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

bottled
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RATINGS: 1287   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle: Filtered
Name changed from Old Brewery Pale Ale to Organic Pale Ale in 2011.
Ingredients: Water, malted barley, yeast, hops.
Brewed with well water (the original well at the Old Brewery, sunk in 1758, is still in use, with the hard well water being drawn from 85 feet underground); best barley malt, yeast and aromatic hops; fermented in ‘stone Yorkshire squares’ to create a full, rounded flavour and after-taste.
Best served at about 51°F (11°C).

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3.8
jefcon (1849) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - AUG 21, 2004
Copper and very dark in the glass. Aromas of roast and spices and light hops. The tastes are complex and hold you attention. A little aromatic spices, and a little floral taste. This ESB is not really bitter, though, and the coloring defies the catgory, too. Still, an interesting brew.

3.4
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2004
A nice dark amber look with a thin white head that dissipates rather quickly. Not too hoppy, not too malty. My only problem with this brew is that it had an odd, earthy after taste that I had to was away with another ale.

4.3
BeerRunner (144) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 10, 2004
A VERY fine Olde English Pale Ale. I really enjoyed the heck out of this. It has a nice, earthy flavor to it which is quite awesome. Lovely, just lovely.

3.3
mjg74 (3106) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 9, 2004
Pours a deep brown color. Smells a little hoppy with a real spicy/sweet pepperish bite. A little bit of roasted malt at the finish.

3.5
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 7, 2004
Pours deep amber with a nice white head...smells malty and peppery...tastes hoppy at first then a little sweetness...a good mild pale!

3
johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 2, 2004
Tastes great, but little else going on. That is, too fizzy, looks crap, etc. Nevertheless it’s good where it counts at least - a fine tasting beer.

3.6
slimweebs (163) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 29, 2004
This beer had a nice amber color with a medium sized head that disappeared fairly quickly. The mouthfeel was pretty good, as it felt very full in my mouth. I thought the taste was nice and balanced with a good full malty flavor. It’s not a striking beer, but it’s definitely not bad.

3.3
davidflores99 (225) - Signal HIll, California, USA - JUL 26, 2004
Amber brown color w/ a light head, not too bad of a beer, a little bitter, and has a slight nutty flavor.

3.8
bierchik (95) - lakewood, California, USA - JUL 26, 2004
good balancing of hops, pours a redish-brown hue, nice aroma & slight nutty flavor.... a good beer.

3.7
badgerben (5177) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUL 25, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2009 Original Rating, July 25, 2004:Pours an amber color with not much head. More malt in the aroma than I would have predicted. Interesting grain and cereal taste to me, kind of like raw barley. Good balance with hops. It looses a few points on Overall for being in a clear bottle. Mine had just the first hints of turning skunky. The beer is great, but since if you buy this it’ll be in a clear bottle, skunk is something you are likely going to get at some point. 7/4/8/4/14 Re-rating, February 7, 2008: Finally got around to trying this one, and from a brown bottle! Copper color with a medium head. Strong biscuty and toasted malt aroma. Much the same flavor. Some caramel malt to round it out. Earthy hop finish. Lowered the flavor one, but upped the overall.


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