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Samuel Smiths Organic / Old Brewery Pale Ale

Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Tadcaster, England
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 1188   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Name changed from Old Brewery Pale Ale to Organic Pale Ale in 2011.
Ingredients: Water, malted barley, yeast, hops.
Brewed with well water (the original well at the Old Brewery, sunk in 1758, is still in use, with the hard well water being drawn from 85 feet underground); best barley malt, yeast and aromatic hops; fermented in ‘stone Yorkshire squares’ to create a full, rounded flavour and after-taste.
Best served at about 51°F (11°C).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leafs93 (1729) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2014
Pours amber with small slightly off white head. Aroma is caramel, roast, almond and a touch of hops. Taste is mild bitterness with light sweetness . Light bodied with soft carbonation, crisp finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
zvikar (3565) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - NOV 22, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer Market Jaffa. Thanks kerenmk. Pours yellow to orange with a beige head, aroma of honey, butter, caramel and toffee, flavor is slightly sour with caramel and toffee, light bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hidden_Pooch (409) - Stratford, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - NOV 21, 2014
Pours a wonderful clear ruby amber with a nice size frothy head. Aroma is of toffee, caramel, skunk, earth, and leather. Good skunk though. Tastes of toffee, caramel, leather and spices. Has a medium body with a smooth low carbonated mouth feel and finishes with a big toffee aftertaste lingering on your tongue.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
UXO (349) - CANADA - NOV 18, 2014
Pours clear pale amber with two fingers of loose white head diminishing gradually to a thick skim, light lacing. (3/5) Nose is bready malt, earthy hops. (6/10) Taste is moderate sweet, mild bitter. (6/10) Medium body, low carbonation, off-dry finish. (3/5) Not much to say about this one - pretty standard EPA/ESB. The character is dominated by malt, and the low carbonation makes the body tend a bit to the flat and boring. (12/20)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
HourGlass13 (111) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 15, 2014
Pours a pale yellow copper with light foamy head. Nice and clear though, it is a nice looking beer. Aroma is bread, and hops. Taste is some what balance between hops and malts. The hops are not over the top but definitely present. Typical for the type of English beer. Malts have a slight biscuit dry taste. Mild, smooth with a dry finish. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrewGoblin (448) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - NOV 15, 2014
Appearance is gorgeous clear dark copper with a creamy off-white head. Fine notes of earthy and spicy hops paired with biscuit, whole wheat bread, toffee and honey malts. A nice bittersweetness strikes me foremost with a smooth biscuity, toffee finish that’s well balanced by residual bitterness. Some chompiness in the palate makes this a great lunch....beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
magpieken (58) - - NOV 6, 2014
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ryecatcher (813) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2014
Bottle. Pours an amber hue, slight haze, big frothy off-white head with mega retention and ridiculous lacing. Nose is toffee, candied orange peel, malt, butterscotch, heather. Mouth is surprisingly only mildly sweet given the aroma, lotta caramel, biscuit malts, slight metallic note near finish and a bit watery. I’d like to sit down at an old fashioned thatch-roofed pub in the countryside of Old Blighty and have this on draught as it was intended to be quaffed. Perhaps watch some hobbits dance a drunken jig to a cheery tune. or a gloomy character from a Brontë novel come stumbling in out of a blizzard and tell me a story while I’m downing pint number three or four. Cheers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
slowrunner77 (6031) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 17, 2014
"i like this one every once and a while as a change of pace to the american pales. it’s a very good example of the english style, but that style isn’t usually incredibly appealing to me...i like my pales hoppy. great malt flavor, though, if a little thin."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
eduardovl (929) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
Small bottle served in a chalice. A: Beautiful clear amber color with a small yellow head. Small retention and not much lacings left S: Delicious smell of toffee, roasted caramel malts, herbs and earthy yeasts T: Also delicious taste of roasted caramel malts and hops. Citrus bite and "hoppy" end M: Light body. Low carbonation. Balanced bitterness. A bit molasses. Quite refreshing O: Good drinkability. Quite light and refreshing beer but at the same time with strong British personality. An authentic British Ale. Light in alcohol, balanced bitterness, dry taste, good perfume of earthy yeasts and fresh hops. Recommended [ BA Review @ 4/18/2010 ]

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