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)
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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Reviews:
94
Ratings:
377
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
27.95%
 
 
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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: very cloudy, well....apricot. Thick foamy off white head.
Smell: rich sweet fruit. This smell just tempts you to quaff it on a hot Ga day.
Taste: more of the same. Rich sweet fruit. Not too sweet, just right.
Overall: I have really dug these Sam Smith organics. Personally the others with that tart raspberry, strawberry, and cherry respectively are a bit better than the apricot but this is very nice too.

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Photo of RickS95
3.06/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Surprisingly good looks. As opposed to the clear fruit beers with a faint red hue, this pours a cloudy, milky, hazy golden yellow with light orange notes thrown in. So thick and hazy you can't see anything. The head is amazingly thick and fluffy, with good staying power. Looks nothing like any other fruit beer I've had.

It's all fruit in the nose, but doesn't have the fake Kool Aid smell. It's bordering on too much, but thankfully falls just short.

While I actually like the taste, it's really more of a wine cooler taste. Instead of a beer with some apricot mixed in, it tastes like apricot juice with some beer mixed in. Just the slightest bit of hop presence in the swallow.

Very smooth, fruity and sweet. Noticeable citrus bite, tart. Almost nothing from the hops and alcohol.

I had high hopes for this after seeing the appearance, but it's got some major flaws as far as being a beer is concerned. Still not a bad drink, just not a great beer.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.64/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Comes in a larger 1 pint, 2.7 ounce bottle. Pours a very hazy yellow-burnt orange, just like would be expected for a glass of apricot nectar except with a foamy head and the lacing. Lots of aroma of course that is very pleasing to the nose! Taste like the the smell with just a tad of bitterness that is actually perfect. A couple of years ago, I didn't want to try a fruit-type ale but have really grown to love them!

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into a snifter

A: Orange with a finger of white head. Retention is nice.

S: Very sweet, I get lots of peaches in this aroma. The taste is quite acidic, the apricot in the forefront of the flavor. very fruity, the aroma is very enjoyable.

T: I get a nice sweet peach note in this beer, I really enjoy what this beer does. Very sweet, but very fruity and peachy this beer does very well. I enjoy it.

M: A bit on the light side, but not bad.

O: Lots of stuff going on, this beer is strong with the apricot presence. It's really delicious - I really enjoy it.

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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 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 Tsar_Riga
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Orange, slight haze, mostly transparent, with a short white head that fades out to a thin layer with very minimal lacing.

S - Fruit bomb, mostly of the beer's namesake, but also of other stone fruits, like peaches. Yeasts throw off sour elements, also. Very reminiscent of fruit lambics, which is a good, good thing.

T - Sweet and sour, apricot without the texture that puts me off the fruit. Finish is fairly standard turn toward the sour.

M - Acidic, but very clean, mild carbonation.

O - I love good fruit beers, and this is a very good fruit beer. The apricot is delicious, and fully realized. I will definitely get this again; it is top notch.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.57/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: 1/4" cream coloured head over cloudy and thick amber liquid.

S: Apricots, honey and yeast.

T: Apricots, yeast, honey and some sweet buscuity malt. But more sweet apricots than anything else.

M: Medium viscosity and low carbonation. Nice and thick fruit feel.

O: Very drinkable, a beautiful summer beer.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550ml bottle to wine glass.

A: Pours a cloudy orange color bordering on both gold and straw. The head is white, a bit filmy, and doesn't retain very well.

S: Starts jammy, lots of fresh apricot flesh and skins. Very natural and fresh, with light sugary notes and hints of a floral component.

T: Flavors of berry hit first, with suggestions of fresh blueberry and raspberry, but its mostly apricot again, jammy with notes of fruit marmalade. I enjoy the flavors, again very natural and not artificial.

MF: Creamy and a bit tart with nice crisp carbonation.

O: A tasty treat. Well done fruit beers are pleasant IMO and this one is no exception.

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Photo of drmeto
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
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 jtierney89
2/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Hazy peach color with a billowing puffy white head. Good lacing. Tons of peaches on the nose.

Medium body with big peach flavor throughout. Slight syrup like finish with what feels and tastes like a touch a wheat. Definitely tastes fresh. Slight fizziness. Tastes like peach juice with a splash of beer. Like a peach shandy. I like it a bit cause I love peaches but really this barely tastes like beer so I can barely consider it one. Tastes more like peach syrup.

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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 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 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 Myotus
2.31/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 550ml bottle (best by date was scratched off) into a pint glass. Pours with half a finger's worth of white foam that maintains. Mild bubbles. Pale yellow in color. Has mild aromas of yeast, smoke, and rotten fruit. Initial taste is of strong apricot flavors. Strong and very unpleasant bready malt flavors enter immediately after along with those rotten fruit flavors. To finish it off, mild smoke flavors kick in the aftertaste. The only thing saving this beer from being any worse in taste is that the sweet apricot flavors persist through the symphony of crap that is this beer. Medium-bodied, mild carbonation, with a slightly dry finish. I can only assume I had a bad batch because the other ratings are nowhere near to what I experienced.

