Samuel Smith's Organic Apricot Ale - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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Reviews by ThisWangsChung:
3.99/5 rDev +3.1%
500ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.
A: Pours a hazy amber color. The head is a three finger white shade. As it recedes, it leaves behind plentiful lacing on the glass.
S: Apricots. Okay, there isn't much else to the aroma - but this singular quality is pulled off extremely well. I also notice a bit of cream and cherry esters, as well.
T: Much like the nose, the flavor profile is pretty much an apricot bomb with only an augmenting cream note to break up the monotony. The general flavor profile is 90% sweet and 10% tart, but I'm really glad that it doesn't come off in an artificial manner, too. Simple? Yep. Sweet and not very beer-y? Of course. Enjoyable? Oh fuck yes.
M: The texture is medium bodied and crisp. Some finishing dryness does a good job of scrubbing off any overdone syrupy-sweet linger - still, this one is pretty damn sweet on the back end. I don't really notice the carbonation because of the aforementioned sweetness.
O: Admittedly, the sweetness means that that the first half of the bottle is more pleasurable/drinkable than the second half. Nonetheless, as a fruit beer, this one is hard to beat. I would absolutely buy this again.
04-19-2013 20:07:12 | More by ThisWangsChung
More User Reviews:
4.43/5 rDev +14.5%
Very enjoyable fruit ale, like other fruit beers from Melbourn Bros and Samuel Smith's it's excellent well managed fruit infused ale. They must use a concentrated apricot puree'. It pours like a viscous clouded golden orange apricot slurry, with a bright white head forming thick. Aroma earthiness, tart fruit, consider this as liquid candied apricots...excellent overall experience so far. Flavor enough natural tartness exists to balance things out between apricot flavors, hints of pear, and tart citrus with a bit of lactic acid yogurt notes. Poured into a 20 ounce imperial pint glass with a Samuel Smith logo. Apricot preserves like sweet/tart notes, dry finish, sturdy fine carbonation carries the medium body so well, of course there's fermentable sugars left behind but it never feels cloying. Overall, excellent fruit ale, never been so pleased with a fruit beer, definitely dessert level sweetness but it tastes so good.
04-11-2012 05:02:44 | More by WVbeergeek
4.35/5 rDev +12.4%
This one really is the color of apricot, or very close to it, and murky. It grows a fluffy, slightly tinted head to a full finger's height with very good retention and plentiful fluffy patches of lacing that cling to the glass.
This beer is all about the apricot, but in such a way that it's very much still a beer. It's just so fresh and full of apricot one might forget from time to time. There's flesh and juice with a little bit of fruity sourness to it in light levels. The fruit really is infused in a way few fruit beers manage. It pulls together tart, sweet and sour along with malty grains in a way that don't interfere. It's by no means overly sweet, either. The aroma doesn't have the full malty effect to as high a degree of efficiency as the flavor, but it's close.
This beer, light to medium-bodied, is extremely crisp without going overboard on the bite and very bright as well. It's essentially semi-dry, with more dryness leading into the finish than at any other point.
02-02-2014 21:23:19 | More by Brenden
3.78/5 rDev -2.3%
This beer pours a very cloudy, murky, dark golden, burnished yellow colour, with two fingers of dense, puffy, off-white head, which renders some heavy-laden spectral lace around the glass as it readily sinks away.
It smells of sweet, fruity mashed apricot, pastry-esque, bready pale malt, a bit of that peaches & cream manna essence, and very subtle earthy, leafy hops. The taste is quite sugary sweet right off the bat, with the fruity apricot and the vanilla cake-like maltiness conspiring to send you off to your dentist, a further generic orchard fruitiness adding just a twinge of the acidic to the mix, and some muffled leafy, almost woody hops struggling to be heard.
The carbonation is present, purposeful, but still dutifully in the background, the body a sturdy, sugary medium weight, with an equally attendant smoothness. It finishes with a welcome diminishing of the fruity sweetness, to a level more engendering of the desire of another gulp. Wait, ohhh....
A decent fruit ale, of the apricot drupe stripe, which kind of grows on you, as one becomes acclimated, I suppose, to the saccharine nature of it all. Anyway, tasty, if you're into this sort of thing, but one (actually a wee bit less) would be more than enough for me, in no bad way.
09-22-2012 03:18:38 | More by biboergosum
3.8/5 rDev -1.8%
A - hazy orangish yellow with a huge, dense, pure white head that has great retention
S - apricots and faint wheat
T - very sweet, almost juice like apricots
M - medium bodied, well carbonated
If you enjoy apricots or fruit beers in general, then this is a nice offering. It's very, intensely, sweet and fruity. It's practically apricot juice with a crisp carbonation. It's a little sweet for my liking so I'll pass in the future.
07-13-2012 00:09:05 | More by tdm168
3/5 rDev -22.5%
Surprisingly good looks. As opposed to the clear fruit beers with a faint red hue, this pours a cloudy, milky, hazy golden yellow with light orange notes thrown in. So thick and hazy you can't see anything. The head is amazingly thick and fluffy, with good staying power. Looks nothing like any other fruit beer I've had.
It's all fruit in the nose, but doesn't have the fake Kool Aid smell. It's bordering on too much, but thankfully falls just short.
While I actually like the taste, it's really more of a wine cooler taste. Instead of a beer with some apricot mixed in, it tastes like apricot juice with some beer mixed in. Just the slightest bit of hop presence in the swallow.
Very smooth, fruity and sweet. Noticeable citrus bite, tart. Almost nothing from the hops and alcohol.
I had high hopes for this after seeing the appearance, but it's got some major flaws as far as being a beer is concerned. Still not a bad drink, just not a great beer.
08-02-2012 03:20:01 | More by RickS95
3.79/5 rDev -2.1%
Poured from the Sam Smith signature bottle into a pint glass.
Pours murky hazy cloudy yellowish brown with no foam. Malty fruit nose. Apricot comes through. The taste is a tart fruity apricot. The fruit is punchy - malt tries to hold it back, but it keeps popping through. Strong citrus. Nicely blended. Works for what it is.
03-03-2013 13:53:33 | More by KTCamm
2/5 rDev -48.3%
Hazy peach color with a billowing puffy white head. Good lacing. Tons of peaches on the nose.
Medium body with big peach flavor throughout. Slight syrup like finish with what feels and tastes like a touch a wheat. Definitely tastes fresh. Slight fizziness. Tastes like peach juice with a splash of beer. Like a peach shandy. I like it a bit cause I love peaches but really this barely tastes like beer so I can barely consider it one. Tastes more like peach syrup.
06-18-2012 03:43:19 | More by jtierney89
Samuel Smith's Organic Apricot Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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