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

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RATINGS: 724   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.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - JUL 18, 2003
Two words, Blown away. This beer is great. I don't recall a better organic ale than this. Nice hoppy nose but the beer flavor is well balanced. Has nice bitter and malty balance.

4.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mookie (45) - Tacoland, Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2005 gold, light copper color with healthy white foam. fairly tight bead. nice bubbles. grainy aroma. very simple, clean flavors. grain and light malt, fruity with minimal hop flavor and moderate bitterness. buttery mouthfeel. finishes dry with a slight sourness. pretty solid. very enjoyable. expectedly well made.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
schwaiger (90) - Laramie, Wyoming, USA - MAY 24, 2006
550 ml bottle. Sam Smith has always been an old time favorite of my family. My dad drank it and his dad drank it, though their brew of preference was the oatmeal stout. As a kid I could always tell when times were good. The fridge would have oatmeal stout intsead of Pabst - occasions reserved for tax returns and Christmas bonuses. As much fanfare as the oatmeal stout gets, and deservedly so, this bitter is excellent, and I fear sorrowfuly underrated. Poured at cellar temperature. Medium orange with beautiful creamy white head, excellent lacing. Smell is predominantly wild dark honey, honneysuckle, and creamed corn with wisps of prune. Quite lovely. Flavor is moderately sweet, slightly bitter, with honey and malt. The maltiness seperates from the honey and becomes the dominant flavor in the finish. Very pleasant, long, delicate, lightly bitter end. Medium bodied, creamy, noteably smooth, medium carbonation. I put this in my desert island beer category. You know, if you could have three things on a desert island, what would they be? Elle McPherson, the poetry of Robert Burns, and this freakin’ awesome beer.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Belushi (2) - Georgia, USA - JUN 19, 2005 does not count
a HUGE suprise. this was one of the last samuel smith brews id tried so obviously my expectations were low after having had the wonderful imperial stout, oatmeal stout, and taddy porter. i am particularly an ale fan, and the samuel smith pale ale extremely disappointed me. this particular ale is much more appeasing. its one of the best ales ive ever had.

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.

4.3
   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.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KCKajr (15) - Kansas City, Kansas, USA - MAR 31, 2004
Pours golden with a fairly large white head. Smells nice. Hit of hops and toasted grains. Tastes great! Near perfect balance of maltiness and hops. This is a highly drinkable beer that is pleasant without being boring. I'm glad I tried and will be trying it again.....perhaps tonight I will consume several bottles and become inebriated!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rohash (47) - New York, USA - MAR 17, 2009
Sweet carmel maltiness, a touch of bitter, creamy texture, outstaning beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adam42381 (371) - Fort Myers, Florida, USA - FEB 19, 2011
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a New Belgium globe. Appearance: Pours a hazy light golden amber with orange highlights and a 1 finger sudsy white head. Very nice lacing. Smell: Pale malt, sweet grains and caramel with sweet herbal hops and a touch of candied fruit. Taste: Sweet malt and candied fruit followed by caramel and buttery biscuits in the middle and ending with mildly bitter English hops at the finish. Aftertaste is somewhat dry with a taste of cereal grains. Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium-bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Goes down very smooth. Drinkability: High drinkability. You could a few of these without much difficulty. Overall: Very good beer overall. This is a style that I’d like to see more of. Another fine offering from Samuel Smith’s.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tla (34) - - DEC 24, 2012
First I noticed the caramel taste of foam that came out of the bottle after I opened it. The taste of the beer itself is intense malty and a bit "sticky".


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