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

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RATINGS: 1187   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle: Filtered
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).


2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 29, 2003
Pretty light amber orange-brown xtal clear colour under a large fine bubbled foamy pale orange head. Mild hops and slightly stronger malty biscuit aroma with a hint of something metallic. Soft smooth to bland palate. Mild malt and bitter flavours and classic stale bitter Brit pub finish and aftertaste. Nothing really to get excited about. It reminds me of Circle Master and Goliath more than Ripon Jewel or Adnams Extra.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
foduck (330) - Denton, Texas, USA - JUL 27, 2003
Rather unremarkable pale ale. Very mild. Malty flavor, mildly hoppy. Color the same as the picture. Kind of bland all around.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 26, 2003
7/26/03: bottle.
equal amounts of skunk and honey in the aroma department. red-brown-orange body. flavor starts out malty but then... whoa! i think that the skunk came out and bite me on this one. ick! not a very good finish.

2.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JUL 26, 2003
Orange-brown body with a thin white head. Some lacing.
Aroma is skunked.
Very mild malty flavor with a skunked hop bite. A little bit of fruitiness comes out after a bit of sipping. Stupid clear bottles! There's a nice balance only if it wasn't for the evil mercaptan ruining it!!
Smooth, typical British palate and mouthfeel.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SoylentBlack (123) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUL 24, 2003
Beautiful color. Not really the best representation of a pale ale. Aroma is off... Flavor doesn't have enough bitter...

2.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2003
Beer pours (in Chimay glass) a dark red-brown with thin, off-white head that disapates quickly to nothing. Aroma is of clean, freshly manufactured rubber, skunk spray, and straw. Flavor is a slight hop with straw and wood burn ending. Easy enough to drink, but nothing to get excited about. Sampled at 71 degrees Fahrenheit.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JUL 22, 2003
Got this in a boxed set--the box protected the beer since the clear bottle couldn't. I kept it in the dark at home, so it wasn't skunked. Slightly fruity aroma. Light brown color with hints of orange. Head faded quickly. Nicely balanced malt and hops. As it warmed up, it took on hints of brandy.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
haddon90 (1476) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 20, 2003
This is my first English Pale Ale so I guess I should say I'm not the biggest fan of them. It had a sort of fruit flavor to it. Nice pour and a good head with a lovely aroma. But I guess I wasn't as happy as I hoped to be.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ivan9856 (189) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 9, 2003
This ale pours clear and copper in color with a decent rocky beige head that mostly disappeared in a quick fashion. Still, some of the head lasted the entire glass, and there was some nice lacing produced by the pint (+) bottle. The nose of this medium-bodied ale is mostly caramel malt with some floral or fruit influences. The initial flavor in is quite sweet. I noted hints of honey and banana mid-palate along with the expected roasted malt flavor. The finish is relatively short, with a hop flavor that does not quite balance out the initial malty sweetness. I like a more bitter ale, so I think I would have preferred a stronger hop flavor. I also found a hint of alcohol in the back end of the palette. Overall, I enjoyed this ale, and Samuel Smith's makes some fine products. However, I prefer the brewery’s Brown Ale and Taddy Porter.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fly (1419) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - JUL 5, 2003
The price and clear bottle keeps me from drinking this all the time. I do enjoy it. Been a long time. This brew is in a superior class IMO. One that shows that you can do great things without overwhelming. A great balanace in malt and hops with a breeze from the north country making me wish I could take a closer look at those Yorkshire squares.


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