Old Brewery Pale Ale is a 5% ABV English Pale Ale that pours a nice, clear coppery color. A smart-looking brew indeed! This English beer creates a little bit of a head, but like other Sam Smith’s beers I’ve sampled, it left an impressive amount of lacing on my glass.
I picked up a 4-pack of this, and to be honest, I didn’t like the first bottle much at all. Next night, another bottle, still meh, and it wasn’t until the third night along as I was cooking out on the grill and I had the third bottle where I finally began to enjoy it.
I do think that conceptually, my head is used to ‘pale ale’ and my brain is expecting something like Stone Pale Ale or Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. West coast USA stuff with stronger grapefruity qualities. It dawned on me that the Old Brewery Pale Ale sort of reminded me of Bass Ale – just a bit better! (Its been awhile since I had an English Pale Ale!)
I thought it was interesting too that (I think) this is the same beer that is otherwise known as ‘Old Brewery Bitter‘. Maybe adjusted a bit for the American market? I know that we Americans probably wouldn’t buy a beer with the word ‘bitter’ in the name – so perhaps that some smart marketing from the Samuel Smith’s people.
Overall, I did like the beer, but for the price I think I’ll stick with the American pale ales. If I’m going to spend money on Sam Smith beers, it will be the Taddy Porter (yum!) or the Oatmeal Stout (yum, yum!) Looking back, if I was looking for another English Pale ale, I would probably go with Fuller’s London Pride instead.
Still a good beer, just not something I wouldn’t necessarily enjoy on a regular basis. Would you?