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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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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:
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(Beer added by: minterro on 03-19-2012)
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Photo of hilgart1
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

hilgart1, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: An opaque apricot juice colour, the head poured out a fat finger of white foamy bubbles settling down to thin slip, with even a little lacing. The apricot colour is a good indication of what to expect.

S: Smells exactly like a fresh cut apricot, sweet and fruity with a little tartness. Subtle notes of yeast, but the primary smell is apricots. Some very faint muskiness

T:Sweet, sweet apricots, with some breads, and a chaser of yeast. The flavour is of true apricots, not artificial flavours with just a little hint of melon muskiness.

M: Thicker than I expected and definitely creamy. Some active carbonation that develops the creaminess. Very pleasant and not at all the thin and crisp drink I was expecting.

O: Great example of how fruit can be represented in a beer unapologetically. It may even make a great base for a beer cocktail, and would be a terrific sipper on hot day.

FondueVoodoo, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness
2.25/5  rDev -41.9%

His_Royal_Hoppiness, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of thecheapies
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

thecheapies, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of Danno48
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Danno48, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Knapp85, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into a snifter

A: Orange with a finger of white head. Retention is nice.

S: Very sweet, I get lots of peaches in this aroma. The taste is quite acidic, the apricot in the forefront of the flavor. very fruity, the aroma is very enjoyable.

T: I get a nice sweet peach note in this beer, I really enjoy what this beer does. Very sweet, but very fruity and peachy this beer does very well. I enjoy it.

M: A bit on the light side, but not bad.

O: Lots of stuff going on, this beer is strong with the apricot presence. It's really delicious - I really enjoy it.

coreyfmcdonald, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of Treb0R
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Treb0R, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of kylehay2004
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

kylehay2004, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of fox227
3.25/5  rDev -16%

fox227, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of MudDrinker
4/5  rDev +3.4%

MudDrinker, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of Cylinsier
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bigger bottle, 16 oz maybe?

Pours a hazy yellow orange with minimal lacing for a head.

Tart and sweet fruit smells, like lemon and orange.

A sweet and tart apricot flavor are everpresent, fresh and clean. Fruity sweet, but nothing artificial about it, and it's not overbearing.

Lighter body with a poppy carbonation.

If you don't like sweeter fruit beers, this will not be for you. But if you do like fruity beers like lambics, then this is about as good as it gets for my money. The apricot balances the sweetness with a natural tartness that really makes this a treat. There are few if any fruit beers I can think of to put ahead of this one.

Cylinsier, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of DasBoot2112
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

DasBoot2112, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of ridgeline23
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

ridgeline23, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of CommonRider
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

CommonRider, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of mychalg9
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

mychalg9, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of Hacksaw34
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Hacksaw34, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of cmonfradi
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

cmonfradi, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of imperialking
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

imperialking, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of TheMultiYeast
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy yellow orange with a small white head and little lacing.

Smell is sweet, slightly bready, plenty of apricot

Lots of apricot in taste, light sweetness, clean pleasantly tart finish

Feel is crisp, refreshing, tart, well carbonated...Good stuff!

TheMultiYeast, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of Lee45102
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Lee45102, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

GarthDanielson, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of jwc215
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clouded deep yellow with a thin white head that hangs on. Some lacing sticks.

The smell of apricot is robust. There is a nice musty-ish, yeasty, "ale" character underneath to let you know it's a beer and not a fruity malt drink.

The taste is of apricot is strong upfront, with some tart balancing the sweetness. The malt, yeast and mild hop touch underneath combine nicely with it. A refreshing dryness pulls through in the finish. The apricot is strong, but not overpowering enough to make it only about the apricot.

It is smooth with a medium body and mild to medium carbonation.

A nicely done fruit beer! If you like apricots and ales, I certainly recommend this. The one 550 ml bottle was enough for me, in a good way.

jwc215, Sep 24, 2012
Photo of Yodo
1.25/5  rDev -67.7%

Yodo, Sep 24, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

biboergosum, Sep 22, 2012
Samuel Smith's Organic Apricot Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
87 out of 100 based on 276 ratings.