Organic Apricot Ale
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
England, United Kingdom
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #35
Ranked #16,697
3.89 | pDev: 13.88%
May 09, 2022
Mar 19, 2012
Very Good
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Notes: Handcrafted in Melbourne Bros' tiny 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 apricot fruit juice and a previously cellared organic brew -- creating an unparalleled fruit ale. The smooth distinctive character of the matured ale serves as the perfect counterpoint to the pure organic fruit juice.
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Photo of maddogruss
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by maddogruss from New Jersey

Had this on draft.
A: pours orange body with small white head with ok retention and lacing
S: really sweet apricot smelling taste; some floral notes as well
T: tart but sweet apricot taste; somewhat sweet after taste; definitely a strong apricot taste
M: medium bodied an smooth; somewhat overcarbonated, but decent
D: nice feel and taste combo; pretty nice beer, overall

May 09, 2022
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by BubbaGuppy from Colorado

At one end of the rainbow there are IPAs. I love my IPAs, but they can range up to the almost punishing level of bitterness.
I'm currently working my way through a variety case from Stone Brewing, and I was frankly ready for a break from the bitterness.

All the way at the other end of the rainbow is this slightly "syrupy" confection from Sam'l Smith. It does everything well - refreshing, truly great taste... I love it. Generous 550ml bottle gives me time to realize how much I will miss it when it is empty.

Apr 06, 2022
3.8 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Feb 26, 2022
3.77 by Roejogan from Canada (BC) on Nov 28, 2021
4.76 by Rhetion from Florida on Jul 15, 2021
4 by arzt from Germany on Jul 03, 2021
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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by Sigmund from Norway

355 ml bottle, ABV 5.1%, at Robert Raikes’ House (a Samuel Smith pub), Gloucester. Served ice cold. Golden colour, moderate white head. Distinct aroma of apricots. The flavour is medium sweet, not cloying, with distinct apricots throughout. Low bitterness.

Jun 02, 2021
2.8 by Houborg1 from Denmark on May 08, 2021
4.4 by Thirstytraveler from Oregon on Apr 20, 2021
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4.44/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by KT3418 from Colorado

I absolutely love this. This might be the best thing I've had from Samuel Smith yet and I really like the taddy porter a lot. The apricot shines so bright and seems so fresh, this reminds me of Lindemanns fruit lambics but more beer based. Great brew, it is on the sweeter side but's a fruit and not a sour beer. So...

Apr 11, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by imnodoctorbut from Texas

pint bottle poured to Jester King tulip

pours a slightly hazed mellow yellow gold body with a thick and billowing frothy white foam head that has moderate retention and leaves occasional lacing as it settles to a murky cap with defined halo. pretty looking brew!

aroma is a mild funk with an easy floral sweetness; apricot is obviously present, but so is honey crisp and peach and something akin to white grape must

taste follows the nose pretty straight forward but really ups the vibrancy. while it very much so has a cider-like sense to it, it also has a slightly medicinal (?) kick to it, along with the taste of band-aids on the wings. juicy and tart throughout.

mouthfeel: moderately high carbonation and medium-light body. it's pillowy with a few sharper prickles here and there. juicy, fresh, and clean feeling with a crisp finish and a tartly sweet aftertaste that sticks

this was a near-Nectar-of-the-Gods moment for me, to tell you the truth. it was beautiful looking and the taste/feel of the thing is just so pleasantly balanced and enjoyable and refreshing. it's an interesting sweet spot between cider, mead, and beer that could easily be enjoyed as a session'r or a solitary nightcap. the aroma was a little muted, holding it back slightly, but otherwise a truly beautiful little brew.

Apr 09, 2021
3.5 by mpenske from California on Jan 29, 2021
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3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by RaulMondesi from California

This one straight up is just a clean beer. Like, it’s if the Brauny man met up with some citrus chick and they went HAM. Yeah, it’s all nice and good like your wife making your porridge after a long night.

I’m outta here.

