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

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by minterro on 03-19-2012

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94
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377
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
27.95%
 
 
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Reviews: 94 | Ratings: 377
Photo of BGDrock
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Appearance: gold, slightly hazy; white head is fine and full with average retention

Aroma: big, bright apricot jam leaping from the glass, with some honey and floral notes

Taste & Mouthfeel: juicy and full of apricot flavour that's surprisingly authentic - definitely sweet, but not sugary as it could have been (good thing); soft and silky body may be an attempt to imitate the fruit's skin, and if so, it's a nice touch' a medium dry finish prevents it from being cloying and lends some crispness; apply juice comes to mind too; no sign of hops which is no hindrance

Overall: funny thing is, originally thought it was a peach ale (didn't read the label closely), but taste and aroma kept me thinking of apricot - goes to show how spot on the profile is; a delight for summer, and for cider lovers

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Bottle: Poured a bright clear golden color ale with a generous white foamy head with good retention. Aroma of fresh apricot notes is very nice with nice fruity ester notes. Taste is also dominated by fresh apricot notes with some light cereal notes and some fruity ester. Body is about average with good carbonation. Well made with nice fresh apricot notes and with good balance of residual sugar notes.

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Photo of PostRockandCats
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Tastes like Apricot soda in the best of ways. Sweet. Obviously. Would be out-freaking-standing with vanilla icecream topped with a fruit compote.

Floral and smooth up front. More effervescent than I normally prefer, but it works here. The apricot is deep and concentrated, more like dried than fresh.

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Photo of DavidST
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a pint glass. This pours a very hazy apricot yellow color with a massive white head. The smells are very strong on apricot. The feel is medium to a little thick. The taste is good but very sweet, loads of slightly sour apricots and not much else. Very fruity, but good.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bigger bottle, 16 oz maybe?

Pours a hazy yellow orange with minimal lacing for a head.

Tart and sweet fruit smells, like lemon and orange.

A sweet and tart apricot flavor are everpresent, fresh and clean. Fruity sweet, but nothing artificial about it, and it's not overbearing.

Lighter body with a poppy carbonation.

If you don't like sweeter fruit beers, this will not be for you. But if you do like fruity beers like lambics, then this is about as good as it gets for my money. The apricot balances the sweetness with a natural tartness that really makes this a treat. There are few if any fruit beers I can think of to put ahead of this one.

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Photo of TheMultiYeast
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy yellow orange with a small white head and little lacing.

Smell is sweet, slightly bready, plenty of apricot

Lots of apricot in taste, light sweetness, clean pleasantly tart finish

Feel is crisp, refreshing, tart, well carbonated...Good stuff!

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Photo of Giggy
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550 ml bottle. Was looking for something different. Not necessarily interested in the organic aspect.

A: Mustard yellow coloring. Very cloudy and hazy. White head.

S: Dominant apricot but also wheat, yeast, and stone fruits.

T: Was surprised to find it so sweet. Was expecting it to be more dry. Tastes of sweet apricots, honey, pears, peach, and orange.

M: Smooth with a slight tingle from the carbonation. Creamy.

O: Very drinkable. Good summer brew.

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Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch and a half of creamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: As expected, lots and lots of apricot in the aroma. Pretty much dominates this category.

T: Tasted of - you guessed it - apricots. There's a hint of malt in the finish, but the apricots take over everything. Not quite as vibrant as I would have thought, but still very tasty.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slick, syrupy finish. Medium-bodied.

O: I didn't quite like this beer as much as Samuel Smith's other organic fruit beers, but it is very enjoyable and easy to drink.

