Organic Apricot Ale | Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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Organic Apricot AleOrganic Apricot Ale

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

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

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Ratings: 405 |  Reviews: 107
Photo of OKbrew89
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of drpimento
4.41/5  rDev +13.4%
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 -1%
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 +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of bschmidt_37
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Libeertarian
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From notes taken 06/23/16:

Served in Samuel Smith pint glass. British beer while watching the Brexit results, seems appropriate, even for a Yank. Mostly clear golden ale with fruity orange twinge. Delicate off-white foamy head. Strong fruity aroma, apricot I suppose, but really not a far cry from the strawberry fruit ale smell. It does taste a little more overtly like apricot, at least. Light hopping noticed as it settles, but fruity throughout. Unlike the strawberry ale, I think the fact it is not extremely malt-forward makes this a good, rather than mediocre beer. Medium to full in body. Mellow carbonation, a refreshing beverage.

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Photo of Erik-P
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheHammer
2.87/5  rDev -26.2%
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 12th 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 Jaisell
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sokol_1993
4.34/5  rDev +11.6%
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 yancot
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of thehyperduck
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
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 JonCorbett
4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev +8%
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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Photo of Sgraziosa
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JeremySachedina
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a lightly hazed yellowish color with a two finger head of fizzy white foam. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a large sum of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is huge of an apricot jam smell mixed with some other lighter peach smells.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweet apricot jam taste that has a little bit of toast mixed within. The jammy sweetness fades a bit more toward the end only to be replaced by a bit of a more crisp apricot taste, giving a thick and sweet, but refreshing and authentic apricot flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather high. For the sweet flavors of the brew the high carbonation is great and makes for a more effervescent desert style brew.

Overall – This was a rather nice desert style brew. It had an authentic apricot taste and aroma and a very nice easy drinking feel. You will want to be in the mood for a sweeter brew if you take this on, but if so you will likely enjoy this one as it is quite nice.

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Photo of Stillyman11
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TimeParadog
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GrimGuzzler
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ImperatorScab
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kkmiller76
4.26/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sabtos
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Hazy dark orange with a large, soft, dense white pearly head.

On both the nose and palate, the apricot is really sticky and juicy sweet, almost lemon, yet wholesome with wheat bread and a full, round body. How do they do this? It's only 5%!! I could drink this all day.

This is another winning beer by this exceptional brewer that really knows how to pack the flavor into an ABV level most brewers struggle with keeping out of "watery" and "flavorless" territory.

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Photo of Vylo
3.15/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Organic Apricot Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 405 ratings