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

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RATINGS: 1153   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).


3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - FEB 18, 2003
Poured a clear rosy amber with only a few medium tracings of head. Tantilizing malt aroma with subdued hop undertones. At first touch to the mouth the beer gets a bit "fresh" with you and then lays off. Translated, that means the hops are at first fairly aggressive and then recede to the understated, dry, British, "Red Dwarf", quirky humor thing. Finish leaves quite a bit to desire: very not complex and astringent.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kumite56 (469) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - FEB 17, 2003
Decent beer. Medium off-white mostly diminishing head. Mod lacing and a rich amber color. Medium bodied with good mouthfeel. Decent malt presence with a dry / hoppy finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
WISEGUY572 (1372) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2003
This was once my favorite beer and it is still quite nice, though there are several I now prefer. Nice classic floral European hoppiness and plenty of it, instead of overwhelming fruity American hops. I have, of course, come to prefer American hops, so I would sooner have a Hop Devil, a Ruination, or a Sierra Nevada Celebration. ... especially given Smith's prices! Beautiful color, beautiful hoppy malty nose.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2003
Great nose, fresh and hoppy. Pours in a rich ruby colour with a small but lasting head that leaves good lacing. The taste dry and fantastically hoppy, not much malt here! Is it too hoppy is the question. A great ale either way.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WabashMan (1009) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2003
Very nice flavor and color. A pale I truly enjoy at almost any time. A very nice beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
RobBestwick (583) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 8, 2003
refreshing hoppy nose, rich ruby hue with no head, hops, hops and more hops with only traces of malt, a very interesting ale but the balance of hops and malt is maybe biased too much towards the hops.... still an above average ale

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - FEB 7, 2003
Head stays around for a long time, lots of lacing on the glass. Like others reviews have said, very nice mouthfeel, the carbonation is very smooth and soft. I can't really taste the hops, maybe my palate is ruined by too many APA's. I don't really care for the aftertaste, the one I'm having is slighly metallic.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 5, 2003
Classic in appearance. Malty aroma, somewhat bitter taste and finish. Soft mouthfeel.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 3, 2003
Hazy amber with a smaller lid of tan bubbles that cling to the glass forming a sheet of lace. Light malt and sweet nut aroma. Deep malt flavors with a nice balance of english hops. Slightly floral, fruity and nutty. A very fine pale.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Nate (3636) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2003
Kind of weak aroma. Rounded malty sweetness and nice touch of hops. Very little head and no lacing. Reddish orange-amber and bit hazy. Medium carb and light watery body. Good amount of hops but not bitter in taste, light sweetness. Kind of watery flavor. Has a decent finish and light sweet nutty after, but also sort of stale. Perhaps this bottle has been sitting around too long, but I expected a little more from SS.


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