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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1285   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - FEB 25, 2004
Clear amber color with a foamy off-white head. Malty, nutty aroma. Nice mild malt, nut, hops, and bread flavors. Medium carbonation, fairly smooth finish. A very nice pale ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sanchex (224) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 24, 2004
I was expecting something more along the lines of an India Pale Ale but was pleasantly surprised. Far from pale, this beer had a rich amber hue and a thick head. Excellent hoppiness to balance out the earthy malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dreamboat (186) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 18, 2004
Tight, long lasting head over a brown, lightly carbonated brew. Nice hoppy aroma. Well balanced brew, leaning towards the hop flavour as would be expected from the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dalle (1145) - Skrping, DENMARK - FEB 10, 2004
Small head. Amber colour. Little sun-stricken aroma w. sweetness and butterscotch. Silky palate. Well balanced w. emphasis on bitter finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
DCopperfields (146) - New York, USA - FEB 9, 2004
An amber colored pale ale with an off-white head of some longevity, and little to no lace on this pour. Grainy malt aroma, somewhat grassy and less than fresh. A little bit of caramel sweetness in the nose as well. Somewhat of a thin mouthfeel, basic malt sweetness up front, and a dearth of hops leaves this pale ale unbalanced. The malt certainly grabs front seat, and it just won't let go. Not a bad tasting ale, actually pretty good, and but for a couple of shortcomings, I would like this. However, at these prices, many, many stateside pale ales are much more of a value.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BrewEd (182) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - FEB 8, 2004
A solid Pale Ale with more malt and less hops than the American varietal. Not very complex but very easy drinking and great with a meal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - FEB 5, 2004
Very nice EPA.Poured this into the fat 20oz. glass that comes in this little gift set.Sweet fruity/caramel malt aroma.This bottle opened like a volcano(strange)Nice english hops with a very tangy carbonation.A tasty session beer I will have every now and again.Enjoyable chalky finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
evinal (49) - Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 2, 2004
"dwyerpg" put it best, "shot like finish" which i found incredibly unappitising.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (10061) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 25, 2004
Amber colour with a big fluffy white head. Average English ale with sweet malt and a tangy hoppy bitterness in both the aroma and the flavour. Decent mouth feel. A better beer than my numbers probably reflect.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 20, 2004
The clear glass bottle always makes me wary but here goes. Clear sparkling copper body. The light tan head is large and frothy. This beer looks very appealing in my Samuel Smiths pub glass. The aroma is caramel malt pure and simple. The flavor is better then I remember from my college days, caramel malt balanced by just enough bitter English hops (EKG?). It is really quite a pleasant beer. The body is medium and a bit lively with the carbonation. The finish is smooth and refreshing. Just make sure the bottle is kept out of the light. I bought the gift-pack which came in a box with the pub glass and a few coasters. The box was probably key to keeping this one fresh and good.

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