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

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RATINGS: 725   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle: Pasteurised.
Sold as Organic Best Ale in the UK, and as Organically Produced Ale in USA.
Ingredients: Water; Organic malted barley; Yeast; Organic hops; Seaweed finings; Carbon dioxide.
A delicately flavoured golden ale in which subtle fruity esters from the Samuel Smith yeast strain interact with a background of maltiness and hops.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
andriesradu (460) - ROMANIA - JUN 14, 2013
33cl bottle. Pours nice orange color with a fast diminishing head. Aroma is malty, hoppy,fruity. Aroma is sweet at the begining and ends in good bitterness, fruity. Nice one

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
matthewjk (889) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 12, 2013
Simple and enjoyable enough. Itís a little zesty and bitter. Nothing too exciting, but it is serviceable on a summer evening. *550ml bottle

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Imaena (1796) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 6, 2013
Bottle. This is a brilliant bitter. Organic or not this a good malt forward bitter with good clean lines.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lagerboy (1185) - British Columbia, CANADA - APR 30, 2013
Clear orange yellow, small foamy white head fades. Floral malty sweet aroma. Lightly bitter, semi sweet malt taste, floral and herbal with a hint of fruity yeast. Light carbonation, light-medium bodied, lightly hopped. Mildly bitter finish. Reminiscent of a bland blonde, but better. LBW (Lagerboys Be Wary)

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BritAlesRule (212) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 14, 2013
A different animal from Samuel Smith. All of the great roundness in the profile, but thereís some unexpected notes of banana and clove like a weizen so this is a big surprise but the beer fits the Sam Smith profile despite this and ROCKS! This is my favorite brewery in the world and this is in their top 5. Iím done rating beers Iíve had over a thousand different beers in my life, this is one of the best. I may be done rating íem.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mora2000 (5549) - McKinney, Texas, USA - APR 2, 2013
Hazy golden-orange color with a white head. Aroma is full of bread, perfume and grass. Flavor is a bit more complex. I get some citrus and grass notes from the hops, as well as some earth, yeast, bread and toffee. Low bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BoltonDK (556) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 2, 2013
Bottle at home. Small nose, leather, earth. Dark amber clear color fine white head. Malty taste, notes of hay and small bitterness. :) Bolton Brew.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mcnealc31 (249) - Elida, Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2013
Very clear for an ale. Aroma is mostly toasted malt and butterscotch candy. The butterscotch flavor carries through, blending with grassy hops. Very smooth. There is a hint of lemon in the finish. And that classic English hard water, as well. Overall, I thought this was fine. Definitely not bad, but I donít think Iíll be getting a craving for it again. Just didnít have enough flavor for me.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
AGGarcia44 (18) - - MAR 20, 2013
fruity esters dominate the aroma with hints of floral hops and UK base malt. Head retention is not great, white foam at beginning. Malty background that shines in the finish. finish is medium dry. floral/earthy/light fruit hop flavor without much bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2013
Reviewed 2/18/13. 355 ml bottle into a nonic pint glass. A: Pours a golden amber color with a mild yeast haze. The head is a one and a half finger eggshell shade. It doesnít retain itself in a fantastic manner, but I love the lacing thatís left on the glass. S: There is a lot of semi-sweet caramel featured in the aroma, alongside touches of butterscotch and toffee. It doesnít seem to feature much in the way of hops; if theyíre here, then they seem to be merely used as a ballast against the malt sweetness. Still, itís a pleasant aroma featuring a slight mineral touch ever-so-prevalent in many Samuel Smith offerings. T: Initial flavors of butterscotch, caramel, and toffee give way to some stone fruit esters in the midpalate and a semi-dry, vaguely hoppy finish. Thereís also a mild finishing astringency on the palate, nothing thatís remotely harsh, however. Some of the fruity esters here (like cherry and apricot) help give a cherry pie quality to it. While not horribly complex, I could see myself drinking a few bottles in a sitting - which is always a great thing. M: It features a pleasing dryness on the back end to counteract the slightly sweet linger. It also has that íhard waterí feel I expect from this brewery; a clean lightness that creates a very drinkable offering. O: Very solid. I admit I didnít expect it to be this good, seeing as I donít usually gravitate towards the style. If it had a bit more depth, it would be incredible; as it stands right now itís simply very good.


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