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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1239   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bob32256 (171) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - AUG 26, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2004 Slight citrus smell; dark amber color; the finish is a little too sour for my taste (On re-rating, I found this much better.)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (5644) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 23, 2003
Recently got re-acquainted with this one. Brownish copper, thin but persistant head. Mossy, wet earth aroma. Full palate. Dirty, earthy malt with a slightly sour, citrusy hop finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - AUG 22, 2003
Bottled: Pours clear amber with decent white head. Good head retention. Rich aroma of malt, caramel and noble hops. Smooth medium body. Initial sweet malt taste well balanced with bitterness. Nice hoppy aftertaste. Not bad!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
NectarFarm (128) - Calgary, CANADA - AUG 16, 2003
I would get rated higher but the clear bottle gave birth to some skunks. pours a beautiful red/orange with a small white head and medium lace. Ill re-rate latter if I find an unskunky bottle. I absolutely love the butterscotch in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ARMed (622) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2003
An excellent beer on all fronts. The color is exceptional. Clear reddish amber beer with exellent lacing and body. Another exception beer in a series of fine beers. This one is the true essense of fine British Ale!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bluevegie (3068) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 7, 2003
Amber to brown colour ,nutty malt flavour with a hop presence on the finish not a big fan of pale ales but this one was great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2005 Crystal clear bronze body, rich sudsy white head, and good lacing. Nice nutty caramel malt and fruit flavors. Reminds me of caramelized apples. Medium sweetness and silky palate with a sour finish. A fine bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - AUG 3, 2003
Good amber color,small white head that faded fast leaving a slight lacing.Mildly malty aroma with a nice hop presence.Nice malty flavor mild sweetness in the beginning that changes to something slightly sour then changing again to a mild bitter hop taste.The after taste was was malty and hoppy with a nice dry finish.A pretty decent brew and well worth having a few around.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - AUG 1, 2003
Color is amber-red with a frothy tan head. Looks nice in my Duvel glass. Had a wiff of skunk when I popped the top, but the aroma in the glass was roasted malt. Flavor starts sweet them a mild hop bite and finishing somewhat dry. It's a keeper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Shagnasty (130) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 1, 2003
I thoroughly enjoyed this pale. Granted I have'nt tried many pales yet, but this beer was appealing in appearance and like all Samuel Smith's had a nice frothy head that dissipates very slowly. A rather full mouth fell and a nice smooth texture, made this beer enjoyable to drink. A mildly hoppy finish, and a some what sweet aftertase. Could use more hops but still a satisfying brew.

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