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

Samuel Smith's Organic Best AleSamuel Smith's Organic Best Ale
BA SCORE
78.4%
Liked This Beer
3.98 w/ 615 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
Ranking:
#4,255
Reviews:
374
Ratings:
615
Liked:
482
Avg:
3.98/5
pDev:
12.81%
Alströms:
4.53
 
 
Wants:
94
Gots:
23
Trade:
0
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4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

550 mL bottle from the LCBO; bottled on May 22 2013. Always pumped to try out a new beer from this brewery, which has not yet disappointed me with any of their offerings. It's labelled as their 'Organic Pale Ale' in this market, although the label art is virtually identical to that in the picture so I must assume this is the correct place to put this review. Served well chilled.

Pours a beautiful, clear orange-amber colour, topped with roughly 1.5 fingers of frothy, foamy off-white head that wilts away over the next five minutes or so. In its wake, it leaves a smooth, creamy cap and a few modest smudges of lacing. Mild, clean aroma that leans toward the malty side - butterscotch and toffee come through nicely, as well as toasted biscuits, sultanas, and some leafy hop notes. Plain, but otherwise spot-on for the style.

Fortunately, the flavours are much bolder than the subdued aroma might first imply. Once again, the malts are the star of the show, but there is a sturdy hop backing that balances it perfectly. Toffee sweetness and doughy, biscuity malts start us off, as well as some light toasted nuttiness and lemon zest. This leads into some hoppy bitterness, which becomes more prominent toward the end of the sip, providing a pleasant, earthy dryness that lingers. Earthy, leafy aftertaste with a strong mineral vibe from the hard well water. On the light side of medium-bodied, with a somewhat smooth, creamy mouthfeel. The carbonation was a little high for my liking at first, but it settles somewhat as the beer warms.

Final Grade: 4.22, a very respectable A-. Samuel Smith's Organic Pale Ale is an immaculately balanced ale that is guaranteed to please any fan of English pales. While the malts are probably more likely to draw the bulk of your taste buds' attention, the earthy bitterness provided by the English hops is a perfect counterweight to their biscuity, toasted sweetness. This is one of the best EPAs I have ever had the pleasure of trying, although at this price point ($3.85 per bottle) it's not exactly the cheapest tipple as far as this style goes. Well worth a try for any English ale fan.

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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

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Photo of Auraan
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured a gorgeous amber with a half finger off white head. A nice look that reminds one of an English classic. Scents of caramel, honey, sweet malt and slight apple juice. Not amazing, but it entices one to taste. Flavors of grainy malt, slight caramel and honey sweetness, particularly in the middle of the sip, though both are extremely muted and a nice moderate level of bitterness with some floral hop flavors. Finish is slightly dry. Very well done. Subdued, yet with a hoppy character. Not greatly hoppy like an APA. It balances it's bitterness with a nice grainy malt back bone and a very slight sweetness to make it quite drinkable. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation. Perfect for a session ale. A classic English pub style, executed extremely well. The best EPA I've had, well worth drinking.

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Samuel Smith's Organic Best Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 78.4% out of 100 with 615 ratings
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