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

bottled
common

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 1191   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).


3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
brewboy (152) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 10, 2003
A clear bottle doesn't hint at a fine drop enclosed. Rather spicy on the tongue, goes down well, and tastes better into the second jar.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Voivod (304) - Como, ITALY - MAR 7, 2003
Reddish colour, good creamy head. Hints of honey and tropical fruits in the aroma. The flavour is delicate, with a good malty sweetness and traces of nuts and pineapple. The finish is very hoppy. Sam smith is definitely one of my favourite brewers...

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - MAR 4, 2003
Shocker, this one was skunked. I really don't understand why they still put their beers in clear bottles. Most of their target demographic probably understands what good beer is and doesn't need the marketing ploy. Anyways, once you get past the skunky aroma, there are notes of butterscotch, caramel and some spiciness/fruitiness. Rich amber color with decent head. Flavor matches the aroma, nice even balance. Smooth creamy mouthfeel. I'm left wondering how much better it could have been if they just put it in a brown bottle.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slinkymello (137) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 3, 2003
Had this one in marcos island at some little restaurant that had a decent selection of beer... had the typical "samuel smith" flavor that is hard to describe, a mellow hoppiness that balanced a noticeable, distinct malty sweetness quite well... which isn't really typical in my experiences with pale ales. Not as floral as others, with a nice hop spiciness that "calmed it down," so it was not really as "big" as others... Im just in love with these quotation marks, and I'm certain this rating will be quite cryptic to some of you... just know that I am watching you. Good beer... wonderful balance

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 2, 2003
Opened the bottle and smelled skunky, but not the usual skunky, almost like a citrusy skunk. I blame the clear bottle and the place I purchased it at. Reminds me of the St. Peters lemon and ginger Spiced Ale (anybody want the remaining three of those dogs?). The taste on other hand was was tolerable and even though it was a pricey bottle to obtain I would drink this one again.

1.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
3fourths (8228) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 28, 2003
Smells like old paint; very dry and musty. Slightly hoppy. Bright tan amber look with small white head, large bubbles. Tastes very harsh at first. Later tastes like paint thinner, and agravates the throat in much the same way (I can only imagine) that paint thinner would. Was this bottle skunky? It sure wasn't like all the other skunky beers I've had, but perhaps this bottle was on it's way. Ragardless, what I tasted in this bottle that was unskunked was absolutely awful. I will definitely have to try this again in the future only to decide on the skunkyness of this bottle. God, I hope this isn't how it's supposed to be.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Braudog (5894) - Traveling the USA, Missouri, USA - FEB 25, 2003
Flagship beer, in my opinion. Prototype brown hue with a quality head on the pour. Wonderful malty nose. Nutty, rich malt flavors are perfectly balanced with just right amount of bitter edge. Outstanding ale.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - FEB 19, 2003
Smells nutty, tastes the same. Dry with slightly acrid finish. I love the description, "good beer is a product of the soil." I hope this is referring to the hops and grains. However, since this is an English brew, perhaps it is referring to the heart and soul, as well as years of love and hard work that went into perfecting the craft.

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 (471) - 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.


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