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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Reviews: 82
Hads: 338
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 13.37%
Wants: 27
Gots: 54 | FT: 0
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Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: minterro on 03-19-2012

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Photo of Reed_iTap
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. ApricotGolden color with a thick white head.

S: Heavy apricot aroma.

T: Tastes like I am taking a bite out of an apricot. Samuel Smiths really did the apricot justice.

M: Medium bodied finish

O: One of my favorite fruit beers. Everything I want to come through in a fruit style beer did. (333 characters)

Photo of StuyBeerGuy
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a refreshing summertime beer that would pare well with dishes ranging from fresh fruit salads to crisp creme brulees and even an apricot pie in the evening. The beer pours with a soft quickly dissipating head and releases a soft but pleasant peach aroma. The flavor is forward and short with sweet peach flavors retaining some of the fleshiness of a peach skin and finishes with a tart flavor that is long in the mouth. I believe I will be enjoying this beer with a better planned dessert. (497 characters)

Photo of bnes09
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice golden color with good clarity. Plenty of visible bubbles. Thick, white head with exceptional lacing.

Fresh, juicy apricot aroma with floral, grassy hints.

Juicy, nectar - like apricot flavor. Just a tad sweeter than I would prefer but not unpleasant. Hint of grassy hops, not quite enough to balance. Overwhelming apricot flavor but it's a good flavor.

Medium bodied. Well carbonated. Finish is slick and nectary.

Basically what I expected but good nonetheless. This would be a good model for other fruit beers to follow. (534 characters)

Photo of Brenden
4.34/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one really is the color of apricot, or very close to it, and murky. It grows a fluffy, slightly tinted head to a full finger's height with very good retention and plentiful fluffy patches of lacing that cling to the glass.
This beer is all about the apricot, but in such a way that it's very much still a beer. It's just so fresh and full of apricot one might forget from time to time. There's flesh and juice with a little bit of fruity sourness to it in light levels. The fruit really is infused in a way few fruit beers manage. It pulls together tart, sweet and sour along with malty grains in a way that don't interfere. It's by no means overly sweet, either. The aroma doesn't have the full malty effect to as high a degree of efficiency as the flavor, but it's close.
This beer, light to medium-bodied, is extremely crisp without going overboard on the bite and very bright as well. It's essentially semi-dry, with more dryness leading into the finish than at any other point. (987 characters)

Photo of utfiero
4.8/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Color- hazy gold. Medium head.

Aroma- tart apricot preserves.

Taste- a beautiful apricot nectar! Starts sweet then turns mildly tart finishing with a long balanced apricot earthiness. Wonderful! 14 IBUs

Poured from 550 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted on 1/31/14. Purchased locally Spec's.

The high rating is relative to other fruit beers. Please take that into account in interpreting this review. (467 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A clear and bright straw gold colour, there's a small head of foam that dissipates quickly, leaving very little lacing behind.

Can the smell get any more apricot-y than this? Wow. Nice mix of sweet and tart going on.

The taste leans more to the sweet side but it's not even close to being too sweet. Nice tartish notes help with the balancing act and the bit of wheat I get also helps. Love this.

With the very low bubble activity seen, I thought maybe the carbonation would be too low but it's just right.

Another winner of a Fruit Ale from Samuel Smith. No surprise there. (578 characters)

Photo of Resuin
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
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". (1,115 characters)

Photo of tviz33
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 pint 2.7 oz bottle in to a tulip glass.

A- Pours a hazy orange gold body with less than a finger of head that disappears instantly.

S- Holy apricots! The nose is straight apricot juice. Sweet, sours, and fresh.

T- Just like the nose indicated. Almost like a carbonated apricot juice. Again, sweet, sour, and fresh. Nothing more, nothing less.

M- Medium bodied and ever so slightly creamy. Easy on the way down.

O- This almost doesn't taste like a beer, but I'll gladly drink more of it. (507 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very hazy in color with just a thin layer of head that settles to a mild lace ring. Huh it looks old.
S - Also a clue that it's old very faint if any actual apricot flesh, some wheat base, and sweet malts.
T - Makes up for the smell 100%. Very sweet apricot taste balanced with some sweet malts and mild hops. It doesn't seem to have much wheat but it's there too. Love it.
M - Very crisp easy going fruit beer with light to medium body.

