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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

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

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: 95 | Ratings: 381
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 KTCamm
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the Sam Smith signature bottle into a pint glass.

Pours murky hazy cloudy yellowish brown with no foam. Malty fruit nose. Apricot comes through. The taste is a tart fruity apricot. The fruit is punchy - malt tries to hold it back, but it keeps popping through. Strong citrus. Nicely blended. Works for what it is.

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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 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 mfnmbvp
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint 2.7 fl oz bottle, no bottled on date present. Uncapped and poured into my Firestone Walker pint glass which is now my only surviving glassware.

A - Pours a rich orange-ish mango color, with no real head at all, just a slight fizz. Reminds me of a slightly more orange looking Mango Kombucha that I've drank before. Basically looks like a nice glass of juice more than it does an actual beer. Managed to get about a finger's worth of light creamy doughy looking head on the second pour.

S - Definite fresh apricot scent for sure. Mild tartness has my taste buds tingling in anticipation. Can't wait to try it. Some type of a creaminess begins to emerge as it warms.

T - Juicy sticky fresh apricot flavor. Wonderful carbonated tartness hits just the right level. This is what I would call a very legitimate fruit beer, compared to some of the swill that calls itself such. Apricots and cream flavor begins to emerge near the end.

M - Smooth, light, clean, and tart. Little bit of some sticky fruit sugars left over, but in all it is a great feel.

Overall a very well-balanced well-crafted apricot beer, with a nice modest 5.10% abv, although I couldn't see myself drinking very much of it. Almost too sweet and juicy to be called beer, but a very unique and enjoyable gourmet beer experience. A nice buy, good price at about 6 dollars a bottle for an imported organic beer. Definitely a beer to try at least once.

Samuel Smith's Organic Apricot Ale ---4/5.

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Photo of pweis909
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy and gold with a big white head that leaves lacy patterns on the glass. Smells and tastes of apricots. Go figure!. The apricot flavor is accompanied by a moderate sourness that makes this beer enjoyably refreshing. The beer seems slightly sweet up front but the sourness dries out the finish. No noticeable hop presence. Well balanced. Quite nice.

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Photo of davewlfpckfan29
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer is worth trying.

Samuel Smith does a really nice job incorporating the Apricot taste, not to mention an 'organic' ale.

The smell is a really strong, pleasant apricot fruity smell.

A nice looking pour, un filtered and very carbonation that lingers for a long time, even as the beer sits.
It tastes like a fruit juice! Maybe an orange juice or hmm.. Apricot juice?
Sweetness right off the bat, but not a lingering sweetness.

A velvety mouthfeel, very thick and heavy. In a good way

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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 thecheapies
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks like apricot juice with cloudiness. Lip of thin white foam.

Bright and fresh apricot flesh, wheat-like tanginess, cereal malts, and light syrup. Smells ripe and fruity good.

Fruity tart with bursting apricot flavor. Wheat malts aren't completely silent and there's a small hop presence that works. Not syrupy in the flavor. Just fruity and bright with pleasing tartness from the blend with real fruit juice. I wish this is what a shandy was.

Feels thick, like carbonated fruit juice. Not the refreshing feel some might look for, but I like the heft.

Amped-up fruitiness pushes the envelope on an apricot ale. Would love to try it side-by-side with the original Melbourn example.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.41/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a very hazy orange color with a fluffy white head on top. The head retention is pretty good but it doesn't have much lacing. The smell of the beer has a subtle sourness on the nose along with the fresh fruit aromas. The taste of the beer is sweet and fruity upfront with a bit of tartness in the finish. The mouthfeel of the beer is on the thicker side. Moderate carbonation with a decent drinkablity. Overall it's pretty sweet... I can't say I enjoyed drinking the entire 16oz.'s. It's a good beer in small doses.

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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 kylehay2004
3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

single finger frithy head on a cloudy orange body. good lacing. the aroma overwhlems with sweetness of apricot of course and some candy sugar. flavor is also very sweet with tons of apricot on what seems like a witbier base with candy sugar. mouthfeel of light to medium body and moderate carbonation. basically this one is too sweet. the apricot is there and tastes good, I just cant handle the sweetness.

