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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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Reviews: 83
Hads: 342
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 6.44%
Wants: 25
Gots: 54 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.10% ABV

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Beer added by: minterro on 03-19-2012

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Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is relatively clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of apricots are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of apricots and has slight hints of associated sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really enjoyed this beer because the smell and taste was like natural (and not artificial) apricots. The beer is very drinkable and isn't that sweet.

Serving type: bottle (702 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very hazy in color with just a thin layer of head that settles to a mild lace ring. Huh it looks old.
S - Also a clue that it's old very faint if any actual apricot flesh, some wheat base, and sweet malts.
T - Makes up for the smell 100%. Very sweet apricot taste balanced with some sweet malts and mild hops. It doesn't seem to have much wheat but it's there too. Love it.
M - Very crisp easy going fruit beer with light to medium body.

Overall I would pick it up again to drink it side by side with the cherry. Great fruit beer. (536 characters)

Photo of StuyBeerGuy
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a refreshing summertime beer that would pare well with dishes ranging from fresh fruit salads to crisp creme brulees and even an apricot pie in the evening. The beer pours with a soft quickly dissipating head and releases a soft but pleasant peach aroma. The flavor is forward and short with sweet peach flavors retaining some of the fleshiness of a peach skin and finishes with a tart flavor that is long in the mouth. I believe I will be enjoying this beer with a better planned dessert. (497 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks like apricot juice with cloudiness. Lip of thin white foam.

Bright and fresh apricot flesh, wheat-like tanginess, cereal malts, and light syrup. Smells ripe and fruity good.

Fruity tart with bursting apricot flavor. Wheat malts aren't completely silent and there's a small hop presence that works. Not syrupy in the flavor. Just fruity and bright with pleasing tartness from the blend with real fruit juice. I wish this is what a shandy was.

Feels thick, like carbonated fruit juice. Not the refreshing feel some might look for, but I like the heft.

Amped-up fruitiness pushes the envelope on an apricot ale. Would love to try it side-by-side with the original Melbourn example. (688 characters)

Photo of bnes09
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (534 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, copper/gold color. 3/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of apricot, sweet malt, slight pale malt, and a hint of caramel malt. Fits the style of a Fruit / Vegetable beer. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of strong apricot, sweet malt, slight pale malt, and a hint of hop. Overall, another Sam. Smith fruit beer that tastes exactly like the main fruit. Not exactly a well-rounded beer, but the fruit flavors and aromas are immaculate. (519 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is an unfiltered, pale, cream-yellow coloring with a thin, white filmy coating on the surface. Aromas more reminiscent of a lambic, with tangy sweet and tart apricot characters, as well as a touch of citrus. Flavors are smooth and sweet, with an underlying sugary sweet feel. Apricot is the backbone, with a subtle tapering to the sweetness that blends with the carbonated, light mouthfeel. Much more subtle and drinkable than I was expecting from the nose. The aftertaste is a slight linger of the fruit sweetness that is kept light by the effervescence of the brew. Slightly lingering tang on the finish, but clean overall. This is a legit apricot brew. (706 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (434 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,272 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%

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. (1,934 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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. (327 characters)

Photo of Reed_iTap
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. ApricotGolden color with a thick white head.

S: Heavy apricot aroma.

T: Tastes like I am taking a bite out of an apricot. Samuel Smiths really did the apricot justice.

M: Medium bodied finish

O: One of my favorite fruit beers. Everything I want to come through in a fruit style beer did. (333 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint 2.7 fl oz bottle, no bottled on date present. Uncapped and poured into my Firestone Walker pint glass which is now my only surviving glassware.

A - Pours a rich orange-ish mango color, with no real head at all, just a slight fizz. Reminds me of a slightly more orange looking Mango Kombucha that I've drank before. Basically looks like a nice glass of juice more than it does an actual beer. Managed to get about a finger's worth of light creamy doughy looking head on the second pour.

S - Definite fresh apricot scent for sure. Mild tartness has my taste buds tingling in anticipation. Can't wait to try it. Some type of a creaminess begins to emerge as it warms.

T - Juicy sticky fresh apricot flavor. Wonderful carbonated tartness hits just the right level. This is what I would call a very legitimate fruit beer, compared to some of the swill that calls itself such. Apricots and cream flavor begins to emerge near the end.

M - Smooth, light, clean, and tart. Little bit of some sticky fruit sugars left over, but in all it is a great feel.

Overall a very well-balanced well-crafted apricot beer, with a nice modest 5.10% abv, although I couldn't see myself drinking very much of it. Almost too sweet and juicy to be called beer, but a very unique and enjoyable gourmet beer experience. A nice buy, good price at about 6 dollars a bottle for an imported organic beer. Definitely a beer to try at least once.

Samuel Smith's Organic Apricot Ale ---4/5. (1,467 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

650ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $5 or so

Appearance - Gold colour with an average size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Apricots, breads/grains

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste breads/grains, apricots, and some light hops. There is also a bit of corn and a honey sweetness.

Overall - Pretty decent for a fruit themed beer. Not cloying and fairly refreshing. Not my favourite style of beer, but this seems well done. (603 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden yellow color with a small, fizzy, white head. It left very little lacing.

