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


on tap

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RATINGS: 735   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbrus (4990) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - MAY 20, 2002
Fruity, hoppy aroma. Amber, white frothy head, fair lace. Sweet, malty, hoppy. Short finish, bit bitter in the end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 28, 2002
Not bad, cloudy amber color with a sweet aroma, I thought I detected some peach notes. Quite sweet flavor with light hopping. Reminded me a little too much of Bass I think. Definitely good though for people into organic foods.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 19, 2002
Re-Rate 04/19/02: A clear gold color, frothy white head and sheets of lace. Malt nose, very clean and fresh. Slightly sweet at the start, the top is light, the finish is dry, lightly acidic, lightly hopped, very refreshing beer, a bit light for me, but quite good none the less.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
argo0 (12772) - Washington DC, USA - APR 11, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2007 (12/15/07, 12oz bottle, thanks perigrinari) Medium white head atop clear light amber body. Aroma is medium sweet, butterscotch/caramel. Taste is medium sweet, caramel/butterscotch, light earthy, wood, sourness. Smooth light-medium body. (5/3/5/3/10)

(4/11/02) Frothy head and a nice golden body. faint pine aroma, but the taste is missing something. perhaps some oomph? it’s not a bad beer, but it has much more promise than it delivers. (6/3/6/3/12)

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
I.C.suds (189) - Da U.P. eh?, Michigan, USA - APR 7, 2002
The worst sammy’s. No flavor. cool label. Get any other Sammy’s.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - MAR 26, 2002
Orange to copper color with a moderate white head. Bread, toffee, and mild spice appear in the nose. Fairly malty with cookie dough and toffee dominating the malt profile. Mild earthy tones in the middle with a balanced finish - not overly malty or bitter. Body is mild and the finish lasts an awfully long time with the malts just sticking on your tongue forever. A pleasant pale ale, but not outstanding. Incidentally, I overlooked my personal Sammy Smith ban due to the brown bottle. Ban still stands on all Sammy products in clear bottles.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (7113) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 17, 2002
Head is initially small, frothy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear light amber. Aroma is lightly malty (caramel), lightly hoppy (flowers), with a hint of peach. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately bitter. Finish is moderately bitter. Medium body, dry and creamy texture, lively carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - MAR 6, 2002
I had a pint bottle of this after work tonight. This brew pours a clear, bottle conditioned medium amber orange hue. The large creamy off-white head is mostly lasting with fair lacing. The clean nose is moderately malty with hints of cereal, moderately hoppy with resin tones, and also has a slight yeasty quality. The initial flavor is lightly sweet with an alcoholic middle finishing lightly acidic with moderate bitterness. The finish duration is average. The body is light to medium with a creamy dry texture, soft carbonation and an astringent feel to the finish. This very decent brew improves as it warms. This is the second sampling I’ve had from the Old Brewery at Tadcaster, and I can’t imagine being disappointed with a Sam Smith’s brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - FEB 15, 2002
Bottled. Nice pale-ale orange color (tinge of red), good lasting head. Very good slightly spicy, bready aroma; very ’fresh’ smelling. Flavor sweetish, perhaps slightly cherry-ish at first, but finishes quite bitter, too bitter and dry for me. A disappointment from this quality brewer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerstop (173) - Roanoke, Virginia, USA - FEB 4, 2002
Only the 2nd Sam Smiths brew I’ve tried. The other one being the Oatmeal Stout. Stick with their Stout’s. This beer wasn’t bad but nothing special either.

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