Samuel Smith's Organic Apricot Ale | Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

Samuel Smith's Organic Apricot AleSamuel Smith's Organic Apricot Ale
BA SCORE
3.88/5
399 Ratings
Samuel Smith's Organic Apricot AleSamuel Smith's Organic Apricot Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
England, United Kingdom
samuelsmithsbrewery.co.uk

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by minterro on 03-19-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,360
Reviews:
104
Ratings:
399
pDev:
13.92%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
30
Gots:
82
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 399 |  Reviews: 104
Photo of MisterBanks6
4.72/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pours a very yellowish clear colour with plenty carbonation giving it that fizzy texture. The smell was of clear apricots and slight lime biscuit. The flavour was apricot and reminded me of apricot yogurt leaving the same but strong aftertaste. Will have again.

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Photo of Monsterbaitor
4.74/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: hazy gold permeated by streams of rapidly rising bubbles under a 1.5" off-white to cream foam collar with good retention

S: Apricot is the big aroma followed by light biscuit, and traces of citrus and fruit

T: Apricot, sweet biscuit, honey, orange, citrus and very mild hop flavors and bitterness

F: very creamy beer with medium to medium low carbonation

O: the malt flavors from the British malts are exactly what you want with apricot

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Photo of jsbirnba
4.31/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jeffthepony
3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of TonyTwins
4.63/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance was a light somewhat hazy yet transparent golden yellow to almost orange color. There is a one finger white foamy head that steadies itself for a good minute and a half before slowing concaving into the body and ends up leaving a nice clingy foamy lacing. The smell is basically a good authentic smelling apricot, exactly as Samuel Smith calls for. There isn’t much else going on in the smell. The taste was basically sweet through the apricot notes but ends up giving a tad of a decent sour flavoring in it. The aftertaste is basically sweet apricot and ends up leading to a sweet dry finish. On the palate, it sits very light on the body and shows an extremely nice sessionable aspect well worth consuming on a mid May day. The carbonation is smooth and tends to hit the spot refreshing-like. Overall, I say this is a good apricot beer as it does everything one asks for from Samuel Smith, well worthy of having again and well worthy of having as a dessert beer on a nice Summer’s evening.

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Photo of nater919
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VoxRationis
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Decanted from an 18.7 oz (550 ml) bottle into a tulip pint glass; no production information.
A: Pours a hazy golden, orange tinged color with a foamy, one inch white head.
S: Slightly sour fragrance with apricot, peach, and orange notes predominating.
T: Pitted fruit (apricot and peach) dominant; sourness extending beyond flavors to the finish.
M: Feels full bodied; pleasantly effervescent.
O: Fruit beer not really my style, but enjoyable.

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Photo of hickmancase
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a hazy amber color. The head was 2 finger, and fairly long lasting with lots of carbonation bubbles rising in the glass. The nose is very strong with the apricot. The taste of this beer is well, a carbonated apricot juice. There's a slight hops bite on the backside, but the fruit is front and center. Very light and refreshing feeling. It's a very delicious beer, and I'm glad I bought it.

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Photo of Dewsby
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chinchill
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500 (?) ml bottle.
Hazy golden body with a durable white head, Decent lacing.
Nice aroma of ripe apricots and baked bread.
Flavor; sweet up front, then tart-sweet through the finish; tart and mildly bitter in the aftertaste, Plenty fruity wih very ripe apricot flavor,
Excellent mouthfeel; smooth, medium body with near perfect, lively carbonation.

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Photo of ThePopeFromTV
2.92/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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 one missed the mark. The flavor was fine, but the sweetness of this beer overpowered me about halfway through my glass, which was only about 1/4 of the full bottle. It didn't take long for my enjoyment of this to turn into disappointment as I slowly came to the conclusion that I didn't want to finish even the glass I had in front of me. The aftertaste was even sweeter and reminiscent of the aftertaste of ice wine.

I give the taste a solid 2.5 to account for both my initial enjoyment and, soon thereafter, my inability to finish the glass.

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Photo of Maillard
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DanGeo
3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of I3eer
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Buffalofarmer28o
4.72/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BeerMeister8
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OKbrew89
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GoHabsGo
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drpimento
4.41/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good. Aroma’s fresh, ripe apricots, yeast, and a hint of malt. Flavor’s similar to nose, mostly sweet offset with a bit of tart and just right carbonation. Slightly chewy. Excellent finish. Goes great with an aged cheddar.

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Photo of bevvy1
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Summer 2016. Cloudy light and golden, lots of bubbles, but little head. Reminds me of a weissbeer or tripel. Looking forward to it.

Smell is muted I was expecting way more and only got faint fruit notes, even as the beer warms up can't figure out what that faint smell is. Fruity for sure.

Taste and Feel I am so conflicted here. Obvious apricot (jam) notes and very sweet, and there are wheat and cereal notes to make it seem like beer, but.... is it juice or beer half the time? I knew what I was getting into when I saw "Apricot beer," but am maybe wishing for a bit more in the way of bitterness/hops instead of fruit? It's tasty and refreshing, and am very glad that in spite of its sweetness it does not linger too much or feel syrupy (helped by carbonation here). This would be great for the girls.

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Photo of drmeto
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L:
-pours a hazy golden with a medium,frothy,white head
-medium carbonation visible
S:
-tangerines,apricot,acidic,lemon,lime,wheaty,almost lambic-like barnyard
T:
-Follows the nose plus grassy
-light to medium sourness
F:
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
O:
A great fruit Beer without too much sweetness

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Photo of bschmidt_37
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Samuel Smith's Organic Apricot Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 399 ratings
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