium bodied, a lil bit of meat on its bones... perhaps some subtle residual resins, but the finish feels drier than I think it really is due to the lightly numbing, delicate bitter shock from the hops... actually a little face flush from the alcohol, but I'm basically on an empty stomach here... to summarize, some fat to grab on to, but a drop-out finish, therefore its fulfilling but not filling

O: balance is superb, hops are either abundant or relatively fresh, because this ain't that dimension-poor, lazy malt show that many room-temp-stored, old English pales tend to be... many flavors and sensations to be found from palate contact to aftertaste... I dig these bitter, earthy pales, and a bonus it's organic, so I'll be getting this again... could be a nice companion to some hearty, rib-sticking roasted meats or stews

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3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pink-hued copper/amber, very pretty. Clear and bubbly. Second pour from large bottle was much cloudier. Fluffy tan head retains well. Looks like a giant melting marshmallow. Heck, shape-wise after it's gone down a bit, it's like a fried egg. A disk of fine bubbles with a large protruding nub of even finer bubbles. Lacing is superb. Caramel, tart apple aromas, leafy and grassy suggestions. Decent caramel backbone, some toffee and bread notes and a general toastiness. Again, apple tartness. More leafy than earthy, not quite tea-like hops, the bitterness is too spicy (though not overly strong) and spread-out for that. Light to medium-bodied, well carbonated, nearly effervescent, refreshing.

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Photo of stevoj
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Was expecting something more bitter from this one, and style is more akin to a lager or pilsener. Interesting flavor, mild bitterness on the palate, which lingers long afterwards. Big, fluffy, billowing head on rough pour, with lots of thick lacing. Very interesting beer.

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5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Zylod
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Danilov
5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of hopmashian
5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is as close to perfection as a brewery can come for this style. Smooth and well balanced. I wonder if I could get this in a pub in the UK. Better yet on draught in So Fl.

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Photo of CycleDad
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of britbygenes
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yes CRISPY & CLEANER than the non-organic.

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Photo of MisterKilderkin
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Lebowskied
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of bushwack
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of misternebbie
4.6/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wrightst
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of liverdamage
2.36/5  rDev -40.4%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Thjruhf
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of archyquaffer
4/5  rDev +1%

Poured from the quasi-imperial pint bottle into a shaker glass. A semi-aggressive pour produces a snow white head of about a half inch. The beer is an extra pale golden, slightly hazy, with medium carbonation.

Light floral aromas and touch of honey-like sweetness with a dry mineral quality are skillfully combined here. A slightly puckery pungency shines forth, a rather unique quality that I suspect stems from the yeast and stone squares.

An excellent and accessible example of an English pale ale. Lighter in color and a bit more subtle than their organic pale ale.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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Samuel Smith's Organic Best Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
3.96 out of 5 based on 611 ratings.
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