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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1293   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 12/20
johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 2, 2004
Tastes great, but little else going on. That is, too fizzy, looks crap, etc. Nevertheless its good where it counts at least - a fine tasting beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
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. Its not a striking beer, but its definitely not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badgerben (5044) - 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 itll 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 19, 2004
Pours a clear amber with a tiny off white head. Aroma is slightly sweet malt but very mild. Flavor is an excellent balance of malt and hops. Not the least bit bitter, but the floral aftertaste is there. Very earthy and tasty. I like it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sully (1380) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - JUL 13, 2004
Well the colour is no mystery. It just sits there in the bottle and says pale ale to you. When poured the head is creamy and firm. The nose is quite subtle with the hint of English noble hop and sweet maltiness with a touch of diacetyl. The flavour backs this up and it settles well on the palate, certainly suggesting that it would be a fine session beer. I feel that as I go through my SS selection that I will be consistently pleased.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (12113) - 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 (6371) - 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

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