Samuel Smith's Organic Raspberry Fruit Beer - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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3.83/5 rDev -0.3%
Decants a ruby-copper colored ale with a rich 2 finger pink cap which lasts and laces the glass well.
Pungent aroma of fresh crushed raspberries, light malt sweetness and grassy tones.
Wonderful balance between berry sweetness and mature ale maltiness, hops mingle with fruit tartness...finish is intensely tart with amber ale malts breaking through.
Wow! A massive infusion of real fresh berry is managed well with a rich amber ale...were it not for the absence of the musty horse blanket tastes you'd swear this was a raspberry lambic...great summer sipping
05-27-2010 00:19:05 | More by pootz
4.05/5 rDev +5.5%
On the pour, a foamy, fizzy three to four finger pinkish head with generous small bubble carbonation, active, almost furious to begin with. The ale is darker than I expected, ruby red, almost garnet in the glass. The carbonation continued unabated, long lived, with slippery lace sticking around and decent retention. An odour of raspberries alright, but also some rhubarb in the mix and a bit of an unknown smell much like lavender but not at all annoying as lavender would be in a beer. I couldn't quite put my finger on it but I liked it.
The taste is of berry and fruit, sweetness is about right with a dry, saccharine quality to it. There is a nice balance between tartness and sweetness and an aftertaste that really cleanses the palette with a refreshing and balanced tart fruit finish. I am not a huge fan of fruit beer but this is actually quite nice. Body is not quite as thin as many fruit beers I've tried, it has a bit of sprtiz to it as expected. Overall, a very decent fruit ale and a very decent ale overall. Unlike most fruit ales, I could drink several of these in a sitting.
05-27-2010 00:09:31 | More by ThatWineGuy
4.03/5 rDev +4.9%
Pours a clear blood/ruby red with numerous tight beads of carbonation and a patchy pink head that recedes pretty quickly. Masses of off pink foam stick to most of the glass on the way down. The aroma is of freshly baked cherry pie and jolly ranchers, reminds me of a mass market framboise or kriek. The taste is very complex with wheat tartness mingling with bready malts and a full complement of fresh raspberry flavor. Its drier than most fruit beers on the market. The mouthfeel is medium full. The finish is slightly sour with lingering fruit for a long time.
This is a fantastic summer sipper. Incredibly refreshing and enough beer flavor to keep it out of the alcapop category. While sweet, its never cloying, a relatively dry example of the style. I suggest at least trying this, even if you are skeptical of fruit beers.
05-25-2010 01:14:35 | More by CAMRAhardliner
4.13/5 rDev +7.6%
This tyrian purple dye would look stunning on a late 1960s convertible; its deep, concealing tone assures me it will be a good beer. To the light it becomes much less stygian as an inky red tone seeps in. Its lightly frothed head is of a pastel pink and, despite its delicate look, is sound enough to mark the glass with glinty rosebuds of lace.
The aroma smells like raspberries alright, but also so much more (what else, exactly, I'm unsure but certainly this kind of ambrosia, this level of aromatic ecstasy cannot be yielded from mere berries). It is jammy sweet with an inkling of wild honey and perhaps a stingy drop of chocolate or balsamic. No raspberry patch smells this good, that I can assure you.
This fruit beer has neither the intense tartness of Belgian fruit lambics nor the sugary sweetness of North America style fruit beers, but rather a little bit of both. The taste is somewhat tart, with a rather earthy, remotely woody element, and a short-lived shot of pixie-stick like sweetness. The bitterness, curiously, seems to lay in the fruit flavour itself.
The raspberry flavour in this thing is a font written in big, bold lettering, but throw any notions of juices or soda-pops right out the window. It has a profound jammy berry taste vaguely similar to some bold Australian red wines, or to a lesser extent, some Portuguese ports. Any way you slice it, it's unusually rich and sensually gratifying for a fruit beer.
Part of the reason for that - aside from the shear profundity of its flavour - is just how heavy it is. While most all fruit beers weigh in at the featherweight (if not the flyweight or minimumweight) level, this thing rings in at least at cruiserweight. The maltiness and dense water bulk the beer up impressively; unlike most, this fruit beer has substance.
I'm generally not a huge fan of fruit-flavoured beers; for my palate, they are sugary, synthetic, unexciting and unrewarding. Sam Smith's Raspberry, on the hand, is anything but those four things. The whole experience drinking it is like the climax to a journey. I don't care the price, I plan to keep drinking, cooking with and, maybe, bathing in this beer.