S - Aroma is fresh, ripe apricots. Nice. Not very beer-like.

T - It tasted of ripe apricot with some floral notes. Sweet with a minimal bitterness.

M - It was fairly crisp and sharp. A light bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is better than I expected. Lots of apricot flavor. Great summer brew. (408 characters)

Photo of TruePerception
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

And, for the beer, I finally picked up:

Samuel Smith's Organic Apricot Ale.

A: 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Clear orange/sienna. Decent lacing.

S: Nice apricot aroma, but more skin and fuzz than flesh, as usual.

T/MF: More of the same as the nose. Seems a touch sweet at first, but after that it's fine.

Not as good as the other fruit ales they make, but still decent.

Poured from an 18.7 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass. (437 characters)

Photo of TerryW
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks like a pilsner when poured, clear gold with a good sized head which is actually finer than what you'd get from a pils. Lots and lots of curtainy lace as you go. Handsome.

Somewhat perfumy apricot aroma laid over yeasty beer. Sweet to taste, apricot quite pronounced. Proper beer lurking in the background. Sweetness brings the mouthfeel to the edge of being syrupy, but it doesn't quite cross that line.

Decent enough as a summertime patio quaff. Not something you'd want to drink serially, but works as a one off. (522 characters)

Photo of nick76
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is cloudy peach with a medium head. The aroma is fruity but also a bit meaty and there is a yeasty beer underneath. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is smooth. Overall a nice beer to try but it has an off aftertaste that throws it for me. (260 characters)

Photo of davewlfpckfan29
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer is worth trying.

Samuel Smith does a really nice job incorporating the Apricot taste, not to mention an 'organic' ale.

The smell is a really strong, pleasant apricot fruity smell.

A nice looking pour, un filtered and very carbonation that lingers for a long time, even as the beer sits.
It tastes like a fruit juice! Maybe an orange juice or hmm.. Apricot juice?
Sweetness right off the bat, but not a lingering sweetness.

A velvety mouthfeel, very thick and heavy. In a good way (499 characters)

Photo of Mit
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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. (313 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

1 pint 2.7 fl oz (550ml) brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the style; I like apricot beers (and have brewed one or two).

A: Pours a four finger beige head of okay cream, nice thickness, and good retention. Colour is a hazy dull nontransparent yellow-orange. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Not vibrant or particularly inviting. Looks like a weissbier.

Sm: Apricot and peach come through on the aroma quite heavily. Fresh citrus esters. Clean malts are buried beneath. Apricot is dominant. A mild strength aroma.

T: Apricot throughout the body with sweeter peach on the finish. Clean malts form the backbone, with nice cream throughout. Crisp and enjoyable. A bit of green apple comes through near the climax. It's an interesting brew, with a delightful balance - though it is too sweet on the finish. I like it. Well built for its aims; it's meant to be a refreshing easy drinking apricot fruit brew - and that's exactly what it is. Simple but nice. Some limited subtlety.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Refreshing and enjoyable. Of nice thickness. Near perfect carbonation. Fluffy and cloudlike (as pretentious as that sounds...)

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. An all around delightful little apricot brew. So many fruit beers come off as artificial or syrupy but this one feels genuine and really delivers on it the promise of the label. A solid brew that apricot fans will enjoy, but not a fantastic beer. It's held back by its simplicity.

High B- (1,621 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a very hazy orange color with a fluffy white head on top. The head retention is pretty good but it doesn't have much lacing. The smell of the beer has a subtle sourness on the nose along with the fresh fruit aromas. The taste of the beer is sweet and fruity upfront with a bit of tartness in the finish. The mouthfeel of the beer is on the thicker side. Moderate carbonation with a decent drinkablity. Overall it's pretty sweet... I can't say I enjoyed drinking the entire 16oz.'s. It's a good beer in small doses. (533 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

single finger frithy head on a cloudy orange body. good lacing. the aroma overwhlems with sweetness of apricot of course and some candy sugar. flavor is also very sweet with tons of apricot on what seems like a witbier base with candy sugar. mouthfeel of light to medium body and moderate carbonation. basically this one is too sweet. the apricot is there and tastes good, I just cant handle the sweetness. (406 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.17/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy orange colored beer with a slight white colored head.

Smell is apricots. There is some acid present and some vanilla aromas. Smells a great deal like peach ice cream.

Starts out sweet with a little bit of acid to balance it out. Taste is pretty much Apricot soda. Very sweet beer. No real beer aspects to this one.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this is a try it once type of beer. Very sweet, probably would go well with Vanilla ice cream. (448 characters)

Photo of babbules
3.07/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First off, I have to offer a disclaimer. I didn't know anything about this beer when I opened it, and was expecting something mild and refreshing, similar to most American ap wheats. What I got was an apricot BOMB! The beer had a great fruity smell, and cloudy golden orange appearance. Nice head and lacing. The first sip was shocking! It's so over-the-top with apricot, that it was almost like drinking a hard cider. Tart (thought not pucker-inspiring) and very sweet. By the time I finished it, I liked it more than when I started. I'll have to resample this one again when I'm feeling more adventurous. (606 characters)

Samuel Smith's Organic Apricot Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
87 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.