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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1275   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - JUN 22, 2004
Light ambercolored beer with a nice appearance.Fine aroma’s off sweet malts and a fine touch off roasted nuts.This beer has a fine round taste off nicely roasted malts underbuild with a good dosis off fine hops.In the end it is drying out a little.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUN 18, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2007 A dark brown (not pale!) beerwith a fruity aroma. The taste is bitter with a hint of caramel but also some off-putting metallic notes. Drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 5, 2004
Smells slightly metallic with a sweet malty backbone. Smooth on the palate. Nice amber/honey color. Taste consists of loads and loads of sweet malt. Clearly an English pale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PullMeABeer (203) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 2, 2004
Bottle. Pours a brown/amber, large fluffy smooth white head, which fell to a thin layer. Initial aroma common English Pale/ESB (roasty, nutty, almond,) also slight metallic, light alcohol, and a slight hint of sour to the nose. Flavor very thin, noticeable malt base, metallic bite to the middle, which I did not enjoy, not much hops, nutty. Body thin/medium. Drinkability low/medium. Not all that bad, just something is off.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
screigh (667) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 22, 2004
Poured a thin head that lasted but had no lacing. I thought it was a bit dark for a pal ale. Looked like Newcastle. A bad taste that didn’t sit well in my mouth. I haven’t found a Sam Smith that makes me really want to buy another yet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - MAY 17, 2004
Great pale ale. Nice, smoothness for a pale ale. Too bad I had to drink it out of a plastic cup. I’ll get more soon. It might be my favorite of the English pales.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 13, 2004
Some skunk and metallic hops mix with sweet malt in the aroma of this clear copper beverage. Body is somewhat sweet with light caramel and brown sugar flavors. Metallic hops accentuate the malts. Decent, but there isn’t much going on here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - MAY 13, 2004
Lighter and smoother than other bitters I’ve had. This is good stuff. Average amount of hops. Pours tan with a big head.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IslandHaole (1228) - Mililani, Hawaii, USA - MAY 10, 2004
A clear light brown, orange color with a tan head. Fortunately, not skunked. Rather surprising being it was shipped all the way to Japan! Sweet specialized malt scent. Sweet with a dank basement quality, a pleasing mild hop bite. I can see this being a pub favorite.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
joshpiledean (316) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 8, 2004
This may have been a bad bottole, as it smelled pretty stunky, but tasted ok. Fair amount of bitterness and some fruit, but the skunky scent overpowered any other flavors that may have been present.

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