05-23-2010 23:38:54 | More by biegaman
3.5/5 rDev -8.9%
550ml brown bottle obtained at McKinnons in Salem, NH. pours a ruby red with a purple hue with a quarter of an inch of very light pink head that slowly dissipates. the smell of raspberries immediately hits the nose with a hint of vanilla which reminds me of raspberry cream. Sour juicy raspberries immediately hits the palate with hints of vanilla in the background. medium bodied and very carbonated with a dry clean finish. very easy drink.
05-20-2010 01:27:27 | More by CheckMate
4/5 rDev +4.2%
A- Poured the Samuel Smiths out of about a pint and a half bottle into a couple of old draft style glasses. Kind of a light ruby red color and fairly cloudy with a pinkish foamy head which did not last long.
S- Wow as soon as I popped the cap off the raspberry hits you right away, can't pick out much else it maybe the raspberry just overwhelms everything, it has a nice refreshing scent.
T- Tart and sweet taste of raspberries .
MF- Some carbonation a lot of pucker power smooth finish maybe a little oily.
D- Pretty much what the label says, my wife and I both enjoyed it after a day of yard work a very refreshing summer beer but sweet enough so one tall glass is enough.
05-16-2010 01:59:49 | More by Fitzgerald
4/5 rDev +4.2%
Dark purple body, topped off with a bubbly pink head. sticky lace. Raspberry juice on the nose. Some sweetness to the taste, but its mostly dominated by acidic raspberry flavor. A bit of bitterness comes through. Not bad; if youre looking for a beer and you want it to taste like raspberries, this is a good place to turn.
05-10-2010 03:01:31 | More by Tballz420
3.98/5 rDev +3.6%
Poured from the classic Sam Smith bottle into a pint glass.
Pours deep maroon with fast acting white foam that vanishes without any trace. Really nice color.
Fruity smell, some tartness. Reminds me of...wait for it...rasberry!
Taste is similar to a lambic - quite tart. Puckering finish. Good carbonation. Well balanced taste, all the while surrounded by fruity tartness. Wheaty.
Good beer, definitely drinkable.
05-04-2010 23:59:26 | More by KTCamm
3.98/5 rDev +3.6%
a-is a dark ruby red with a redish head about 1 finger with good lacing no noticeable carbonation of the beer in a glass
s-smells strong of raspberry no real hints of malt or hops come thru in this beer but that doesnt seem to be the intention of this beer
t-strong taste of raspberry with undertones of malts but not ver stong, not strongly carbinated smooth taste
m-medium body smooth aftertaste of raspberry
d-great drinkablity smooth and refreshing, i strongly recommend this beer
05-01-2010 00:05:29 | More by huxcrunner
3.75/5 rDev -2.3%
I love raspberries and beer, so I said, "Why not?!"
A - it appears to be almost a syrup; maybe a little like a watered-down, dark cherry grenadine
S - Very sweet aroma with a undercurrent of sweet charcoal
T - Very sweet raspberry flavor, however without the wonderful tartness that a raspberry normally delivers; The first tastes were surprisingly wonderful, but almost overwhelmingly sweet by the end of the bottle
M - Not as thick as it appears; the berry has a drying effect on your mouth (almost cottonmouth)
D - I think one bottle of this at a time is enough. You might actually need an insulin shot if you drink more.
04-25-2010 02:29:53 | More by TitanTake
3.73/5 rDev -2.9%
Pours a deep reddish red-orange with excellent clarity. A pink head forms and settles quickly.
Strong raspberry scents (obviously) dominate the nose of this particular brew. It seems to be battling with the malty scents. It doesn't seem like there is a very good balance between the two.
The taste here is sweet. A little too sweet IMO. The tart raspberry flavor is lot better than I thought it would be, but something just seems a little unnatural (and un beer-like) about the flavor. It doesn't taste BAD, exactly, but it does certainly taste a little too sweet for my tastes. No hops tastes, no alcohol.
Medium-thin bodied with minimal carbonation. The beer is pretty drinkable; handicapped only by the cloying sweetness.
04-19-2010 06:04:03 | More by MrHassellYaHurd
3.9/5 rDev +1.6%
Deep dark raspberry red with pinkish orange highlights and a large lid of rose petal pink. Some might think these fruit beers look girlie, but I think they look great. The foam sinks slowly, has quality texture, and is generous enough with lace.
