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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1286   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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 51F (11C).

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (11888) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2004
Poured with a medium amber color with a large off-white head. Malty, grassy and butterscoth smells. Sweet malty tasting with a light bitter finish. It was hard to objectively rate this one as it was the staple import beer for me when I was a teenager. Seeing my score now vs. scores of other beers Ive tried, I have to asked why I thought this beer was the best years ago...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
egajdzis (6233) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2004
Poured a light orange red color with a small off white head, some lacing. Malty and fruity, apples, light sweetness in the aroma. Caramel malt, light citrus hops, a little bit of nuts in the taste as well.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 5, 2004
a good esb. very drinkable. a good amount of malt. extremely smooth going down

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DarkElf (3061) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUL 4, 2004
(18.7 oz bottle) The flavorful malt is woody, fairly dry, modestly fruity and a bit toasty in the finish; A mild bitterness balances the malt to some degree, but this is mostly a malt driven beer; Gentle nose is mildly fruity with some faint maltiness; Medium bodied with a dry and fairly carbonated mouthfeel; Ruddy brown in color; Off-white head is fairly large on the pour but not out of control and settles to a thin layer within a few minutes

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 3, 2004
Bottle. Pours nice clear amber color with a large off-white head that diminished slowly and left some lacing. Aroma is malty and a little bready with a mild dandelion bouquet (sort of pungent-bitter). Flavor is decent toasted malts with a nice hop finish, but theres a metallic flavor that kind of mucks it all up for me. Medium to light body and pleasant carbonation.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cigarsnbeer (146) - Valley City, North Dakota, USA - JUL 2, 2004
When I opened the bottle there was a slight skunk smell. Not the way to start a beer! It had a very nice amber coloring and slight lacing on the galss, but not much in the way of a head. The flavor was a very light nut flavor, albeit a watered down nut flavor. Not the best in the line, I think Ill stick to the Imperial stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hershiser2 (2530) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUL 2, 2004
Nice amber brown color, with a small head. Smell is slightly malty and nutty, as is the taste. Kind of coppery, but not bad. Not the greatest offering from SS, but its not bad by any means.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 1, 2004
Dark Amber/Copper Coloring. Small Head. Hops. Nutty.... A really decent, grab it out of the fridge anytime offering from Mr.Samuel... enjoyed taking my time with this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUN 28, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2008 [bottle - Great European Beerfest 8, Sharp Edge Tavern - East Liberty, PA] Poured a deep orangy/copper color with a thin tan head. Nice aroma, lots of sweet malts balanced well with hops and a slight nutty hint. Smooth and balanced flavor of malts and hops with a nice smooth and creamy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JUN 25, 2004
Bottle. Deep orange and clear with a tan head. Fruity and nutty aroma with hops. Nice beer. Enjoyable.

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