Jan 26, 2021
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3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by nick_perry from North Carolina

Pours a hazy orange color with a brown hue. Funky aromas with some underlying fruit scent. Strong apricot flavor. More subtle notes of peach and apple appear as well. A bit sweet, a bit tart, but not overly so to either one. Everything seems delicately, successfully balanced. Medium to full bodied, but with low carbonation, so the mouthfeel is very creamy. There’s a lingering sweet finish which outlasts that of the fruit, so my final impression is like I just ate a piece of candy.

Jan 24, 2021
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3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by dsa7783 from New Jersey

Bottle copped from Buy Rite in South Orange. Pours a golden, effervescent hue with minimal frothing. Mild aroma replete with notes of melon and pear. Slick, loose mouthfeel. Flavor reminiscent of McIntosh apples and mango. Definitely an accurate fit for the fruit beer category but overly sweet in my opinion.

Jan 18, 2021
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3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by JonnoWillsteed from England

L- Bright amber, good rising carbonation into a 2mm white cap. [ps. holds well].
S- Bright stewed fruits... then apricots become clear, then I get a whiff of rhubarb (somewhat sourer), then back to apricots...
T- ... the taste reveals a bright piquant apricot. Interspersed with seeming apple juice notes? But reflecting the Smell^ it is not simply full-on pungent or sweet etc at all. The balance is subtle, I mean it hugely fruity and yet it has a very gentle sour/bitter facet to it too.
F- Bright on the palate, with good carbonation but a balancing body. Cleverly done.
O- Before opening this I recognised it was going to be a love-hate tasting, wide latitutude to crash and burn. The first sip was quite a shock, but I then noticed the subtlety and depth beyond. I might not choose to buy this again as it's pretty off-piste, but if offered one in the summer-time it could be ideal.
Bought from TremblingMadness/York as part of a pick-your-own multicase home delivery. 355ml/1/2Pt bottle £2.40 BB: March-22

Nov 23, 2020
4.21 by Jcarriglio from Florida on Oct 13, 2020
3.31 by Silke_Neryn from Sweden on Oct 11, 2020
4.18 by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania on Aug 18, 2020
3.25 by aztraz from Sweden on Jul 01, 2020
3.52 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts on Jun 06, 2020
4.24 by gooddaydiablo from Texas on Jun 03, 2020
3.32 by Estrems1 from New Jersey on May 26, 2020
3.29 by caffeinelogic from New York on May 21, 2020
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4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

Samuel Smith's Brewery "Samuel Smith's Organic Apricot"
550 ml brown glass bottle, coded "SG05R1"
$5.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Look: Somewhat hazy golden orange body beneath a finger-thick head of foamy white. Average head retention and lacing.

Smell: Somewhat funky and tarnish with a distinct semi-sweet not of apricot over a mildly grainy malt base (think wet white bread).

Taste: As the aroma suggests with a thin edge of acidity, no real funk, and sweetness backed by very little bitterness. Definitely a fruit beer, and very much a dessert beer although you could drink it as-is. The apricot is quite clear, and yet it is an artificial flavor even if the label reads "natural flavor". The tart/sweet is similar to an apricot though.

Feel: Medium in body and a little bit dextrinous with a moderate to median carbonation that leaves it delicately bristling at first and then almost creamy and smooth.

Overall: A decent, sweetish fruit beer with a light touch of tartness that would work well as a dessert beer or aperitif.

Review # 6,994

Apr 09, 2020
3.83 by misteil from Ireland on Mar 18, 2020
4.05 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut on Feb 02, 2020
3.75 by Walnut from Missouri on Nov 10, 2019
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3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by teromous from Virginia

I don't see a bottle or import date, but on the neck it reads: "SK29Q1"

Appearance: The body is a pale gold that is mildly hazy. It forms a spotty white head that consists mostly of islands and a few oil slicks.