The aroma doesn't smell like fresh raspberries, rather like raspberry candy of some sort. It's on the perfumy side, which I don't recall being the case with Cherry and Strawberry. All will be forgiven if it comes through on the flavor front.
Organic Raspberry Fruit Beer tastes just as good as the others in this series. It has exactly the right amount of fruity sweetness, as long as one sips rather than gulps. These ales are delicious all by their lonesome and should be great alongside some desserts.
There really isn't much to describe regarding the flavor profile. It appears as though the brewery uses quality ingredients that allow sugared raspberries to take and keep center stage. Each sip is a blast of raspberry jam that has a simple elegance... or an elegant simplicity, if you prefer.
The mouthfeel is medium to fullish due to all the sugars. It's slick and slightly sticky, as all good fruit beers are. Nothing wrong with the carbonation either.
Any one of the three Samuel Smith's Organic Fruit Beers is an excellent choice. I would have to drink them side-by-side-by-side to pick a favorite. Hey Sam, how about Black Raspberry next?
04-14-2010 11:48:57 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.93/5 rDev +2.3%
Sampled on 4-11-10
Pours a very cloudy deep red, almost purple color. Thin, pink lacing settles to an irregular layer leaving wispy rings of lacing.
Smell is strong and sweet raspberry, with a sugary, almost icing-like edge. Not as beery as I expected, and that's a good thing.
Taste is sweet and sticky, huge raspberry flavors. Intense but not cloying, you can really enjoy the fruity kick.
Mouthfeel is perfect, super thick and creamy.
Drinkability is very good, but the sweetness would probably keep you to one beer.
Overall, a very good fruit beer that is well worth trying.
04-11-2010 19:34:23 | More by BMoney575
3.83/5 rDev -0.3%
Poured from a 550ml bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance: The head of the beer has a pinkish hue. Hazy reddish body. Lacing is kinda light.
Smell: Tart raspberries.
Taste: Sweet raspberry flavor from start to finish. Tartness is strongest in the aftertaste. Despite the dominant fruit flavor it still has those smooth malty English ale characteristics. Another top shelf beer from Sam Smith.
03-13-2010 02:33:53 | More by BierFan
3.98/5 rDev +3.6%
Purple wine cooler colored beer with a thick slowly fading head.Aroma is an abundance of raspberries.Taste is freshly baked raspberry tarts.I'm sure by definition this is considered a beer but in actuality it's a cooler.Refreshing and smooth and probably most enjoyable on hot days.I would recommend and purchase again.
03-12-2010 18:55:40 | More by matty
4.2/5 rDev +9.4%
Samuel Smith does it again. Their raspberry isn't quite as good as their cherry, but it is still very good. It's a very dark red color, almost no head. Strong smell of raspberry. Tastes like raspberries, but not overly sweet. It's almost a little tart. Very easy drinkability. Great fruit beer for anyone who likes fruit beers.
03-06-2010 03:58:49 | More by Cubsfan1087
3.55/5 rDev -7.6%
Huge PINK head; leaves good lace. Without light, the liquor has ruby color. With light, it appears a clear, soda-pop red.
Sweet fruity aroma, like a raspberry candy, not like the raw fruit. Light sourness in the background.
Like a sweet framboise. There's a touch of sourness, but it is the story of the berry here. Again, the flavor is closer to a raspberry candy. Would make a good dessert beer with cheese.
02-28-2010 21:08:42 | More by smcolw
3.85/5 rDev +0.3%
Poured into a pint glass.
A - Hazy Raspberry with lots of head and tons of tight bubbles in the head.
S - Vibrant Raspberry with some hops coming through but pretty much the beer tells you in no uncertain terms there is a lot of raspberry juice.
T - A big amount of tart raspberry flavor hits you hard, some bitterness. Very crispy and clean finish and large amounts of carbonation.
M - Pretty much like soda, no really weight to the body at all.
D - Definitely a good change of pace from most of the beers I drink, would be great on a hot summer day.
02-28-2010 01:54:14 | More by semibaked
4.33/5 rDev +12.8%
A - Poured a red color with a pink head that leaves lacing behind
S - Smells like a raspberry soda pretty much
T - I really don't taste anything other than the raspberries but it tastes good so thats ok
M - This beer has a light body with higher carbonation to it
D - When I was buying this beer I had huge doubts because its organic and a fruit beer but I have been blown away by this one I think I tastes very good for a fruit beer worth getting some time to try
02-24-2010 23:10:40 | More by armock
3.8/5 rDev -1%
This beer pours a cloudy strawberry red. There is a lingering head that at first it is very white but then turns a unique pinkish white.