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Photo of thain709
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured with a very cloudy, dull golden body...the head was white and fluffy and disappeared very quickly...there was a thin, broken cap left...not much lacing

S - Very fresh, juicy, and fruity...I didn't find overpowering, but rather very enjoyable...apricots and a hint of some peaches were the main characters

T - Again, the fruit is the star of the show...the apricots were very fresh and juicy...they never became cloying because of the wheat malt in the background...the wheat malt just rounded out the flavor and it never took over the fruit presence...the finish is full of fresh apricots

M - Medium bodied...with a hint of thickness to it...smooth with adequate carbonation

O - I'm not going to lie, but this is pretty much a one trick pony...a tasty one trick pony non-the-less...one bottle would be enough to satisfy me especially when looking to cool down or have an alternate to hops

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Photo of Resuin
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 18.7 ounce bottle into a tulip. The bottle is dated SF11L1, which, I believe, means this was bottled on June 11, 2012 - about a year and a half ago.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy orange-cream color and leaves a finger of white, sticky head which lingers for a little while.

Smell: Sweet apricot dominate the aroma profile, some malt, a hint of wheat.

Taste: Big sweet apricot. This tastes like apricot juice - and pretty good apricot juice. A little bit of grassy wheat in the flavor, but it takes a back seat. Alcohol is hidden. Reminds me a little bit of a mimosa, with the sweet fruit and carbonation - very different for a beer. Refreshing. Finishes just a touch sour.

Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation with a creamy, medium body. Similar to a lightly carbonated juice. Finishes smooth.

Overall: While relatively simple (apricot) in its flavors, it is well done for what it is. There are no obvious flaws, and this one is very refreshing. Apricots come out in a nice way, and this is not overwhelming. This one's closer to apricot juice than what people think of when they hear the word "beer".

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Photo of Samuel906
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

I was looking for something light and refreshing for a hot summer day, and I found it in this beer. I love apricots and this beer gives you plenty. A full nose reminiscent of some apricot marmalade with some notes of wheat. Taste is sweet and crisp, like carbonated juice, with some tangy and tart notes, and a great wheat background. It could be a little too sweet for some. This beer is refreshing, and well carbonated.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550 mL bottle from the LCBO; dated Jan 18 2016 and served well-chilled. I never noticed how easy it is to smudge those bottling date stamps off.

Pours a hazy golden-orange colour, generating a full inch of frothy white foam at the surface which proceeds to wily away over the next couple of minutes. A bubbly film remains on the surface afterwards, rimmed by a thin, soapy collar and some scant lace. Visually, it's about what I'd expect from an apricot beer, and the nose only reinforces that precept - tart apricot and juicy, sweet peach notes permeate the nostrils upon each sniff. Unfortunately, I can't detect much else beyond that potent (and admittedly enticing) facet of the aroma.

Interesting stuff. Grainy, crackery wheat malts and sugar sweetness are buried beneath the apricot, providing a relatively neutral baseline flavour. The flavour of the titular ingredient starts off tart and borderline sour, much like the flesh of a slightly underripe apricot, but soon acquires a more juicy-sweet, overripe peach character towards the finish. Lingering sugary sweetness in the aftertaste; this beer is definitely on the saccharine side, but I don't find it overtly cloying. On the thicker side of light-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a mouthfeel that leans toward the crisp side. If you like apricots (or peaches, or nectarines, or any other stone fruit along those lines) then it's safe to assume you will appreciate this beer.

Final Grade: 4.09, an A-. Ontario fruit beer fans should consider Samuel Smith's Organic Apricot Ale to be worth some serious consideration over the next few months, because it's a fabulous summer thirst-quencher that will only be available here for a limited time. Like their other organic fruit beers, this is a solid fruit beer that is worth checking out; I'll probably pick up another bottle or two to stuff into the back of the fridge for later enjoyment this summer.

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Photo of Gavage
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a slightly hazy orange color with a 1" head that slowly falls to a thin surface covering.

Smell: apricots and more apricots.

Taste: the apricot flavor is very strong and quite pleasant. Some grass and wheat tones linger in the background. Very little bitterness here as this beer is very sweet.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Very crisp and prickly throughout with a dry finish. Long lasting apricot aftertaste.

Overall: one of the better fruit-centric beers I have had in a while. If you enjoy apricots, this one is worthy of a try.

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Photo of scratch69
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a mug.

Appearance- Cloudy yellow-orange with a fingers worth of off-white head. Fair amount of lacing.

Smell- Fruity apricot aroma.

