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

bottled
common

on tap
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RATINGS: 1176   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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).


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Rossbear (18) - Wendover, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2013
Drinking a 550ml bottle of this organic version, excellent aroma of joyful pub visits, lovely toffeeish malty base and restrained bitterness, this may well be my favourite bitter ever. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2002
This is probably one of my favorite English beers. It is very smooth, amber in color with a nice lacing white head. Malt dominates this brew with a nice subtle hop bitterness at the end.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
PieTaster (32) - Humpton, California, USA - SEP 21, 2002
One of my favs. This is the bottled version of their Old Brewery Bitter. Has more of a kick at 5.0% abv. Nice buttery flavor.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Braudog (5750) - Hampton, Virginia, 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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wade (58) - Decatur, Georgia, USA - MAY 3, 2000
Wow - great beer. Old Sammy comes through again.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
hutch914199 (107) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 9, 2001
The best pale I’ve had yet, still looking for one better.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rlhubley99 (36) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 23, 2002
I was very happy with this pale ale. Pours quite nicely and makes a nice size rich, creamy head. Definitely taste a nice floral flavor. Reminds me of a Sierra Nevada, but more refined.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 31, 2007
550ml brown bottle from Lou’s in Augusta. Red-copper translucent body with around an inch of initial off-white head that dissipates rather quickly. Smells caramelly and fruity, with hints if a peaty quality. A roasty maltiness dominates the flavor with hints of fruit, diacetyl (coming through as a very pleasing butterscotch flavor). No one quality of the flavor overpowers another I would say. A nice balance and a medium-bodied mouthfeel make this extremely drinkable. Definitely glad I finally tried it, and I’m sure the brown bottle helped the flavor. A new favorite!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nazzty (921) - Ödåkra - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - JUN 21, 2013
Full bodied with ransom to malt without in any way being sweet. A lovely tangy taste that nicely counterbalances the harsh and bitter aftertaste.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - FEB 13, 2002
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2004 One of my all-time favorites. The best buttery tasting ale in the world. Consistently good although it comes in a clear bottle. I gave some to my friend, a lifelong beer drinker but not a taster (he thought Fat Tire was the best beer in the world) and he said it was the best beer he ever had in his life. About as perfect as an ale can get. I dream of a day when I can visit this brewery, I love all of their products and if I had to pick a favorite brewery Sam Smith's would be it.


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