1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Samuel Smith's Organic Apricot Ale - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

Not Rated.
Samuel Smith's Organic Apricot AleSamuel Smith's Organic Apricot Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

293 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 293
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 14.99%
Wants: 19
Gots: 31 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 293 | Reviews: 78 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of TheSamKuehn
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

TheSamKuehn, Sep 19, 2014
Photo of polloenfuego
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

polloenfuego, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of biegaman
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

biegaman, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of byronic
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%

Pours a translucent gold with minimal lacing. Very fragrent bouquet of apricots. Tastes follows through on the nice and is reminiscent of dried apricots. Smooth mouth feel bordering on creamy with medium carbonation. The finish presents a lingering sweetness.

A nice fruit ale. Very true to it's label all be it a bit sweet. Would definitely have this again!

byronic, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of deebo
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

deebo, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of Rickus
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Rickus, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of Mit
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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.

Mit, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of Elicoleman
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Elicoleman, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of ordybill
2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

ordybill, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of Irrationalist
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Irrationalist, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of grahamboudreaux
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%

grahamboudreaux, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

zestar, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of Otis6996
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%

Otis6996, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of blue-dream
4/5  rDev +3.4%

blue-dream, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4/5  rDev +3.4%

AlpacaAlpaca, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of moarmare
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

moarmare, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of andrenaline
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

andrenaline, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of Rawbster
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Rawbster, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of spinrsx
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

spinrsx, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of valianes
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

valianes, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of DenisKolkin
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550 ml bottle purchased for under $5 CDN at the LCBO. Served fairly cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - Crystal clear, very pale orange and gold mixture. Millions of bubbles continuously stream to the top. Two fingers of fluffy white head are formed and slowly recede leaves little bits of lacing behind.

Smell - Big apricot nose, and there are hints of what seem like cherry, upon review it is just a ton of apricot. There's a trace of a sweet caramel mixture in there too. Not overdone but subtly excellent.

Taste - Again a plethora of fresh apricot hits the tongue and excites the tastebuds without overwhelming them. The taste recedes to a faint apricot aftertaste, just as reminder that it is there. It's almost like a spiked apricot juice with beery goodness.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated but with a light body, the finish is sweet but not overly decadent. Quite smooth.

Overall - This isn't something I'd want to drink every day, since I enjoy apricot, but not daily. At the same time it's so well executed that it would be impossible to pass up if I ran across it sometime in the future. A masterful fruit beer that illustrates what fruit beer can be.

DenisKolkin, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of bmatz1965
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

bmatz1965, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of cardinals22
4/5  rDev +3.4%

cardinals22, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of shelby415
3/5  rDev -22.5%

shelby415, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of halfbarrelbrew
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

halfbarrelbrew, Aug 09, 2014
Samuel Smith's Organic Apricot Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
87 out of 100 based on 293 ratings.