Samuel Smith Old Brewery Organic Pale Ale
What the brewers say
“A classic malt-accented, copper-colored pale ale in which subtle fruity esters from the Samuel Smith yeast strain interact with caramel flavors (from organic crystal malt) and fresh hops.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Sweet caramel, toast, and toffee notes with a floral and earthy hops character. Esters evoke fresh cut Red Delicious apples or an orange grove after the rain. Not much hops aroma, but other components more than make up for its absence.”
Flavor: “Caramel and toasty malt sweetness with a touch of floral and spiced hops notes. That blend of fruity yeast esters plays off the complex and delicious malt profile. The apple and pear flavors work wonderfully with the bread crust. Lingering bitterness is just a touch harsh.
Overall: “Very enjoyable malt-forward pale ale with subtle floral and earthy hops. The bold fruit flavors and sweet malt make this both a warming and refreshing treat. Finishes medium sweet with some tartness in the aftertaste. Great beer to have for lunch while skiing! Tastes like caramel apples—a wonderfully complex and tasty beer with flavors not often found in this style. Unusual, well done, and welcomed.”