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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1223   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hangover (1091) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - DEC 14, 2003
Pours an opaque reddish-brown with a large head which recedes slowly and left some nice lace. Came in one of those holiday boxes so it's not skunked. Malty and fruity aroma... similar taste, just a slight touch of hops at the end. Smooth finish. These guys make some good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - DEC 11, 2003
Bottled. Tawyn brew with little or now head. Old school flavour, big on the fermented fruits and malts, not so big on the hope. Decent bite and structure on the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 11, 2003
55 cL bottle, pint glass, 55 degrees F. Tall, creamy, off-white head is well lasting and sits on a clear brown-red body. Cookie, molasses malt (M); flowery hops (L); raisin and toffee aromas. Rich aroma is quite pleasant. Flavor shows hints of staleness and has a grainy aspect not present in the aroma. Lightly sweet, lightly acidic flavor becomes a lightly sweet, lightly bitter, moderately acidic, lightly unclean finish. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. The bottom line is: s'alright.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
hopscotch (10076) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2003
Sparkling clear and as copper-colored as a shiny, new penny. My bottle must have been a touch lightstruck as the nose was of skunk and citrus fruit. Thin flavor with a watery palate. Well-bittered flavor carries over into a lightly bitter finish. Not one of Sam Smith's best efforts. Switch to brown bottles, please?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GregClow (2974) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 27, 2003
Got this in a sealed Samuel Smith's gift pack, so I was able to keep it out of the light and therefore avoided the skunkiness that others have been plagued with. Rich amber colour with a small off-white head. Great earthy nose with caramel and malt notes. Fruity flavour, somewhat tart, with nice hop bitterness in the finish. Very well balanced and satisfying.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nuffield (3805) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2003
Like others, I had just a hint of skunkiness in the nose, but it wasn't that substantial and wasn't present in the flavor. The aroma was mostly caramel/toffee but with a bit of fruitiness, especially grape. The flavor was mild but becoming notably more distinguished, especially with nuttiness, at room temperature. Vigorous carbonation, not exceptional. The finish was moderately bitter, with a metallic edge.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Reid (2064) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 20, 2003
One of the excellent Sam Smith beers I had yet to taste. Comes in the Sam Smith 550 cl CLEAR bottle of course..with the White rose of Yorkshire prominent on the label. After pouring into my British Imperial pint mug the beer looks nice crystal clear darkish brown with a rather large frothy off white head..good lacing. Oh man..this does not smell to good..I detetct a little skunk! I had heard this was a problem with Smiths beers but this is the first time I have had it happen. The taste is not too badly affected by the skunkiness though..so maybe it was just slightly skunked?Its a well balanced pale ale to be sure malts preedominate..but the hops are ever present underneath.Not a great falvour though. rather average mouthfeel. Its drinkable..but I would rather have an American Pale..this is below my expectations for Sam Smith.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wnp22 (685) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 18, 2003
Tasted in Toronto from LCBO. Reddish / borwn / copper colour, clear appearance. Very thin but persistent light white head. Sweet malty scent with a spicy balance. Slight caramel hint in the aroma. Taste is initially bitter, with a balance of malty sweetness and spice in the end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cartoonkhaki (1221) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 16, 2003
Dark amber with large puffy beige head. Decent hoppy aroma fruity. Hoppy flavour slight metalic notes slight caramel notes. Dry bitter. Quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 6, 2003
Rich, bright amber. Finger of beige foam. Fruity (orange, cherry), earthy (hopsack?), spicy, caramel aroma. Medium, slightly resiny feel. Buttery, toffee & caramel flavour which is also spicy & fruity (green apples). Finish is earthy & moderately hoppy. Nicely balanced.

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