Samuel Smith Organically Produced Ale

2010/10/11 at 2:29 pm Leave a comment

This organically produced ale (no discerning name given) is one in the line of beers produced by the Samuel Smith brewery. Known for using the same strain of yeast since the 19th century the brewery produces almost all of its brews with a brewing method utilizing a yorkshire square. Given the history and unique method used to create this beer my hopes were high for a distinct taste.

Firstly and foremost the beer poured a golden amber color with little to no head. Carbonation was surprisingly minimal to the point of being effectively not present at all, and the accompany mouthfeel can be best described as thin. Although the hops aroma and bitterness were the centerpiece of this beer the overall contribution left much to be desired.

Many reviewers of this beer rank it highly, so I was hoping for much more of an enjoyable experience than I received. Perhaps given the described characteristics I just happened to receive a bad batch, but as it stands there was absolutely nothing special about this beer and I would rank it in the area of a mid-range ale with a profile closer to that of a pilsner. The lasting bitter aftertaste almost hints that this beer tries to be something that it isn’t and just flat out misses the mark completely. At this point I would recommend skipping this line altogether and put the high cost towards much more affordable and proven beers that hit the mark just right.

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