Organic Raspberry
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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From:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
 
England, United Kingdom
Style:
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #38
ABV:
5.1%
Score:
87
Ranked #17,775
Avg:
3.87 | pDev: 11.63%
Reviews:
194
Ratings:
362
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jan 25, 2023
Added:
Jan 20, 2009
Wants:
  45
Gots:
  91
SCORE
87
Very Good
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Notes: Handcrafted at the tiny All Saints Brewery set in a time warp in Stamford using the old manually operated brewing equipment. Finest organically grown barley and wheat are used to create a complex ale which, having undergone primary and secondary fermentation with different yeasts and extended maturation, is taken to Samuel Smith’s small, independent British brewery at Tadcaster. There it is blended with pure organic raspberry fruit juice and a previously cellared organic brew - creating an unparalleled fruit ale . The smooth distinctive character of the matured beer serves as the perfect counterpoint to the pure organic fruit juice.
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Ratings by Tone:
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Reviewed by Tone from Missouri

4.55/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a dark purple with a more clear red near the bottom of the glass. 2/3 inch head of a pink color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, amazingly fresh raspberries, slight yeast, and slight grain. Fits the style of a Fruit/Vegetable Beer. Mouth feel is sharp and smooth with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, sugar, fresh raspberries, and very slight tart malt. Overall, as far as fresh, strong tasting raspberry beers - this is the best I've ever had. I downed this 18oz. in a matter of minutes.
Nov 30, 2009
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Rated by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Real raspberry juice used, but the taste seems a little off. Tart and drying.
Jan 25, 2023
 
Rated: 4.13 by StretchZep from Ohio

Jan 30, 2022
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Reviewed by KT3418 from Colorado

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
I definitely still enjoy this but I like the cherry one more and the apricot one way more. I'll probably stick to Lindemanns framboise but this is still solid and flavorful
Jan 01, 2022
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Reviewed by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Some of the contents of a brown 550 milliliter bottle were used to nearly fill a clear Imperial pint mug. The color of the brew is a rich brown-ruby. A modest head brings the color of a blush wine. An aroma that is all raspberry, is bountiful. Enduring, seems its head. The taste is mostly like raspberry puree, with a bit of sweet malt contributing not only to the taste and the mouthfeel, also. A beer this sweet certainly won't be to everyone's favor, but points must be awarded for nailing the label with the beer inside. Sweet, but not cloyingly so, it probably would take more than one before things would get too sweet. The alcohol, given at the level of an adjunct lager, isn't noticeable. Also unnoticed is glass lacing, as there's none. This could make a nice change of pace for those that love beer and an excellent alternative for those that don't.
Dec 07, 2021
 
Rated: 5 by Dalkri from Massachusetts

Nov 08, 2021
 
Rated: 3.83 by arzt from Germany

Jul 18, 2021
 
Rated: 4.3 by Anacross from Oregon

Jul 10, 2021
 
Rated: 3.92 by avisong from Virginia

Jun 04, 2021
 
Rated: 3.96 by HairyLeggedBiden from Minnesota

Jun 03, 2021
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.17/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
355 ml bottle, from Voldby Købmandsgård, Denmark. ABV is 5.1%. Deep red colour, large pink head. Strong aroma of ripe raspberries and raspberry jam. The sweet and sour flavour has loads of raspberry extract / concentrate throughout, slightly astringent finish, with a hint of hops. Certainly not my everyday beer, but drinkable on a day you’re in for "something completely different".
Jun 02, 2021
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Reviewed by Teika_Takahashi from California

3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75
Look: It is as beautiful as a ruby when held up to the sun. It glows with such elegance and it draws you in for another sip. Its foamy layer flirts with your eyes and puts you under a trance.
Smell: Kinda farty when you pour it out. Like raspberry and cream popsicle but someone farted next to you after they ate taco bell
Taste: Dry, fruity, strong raspberry flavor, not unlike kombucha, but with less yeasty flavors and more fruit forward. After taste is a little like raspberries and cream.
Feel: I wished it were more carbonated. Kinda flat and missing that bite of carbonation. But it is smooth going down.
Overall: p good :3c
Mar 09, 2021
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Reviewed by hardy008 from Minnesota

