Organic Apricot Ale | Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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3.89/5
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416 Ratings
Organic Apricot AleOrganic Apricot Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: Fruit and Field 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
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#13,671
Reviews:
112
Ratings:
416
pDev:
13.88%
 
 
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Ratings: 416 |  Reviews: 112
Photo of RickS95
3.06/5  rDev -21.3%
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 Scotchboy
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
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 babbules
3.07/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First off, I have to offer a disclaimer. I didn't know anything about this beer when I opened it, and was expecting something mild and refreshing, similar to most American ap wheats. What I got was an apricot BOMB! The beer had a great fruity smell, and cloudy golden orange appearance. Nice head and lacing. The first sip was shocking! It's so over-the-top with apricot, that it was almost like drinking a hard cider. Tart (thought not pucker-inspiring) and very sweet. By the time I finished it, I liked it more than when I started. I'll have to resample this one again when I'm feeling more adventurous.

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Photo of DavidST
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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 Beerislivingproof
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of casualfan
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of zeff80
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden yellow color with a small, fizzy, white head. It left very little lacing.

S - Aroma is fresh, ripe apricots. Nice. Not very beer-like.

T - It tasted of ripe apricot with some floral notes. Sweet with a minimal bitterness.

M - It was fairly crisp and sharp. A light bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is better than I expected. Lots of apricot flavor. Great summer brew.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
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 PeterM
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
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 PeteRiz
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of tdm168
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - hazy orangish yellow with a huge, dense, pure white head that has great retention

S - apricots and faint wheat

T - very sweet, almost juice like apricots

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

If you enjoy apricots or fruit beers in general, then this is a nice offering. It's very, intensely, sweet and fruity. It's practically apricot juice with a crisp carbonation. It's a little sweet for my liking so I'll pass in the future.

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Photo of Norton21
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of caverog
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Nihilistkid
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of thain709
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
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 Kromes
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
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 Giggy
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
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 jtierney89
2/5  rDev -48.6%
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 KornWallace
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of nick76
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
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 Josievan
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Nightrain87
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of kojevergas
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

1 pint 2.7 fl oz (550ml) brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the style; I like apricot beers (and have brewed one or two).

A: Pours a four finger beige head of okay cream, nice thickness, and good retention. Colour is a hazy dull nontransparent yellow-orange. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Not vibrant or particularly inviting. Looks like a weissbier.

Sm: Apricot and peach come through on the aroma quite heavily. Fresh citrus esters. Clean malts are buried beneath. Apricot is dominant. A mild strength aroma.

T: Apricot throughout the body with sweeter peach on the finish. Clean malts form the backbone, with nice cream throughout. Crisp and enjoyable. A bit of green apple comes through near the climax. It's an interesting brew, with a delightful balance - though it is too sweet on the finish. I like it. Well built for its aims; it's meant to be a refreshing easy drinking apricot fruit brew - and that's exactly what it is. Simple but nice. Some limited subtlety.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Refreshing and enjoyable. Of nice thickness. Near perfect carbonation. Fluffy and cloudlike (as pretentious as that sounds...)

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. An all around delightful little apricot brew. So many fruit beers come off as artificial or syrupy but this one feels genuine and really delivers on it the promise of the label. A solid brew that apricot fans will enjoy, but not a fantastic beer. It's held back by its simplicity.

High B-

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Photo of Jamesthebrit
4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
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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Organic Apricot Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 416 ratings