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 51°F (11°C).

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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
beerbrains (26) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 22, 2014
Faint aroma of grass with a little sweetness; dark golden color, translucent, short white head that thins out quickly; light taste - so light that it barely tastes like anything, light body, thin texture and no finish. Unfortunately, I would not buy or drink this again; no aroma and no taste.

chinchill (5395) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 2, 2018
.5 /l bottle. Hazy, copper colored body with a decent off-white head. While my last Samuel Smith's beer (their Pure Brewed Organic Lager) was disappointing, I am a fan of this brewery and this pale ale fosters that view. The malt/hop ratio is high for style, leaving some toffee and bread flavors most obvious. There are adequate hops to add complexity and to make this mildly bitter overall. Overall: a "pale ale" leaning towards an ESB or brown ale.

AshtonMcCobb (7029) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 31, 2017
Bottle from the Green Shop in Berwick upon Tweed. Appearance - amber brown with a nice lacy head. Nose - caramel shortbread. A hint of citrus or pine if you use your imagination. Taste - more caramel and more shortbread. A lemony edge. Palate - light to medium bodied with a creamy yet crunchy texture. Dry but fairly indulgent finish. Overall - lovely beer.

miloszd (78) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - DEC 10, 2017
caramel, cereal, toast, dough, barnyard, cheese, clove, cooked vegetables, soy sauce, skunky, amber, hazy, frothy, white foam, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, salty, medium body, creamy, bitter, abrupt finish,

visionthing (5602) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 29, 2017
35,5cl bottle from Kaubamaja, Tallinn. Didn't really expect a gusher, so it started out a bit messy. Calmed down and it pours clear copper coloured with a big, fast dissipating off-white head. Aroma is rather malty with notes of caramel, ripe fruits and hints of herbs and pine. Medium sweet with mild, smooth flavours and a fine bitterness. Quite nice, but a bit too much on the sweet side for my taste.

deepdrinker (369) - Leeds, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2017 Great beer by Samuel smiths. Aroma of dried fruits / hints of caramel . Smooth bitter sweet taste

Grumbo (4290) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2017
Bottle at the Rising Sun, Smithfields, London. Pours slightly hazy dark amber with a good sized off-white head. Intense fruity, hoppy, malt aroma, with blackberry, bread, citrus, yeast and toffee. Medium plus sweetness, moderate bitterness. Medium body, slight oily texture, average carbonation. Sweet caramel fruity finish. Surprisingly good.

Piepenhenrich (1289) - Steinbach, GERMANY - OCT 12, 2017
From bottle. Transfer of an earlier rating without text recorded, rating only.

Bill Becker (2010) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - SEP 4, 2017
Well, that was a surprise. Chilled and it gushed. Clearish copper colour, 2 fingers of foam with lacing. Serious English malt nose going on. Earthy, kinda sweet and nutty. Citrus hops bring a light fruitiness. The taste is sweet(caramel), nutty, earthy, balanced by a mild citrus hop kick. Simple effective mouthfeel..not a full body but not that far off. Very very drinkable.

dsimmons66 (35) - - SEP 2, 2017
Very nice, fresh............................................. via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Scopey (16277) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 18, 2017
Bottle at Glasshouse Stores, Soho. It pours clear deep amber - copper with a substantial white head. The aroma is rich, earthy, wood, ripening orange, marmalade, earth, wood and leather. The taste is dry, bitter, wood, leather, toasted nut, tangy orange marmalade, slightly metallic, bit of spice and gingerbread with a drying finish. Medium body and lively, effervescent carbonation. This actually had plenty going on. Found it rather enjoyable really.

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