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


on tap

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RATINGS: 729   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (6200) - 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 (4424) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2003 Good brew, not the best by ol sam, but it is very respectable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
Seagull99 (4) - - JAN 4, 2002 does not count
Not much taste, light weight, didn’t enjoy it very much!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 4, 2002
Not much flavour, quite bitter but its a bit edgy in taste, not great.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dins (266) - Texas, USA - DEC 7, 2001

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Heat99 (56) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 25, 2001
Nice pale color with plentiful head and generous lace. Great aroma with a sweet malty flavor. Very good brew in my opinion. Not sure if I am rating the same beer as everyone else...mine says Organic Ale..not Organic Best Ale.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
legion242 (2181) - Richardson, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2001
Pretty dull. Maybe all those pesticides are what make beer great. You think?

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