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

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88
very good
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
Ratings:
615
Reviews:
374
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
12.88%
 
 
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93
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23
For Trade:
0
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big white head settles to a decent lacing above a clear caramel golden colored beer.

A light nutty caramel malts aroma.

The taste is similar to the aroma but seems more full and brings a hint of hops along for the ride.

Light dryish aftertaste on a medium bodied beer that has a bit of tastes remaining for a bit after drinking a glass of this.

A pretty decent beer, seems sort of like a slightly watered down version of their porter, or something like that.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This is labelled as "Organic Pale Ale" so I'm hoping I've got the right one. Very tasty in any case.

Into a tulip glass this has a nice off-white soapy head, good retention. Colour is a bright caramel brown, slightly reddish. Really nice film and lacing. Very attractive. 4

S – an interesting nutty caramel, roasted apples with a rich fruitiness. Has light apple and floral notes on top of a caramel malt and mineral base. Hop presence is not especially aggressive, an inviting slightly earthy and grassy profile. 4

T – bready full maltiness, lemon and earthy bitterness, some nice bracing minerality with some yeast character toward the end. Good balance of mineral acidity with the malt and hops. Cinnamon and caramel sweetness but a good yeasty/bready character as well. Mild but quite a bit going on. Mighty tasty stuff, balance is well executed. 4

M – light with lots of carbonation, tingling and malt forward with a full crisp finish. Full flavoured and easy drinkability. Very lively. 3.75

Very tasty English Pale Ale. Not in your face in any respect. I gravitated to the mineral and yeasty body. This is a well-executed ale, worth a try as it does good service to this style. 4.25

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look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

There's a number of benefits to organic products and apparently we can add aesthetics to that list. Samuel Smith Organic Pale Ale is one of the most handsome beers I've laid eyes on. With a glowing complexion it is comprised of stratified shades of amber (deep on top, bright on the bottom) and a bustling crowd of bubbles that make the beer busy as a Shanghai market.

It's hard to appreciate the grassy hop and caramel malt flavours from the other side of a giant head that ostensibly acts as a sponge, but the aroma manages to give some (subtle) indication of what to expect on the palate. Slightly dank, slightly sweet - it's a quintessentially British ale alright when it combines notes of wet fields with confections.

Making a beer like this on the scale of a brewery like Carling would break even the bank of England. Nevermind the obvious additional costs with going organic, but anything this clean and wholesome - a beer not only free of adjuncts but actually brewed from high-quality ingredients - would cost a small fortune. Plus the significant use of hops! Imagine the price of a 2-4?

Good ingredients make for a bready, biscuity, lightly toasted maltiness and hints of marmalade, yellow plum and apricot preserves. The hops have a lightly dank, herbal component that, aided by a particularly stiff water, leaves a grassy, leafy green-type bitterness (which is balanced by nougat-like sweetness). Very quaffable but a bit heavy for a session option.

Samuel Smith is, in my mind, as much a British emblem as the Crown Jewels or Buckingham Palace. There may be no beer that better blends England's proud brewing traditions with its modern environmental and gastronomic values than Organic Pale Ale, or, as it's also (perhaps more aptly) known, Organic Best Ale. I wish more flagship offerings were this good.

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Samuel Smith's Organic Best Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
3.96 out of 5 based on 615 ratings.
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