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Samuel Smith's Organic Apricot Ale - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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87
very good

283 Ratings
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Ratings: 283
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 15.03%
Wants: 18
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: minterro on 03-19-2012)
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

rob111270, Thursday at 08:44 PM
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2.92/5  rDev -24.4%

TimErickson, Oct 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

chillwave22, Oct 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

ArsMoriendiOU818, Oct 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

t2grogan, Oct 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

JamLand, Oct 03, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

Coronaeus, Oct 03, 2014
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4.44/5  rDev +15%

sarahvoss, Oct 01, 2014
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

clausr, Sep 29, 2014
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5/5  rDev +29.5%

JKG, Sep 28, 2014
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1/5  rDev -74.1%

AndyCowles75, Sep 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Great ice cold, apricot bite is right on top of the ale bite and this ale is totally jacked

Spyderpunk828, Sep 25, 2014
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4.8/5  rDev +24.4%

HannahSea, Sep 24, 2014
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

Raziel313, Sep 23, 2014
Photo of BGDrock
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Appearance: gold, slightly hazy; white head is fine and full with average retention

Aroma: big, bright apricot jam leaping from the glass, with some honey and floral notes

Taste & Mouthfeel: juicy and full of apricot flavour that's surprisingly authentic - definitely sweet, but not sugary as it could have been (good thing); soft and silky body may be an attempt to imitate the fruit's skin, and if so, it's a nice touch' a medium dry finish prevents it from being cloying and lends some crispness; apply juice comes to mind too; no sign of hops which is no hindrance

Overall: funny thing is, originally thought it was a peach ale (didn't read the label closely), but taste and aroma kept me thinking of apricot - goes to show how spot on the profile is; a delight for summer, and for cider lovers

BGDrock, Sep 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

TheSamKuehn, Sep 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

polloenfuego, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of biegaman
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%

Anything with the term "organic" in the name is sure to conjure pure, clean, natural, back-to-the-earth imagery and, indeed, Samuel Smith's Organic Apricot Ale is bright, colourful and (more or less) clear. Any homebrewer could tell you this level of filtered, neutral complexion doesn't typically indicate use of fruit but one can practically smell apricots just from looking at this thing...

Leave it to the British to turn fruit into jam - this bouquet smells more like refined white sugar and apricot preserves, marmalade, or coulis than it does the actual stone fruit. Nevermind the orchard - think the sweets shop. Of course my limbic system goes nuts for this but the more evolved, analytical parts of my brain are urging me to read up more on diabetes.

Most people don't realize that brewing with fruit actually results in very little fruit flavour - at least not the kind of sweet, juicy fruit flavour we desire. Think about it: most fruits are made up majorly of sugar (which ferments out) and the rest is basically just water. Hence why this recipe doesn't include a single actual apricot but rather implements apricot juice and "extract".

As someone who cooks their meals from fresh and avoids processed foods of any kind, I find products made with added flavors - whether artificial or "natural", which is just another type of artificial - to be excessive, shallow, and unnatural. A real life apricot has three components: tart skin, sweet flesh, bitter pit. This beer has just the one: intense, profuse, sugary sweetness.

Like Sam Smith's Chocolate Stout this is an undeniably delicious treat that is sure to please most people immensely while undoubtedly provoking the disapproval of the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Fantastic stuff - as dessert. Those unable to control themselves at bake sales should take out a line of credit and clear space in the boot of the car; everyone else buy one and go from there.

biegaman, Sep 13, 2014
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4.15/5  rDev +7.5%

Pours a translucent gold with minimal lacing. Very fragrent bouquet of apricots. Tastes follows through on the nice and is reminiscent of dried apricots. Smooth mouth feel bordering on creamy with medium carbonation. The finish presents a lingering sweetness.

A nice fruit ale. Very true to it's label all be it a bit sweet. Would definitely have this again!

byronic, Sep 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

deebo, Sep 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Rickus, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of Mit
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Appears a very light colour...with minimal head.

Has a nice fruity bouquet...very enticing.

Very sweet...apricots are super prominent....very refreshing.

Mouth feel is in keeping with the abv.

Overall this is a fantastic beer....it's a little sweet to consume more than two or three...will buy again for sure.

Mit, Sep 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Elicoleman, Aug 29, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

ordybill, Aug 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Irrationalist, Aug 24, 2014
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Samuel Smith's Organic Apricot Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
87 out of 100 based on 283 ratings.