4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours ruby red with a one finger beige head with nice retention and lacing. Has a sweet raspberry smell. I don't pick up anything else from the aroma. Tastes just like it smells. Straight forward sweet raspberries overpowers everything else that may be in the beer. I m not complaining, just stating what it smells and tastes like. Medium bodied with average carbonation. A nice raspberry ale woth drinking again.
Jan 16, 2021
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Reviewed by JonnoWillsteed from England

3.06/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
Beer this off-piste usually strikes fear in my heart and I avoid. But this one has 2/2 life-lines for me, 1) it's stalwart brewer 2) I had their apricot beer yesterday and it 'exceeded my fears' - as in I was surprised to find it pretty good stuff :)

L- The colour of well oxygenated blood. Pours slightly cloudy with an attention-drawing 1Cm pale pink head - holds well, embarrasingly so if male and in public.
S- Wall to wall raspberry, both the perfumed aroma plus very subtle hints of a fruity sourness beyond.
T- The taste follows the smell^ precisely it seems. I'm not sure what to add but the fruit is that prominent that there is little sign of this being a beer at all, more a fruit soda. Any ABV% struggles to show from behind the fruity-sour note.
F- Very different, reminds me of say a 50/50 fruit-juice/soda mix. Good carbonation (forms pink lacing, fancy!) and refreshing.
O- Hard to know what to say. I enjoyed their apricot beer yesterday but this is far more perfumed and to me simply not beer-like. It's an experience, there's that, but I wouldn't choose to drink it again.
355ml bottle BB: Feb-22 Bought from TremblingMadness £2.40 as part of a mixed-case for home delivery.
Nov 24, 2020
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
awesome stuff here, not sure why it took me so long to buy and try one, its affordable, pretty widely available, and i love the whole sam smith range, glad i jumped in this weekend. its a deep slightly hazy red color and extremely heady from the bottle, almost a nitro head on it, great retention and soft ring lace as it drinks, and i end up putting the whole bottle away pretty damn quick, each sip is refreshing and satisfying, but also shockingly complex, not just another sweet generic fruit beer. the raspberry is super honest in here, really natural and quite bold in here, but i also smell and taste some real malt character, bready english yeast, and a curious tang or twang thats more than just the tartness of the fruit, its almost kind of lemony and bacterial, seriously a sort of almost lambic thing to it as it warms up some, more framboise than fruited blonde or whatever, really good and really layered. lots of body and texture here, bubbly and tart and mildly creamy too, and while the fruit drives it for sure, all the beer elements are here as well. i love that its organic, how juicy the fruit tastes, and how this is still so characteristically english, seems like a steal at under seven bucks a bottle, i will be buying this again, and looking out for other fruited ones i have not had yet either like apricot and cherry from this series. this was way better than expectations, totally loved it!
Apr 26, 2020
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Reviewed by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Body and carbonation both seem just a bit under average.
Aroma is raspberry, raspberry jam, floral earthy fruity, apple, and pear
Taste is mildly sweet yet the raspberry comes off a bit dry as well. Raspberry jam and mixed fruit. Mildly sweet,tart sourness
Apr 16, 2020
 
Rated: 4.06 by craigbelly from Iowa

Jan 23, 2020
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Reviewed by Mister_Faucher from Washington

4.48/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
18oz bottle picked up at Total Wine in Ballard, Washington. I don't understand the freshness coding they use.

Look- Slightly hazy, ruby/dark sanguine wine color, light carbonation stream as it sits. Large puffy head that dissipates slowly and leaves ample lacing.

Smell- Berries galore, sweet, sweet berries with a slightly malty and spicy scent in there too.

Taste- This is where my jaw drops, fresh berries and berry preserves. But not just raspberry, I can taste marionberry, blackberry, a tart kick of some huckleberry in there and it all finishes sweet, creamy with a light spiciness reminiscent of a good French vanilla ice cream.

Feel- The light carbonation makes it an easy sipper, just keep it on the colder side as the fruitiness gets over-whelming.

