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

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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
Ratings:
396
Reviews:
102
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
13.85%
 
 
Wants:
30
Gots:
80
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 396 |  Reviews: 102
Photo of Lanecirrus
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky golden apricot color with a 1 inch foamy orange-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is fantastic with aromas of fresh apricots, dried apricots, and some apricot/peach juice. Taste is of all of these apricot aromas translated into tasty flavors with a nice malt/grain presence on the finish. The flavors are both mildly tart and slightly sweet creating a nice natural fruit flavor. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a fantastic beer and definitely the best of all of the Samuel Smith fruit ales in my opinion.

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Photo of durlta
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jamesthebrit
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours super hazy and bubbly. Big white foamy head that stays around for quite some time before fading to a thin layer over the top.

S: Super fruity. Notes of apricots, grape must, sweet, strawberrys, smooth. Simply wonderful with lots going on.

T: Very fruity and sweet. Fades to a little bit of lingering stale grape must but nothing too bad. There is a good range of flavors all in the fruityness.

M: Sits a little light but a lot of flavors begin to develop.

Overall a great beer. I like fruity beers so if you don't like sweet beers pass on this. I think it's a great showing with the fruit really blending in well here. I'm probably going to try to snatch up more Sam Smith beers as their other beer that I had was also quite impressive.

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Photo of ImperatorScab
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hickmancase
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beerisheaven
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was looking forward to trying this. Picked up 2 bottles last week, decided to have one with my post-Easter meal.

A - Poured from a bottle to two small Hunahpu snifters. I like the size bottle in that it is big enough to share and small enough if you want just a meaningful taste. Pours a cloudy yellow with a large white puffy head that backs off and leaves generous lacing on the snifter.

S - Very nice. Good waft of apricot with a little malt backbone. Not overpowing, generally nice.

T - I saw some of the reviews that noted its tartness. I will say that if you drink any amount of wilds or sours with regularity, you will probably think that this leans to the sweeter side. Wonderful taste of apricots to me with minimal bite.

M - I found this to be creamy, full, and delicious.

O - I really liked this beer and will pick up a few more for safe keeping. Great summer beer to say the least and now has raised my interest to try the other Sammy Organic fruit beers. I kept comparing this in my mind to the Selinsgrove Saison Peche and thinking if you subbed out the Peach for Apricot that you would have something similar. A really nice beer that might be too sweet for some but I found it to be quite nice.

On my way to pick some more up for sure.

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Photo of Brenden
4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one really is the color of apricot, or very close to it, and murky. It grows a fluffy, slightly tinted head to a full finger's height with very good retention and plentiful fluffy patches of lacing that cling to the glass.
This beer is all about the apricot, but in such a way that it's very much still a beer. It's just so fresh and full of apricot one might forget from time to time. There's flesh and juice with a little bit of fruity sourness to it in light levels. The fruit really is infused in a way few fruit beers manage. It pulls together tart, sweet and sour along with malty grains in a way that don't interfere. It's by no means overly sweet, either. The aroma doesn't have the full malty effect to as high a degree of efficiency as the flavor, but it's close.
This beer, light to medium-bodied, is extremely crisp without going overboard on the bite and very bright as well. It's essentially semi-dry, with more dryness leading into the finish than at any other point.

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Photo of sokol_1993
4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: darker shade of yellow, but not too dark. Good head, with not much retention
Smell: Fully of apricot, very good smell, very lovely.
Taste: A lot of apricot taste up front, very sweet. Some maltiness creeps up at the end and dampen the apricot taste a bit, but not much.

An extremely thirst-quenching drink. Very lovely. Will recommend and buy it again.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look : Hazy yellow body, 70% opaque, wonderful head. Creamy looking and dense.

Smell : Floral. Fresh apricot picked from the tree.

Flavor : Sweet, intense liquid apricot; mild wheat body underneath.

Feel : Creamy, light, well carbonated.

Overall : The ultimate Apricot ale. Fruit is out front, wheat is in the background, this beer is a delight.

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550 ml bottle into imperial pint glass, bottled on 6/24/2013. Pours lightly hazy bright gold color with a 2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge apricot, peach, orange, pear, honey, wheat, bread, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance of juicy apricot, fruity yeast ester, and malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big tart apricot, peach, orange, pear, wheat, honey, bread, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of fruity tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of apricot, peach, pear, apple, wheat, honey, bread, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic robustness of juicy apricot, fruity yeast ester, and pale malt sweetness; with a great malt/tartness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and fairly slick/syrupy mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic fruit beer. Tons of robust and balanced tart apricot and pale malt sweetness; and extremely smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of jsbirnba
4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mcrawford
4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of risenz
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FaradayUncaged
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of nodder
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.29/5  rDev +10%
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 kkmiller76
4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JakerLou
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Dewolfe1986
4.25/5  rDev +9%

By far my favorite of the Sam smith collection.

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Photo of InVinoVeritas
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of gldnns
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JamLand
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of OregonGrown7
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Samuel Smith's Organic Apricot Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
3.9 out of 5 based on 396 ratings.
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