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

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Samuel Smith's Organic Apricot AleSamuel Smith's Organic Apricot Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

256 Ratings
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Ratings: 256
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 14.18%
Wants: 16
Gots: 21 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: minterro on 03-19-2012)
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Reviews by bnes09:
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bnes09

Illinois

3.86/5  rDev -0.5%

Nice golden color with good clarity. Plenty of visible bubbles. Thick, white head with exceptional lacing.

Fresh, juicy apricot aroma with floral, grassy hints.

Juicy, nectar - like apricot flavor. Just a tad sweeter than I would prefer but not unpleasant. Hint of grassy hops, not quite enough to balance. Overwhelming apricot flavor but it's a good flavor.

Medium bodied. Well carbonated. Finish is slick and nectary.

Basically what I expected but good nonetheless. This would be a good model for other fruit beers to follow.

03-06-2014 04:43:34 | More by bnes09
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RoninBirdman

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +3.1%

10-24-2013 02:38:09 | More by RoninBirdman
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JakerLou

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

07-05-2013 01:04:06 | More by JakerLou
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +14.2%

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
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JMS1512

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -22.7%

04-27-2013 22:46:27 | More by JMS1512
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Brenden

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +12.1%

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
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InVinoVeritas

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

10-26-2013 17:14:00 | More by InVinoVeritas
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -2.6%

550ml bottle.

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
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -2.1%

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
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Damian74Shensky

South Carolina

1.5/5  rDev -61.3%

05-03-2013 23:33:33 | More by Damian74Shensky
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RickS95

Indiana

3/5  rDev -22.7%

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
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jwg782

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.1%

03-23-2014 13:34:55 | More by jwg782
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Hardcore

Hawaii

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

03-24-2014 08:27:16 | More by Hardcore
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Norton21

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.1%

07-08-2012 04:10:48 | More by Norton21
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Lanstrum

Ohio

5/5  rDev +28.9%

01-27-2013 18:03:39 | More by Lanstrum
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atlbravsrno1

Tennessee

3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

07-10-2014 15:53:44 | More by atlbravsrno1
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muswellbeerbelly

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

12-01-2013 00:28:03 | More by muswellbeerbelly
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timjim1327

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -22.7%

07-24-2013 03:33:19 | More by timjim1327
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shoretaxi

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.1%

04-19-2014 12:55:17 | More by shoretaxi
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jason_nwx

Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

11-11-2013 19:12:39 | More by jason_nwx
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.79/5  rDev -2.3%

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
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GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

09-21-2013 03:48:56 | More by GRG1313
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jtierney89

New Jersey

2/5  rDev -48.5%

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
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ChrisCage

Alberta (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +7%

A- Poured into my English Ale Pint glass. It pours a beautifully hazy golden color that looks a lot like apricot nectar. The head is excellent as well, starting off about two fingers in thickness and retains like a proper English Ale should...down to about a half finger thick...the color of the thick foam is off white with hints of copper lingering within. Lacing looks to be good as well with plenty of sticky stringy bubbles clinging to the side of the glass.

S- This has one very dominant aroma...fresh pressed apricot fruit! The sweet nectar permeates the nostrils with delight, and in the background are whiffs of malt, earthy apricot kernel and a mildly drying hop cone smell right at the end.

T- The flavors of the beer follow the aromas closely with a noticeable exception. While again, the dominating character on the palate is apricot, I find it to have a tang to it that doesn't quite match what eating a fresh piece of the fruit would be like, and this in turn provides a slightly sour flavor. Other than this, the malt gently finds its' way to the palate and the finish isn't bitter at all, but rather like in the aroma, I find the hop profile to be more drying. Not bad overall flavor-wise!

M- This beer is very creamy and easy going on the palate, with very fine carbonation striking my tongue. The result of this is a definite medium bodied beer that had a very refreshing, fruity character.

O- The drinkablility of this beer is quite good, but it's not something that I could drink rather quickly or in large quantities. I think if the weather was really warm, this makes a great patio beer. The alcohol is very well hidden and it's a very smooth drinking beverage. My only knock is that the flavor feels slightly forceful and I'd like it even better if it was a little more subdued....still, a very good apricot fruit beer by comparison! Of course I always like the idea that all ingredients used are organic....something that should be commonplace!

04-29-2013 23:47:04 | More by ChrisCage
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blue-dream

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.1%

08-19-2014 10:38:55 | More by blue-dream
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Samuel Smith's Organic Apricot Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
87 out of 100 based on 256 ratings.