Organic Raspberry
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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Style:
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #39
ABV:
5.1%
Score:
87
Ranked #16,716
Avg:
3.89 | pDev: 11.57%
Reviews:
190
Ratings:
545
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Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
 
England, United Kingdom
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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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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tillmac62 from South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear lovely dark garnet. World class head volume, retention and lacing.

Outstanding rich nose of sweet raspberry over a light biscuit.

Light medium body with a smooth texture that has creamy moments due to the superb carbonation. Above normal carbonation with a nice effervescence from the middle on.

The flavor profile is very good, but is a bit short in intensity when compared to their cherry variant. Complexity and balance are good. It begins with slightly sweet raspberry that approaches tart in the middle. A hint of herbal hops emerge in the middle over a soda like sweetness undertone. The finish is a slow effervescent fade of slightly tart raspberry over a residual biscuit sweetness.

Apr 28, 2015
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Samuel Smith’s Organic Raspberry Ale has a medium, fizzy-ish, pink head, a clear, ruby red appearance, and low-level lacing left behind. The aroma is of strong raspberry juice with bread. Taste is a one-two punch of acidic & sweet raspberry juice and bready malt. Bitterness is low. Mouthfeel is medium, and Samuel Smith’s Organic Raspberry Ale finishes dry and highly drinkable.

RJT

Oct 25, 2015
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UCLABrewN84 from California

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

Pours a murky dark red with a 3 inch foamy reddish white head that settles to a small cap. Small splotches of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of rasberry jam, raspberry juice, fresh raspberries, and maybe a hint of malt. Taste is very much the same with an emphasis on very authentic raspberry flavors without being all that sweet. This beer has a nice carbonation level with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good fruit ale that showcases very nice authentic raspberry smells and flavors.

Dec 01, 2011
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911CROFT from England

4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle into a snifter glass. Paid £2.30 for a single bottle.

Pours a deep, rich red body, that when held to the light turns to a bright, pinkish ruby. A three-finger in height, pink-tinged, white foamy head disappears quickly leaving a small amount of soapy lacing.

Aromas of fresh, tart, cooked raspberries hit the nose as soon as the bottle is open. The taste follows suit, with a deliciously long, smooth, tangy, sweet natural raspberry flavour, followed by a tart, zingy, slightly earthy and dry finish. Light bodied with a generous amount carbonation it manages to avoid feeling cloying despite being fairly sweet.

Overall this is an excellent beer. True to the fruit, massively easy drinking and refreshing. Would recommend.

Jun 10, 2015
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Hunter from Arizona

2.23/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

appearance: Dark ruby beer, heavy carbonation. Thick head of pink foam that's almost comical in appearance, but it vanishes all too quickly.

smell: FRUIT. Damn near reminds me of drinking Nestle Quik as a kid. Sugary fruit dominates everything here, and nothing else comes through. No real problem with it though, was expecting it.

taste: More of that fruit. This is alcoholic Kool-Aid. Nothing but the raspberries comes through in the tasting. Almost sour enough to remind me of a lambic.

mouthfeel: clean, small but persistent aftertaste of fruit on the tongue.

drinkability: drinkable certainly as a session beer, but a full bottle of this is almost too much, like consuming an entire box of of gummi candy by oneself. This gets marked down somewhat simply because my preference is to be able to taste the beer with the fruitiness when it comes to styles like this. I prefer more subtlety.

Nov 29, 2009
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Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

4/5  rDev +2.8%

Jan 20, 2013
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Oh my, a gusher, and then when it pours into the glass, the big head just fritters away into nothingness; by the way, the color of the beer is ruby red, with a slight tawny edge

Smell: Raspberry juice; mostly sweet but a little bit tart

Taste: Just like the smell - sweet raspberry juice with a bit of a tart finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: Not bad for a fruit beer but certainly not something I would likely seek out again

Jun 24, 2012
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jrempel from Canada (BC)

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

Jun 29, 2014
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allengarvin from Texas

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a dark red beer with an extremely pinkish head... I'm not sure whether to give high marks, or very low marks for the foam--it's kinda scary pink, like processed chicken meat. I'll go with high. The nose is dominated by raspberry, which fortunately I like. Nice flavor. Sweet, but not sticky-sweet like many fruit beers. Raspberry tartness offsets it and prevents it from being cloying. Not much else to the beer, but nothing unpleasant here. Nice, smooth mouthfeel.

Not a beer I'd drink regularly, but it's a decent fruit beer for special occasions.

Dec 31, 2010
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Lare453 from Florida

4/5  rDev +2.8%

Mar 24, 2013
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bashiba from Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very pink/red color with a light pink head.

The smell had a big raspberry smell, very fresh.

The taste is all raspberry, a bit tart and a bit sweet. Not much beer flavor.

Mouthfeel is very carbonated with a bit of a slick feeling.

Easy to drink if you like raspberries, not a bad fruity beer, but like many others struggles to find the balance between being a fruit cocktail and having some beer qualities.

Jun 01, 2009
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maryd837 from Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Jul 16, 2012
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a dark reddish-hued body, fairly clear, and capped with a scant, near-white head.

Smell: An aroma that's part tartish, part sweetish, and scented of raspberry, as one might imagine, and, thankfully, without that oft medicinal quality I sometimes identify with raspberry brews.

Taste: Sweetish and permissibly raspberry flavored, slightly tart, and with, perhaps, a perceived underlying breadiness. Low bitterness. Slight acidity. Finishes crisp.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Stood shoulder to shoulder with it's cherry and strawberry based cousins for a tasting and, for me, it was the best of the Samuel Smith fruit bunch.

