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Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery Pale Ale (141 of 1001)

Rating: 4.2

Another Samuel Smith beer now, this one their Old Brewery Pale Ale will be only the third beer from the brewery I have tried; although I do have a bottle of their Taddy Porter waiting for me later in the month. I picked this one up in Newcastle earlier in the year along with a selection of other English ales that I have been steadily working my way through but this is one of the ones I’m most looking forward to trying. Most of the reviews I have read online indicate that this will be an excellent beer and on top of that it’ll be the 141st beer from the 1001 Beers To Try book. Despite only first being brewed during the nineteen eighties, tradition is the name of the game with this beer and it is one that I’m excited about finally trying.

Appearance (4/5): A bright red to orange coloured amber with a thumb sized, bubbly white head that settles to a thin lacing around the top.
Aroma (8/10): A very nice smelling beer straight away, there is a great mix of malts and fruity hops that make the beer seem quite lively and refreshing. There is some roasted malts, brown sugar and some good fruit smells in the mix as well as some good toffee notes from the middle towards the end.
Taste (9/10): Again quite a fruit taste to begin with some apples initially followed by a great toffee, a lot of fruity hops and earthy malts flavour mixed with some sugary sweetness to it as well. A great balance and a touch of bitterness right at the end round things off rather nicely.
Palate (4/5): Medium and quite smooth tasting as well as being very sweet and well-balanced. There is a touch of spice and a nice good amount of carbonation.

Overall (18/20): A very enjoyable beer with a great fruity flavour and plenty of hops on top of a strong malt base. Everything was well-balanced and worked well together giving a lingering, sweet hoppy taste. Definitely worth a try here, the beer it managed to do everything very well indeed and it is certainly a beer I look forward to trying again soon.

Brewed In: Tadcaster, England
Brewery: Samuel Smith Old Brewery
First Brewed: circa. 1980
Type: English Pale Ale
Abv: 5.0%
Serving: Bottle (550ml)
Purchased: Fenwick
Price: £2.39

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