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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1276   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kinz (3737) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - APR 11, 2004
An old standby from the dark ages when there were no micros. Copper color (look at the bottle in the picture!), good creamy head. Aroma is faint, a bit of that apple note that you really only get in Brit beers. Flavor is of mild toffee, a touch of apple, and bit of earthiness, with the signature Samuel Smith's buttery finish. Nicely restrained. "No sex please, we're British."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - APR 9, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2004 Great por with a thick rich head. Very little lacing. Great bitter taste. Closer to a bitter than a pale ale. taste is of slightly roasted chocolate and fruiity. Very clean smooth finish. Great clean, bitter beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2004
This one tastes more like a British mild/bitter than a pale to me. Pours a "JAck Daniels" color. Tastes very dry, with hints of caramel, hops, and cognac. Finishes dry, smooth, and slightly tart.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wheatsheaf (104) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 1, 2004
Bottle. A copper ale with an earthy hop and malt aroma. Some caramel makes an appearance up front before becoming increasingly dry and minerally. A crisp, biscuity maltiness and moderate hop bitterness lead into the dry finish. A solid, flavourful, English pale ale (which is what you would expect from this brewery). If you can get a bottle that hasn’t been in the light, great; if you can get a fresh bottle, even better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 30, 2004
A dark pale ale??? Aroma and flavor is made up by fruit, and toasted malt with spices. The bitterness is very powerfull.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - MAR 27, 2004
off white head that thins quickly, light bronze color. mild hop taste, long hop aftertaste

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KarmanGhia (276) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 22, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2005 This has a hoppy aroma. It pours darker than I expected - like a brown amber with a slightly offwhite head. There is an amazingly smooth malty flavor balanced out very nicely by innoffensive hops. It is slightly fruity somewhere in there and a tad roasty in the finish - sweet and balanced. Oh my, this has a very full mouthfeel! I can’t afford to love this!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClarkVV (5858) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 15, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2005 2003 bottle. Color of gilded-gold like you see in fancy theaters (deep and colorfull burnished, yet usually somewhat dulled). Good white head. Aroma of sharp crisp yeast and hops, very grainy, almost herbal smell and some light buttered wheat bread. Flavor begins overly dry for an EPA, with the malt coming on very late. Lots of graininess in the texture, lightly astringent and quite bitter. Medium body, light carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAR 8, 2004
Pours a deep golden with a big creamy head. Not much in the nose except for toasted maltiness. This is liquid bread. A wonderful balance of EKG and crystal malt. One of the classic English Pales.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jde123 (775) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 6, 2004
Oh if all pale ales were like this. I am really not a fan of pale ales, but this particular selection really stands out among the rest. Pours with vibrance, nice head, good lace. Accompanying aroma is non-existant, like all pale ales, but the color is great! Taste quite bitter, with a nice finish. I would definately recommend this one to any pale ale lovers.

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