Samuel Smith's Organic Apricot Ale - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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4/5 rDev +3.4%
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!
10-21-2012 03:11:46 | More by TheMultiYeast
3.85/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
09-30-2012 17:24:39 | More by GarthDanielson
3.98/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
09-24-2012 18:47:57 | More by jwc215
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
3.95/5 rDev +2.1%
A: Pours a cloudy peach to pale orange in color with a light amount of visible carbonation near the surface of the beer. The beer has a finger tall creamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a medium sized thick patch and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Moderate aromas of sweet apricot that strengthens as the beer warms and opens up. There are some lighter aromas of peach and vanilla but the dominant aroma is that of apricot.
T: Like the smell, the taste of this beer starts out with a nice sweet apricot flavor - it is a really enjoyable and tastes very much like fresh apricot (nothing artificial here) and there is a light amount of natural tartness. Towards the finish, there is a light amount of grainy malts.
M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Syrupy and sticky.
O: This is my favorite of the Samuel Smith's Organic fruit beers - wonderful natural apricot aroma and flavor. Very enjoyable and easy to drink, definitely one I would get again.
09-12-2012 01:49:46 | More by dbrauneis
3.15/5 rDev -18.6%
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.
08-04-2012 00:45:47 | More by Zorro
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
3.98/5 rDev +2.8%
550ml bottle to wine glass.
A: Pours a cloudy orange color bordering on both gold and straw. The head is white, a bit filmy, and doesn't retain very well.
S: Starts jammy, lots of fresh apricot flesh and skins. Very natural and fresh, with light sugary notes and hints of a floral component.
T: Flavors of berry hit first, with suggestions of fresh blueberry and raspberry, but its mostly apricot again, jammy with notes of fruit marmalade. I enjoy the flavors, again very natural and not artificial.
MF: Creamy and a bit tart with nice crisp carbonation.
O: A tasty treat. Well done fruit beers are pleasant IMO and this one is no exception.
08-01-2012 14:07:20 | More by Scotchboy
3/5 rDev -22.5%
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.
07-31-2012 20:37:07 | More by babbules
4/5 rDev +3.4%
Poured from a 550ml bottle into a pint glass. This pours a very hazy apricot yellow color with a massive white head. The smells are very strong on apricot. The feel is medium to a little thick. The taste is good but very sweet, loads of slightly sour apricots and not much else. Very fruity, but good.
07-31-2012 04:17:54 | More by DavidST
Samuel Smith's Organic Apricot Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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