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Beer culture is coming of age. At any store, restaurant, bar, or friend's house you can now find at least a few good brews. In fact, there seem to be so many new beers, breweries and bars it's difficult to separate the good, the bad, and the mediocre.

If you're going spend $10 on one beer, what should you buy? If you're going to drive 2 hours to check out a brewery, what's worth your time? If you're going to plan a Friday night, what has a good selection and friendly atmosphere? We're here to help you answer these questions.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Old Brewery Pale Ale

 Old Brewery Pale Ale is an English Pale Ale by Samuel Smith Old Brewery in Tad Caster, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom - about 250 miles north of London. Samuel Smith uses a local Yorkshire brewing technique - the Yorskshire Square. They also still use the same hardwater from the same well that they have used since their founding in 1758. A brewery older than the US, pretyy crazy.

Yorkshire Stone Square brewing system.

I bought this at Raley's Market on Freeport in Sacramento for $4.29 for a 550ml oz bottle. It has an ABV of 5%

The color is copper with a nice fluffy head. It has a subtle malty aroma. The body is really nice. It has a smooth, creamy texture with sufficient carbonation. The flavor reminds of the many ales I tasted while in the UK. The local UK malts, both caramel and slightly bready are smooth and not over powering. The hops are very sutble and floral. The finish is great with a creamy, caramel malt taste that lingers.

I really like this beer. It is not heavy on the ABV, has a smooth & creamy texture, and enjoyable yet subtle flavors. Its a beer you can drink many of and not get bored. I think some people might not pick this because it's a UK beer and often times sitting next to macro-brews like Corona or Blue Moon.

I'm going to give this a Must Have It. It's great because of its gentle, fun nature and soft invitation to drink another.

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