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Photo of McBraniel
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Minimal to no head, clear in appearance. Very disappointing. If Woodchuck made an apricot *cider* (do they?), it would be better than this:

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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 minterro
4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found in Chicago (forgot what the liquor store was called)

I have no idea about the availability.

A&S: Spectacular, hazy dark yellow colored beer. Head pours about one and one half fingers of off-white fluffy head. Retained at a thin layer and leaves good wavy lacing. Powerful sweet apricot scent, minor citrus hoppyness.

T&M: Upfront very, very sweet (but not artificial sugary but more like a super concentrated fruit juice). Extremely tart. The intense sugariness fades a litter bit after midtaste and leads into a mixture of citrus and rich apricot tones. medium to light bodied and on the low side of carbonation.

Overall: It blew all other apricot beers or fruit beers I've tried before out of the water! I thought this beer was amazing and would recommend it to anybody. Best enjoyed on a warm summer's afternoon.

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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 FondueVoodoo
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: An opaque apricot juice colour, the head poured out a fat finger of white foamy bubbles settling down to thin slip, with even a little lacing. The apricot colour is a good indication of what to expect.

S: Smells exactly like a fresh cut apricot, sweet and fruity with a little tartness. Subtle notes of yeast, but the primary smell is apricots. Some very faint muskiness

T:Sweet, sweet apricots, with some breads, and a chaser of yeast. The flavour is of true apricots, not artificial flavours with just a little hint of melon muskiness.

M: Thicker than I expected and definitely creamy. Some active carbonation that develops the creaminess. Very pleasant and not at all the thin and crisp drink I was expecting.

O: Great example of how fruit can be represented in a beer unapologetically. It may even make a great base for a beer cocktail, and would be a terrific sipper on hot day.

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Photo of TheHammer
2.87/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Poured with a thumb of head that didn't lacke but did stick around. The bodly a a cloudy yellow with green notes and low carbonation.

Smell: As expected, the overwhelming presence of Apricots dominates the nose. Warmning doesn't really help or harm it, but only the barest notes of malt can be detected from this one.

Taste: It starts with a pleasent mild fruity apricot taste which is nice, but then when you expect the beer elements to make some form of presence, it's like someone poured concentrated sour apricots and lemon juice over my mouth. It's incredibly tart and sour, honestly to the beer's detriment. This drinks more like cider then beer and next to no malt and certainly no hop presence can be found.

Mouthfeel: Well the aftertaste is expected, apricots so that's nice, but that's where this one ends. This beer doesn't ease you into it's sour element, but hits you like a sack of bricks. The carbonation is low so it doesn't really accent any part of the beer, it comes off as a little bit acidic feeling and I'm left asking where are the hops to reign in some of this?

Drinkability: That acidic note is really doing this beer no favours here. Well is does settle down well, it doesn't come across and refreshing, crisp or even desert like. More, like that you are eating liquidfied fuzzy peach candy.

Final Thoughts: I have no doubt this beer appeals to someone, and indeed someone else may find it superb, but that person is not me. It drinks far more like apricot cider then beer. There's no malt, no bitterness, no anything but sour alcholized apricots. It is to the point where I almost suspect a bad bottle. Regardless, I'll be sticking to St-Ambroise for my Apricot fix, because this is a pass to me. What a shame, my first bad beer from Samuel Smith's, but given this is my 12 beer reviewed from them before hitting something less appealing. I'd say that ain't bad at all, so whatever you do, don't let this poor review in any way influence you to avoid a normally spectacular brewer.

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Photo of nick76
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is cloudy peach with a medium head. The aroma is fruity but also a bit meaty and there is a yeasty beer underneath. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is smooth. Overall a nice beer to try but it has an off aftertaste that throws it for me.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a hazy to semi-cloudy yellow with a two finger creamy white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute.
The smell had the apricots just as the brewery says so, its there just like white on rice. Strong with light floral qualities underneath.
The flavor, guess what that tasted like, you'll never believe, grapes right, just kidding, its a ton of apricots penetrating my tongue nicely.
The mouthfeel was about light bodied, and somewhat creamy with a good carbonation about it.
Overall, why the hell did I have this recently? Too cold right now for this thing, still good but this one just has the qualities to be drinking it in the Summer. As I say to this beer "cya next Summer, man!"

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Photo of tviz33
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 pint 2.7 oz bottle in to a tulip glass.

A- Pours a hazy orange gold body with less than a finger of head that disappears instantly.

S- Holy apricots! The nose is straight apricot juice. Sweet, sours, and fresh.

T- Just like the nose indicated. Almost like a carbonated apricot juice. Again, sweet, sour, and fresh. Nothing more, nothing less.

M- Medium bodied and ever so slightly creamy. Easy on the way down.

O- This almost doesn't taste like a beer, but I'll gladly drink more of it.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

And, for the beer, I finally picked up:

Samuel Smith's Organic Apricot Ale.

A: 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Clear orange/sienna. Decent lacing.

S: Nice apricot aroma, but more skin and fuzz than flesh, as usual.

T/MF: More of the same as the nose. Seems a touch sweet at first, but after that it's fine.

Not as good as the other fruit ales they make, but still decent.

Poured from an 18.7 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Samuel Smith's Organic Apricot Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
87 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.
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