Jul 03, 2011
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JohnnyMc from Ohio

3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the very few Fruit Beers I have ever tried.

Pours out a very deep amber/ruby red with about 2 fingers of slightly pink head.

The aroma has a ton of pure raspberry along with hints of wheat and not much else.

The taste is also dominated by the raspberry taste, but it tastes like actual fruit, not filler. It's a very good balance between the sweetness coming from a raspberry and tartness as well. It's more tart than I would have assumed, but not sour. It's like drinking pure raspberry juice with some carbonation. The wheat is there, but it's very subtle

The mouthfeel is on the lighter medium side and it finishes somewhat dry.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer, but the sweetness after awhile does sneak up on you and becomes a little cloying. Still, if you want a pure Fruit Beer then this is definitely worth checking out.

Sep 08, 2012
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

2.95/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Samuel Smith has officially sold his soul to the beer devil. A fruit beer from one of the most tried-and-true breweries in the world. It's the equivelent of Harley-Davidson making tricycles.

The beer looks like soda-pop. An utterly fizzy red beer hits the glass and creates an initial, loosely knit pink head that fades with low levels of lacing or retention.

The beer smells like soda-pop. Candy raspberry flavors seem artificial. No real malt foundation to hide behind, the beer doesn't seem to exhibit what is best about beer or raspberries. No hop presence. No other complexity from esters, phenols, or anything else to attempt balance.

The beer tastes like soda-pop. Sugary sweet raspberry flavor taste as artificial as the nose smelled. Very low levels of malt fail to give any beer-y impression to the beverage. Aside from paying $6, there's nothing beer-like about it.

The beer feels like soda-pop. Again, sugary, sticky, sweet (...from my head to my feet.) The beer has no meaningful malt in the body. No dryness to assist in the end. Aggressive carbonation prickles the mouth and becomes bitey at times. The beer isn't awful as a beverage to drink, but they should serve it in a sippie-cup.

Apr 05, 2009
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mjgrady from Virginia

4/5  rDev +2.8%

Nov 26, 2013
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Godot from Virginia

4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fruit beers can go one of two ways, either they focus on the malt and allow the fruit flavor to lightly carry it in some direction or they can focus on the fruit and allow the malt to give it some backbone and grounding. Purple Haze seems to me to be a good example of the first while Samuel Smiths Organic Raspberry covers the second (obviously one's a wheat and one is not but I think the point still stands). That being said I really enjoyed this beer. It pours a deep ruby red with a rather shocking billowy pink head that sticks around throughout the duration of the beer. Smell is tangy raspberry. The taste is straight raspberry up front that then blends into breadiness, finishing clean and refreshing. This beer is very effervescent which keeps it light and goes well with the sweetness. The raspberry flavor is very natural tasting (as it should be being organic) and is never cloying. Solid fruit beer that I would drink again.

Aug 29, 2009
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Dweedlebug from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -2.3%

Aug 30, 2014
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allergictomacros from Canada (ON)

3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark purple-red with a light pinkish head.

S - Lots of rich raspberry aroma.

T - There's a little bit of acid up front, tons of sweetness and a bright, rich raspberry. Finish has a bit of hoppy bitterness, that kinda oddly lingers and feels a bit medicinal. A cleaner finish would have been nicer for this particular fruit beer.

M - Somewhat smooth and not too heavy. OK carbonation.

D - Very drinkable. Very fruit-forward brew. Maybe it's more appropriate to call this a beer mix rather than a beer though. For what it is though, it's got a nice flavour. I like it.

Nov 04, 2010
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RobertMathison from Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Apr 01, 2012
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a purple tinged chestnut with a thumb of khaki head with pink notes. Good head retention & lacing

S: Raspberry, figgy notes

T: Follows the nose, some hints of raisin too up front. More jammy notes as this warms, some strawberry, tart raspberry & figs too, some dryness. Finishes jammy, with sweet figgy & raspberry

MF: Light bodied, low carbonation, some sticky notes

Decent raspberry ale, better than the strawberry ale to be sure

Sep 10, 2011
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robieobie1 from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Mar 15, 2012
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esv from Virginia

3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A) Poured a slightly red, 1/3" porous head. Slight lacing. It does not look like much carbonation. A deep, red with hints of brown around the edges.

N) Big raspberry, perfumey head. Deep fruitiness.

T) Fruity sweet but not overly sweet. There is a carbonic bite and fruit bitterness. Plenty of raspberry. A dry, tart bitterness in the finish. Nicely balanced for a fruit beer. You might expect syrupy sweet but it seems pretty true to the fruit.

M) Feels like medium, medium-high carbonation. Light-medium mouthfeel.

O) Really impressed. Seemed genuinely fruity, nothing over the top. Not at all to sweet.

Mar 24, 2011
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lmundane from New York

4/5  rDev +2.8%

Jul 09, 2013
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gobias from Maryland

4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice dark fruity lager that has a sweet taste. The color is almost like a cloudy red wine. The taste is fruity with a sweet raspberry flavor, not too strong, but still noticeable.
This would be a nice dessert beer. And with an alcohol content of 5.10%, it is one of the stronger fruit lagers. Also it is Organic if you like organic foods and drinks.
I really enjoy this and look forward to tasting their other fruit beers.

Nov 15, 2009
Organic Raspberry from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 545 ratings