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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

276 Ratings
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Ratings: 276
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 14.99%
Wants: 18
Gots: 22 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -16%

atlbravsrno1, Jul 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

andrenaline, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - The cloudy body of a wheat beer, a foamy lace ring.

S - TONS of sweet dried apricots. Everything apricot here i.e. dried, fresh, jam etc. A very faint hint of malted grains upon deep inhalation.

T - Of course, big apricot flavor with fresh, dried, candied etc. Much like apricot jam, tangy, sweet, faintly tart. A slight bitterness in the way of apricot skin, and dried beer grains. A fresh, inviting flavor with clean elements.

M - Cleansing, crisp, tart, subtle dryness in the end.

O - A wonderful brew, definitely the apricot lovers holy grail. This beer puts other "apricot ales" to shame. This doesnt just taste like someone sprayed apricot perfume into a crappy lager, its a mouthful of the actual fruit. Well done/

BeerForMuscle, Jul 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

ncstateplaya, Sep 11, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -41.9%

KevMo84, Jun 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

JohnK17, Aug 14, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

shelby415, Aug 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

hilgart1, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of jsh420
4/5  rDev +3.4%

jsh420, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of KTCamm
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

KTCamm, Mar 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

philbe311, Sep 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

dfhhead25, May 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Tucquan, Jun 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

JohneHoodlum, Jul 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

peensteen, Jul 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Burt, Dec 24, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

mklisz, May 19, 2014
Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

ThisWangsChung, Apr 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

ajzy, Jun 01, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -61.2%

Damian74Shensky, May 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

mychalg9, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of Resuin
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 18.7 ounce bottle into a tulip. The bottle is dated SF11L1, which, I believe, means this was bottled on June 11, 2012 - about a year and a half ago.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy orange-cream color and leaves a finger of white, sticky head which lingers for a little while.

Smell: Sweet apricot dominate the aroma profile, some malt, a hint of wheat.

Taste: Big sweet apricot. This tastes like apricot juice - and pretty good apricot juice. A little bit of grassy wheat in the flavor, but it takes a back seat. Alcohol is hidden. Reminds me a little bit of a mimosa, with the sweet fruit and carbonation - very different for a beer. Refreshing. Finishes just a touch sour.

Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation with a creamy, medium body. Similar to a lightly carbonated juice. Finishes smooth.

Overall: While relatively simple (apricot) in its flavors, it is well done for what it is. There are no obvious flaws, and this one is very refreshing. Apricots come out in a nice way, and this is not overwhelming. This one's closer to apricot juice than what people think of when they hear the word "beer".

Resuin, Dec 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Kerrie, Mar 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Chucker17, Sep 06, 2013
Photo of wvsabbath
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 18.2 ounce bottle

Appearance - Light golden yellow with a creamy foamy 2 inch white head, and lots of lacing.

Smell - Fruits, malts, grassy, earthy dankness. Not much else.

Taste - Well, from the first sip, sweet apricots with a nice smooth malt backbone. Very natural flavor, much more like fresh juice compaired to sugary concentrate. Pear, peach and orange are mixed in, along with some added sugars.

Mouthfeel - Light, sweet and smooth. TOunge gets fruits, some malts and earthy notes. Palette gets more fruits, malts and a little more sugars. Aftertaste is sweet, herbal and smooth.

Overall - This is how fruit beers should be. You really get the fresh, natural and fruity aspect in each sip. Very well done, a little pricey for sammy smith beers but worth the price since its high quality ingredients.

wvsabbath, Apr 12, 2012
Samuel Smith's Organic Apricot Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
87 out of 100 based on 276 ratings.