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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

233 Ratings
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Ratings: 233
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 15
Gots: 15 | 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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PeterM

California

4/5  rDev +2.6%

07-23-2012 04:18:59 | More by PeterM
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BeerForMuscle

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
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/

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 01:21:09 | More by BeerForMuscle
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PeteRiz

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +2.6%

07-15-2012 15:00:00 | More by PeteRiz
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 00:09:05 | More by tdm168
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Norton21

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.6%

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

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

07-03-2012 03:58:40 | More by caverog
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Nihilistkid

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.6%

06-29-2012 04:37:30 | More by Nihilistkid
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thain709

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured with a very cloudy, dull golden body...the head was white and fluffy and disappeared very quickly...there was a thin, broken cap left...not much lacing

S - Very fresh, juicy, and fruity...I didn't find overpowering, but rather very enjoyable...apricots and a hint of some peaches were the main characters

T - Again, the fruit is the star of the show...the apricots were very fresh and juicy...they never became cloying because of the wheat malt in the background...the wheat malt just rounded out the flavor and it never took over the fruit presence...the finish is full of fresh apricots

M - Medium bodied...with a hint of thickness to it...smooth with adequate carbonation

O - I'm not going to lie, but this is pretty much a one trick pony...a tasty one trick pony non-the-less...one bottle would be enough to satisfy me especially when looking to cool down or have an alternate to hops

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 16:39:37 | More by thain709
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Kromes

Georgia

4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: An unfiltered light orange color with a finger's width white colored head.

S: A smooth wheat malt aroma with a very fragrant apricot.

T: Very sweet and tart apricot flavor. The tartness goes very well with the sweet apricot flavors. Finishes tart and sour with a lingering apricot flavor.

M: Medium body, a little bit puckering from the tartness. Good carbonation.

O: Some apricot ales are overly sweet, some too tart and dry. This one hits right down the middle and provides both with great results.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 19:39:17 | More by Kromes
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Giggy

Michigan

4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550 ml bottle. Was looking for something different. Not necessarily interested in the organic aspect.

A: Mustard yellow coloring. Very cloudy and hazy. White head.

S: Dominant apricot but also wheat, yeast, and stone fruits.

T: Was surprised to find it so sweet. Was expecting it to be more dry. Tastes of sweet apricots, honey, pears, peach, and orange.

M: Smooth with a slight tingle from the carbonation. Creamy.

O: Very drinkable. Good summer brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2012 21:06:28 | More by Giggy
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jtierney89

New Jersey

2/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2012 03:43:19 | More by jtierney89
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KornWallace

New York

4.25/5  rDev +9%

06-17-2012 20:17:53 | More by KornWallace
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nick76

Florida

3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2012 01:27:48 | More by nick76
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Josievan

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev +9%

06-12-2012 21:05:12 | More by Josievan
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Nightrain87

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

06-04-2012 17:51:30 | More by Nightrain87
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kojevergas

Texas

3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
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-

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 04:22:24 | More by kojevergas
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Jamesthebrit

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours super hazy and bubbly. Big white foamy head that stays around for quite some time before fading to a thin layer over the top.

S: Super fruity. Notes of apricots, grape must, sweet, strawberrys, smooth. Simply wonderful with lots going on.

T: Very fruity and sweet. Fades to a little bit of lingering stale grape must but nothing too bad. There is a good range of flavors all in the fruityness.

M: Sits a little light but a lot of flavors begin to develop.

Overall a great beer. I like fruity beers so if you don't like sweet beers pass on this. I think it's a great showing with the fruit really blending in well here. I'm probably going to try to snatch up more Sam Smith beers as their other beer that I had was also quite impressive.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2012 23:50:55 | More by Jamesthebrit
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cindyjeffsmith

Georgia

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: very cloudy, well....apricot. Thick foamy off white head.
Smell: rich sweet fruit. This smell just tempts you to quaff it on a hot Ga day.
Taste: more of the same. Rich sweet fruit. Not too sweet, just right.
Overall: I have really dug these Sam Smith organics. Personally the others with that tart raspberry, strawberry, and cherry respectively are a bit better than the apricot but this is very nice too.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2012 22:27:51 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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Blind

Missouri

3/5  rDev -23.1%

05-19-2012 03:00:09 | More by Blind
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pirmannt1

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +9%

05-15-2012 21:25:33 | More by pirmannt1
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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

4.58/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: 1/4" cream coloured head over cloudy and thick amber liquid.

S: Apricots, honey and yeast.

T: Apricots, yeast, honey and some sweet buscuity malt. But more sweet apricots than anything else.

M: Medium viscosity and low carbonation. Nice and thick fruit feel.

O: Very drinkable, a beautiful summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2012 22:30:56 | More by DaftCaskBC
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jrempel

Quebec (Canada)

5/5  rDev +28.2%

05-11-2012 19:31:35 | More by jrempel
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1p5v

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

04-17-2012 22:55:46 | More by 1p5v
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch and a half of creamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: As expected, lots and lots of apricot in the aroma. Pretty much dominates this category.

T: Tasted of - you guessed it - apricots. There's a hint of malt in the finish, but the apricots take over everything. Not quite as vibrant as I would have thought, but still very tasty.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slick, syrupy finish. Medium-bodied.

O: I didn't quite like this beer as much as Samuel Smith's other organic fruit beers, but it is very enjoyable and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 13:12:54 | More by avalon07
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wvsabbath

West Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 01:12:38 | More by wvsabbath
Samuel Smith's Organic Apricot Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
87 out of 100 based on 233 ratings.