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

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RATINGS: 736   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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
   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 (836) - 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 doesn’t retain itself in a fantastic manner, but I love the lacing that’s left on the glass. S: There is a lot of semi-sweet caramel featured in the aroma, alongside touches of butterscotch and toffee. It doesn’t seem to feature much in the way of hops; if they’re here, then they seem to be merely used as a ballast against the malt sweetness. Still, it’s 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. There’s also a mild finishing astringency on the palate, nothing that’s 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 ’hard water’ feel I expect from this brewery; a clean lightness that creates a very drinkable offering. O: Very solid. I admit I didn’t expect it to be this good, seeing as I don’t usually gravitate towards the style. If it had a bit more depth, it would be incredible; as it stands right now it’s simply very good.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mtwhitney (168) - Maui, Hawaii, USA - MAR 8, 2013
Normally I do not buy anything labeled “organic” because the whole “organic “ food movement is way overhyped and is quite frankly somewhat of a scam. However, because it is Samuel Smith’s I gave it a try. I was pleased at how smooth and balanced this beer is. Not too hoppy. Perfect for those who don’t want their ale to taste like Pine-Sol.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Patrickctenchi (6040) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - FEB 28, 2013
Pours nearly clear amber-gold with a tall, frothy, white head. Sweet, floral nose....fruit and honey. Taste is sweet, malty, citrus...slightly bready. Minimal, but smotth bittering. Nice.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Majin (256) - West Des Moines, Iowa, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Bottle pours hazy orange with a medium white head. Soft floral nose. Flavor is toast and crackers with nice citrus and floral hops. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
boozedude (2228) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - FEB 23, 2013
hazy orangish pour with white head... caramel malty aroma, taste is kinda weird... not a fan, wont drink again, eww

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Lukaduke (3016) - Gray, Maine, USA - FEB 19, 2013
Pours a rich copper color with good clarity and a three finger eggshell foam. On the nose it has nice round toasted maltiness with touches of citrus and honey. The palate is smooth and well balanced with a honeyed sweetness playing well off the roasted toasted malts, citrus hints and trace bitterness that draws out the finish.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
JennyJam (47) - Oceanside, California, USA - FEB 16, 2013
Pours hazy, golden-yellow with nice dense head. Aroma is earthy with banana and bready malts. Taste is balanced with a medium body, a bit flat, not much carbonation. Bitter almost slinky,flat aftertaste. Pretty easy to drink but not much flavor.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bartlebier (3425) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - JAN 27, 2013
3x355 ml bottles, Bierpost.de - Pours relatively foamless and yet fizzy, somewhat underwhelming body. Earthy, indeed "organic" aromas of autumn fruits, medium body, musty spicy-floral hops and a lot of vivid "culture" going on here (BB was 31.08.2012) - would almost be tempted to call this a pale ale/British saison mix - like all quality brews, takes a while to educate the taste buds, but well worth it!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 11, 2013
Bottled. Poured clear, brighter golden with a short, well-retained off-white head. The aroma picked up semi-sweet honey and toasted grains with lemon zest and grassy accents.. not bad. The flavor found similar grains and some bready notes at the core, with tart lemon zest and fruity notes around.. finished with prickly carbonation and tart fruit skins. Lighter-bodied and a tad sharp at times on the palate.. OK overall, but far from exciting.


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