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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1213   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrewGoblin (531) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - NOV 15, 2014
Appearance is gorgeous clear dark copper with a creamy off-white head. Fine notes of earthy and spicy hops paired with biscuit, whole wheat bread, toffee and honey malts. A nice bittersweetness strikes me foremost with a smooth biscuity, toffee finish that’s well balanced by residual bitterness. Some chompiness in the palate makes this a great lunch....beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
magpieken (101) - - NOV 6, 2014
550ml bottle. Mar15. Pours a bright, deep copper colour with a foamy, light tan head which lasted well and left some lacing. Earthy aroma of caramel and raisins. A mild sweetness is followed by a slightly astringent bitter finish and a hint of nuttiness (so to speak). Soft mouthfeel, light to medium body and very gentle carbonation. I appreciate that this beer is true to style and very well made, it just didn’t leave me craving more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ryecatcher (927) - South Side of Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2014
Bottle. Pours an amber hue, slight haze, big frothy off-white head with mega retention and ridiculous lacing. Nose is toffee, candied orange peel, malt, butterscotch, heather. Mouth is surprisingly only mildly sweet given the aroma, lotta caramel, biscuit malts, slight metallic note near finish and a bit watery. I’d like to sit down at an old fashioned thatch-roofed pub in the countryside of Old Blighty and have this on draught as it was intended to be quaffed. Perhaps watch some hobbits dance a drunken jig to a cheery tune. or a gloomy character from a Brontë novel come stumbling in out of a blizzard and tell me a story while I’m downing pint number three or four. Cheers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
slowrunner77 (6545) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 17, 2014
"i like this one every once and a while as a change of pace to the american pales. it’s a very good example of the english style, but that style isn’t usually incredibly appealing to me...i like my pales hoppy. great malt flavor, though, if a little thin."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
eduardovl (1019) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2014 Small bottle served in a chalice. A: Beautiful clear amber color with a small yellow head. Small retention and not much lacings left S: Delicious smell of toffee, roasted caramel malts, herbs and earthy yeasts T: Also delicious taste of roasted caramel malts and hops. Citrus bite and "hoppy" end M: Light body. Low carbonation. Balanced bitterness. A bit molasses. Quite refreshing O: Good drinkability. Quite light and refreshing beer but at the same time with strong British personality. An authentic British Ale. Light in alcohol, balanced bitterness, dry taste, good perfume of earthy yeasts and fresh hops. Recommended [ BA Review @ 4/18/2010 ]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jksipa (464) - Newmarket, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 8, 2014
Bottle from the LCBO. Mostly clear deep orange with a small tan head that lingers. Nose is caramel and fruit with pear and green apple making appearances along with a light yeast background. Lightly sweet toffee balanced by a light bitter fruitiness. Mouth is medium light and thin with soft carbonation. Decent enough bitter but I wouldn’t go out of my way for it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
solvaris (115) - - OCT 5, 2014
---- personal review, no claim to be representative or neutral ---- repost undesired --- ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (3125) - Michigan, USA - SEP 22, 2014
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 11/13/2013. Light gusher upon opening. Pours slightly hazy deep orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a small amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, pear, apple, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of bready malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, pear, apple, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, pear, apple, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice robustness and balance of bready malt, earthy hops, and fruity yeast ester flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 5%. Overall this is a damn nice English pale ale! All around great balance and robustness of bready malt, earthy hops, and fruity yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JDBaker11058 (1444) - Maryland, USA - SEP 14, 2014
Appearance: clear reddish/pinkish brown, creamy light tan head. Aroma: fruity and malty, with notes of cherry, marmalade, caramel, raisin, and light vanilla. Taste: as the aroma indicated, with the addition of a few earthy, mellow hop notes. Finish: smooth, with lingering light fruity and malty sweetness; palate is full and creamy. Notes: Tastes like a Bass Ale, but only much, much better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gopherfan99 (755) - CROATIA - SEP 11, 2014
Bottle; pours amber with a tan head; aroma is sweet malt, caramel, and a hint of hops; taste is sweet with malt and caramel, then becomes a little bitter before a semi-dry finish. I do admit that I was expecting more a pale ale from reading the label but this definitely more of an ESB and a decent one at that.

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