Samuel Smith’s “Old Brewery Pale Ale” Review (#016)

Old Brewery Pale Ale
By Samuel Smith
N. Yorkshire, England

From The Brewery:

History: Beers were dark before the Industrial Revolution. With the introduction of inexpensive clear drinking vessels, translucent beers became fashionable. When this sparkling amber beer was produced, it was declared pale to differentiate it from porter.

Taste: Captures the soul of beer. It has a fresh maltiness that reminds you that good beer is a product of the soil. Beautiful balance of malt and fresh hops.

Serving Suggestions: 
Rare roast beef with Yorkshire pudding, roast chicken, cheese, smoked salmon, Dungeness crab salad, bouillabaisse, sushi, New York steak; spicy foods such as Mandarin cuisine; aged Yorkshire-style roast beef en croûte; tandoori chicken salad and pork stroganoff. Traditionally served in nonik glasses.

ABV: 5.0%

Review:

Appearance: I poured this English Pale Ale into a Samuel Smith’s pint glass – I bought this bottle as part of a set – releasing a white, dense head from this great looking beer. The color was a golden yellow, and the head left a great amount of lacing, and maintained its form through the whole pint (bottle).

Smell: A very balanced blend between hops, and a sweet English malt, that is a perfect example of this style. There is a bit of yeast component, giving support to the malts’ component, but not over the top; a natural sweetness.

Taste: Very good! This beer is all about balance; strong but not too bold malts up front, with the drying English hops on the end. Many times the hop component is a little too overbearing, which would make it closer to an India Pale Ale, which I love, if that is the style of beer that I am drinking, and is not a Pale Ale with an identity crisis.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer, which holds true to what I have found before; English Pale Ales tend to be a bit bigger bodied than its American counterpart. This still has the drying component on the finish, also found in American versions, which I love.

Drinkability/Palatability: Medium; this beer is easy going down, but it has some kick and weight to it.

Notes: A classic beer from a classic brewery; the oldest in Yorkshire to be exact. I had not had this beer in a while, and I hope that is never true again. I would like to pair this next time with a meal, possibly the roast chicken as mentioned above from the brewery. And cheese; beer and cheese is always a winning combination.

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