Taste- Sweet apricot flavor with a faint hint of floral hops at the finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and sticky with an average amount of carbonation.

Overall- Great tasting fruit beer. It tastes more like fruit juice than beer, but it is still delicious.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, what a find on a recent beer-buying expedition to Philly! I was unaware that S. S.'s was even making such a beer! To say that I am excited to try it would be an understatement.

From the bottle: "Brewed at Melbourn Bros ancient brewery in Stamford, Lincolnshire and blended and bottled as Samuel Smith's Brewery, Tadcaster, North Yorkshire."; "Handcrafted at Melbourn 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 in 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 counterpart to the pure organic fruit juice."; "The [pictured] steam engine provides power to drive the malt mill and mash tun rakes. It was built in 1910 by Marshalls of Gainsborough."

This was one frothy, heady beer, lemme tell ya! I had two-plus fingers of French Vanilla head off a relatively low-aggression pour. The room smelled like I was using apricot air freshener and my mouth was immediately watering. Color was a hazy orangish-yellow, like fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice. Mouthfeel was soft and creamy and the taste reminded me that apricots are not the sweetest fruit out there. Man, did this have a tang that woke up my dormant taste buds! This was a sipper, to be sure. It was tart, but not sour, if that is at all meaningful to others. Finish was white wine dry and very refreshing. This would make an excellent summertime beer or for anyone that simply digs fruit beers. Worth a try.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the beer for apricot heads. Not a sour at all; more like apricot preserves in beer form. I wound up serving this with a flourless dark chocolate cake that had a thin layer of apricot in the center and the pairing was terrific.

The beer pours cloudy and a golden apricot color–go figure–with a nice fluffy cap of white foam that settles slowly and leaves decent lacing. Both the taste and aroma are full on, sugary apricot preserves. Just a touch of tartness, yeast, and light malty notes underneath. There’s still some inkling that you’re drinking a beer, but not too much.

Medium-light bodied with good carbonation; avoids being cloying. While it’s definitely on the sweeter side, it dries up a bit in the finish. I really enjoyed this; I certainly wouldn’t want to drink it everyday, but I could definitely see myself buying this again if I’m the mood for it.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 550mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: golden-orange hue with a thick haze and two big fingers of pillowy ivory foam. Head is tenacious and leaves a good lace behind, as well.

Smell: nice, rich apricot aroma with a big earthiness underneath it. It smells fresh and natural.

Taste: malty backbone with a great apricot flavor. The earthiness of the aroma is replaced by a fresh tartness in the flavor which is quite refreshing. A good fruit beer!

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good level of carbonation and resulting creaminess. I like it.

Overall: this is actually one of the better fruit beers I've had. Apricot is earthy and pairs well with the malt, and there's just enough tartness to make the beer highly refreshing and drinkable. Great stuff!

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Photo of byronic
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%

Pours a translucent gold with minimal lacing. Very fragrent bouquet of apricots. Tastes follows through on the nice and is reminiscent of dried apricots. Smooth mouth feel bordering on creamy with medium carbonation. The finish presents a lingering sweetness.

A nice fruit ale. Very true to it's label all be it a bit sweet. Would definitely have this again!

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550 ml bottle purchased for under $5 CDN at the LCBO. Served fairly cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - Crystal clear, very pale orange and gold mixture. Millions of bubbles continuously stream to the top. Two fingers of fluffy white head are formed and slowly recede leaves little bits of lacing behind.

Smell - Big apricot nose, and there are hints of what seem like cherry, upon review it is just a ton of apricot. There's a trace of a sweet caramel mixture in there too. Not overdone but subtly excellent.

Taste - Again a plethora of fresh apricot hits the tongue and excites the tastebuds without overwhelming them. The taste recedes to a faint apricot aftertaste, just as reminder that it is there. It's almost like a spiked apricot juice with beery goodness.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated but with a light body, the finish is sweet but not overly decadent. Quite smooth.

Overall - This isn't something I'd want to drink every day, since I enjoy apricot, but not daily. At the same time it's so well executed that it would be impossible to pass up if I ran across it sometime in the future. A masterful fruit beer that illustrates what fruit beer can be.