Overall I would pick it up again to drink it side by side with the cherry. Great fruit beer. (536 characters)

Photo of Brouwerij78
5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Instant "wow" upon first sniff and then a bigger "WOW" upon first sip. This is like drinking fresh, crisp, sweet apricots perfectly in season. Reminiscent of an English Perry with more freshness, sweetness and bite. The color is apricot in hue (obviously right?), the liquid flows nicely into the Spigelau austrian crystal beer snifter I used to serve this gem of a brew. If you are into fruit brews, lambics, ciders or just want to try something new and delicious, Sam Smith is your boy. Not overly sweet or overly fruity...great Sunday sipper. (545 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, copper/gold color. 3/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of apricot, sweet malt, slight pale malt, and a hint of caramel malt. Fits the style of a Fruit / Vegetable beer. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of strong apricot, sweet malt, slight pale malt, and a hint of hop. Overall, another Sam. Smith fruit beer that tastes exactly like the main fruit. Not exactly a well-rounded beer, but the fruit flavors and aromas are immaculate. (519 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.64/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Comes in a larger 1 pint, 2.7 ounce bottle. Pours a very hazy yellow-burnt orange, just like would be expected for a glass of apricot nectar except with a foamy head and the lacing. Lots of aroma of course that is very pleasing to the nose! Taste like the the smell with just a tad of bitterness that is actually perfect. A couple of years ago, I didn't want to try a fruit-type ale but have really grown to love them! (418 characters)

Photo of Samuel906
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

I was looking for something light and refreshing for a hot summer day, and I found it in this beer. I love apricots and this beer gives you plenty. A full nose reminiscent of some apricot marmalade with some notes of wheat. Taste is sweet and crisp, like carbonated juice, with some tangy and tart notes, and a great wheat background. It could be a little too sweet for some. This beer is refreshing, and well carbonated. (421 characters)

Photo of PHBoiler
4.71/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

bottle shared into tasting (5 oz) glasses

The beer pours a hazy orange with a thin off-white head. The scent is better than opening a bag of dried apricots. The nose is almost sweet as well. The taste is like the best apricot you've ever had. The sweetness is well beyond a typical apricot and into the dried fruit taste. This beer is just an incredible dessert. The only thing stopping it from being a 5 is that it's tough to really even call it a beer. If you like apricots, you absolutely have to try this brew. (515 characters)

Photo of ChrisCage
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into my English Ale Pint glass. It pours a beautifully hazy golden color that looks a lot like apricot nectar. The head is excellent as well, starting off about two fingers in thickness and retains like a proper English Ale should...down to about a half finger thick...the color of the thick foam is off white with hints of copper lingering within. Lacing looks to be good as well with plenty of sticky stringy bubbles clinging to the side of the glass.

S- This has one very dominant aroma...fresh pressed apricot fruit! The sweet nectar permeates the nostrils with delight, and in the background are whiffs of malt, earthy apricot kernel and a mildly drying hop cone smell right at the end.

T- The flavors of the beer follow the aromas closely with a noticeable exception. While again, the dominating character on the palate is apricot, I find it to have a tang to it that doesn't quite match what eating a fresh piece of the fruit would be like, and this in turn provides a slightly sour flavor. Other than this, the malt gently finds its' way to the palate and the finish isn't bitter at all, but rather like in the aroma, I find the hop profile to be more drying. Not bad overall flavor-wise!

M- This beer is very creamy and easy going on the palate, with very fine carbonation striking my tongue. The result of this is a definite medium bodied beer that had a very refreshing, fruity character.

O- The drinkablility of this beer is quite good, but it's not something that I could drink rather quickly or in large quantities. I think if the weather was really warm, this makes a great patio beer. The alcohol is very well hidden and it's a very smooth drinking beverage. My only knock is that the flavor feels slightly forceful and I'd like it even better if it was a little more subdued....still, a very good apricot fruit beer by comparison! Of course I always like the idea that all ingredients used are organic....something that should be commonplace! (1,973 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (1,160 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

LOOK: Pours a cloudy peach color, sporting a creamy white froth that leaves some lace. Appears almost like a smoothy of some sort.

SMELL: Fruity nose of honey apple crisp, apricots and faint grain chiming in to remind that this is still a beer.

