Organic Raspberry | Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
England, United Kingdom

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by TKempe on 01-20-2009

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Ratings: 526 |  Reviews: 184
Photo of Chii_Rising
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.

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Photo of EMV
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.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.65/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of obywan59
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.

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Photo of NotNice75
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
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.

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Photo of OzmanBey
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Maillard
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Suds
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.

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Photo of DoctorRobert1969
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Theogre83
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fourlives
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

As with everything Samuel Smith, the overall ingredient experience is justified, with the raspberry overcoming the maltiness just a pinch too much, but then again, I love tasting the grains and maltiness in my beers. Nice refreshing beer if you're a fan of Lambic's and a good turnover beer for someone who thinks they don't like beer.

Would also be a great desert type beer , say with some peach cobbler or a raspberry tart. Good Lord, there goes my sugar level!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.36/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Smith Old Brewery "Organic Raspberry"
550 ml brown glass bottle, production coded but without freshness dating
$5.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Look: Hazy dark red body beneath a full head of frothy pinkish foam.

Smell: Raspberry. Sweet raspberry. Somewhat vinous, and even a touch earthy. Light grainy malt beneath.

Taste: Fresh raspberry! It's sweet but it's also authentic with a bit of tartness and an earthy, vegetal side to it as well as its fruitiness. Stunning! And again, it's a bit vinous. This may be the best of their fruit beers. It's a sipper to be sure, and it certainly fits the definition of a dessert beer either on its own, paired with something else, or included as an ingredient in something sweet; but I'd also say it could be used for any occasion that a sweet red wine would be.

Feel: Medium bodied and gently crisp then smooth and almost creamy.

Overall: Exceptional raspberry flavor in a rich, sweet ale that can work in many situations, but particularly as a dessert beer.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: deep raspberry red under a pink tinted 1" white foam cap with good retention

S: intense raspberry covering some rich biscuit in the background

T: raspberry on a biscuit with raspberry dominating

F: body and carbonation are medium

O: a flavorful and refreshing beer that is just a little too "soda poppy" for my tastes

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Photo of StevenMilligan
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Foppaberg
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VoxRationis
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Decanted into a conical pint glass.
A: Garnet colored with subtle upward clearing of carbonation, a one inch head, and significant Belgian lacing.
S: Raspberry, peach, and sea salt overpower the malt or hop aroma.
T: Very tart with raspberry flavor predominating, but peach and lemon drop notes.
M: Medium bodied with persistent, even robust effervescence.
O: This is the best of the Samuel Smith Organic Fruit Beers, having tried several.

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Photo of nater919
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Beautiful pinkish-red blush. Effervescent bubbles float up to help suppliment the bubble gum colored head.

Nose : Lots of ripe, tart raspberries, slight vinegar, more residual sweetness.

Flavor : much of the same; tart rasperries, some raspberry soda, club soda, light vinegar notes but only faintly. Delicious. Not quite as fulfilling and fruity as Raspberry Tart by New Glarus, but still does okay when there's none around.

Feel is heavily carbonated, with a sweet tannin pucker on the finish as if I just ate raspberries. Astonishing.

Overall, a very tasty beer with not many flaws or issues to speak of. I'll buy more, and more, and more.

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Photo of trevorpost
3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice red color. Not very clear.
The head was 1 finger. White. Frothy, and didn't last too long.
The nose is really strong with tart raspberries. Really fruity.
The taste is actually pretty mild. I was expecting to be hit hard with the raspberry, but it was mellow. It was there, but didn't hit you over the head with a 2x4. Some tartness, but there's a lot of sweetness also.
Feels pretty good going down. Not too watery. Some carbonation feeling going down.
Overall a good choice, and I'm very happy I got it.

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Photo of ImperatorScab
4.51/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Transparent dark red/pink with a creamy, sticky PINK head. Leaves lots of lacing. Looks marvelous.

S: Raspberry yogurt, raspberry jam; seedy raspberry puree. Smells sweet, jammy, and slightly tart all at once. Slightly chemically, too, almost like an artificially sweetened raspberry toothpaste.

T: Raspberry jam. Raspberry yogurt. Raspberry puree. Mostly sweet, cooked, and jammy raspberries, with the seeds. Slightly tart on the backend. No real malt character to speak of. Maybe faint brown bread. Slightly artificial raspberry taste on the finish. Raspberry toothpaste. Strawberry candy. Raspberry flavored cotton candy.

F: Medium-light body, smooth, crisp and refreshing, nice bubbly carbonation.

O: One of the best fruit beers in recent memory, the best raspberry beer I've had that's not one of the sour ones. Comparable for me to Founders Rubaeus, but even better. Simply delicious.

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Photo of ThePopeFromTV
2.92/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I'm honestly not the type to rate a beer on its appearance or smell or feel. I've had a lot of fruit beers in my lifetime; many miss the mark, many play it safe, and some hit the nail on the head for the perfect balance of fruit and beer.

This Samuel Smith Raspberry was disappointing enough for me to register an account on here and want to warn people. It was tart, unpleasant, and had a reminiscent tinge of cough syrup that thankfully faded before the aftertaste developed. This and their Apricot beer have turned me away from this brewery's fruit beer selection permanently. I paid $6.50-$7.00 per bottle and thank god I didn't buy other flavors. I'd actually be upset with the waste of money.

The taste was a 2 because I didn't even finish the beer, but I know I could've. That's the only difference between a 2 and a 1 to me.

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Photo of TheBigBoy
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Organic Raspberry from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 526 ratings