O- If I was a rich man I would stock my fridge full of these and drink it all day. Quite possibly the best berry flavored anything I have had in my life. Heavily recommended.
Jul 13, 2019
 
Rated: 4.46 by AnnaJepsen from Iowa

Jul 09, 2019
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From old, undated notes. Poured from the bottle.

Murky blood red color.

Nice khaki head; minimal lacing.

Nose is of strong raspberries.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Rich raspberry jam flavor; hint of hops smack the lips.

Crazy delicious.
Jun 30, 2019
 
Rated: 3.89 by Thorfinn960 from Ohio

Jun 25, 2019
 
Rated: 4.16 by jmh21 from Minnesota

Jun 16, 2019
 
Rated: 3.71 by emerge077 from Illinois

May 27, 2019
 
Rated: 3.68 by Ajlvt from Washington

May 23, 2019
 
Rated: 4.5 by Thanatosbat777 from Georgia

May 13, 2019
 
Rated: 3.81 by XsoldoutX from Pennsylvania

Feb 03, 2019
 
Rated: 3.25 by Swoosl from Austria

Sep 03, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by paulish from New York

Aug 31, 2018
 
Rated: 3.86 by VashonGuy from Washington

Jun 19, 2018
 
Rated: 3.51 by sparx1100 from Minnesota

Jun 07, 2018
 
Rated: 3.54 by Zazzi82 from Tennessee

May 30, 2018
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Reviewed by Chii_Rising from California

4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
A pretty ruby-red/hibiscus juice colored beer with a pink, quickly disappearing foam.
Tastes & smells like fresh carbonated raspberry juice with beer, in a pleasant way. Tartness & sweetness are balanced well & there is a real fruit juice & malty aftertaste.
It's hard imagine a fruit ale done better, if you like a strong natural fruit flavor.
Apr 07, 2018
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Reviewed by EMV from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a bomber into a tulip

L: Cloudy maroon pour. 1.5 fingers of pink-tinged head leave a nice rim of lacing.

S: Raspberries and fruit juice. Sweet and tart... like a piece of raspberry candy.

T/F: Follows the nose. Tart raspberry/fruit followed by sweet juice. Not overly complex, but the sweet/tart mixture is delicious and just what I'd expect for a raspberry beer. Light bodied... effervescent carbonation.

O: A delicious fruit beer. Sweet/tart and loads of raspberry. Just as advertised.
Mar 25, 2018
 
Rated: 4.65 by RBorsato from Virginia

Mar 14, 2018
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Reviewed by obywan59 from Virginia

3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours reddish brown with moderate haze and a 3 finger pinkish head that leaves moderate, sticky lacing.

Aroma of raspberry with chalky, caramel malts.

Taste of sweet tart, vinous raspberries overpowers any malt influences.

Syrupy, with moderate carbonation and plenty of astringency in the end.

Definitely my favorite of the Samuel Smith fruit beers.
Mar 05, 2018
 
Rated: 4.27 by NotNice75 from Iowa

Feb 20, 2018
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Reviewed by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a 550ml bottle into glass. Stamped on bottle is 'SJ17P1'.
Garnet red colored body, cloudy. Pinkish white head settles to rings and scattered islands. Some strings of lacing.
Smells of raspberry, with a vinous aspect. Faint little biscuit in the background.
Sweet and tart raspberry taste, also vinous. Just a hint of malt in the background.
Medium mouth feel, just a little syrupy, not cloying. Noticeable carbonation level.
More than fruity soda pop because of its vinous aspect. Tart and sweet are well balanced for a fruit beer. Easy sipping, one and done.
Feb 03, 2018
 
Rated: 4.3 by OzmanBey from Massachusetts

Jan 28, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by Maillard from Ohio

Jan 15, 2018
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Reviewed by Suds from Missouri

3.29/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
This brew is a ruby red liquid with a soapy dark cream head. The aroma is like raspberry syrup. Intense fruit. The taste is similar. I am not sure if this is a beer or a raspberry soda. That beer is just shy of cloying. Full in body. I don’t think I would go for another.
Dec 02, 2017
Organic Raspberry from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 556 ratings