Aroma: It has an interesting buttery aroma at first, but it seems like as soon as the surface is agitated a bit the beer picks up a bit of sour fruit. The buttery scent comes back from time to time.

Taste: There is a light, soft, sweet flavor of apricot and a bit of peach. It is a very lovely flavor. The flavor rolls in gently across the palate and doesn't taste too sweet but rather it gives this deep stone fruit flavor.

Mouthfeel: It is smooth and slick without much carbonation. It seems to work for this beer.

Overall: The beer tastes a bit more like an apricot cider than anything else. I would recommend it to those who like apricot fruit rather than those who like apricot candy, because the beer tastes a lot more like the fruit and isn't too sweet. I liked it and could drink it again from time to time.

Oct 11, 2019
4.75 by LennyBound from Illinois on Oct 11, 2019
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4.49/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Mister_Faucher from Washington

18.7oz bottle purchased at Central Market in Mill Creek, Washington. I don't understand their pckd dating code.

Look- Nice slightly hazy honey/peach color with a nice little head. Minimal carbonation bubbles as it sits. Minimal lacing as it goes down.

Smell- HUGE apricot and peach, a little malty honey type thing going on, sweet.

Taste- Incredibly juicy apricot and peach, a little vanilla, not a sweet as the smell indicated.

Feel- Goes down like a wonderful fruit juice, absolutely nothing off-putting. Not filling at all either.

O- This stuff is incredible! For years I have been drinking Pyramid's apricot ale and WOW that's nowhere near as good as this, so many wasted years.

Sidenote- Seems to get a bit too much if you let it get too warm, keep it on the colder side of the range for sure. At $6.50 a bottle it could get expensive, but that's not going to keep me away.

Jul 12, 2019
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4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

From old, undated notes. Poured from the bottle.

Orange juice murkiness.

Bright white head; heavy lace.

Apricot nose; like an orange & a strawberry mating.

Medium mouthfeel.

Apricot jam flavor; slight hop smack on the lips. Delicious.

Jun 27, 2019
4.01 by Shantzak from Pennsylvania on May 07, 2019
3.75 by Matuhg from Michigan on Apr 20, 2019
Photo of Squire
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Squire from Mississippi

Deep canary yellow verging on gold color with good white cap and lacing.

Slightly tart, slightly sweet aroma of ripe apricots. Not much else there in the way of grain or hops, but the apricot scent is pleasant.

Taste is a good deal more flavorful than the scent. Both tart and sweet are equally in focus on the same plane. Fruit sharpness is blunted by fruit sweetness in a way that is more off setting than balancing. Clean, simple flavors that highlight apricot in all it's glory.

Medium texture with balancing carbonation.

This is a very pleasing Summery sort of brew that strikes me more a refreshant than food accompaniment.

Mar 10, 2019
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3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by josanguapo from Spain

De craftbeer-shop. En copa Teku. Jugando a Avernum 6. Suave y con agradable sabor a la fruta pero sin llegar al nivel de excelencia que espero de los productos de samuel smith

Dec 22, 2018
4.18 by Phoodcritic from Michigan on Nov 11, 2018
4.25 by paulish from New York on Aug 31, 2018
Photo of vinicole
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by vinicole from England

Bottle. Hazy yellow. Thin head.
A rather sour aroma of composting fruit.
A rich almost overwhelming hit of apricot. The sweetness overwhelms any sourness that it's smell indicated. However the light tart finish is thirst quenching.
Medium body. Well carbonated.
A distinct brew for summer drinking.

Aug 25, 2018
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4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

Has a very strong aroma of dried apricots, apricot jelly and juice. Theres also a perfume like candy smell but it didn't smell artificial.
Taste is very similar, sweet but not sugary sickening sweet. Apricot all the way, dried, candied, jellied, and juiced. There isn't any tartness to balance out the sweetness but it still works out well. There is a mild bitter,dry finish that lingers awhile
Overall it's an excellent fruit beer that worked really well served with dessert.

Aug 19, 2018
Organic Apricot Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 452 ratings