TASTE: The apricot notes apparent in the smell are even more pronounced in the taste. Tart, juicy apricot, with a bit of pit like mineral note, but it is very subtle. A touch of biscuity malt, grain and yeast lend all of the beer like character, and there is a very small bittering note. Other than that its tart, juicy apricot all day.

FEEL: Light to medium bodied, medium carbonation. This brew drinks easily and effortlessly.

OVERALL: A proper early-day beer, this apricot ale has genuine flavor and quality character. Fruity, but still balanced and full, making it very drinkable. I had this paired with a spicy tuna and crab salad sushi roll, and it paired decently, making for a quite solid lunch. Good beer. (963 characters)

Photo of scratch69
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a mug.

Appearance- Cloudy yellow-orange with a fingers worth of off-white head. Fair amount of lacing.

Smell- Fruity apricot aroma.

Taste- Sweet apricot flavor with a faint hint of floral hops at the finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and sticky with an average amount of carbonation.

Overall- Great tasting fruit beer. It tastes more like fruit juice than beer, but it is still delicious. (415 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (327 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a slightly hazy orange color with a 1" head that slowly falls to a thin surface covering.

Smell: apricots and more apricots.

Taste: the apricot flavor is very strong and quite pleasant. Some grass and wheat tones linger in the background. Very little bitterness here as this beer is very sweet.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Very crisp and prickly throughout with a dry finish. Long lasting apricot aftertaste.

Overall: one of the better fruit-centric beers I have had in a while. If you enjoy apricots, this one is worthy of a try. (555 characters)

Photo of brock146
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Looks like an apricot! Cloudy and murky.

S - Smashed apricots, sweet fruit scent.

T - Like biting into a fresh, ripe apricot with a slight sourness. Sticky and a little bit of booze in the middle.

M - Apricot flavored smoothie. Thick and bubbly.

O - Another very good fruit beer by Samuel Smith (305 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint 2.7 fl oz bottle, no bottled on date present. Uncapped and poured into my Firestone Walker pint glass which is now my only surviving glassware.

A - Pours a rich orange-ish mango color, with no real head at all, just a slight fizz. Reminds me of a slightly more orange looking Mango Kombucha that I've drank before. Basically looks like a nice glass of juice more than it does an actual beer. Managed to get about a finger's worth of light creamy doughy looking head on the second pour.

S - Definite fresh apricot scent for sure. Mild tartness has my taste buds tingling in anticipation. Can't wait to try it. Some type of a creaminess begins to emerge as it warms.

T - Juicy sticky fresh apricot flavor. Wonderful carbonated tartness hits just the right level. This is what I would call a very legitimate fruit beer, compared to some of the swill that calls itself such. Apricots and cream flavor begins to emerge near the end.

M - Smooth, light, clean, and tart. Little bit of some sticky fruit sugars left over, but in all it is a great feel.

Overall a very well-balanced well-crafted apricot beer, with a nice modest 5.10% abv, although I couldn't see myself drinking very much of it. Almost too sweet and juicy to be called beer, but a very unique and enjoyable gourmet beer experience. A nice buy, good price at about 6 dollars a bottle for an imported organic beer. Definitely a beer to try at least once.

Samuel Smith's Organic Apricot Ale ---4/5. (1,467 characters)

Photo of pweis909
4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy and gold with a big white head that leaves lacy patterns on the glass. Smells and tastes of apricots. Go figure!. The apricot flavor is accompanied by a moderate sourness that makes this beer enjoyably refreshing. The beer seems slightly sweet up front but the sourness dries out the finish. No noticeable hop presence. Well balanced. Quite nice. (353 characters)

Photo of davewlfpckfan29
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer is worth trying.

Samuel Smith does a really nice job incorporating the Apricot taste, not to mention an 'organic' ale.

The smell is a really strong, pleasant apricot fruity smell.

A nice looking pour, un filtered and very carbonation that lingers for a long time, even as the beer sits.
It tastes like a fruit juice! Maybe an orange juice or hmm.. Apricot juice?
Sweetness right off the bat, but not a lingering sweetness.

A velvety mouthfeel, very thick and heavy. In a good way (499 characters)

Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (893 characters)

Samuel Smith's Organic Apricot Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
87 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.