This smells like raspberry, a touch of raspberry with a lot more raspberry.
The taste is very much like the smell. Hard to really dissect since it is so raspberry-y. It reminds me of sparking non alcoholic raspberry juice.
There is a carbonation bite with a slightly dry finish.
This is pretty refreshing. I would drink this like I drink my orange juice...with my cereal and when I'm in the mood for a flavor burst.
02-20-2010 03:59:55 | More by TCgoalie
3.88/5 rDev +1%
Drank from a 1 pt. 2.7 fl. oz./550 ml bottle
Served in a nonic
Thanks to my friend Sam for this giving this to me as a holiday gift.
Gorgeous appearance. Deep ruby red in color and crystal clear. A foamy, bubbly, light mauve, two-finger head caped the liquid. The head slowly faded to a flimsy ring. Spotty drops of lacing trickled down the glass.
The aroma was quite pleasant. Fresh raspberry puree was instantly recognizable. Rather sweet but not cloying. Over time, the nose became very powdery and dry, yet this soon gave way to the raspberry again. This alternating "sweet and fruity/dry and powdery" combination continued throughout the entire drink.
Raspberry came through strong again in the flavor but it was matched by a steely bitterness on the back end. Slightly wheaty and tart from start to finish. Powdery and a touch dry in the center. Along with the metallic notes on the finish, some noble hop bitterness came through as well. A subtle, syrupy sweetness played out into the aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was a touch light, yet appropriate for a fruity, thirst-quenching beer. The carbonation was moderate and somewhat prickly.
This beer definitely is not Raspberry Tart but it was quite enjoyable nevertheless. It paired perfectly with the raspberry-infused, cocoa-dusted, goat cheese logs that my girlfriend and I shared on this Valentine's Day weekend.
02-13-2010 23:03:49 | More by Damian
3.7/5 rDev -3.6%
I poured this from the 550ml bottle into an imperial pint glass.
The appearance is a ruby-red/pink color, accompanied by a slight, but decently creamy head, and noticeable carbonation. The nose is all raspberries, with only an earthy hop scent to back it up. Upon drinking the beer, I find my suspicions are correct; this beer is quite sweet, but it finish well, avoiding unpleasant sweetness. There is some malt to back up the raspberry flavor, but not much. Overall, it's quite refreshing, and not a bad fruit-centric beer.
02-10-2010 23:53:44 | More by ThePortlander
3.9/5 rDev +1.6%
Pours a pink/light purplish body with a one finger tan head that dies quickly. A sweet and tart raspberry smell with little else as the razz dominates the aroma. A tad too citrusy/bubbly carbonation for my liking, but still a real smooth, easy to drink medium-bodied beer that goes down real good. A slightly fluffy raspberry taste that fills the tongue and is mellow on the backend with only a little bit of sour backbite. I enjoyed this beer but after one I definitely was not ready to enjoy a second one; consider this a dessert or pair it with a sweet concoction.
01-15-2010 14:17:25 | More by clayrock81
4.58/5 rDev +19.3%
i already reviewed the cherry, but this one is even better. very drinkable, nice body/mouthfeel (not too much carbonation...not thick and syrupy) which allows the raspberry flavor to assert itself in this beer foundation. the nose is fruity but in a refreshing way (unlike a cooler as some might expect). excellent alternative (for me) to the more expensive, tart lambics
01-13-2010 23:20:32 | More by mempath
3.9/5 rDev +1.6%
Poured into my pint glass the beer is a hazy dark pink hue. Three fingers of light pink head fill the top of the glass and fall slowly to leave a decent amount of lace.
The aroma is pure raspberry preserves. So sweet and fruity. A slight hint of funk is present but nothing too assertive.
The flavor is a tart raspberries and a sour barnyard funk that smacks you right in the face. It kind of has a cough syrup thing going on. Very dry finish.
Light crisp body with loads of carbonation. Super dry.
Overall a decent fruit beer. A bit tart but drinkable. Another solid beer from Sam Smith's
01-02-2010 19:53:05 | More by beerwolf77
Samuel Smith's Organic Raspberry Fruit Beer from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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