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Photo of brock146
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Looks like an apricot! Cloudy and murky.

S - Smashed apricots, sweet fruit scent.

T - Like biting into a fresh, ripe apricot with a slight sourness. Sticky and a little bit of booze in the middle.

M - Apricot flavored smoothie. Thick and bubbly.

O - Another very good fruit beer by Samuel Smith

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - The cloudy body of a wheat beer, a foamy lace ring.

S - TONS of sweet dried apricots. Everything apricot here i.e. dried, fresh, jam etc. A very faint hint of malted grains upon deep inhalation.

T - Of course, big apricot flavor with fresh, dried, candied etc. Much like apricot jam, tangy, sweet, faintly tart. A slight bitterness in the way of apricot skin, and dried beer grains. A fresh, inviting flavor with clean elements.

M - Cleansing, crisp, tart, subtle dryness in the end.

O - A wonderful brew, definitely the apricot lovers holy grail. This beer puts other "apricot ales" to shame. This doesnt just taste like someone sprayed apricot perfume into a crappy lager, its a mouthful of the actual fruit. Well done/

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into my English Ale Pint glass. It pours a beautifully hazy golden color that looks a lot like apricot nectar. The head is excellent as well, starting off about two fingers in thickness and retains like a proper English Ale should...down to about a half finger thick...the color of the thick foam is off white with hints of copper lingering within. Lacing looks to be good as well with plenty of sticky stringy bubbles clinging to the side of the glass.

S- This has one very dominant aroma...fresh pressed apricot fruit! The sweet nectar permeates the nostrils with delight, and in the background are whiffs of malt, earthy apricot kernel and a mildly drying hop cone smell right at the end.

T- The flavors of the beer follow the aromas closely with a noticeable exception. While again, the dominating character on the palate is apricot, I find it to have a tang to it that doesn't quite match what eating a fresh piece of the fruit would be like, and this in turn provides a slightly sour flavor. Other than this, the malt gently finds its' way to the palate and the finish isn't bitter at all, but rather like in the aroma, I find the hop profile to be more drying. Not bad overall flavor-wise!

M- This beer is very creamy and easy going on the palate, with very fine carbonation striking my tongue. The result of this is a definite medium bodied beer that had a very refreshing, fruity character.

O- The drinkablility of this beer is quite good, but it's not something that I could drink rather quickly or in large quantities. I think if the weather was really warm, this makes a great patio beer. The alcohol is very well hidden and it's a very smooth drinking beverage. My only knock is that the flavor feels slightly forceful and I'd like it even better if it was a little more subdued....still, a very good apricot fruit beer by comparison! Of course I always like the idea that all ingredients used are organic....something that should be commonplace!

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Photo of LXIXME
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A bright golden colored beer with small carbonation bubbles lifting themselves into a thin froth covering this Samuel Smith offering. Pours with a big head that falls at a decent rate but not to quickly which allowed me to snap a few pictures before just some lacing remained. Light apricot aroma with just hints of other qualities coming through which also transfers to the taste, which is a pleasing light apricot. I don't know if they brew the apricot in or if its a syrup added later (which is quite the trend) but whichever this is done pretty darn well.

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Photo of Kromes
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: An unfiltered light orange color with a finger's width white colored head.

S: A smooth wheat malt aroma with a very fragrant apricot.

T: Very sweet and tart apricot flavor. The tartness goes very well with the sweet apricot flavors. Finishes tart and sour with a lingering apricot flavor.

M: Medium body, a little bit puckering from the tartness. Good carbonation.

O: Some apricot ales are overly sweet, some too tart and dry. This one hits right down the middle and provides both with great results.

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Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours slightly hazy and honey colored; the cap retains nicely and drizzles lacing

Smell: Brilliant apricot tones; it has the floral quality of fresh apricots and the pungent sweetness of dried apricots

Taste: While the flavor captures all of the qualities of the aromatics, the sweetness ultimately reduces the drinkability, as the beer finishes quite sweet; still, there is a hint of tartness in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: It is a rare beer that I would rather smell than taste but this is one

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