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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 GarthDanielson
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is an unfiltered, pale, cream-yellow coloring with a thin, white filmy coating on the surface. Aromas more reminiscent of a lambic, with tangy sweet and tart apricot characters, as well as a touch of citrus. Flavors are smooth and sweet, with an underlying sugary sweet feel. Apricot is the backbone, with a subtle tapering to the sweetness that blends with the carbonated, light mouthfeel. Much more subtle and drinkable than I was expecting from the nose. The aftertaste is a slight linger of the fruit sweetness that is kept light by the effervescence of the brew. Slightly lingering tang on the finish, but clean overall. This is a legit apricot brew.

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Photo of jwc215
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clouded deep yellow with a thin white head that hangs on. Some lacing sticks.

The smell of apricot is robust. There is a nice musty-ish, yeasty, "ale" character underneath to let you know it's a beer and not a fruity malt drink.

The taste is of apricot is strong upfront, with some tart balancing the sweetness. The malt, yeast and mild hop touch underneath combine nicely with it. A refreshing dryness pulls through in the finish. The apricot is strong, but not overpowering enough to make it only about the apricot.

It is smooth with a medium body and mild to medium carbonation.

A nicely done fruit beer! If you like apricots and ales, I certainly recommend this. The one 550 ml bottle was enough for me, in a good way.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550ml bottle.

This beer pours a very cloudy, murky, dark golden, burnished yellow colour, with two fingers of dense, puffy, off-white head, which renders some heavy-laden spectral lace around the glass as it readily sinks away.

It smells of sweet, fruity mashed apricot, pastry-esque, bready pale malt, a bit of that peaches & cream manna essence, and very subtle earthy, leafy hops. The taste is quite sugary sweet right off the bat, with the fruity apricot and the vanilla cake-like maltiness conspiring to send you off to your dentist, a further generic orchard fruitiness adding just a twinge of the acidic to the mix, and some muffled leafy, almost woody hops struggling to be heard.

The carbonation is present, purposeful, but still dutifully in the background, the body a sturdy, sugary medium weight, with an equally attendant smoothness. It finishes with a welcome diminishing of the fruity sweetness, to a level more engendering of the desire of another gulp. Wait, ohhh....

A decent fruit ale, of the apricot drupe stripe, which kind of grows on you, as one becomes acclimated, I suppose, to the saccharine nature of it all. Anyway, tasty, if you're into this sort of thing, but one (actually a wee bit less) would be more than enough for me, in no bad way.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy peach to pale orange in color with a light amount of visible carbonation near the surface of the beer. The beer has a finger tall creamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a medium sized thick patch and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of sweet apricot that strengthens as the beer warms and opens up. There are some lighter aromas of peach and vanilla but the dominant aroma is that of apricot.

T: Like the smell, the taste of this beer starts out with a nice sweet apricot flavor - it is a really enjoyable and tastes very much like fresh apricot (nothing artificial here) and there is a light amount of natural tartness. Towards the finish, there is a light amount of grainy malts.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Syrupy and sticky.

O: This is my favorite of the Samuel Smith's Organic fruit beers - wonderful natural apricot aroma and flavor. Very enjoyable and easy to drink, definitely one I would get again.

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Photo of Zorro
3.17/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy orange colored beer with a slight white colored head.

Smell is apricots. There is some acid present and some vanilla aromas. Smells a great deal like peach ice cream.

Starts out sweet with a little bit of acid to balance it out. Taste is pretty much Apricot soda. Very sweet beer. No real beer aspects to this one.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this is a try it once type of beer. Very sweet, probably would go well with Vanilla ice cream.

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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 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 babbules
3.07/5  rDev -21.3%
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 +2.6%
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 zeff80
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
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 +5.6%
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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Samuel Smith's Organic Apricot Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
3.9 out of 5 based on 381 ratings.
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