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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
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
96
Ratings:
381
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
27.69%
 
 
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Reviews: 96 | Ratings: 381
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 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 tdm168
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
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 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 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 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 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 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 kojevergas
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
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 +12.1%
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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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 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 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 wvsabbath
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 18.2 ounce bottle

Appearance - Light golden yellow with a creamy foamy 2 inch white head, and lots of lacing.

Smell - Fruits, malts, grassy, earthy dankness. Not much else.

Taste - Well, from the first sip, sweet apricots with a nice smooth malt backbone. Very natural flavor, much more like fresh juice compaired to sugary concentrate. Pear, peach and orange are mixed in, along with some added sugars.

Mouthfeel - Light, sweet and smooth. TOunge gets fruits, some malts and earthy notes. Palette gets more fruits, malts and a little more sugars. Aftertaste is sweet, herbal and smooth.

Overall - This is how fruit beers should be. You really get the fresh, natural and fruity aspect in each sip. Very well done, a little pricey for sammy smith beers but worth the price since its high quality ingredients.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very enjoyable fruit ale, like other fruit beers from Melbourn Bros and Samuel Smith's it's excellent well managed fruit infused ale. They must use a concentrated apricot puree'. It pours like a viscous clouded golden orange apricot slurry, with a bright white head forming thick. Aroma earthiness, tart fruit, consider this as liquid candied apricots...excellent overall experience so far. Flavor enough natural tartness exists to balance things out between apricot flavors, hints of pear, and tart citrus with a bit of lactic acid yogurt notes. Poured into a 20 ounce imperial pint glass with a Samuel Smith logo. Apricot preserves like sweet/tart notes, dry finish, sturdy fine carbonation carries the medium body so well, of course there's fermentable sugars left behind but it never feels cloying. Overall, excellent fruit ale, never been so pleased with a fruit beer, definitely dessert level sweetness but it tastes so good.

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Photo of ArrogantB
2.96/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

16.9 oz bottle which cost way too much at $6.49. Cloudy orange color, good head, looks nice. Smells like apricots and sugar, eh. Tastes like apricot syrup and sugar and not much else. Cloyingly sweet and unpleasant, I would never buy this again. Dry Dock does a much better job of capturing the apricot without the sguary sweetness.

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Photo of Beerisheaven
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was looking forward to trying this. Picked up 2 bottles last week, decided to have one with my post-Easter meal.

A - Poured from a bottle to two small Hunahpu snifters. I like the size bottle in that it is big enough to share and small enough if you want just a meaningful taste. Pours a cloudy yellow with a large white puffy head that backs off and leaves generous lacing on the snifter.

S - Very nice. Good waft of apricot with a little malt backbone. Not overpowing, generally nice.

T - I saw some of the reviews that noted its tartness. I will say that if you drink any amount of wilds or sours with regularity, you will probably think that this leans to the sweeter side. Wonderful taste of apricots to me with minimal bite.

M - I found this to be creamy, full, and delicious.

O - I really liked this beer and will pick up a few more for safe keeping. Great summer beer to say the least and now has raised my interest to try the other Sammy Organic fruit beers. I kept comparing this in my mind to the Selinsgrove Saison Peche and thinking if you subbed out the Peach for Apricot that you would have something similar. A really nice beer that might be too sweet for some but I found it to be quite nice.

On my way to pick some more up for sure.

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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 UCLABrewN84
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky golden apricot color with a 1 inch foamy orange-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is fantastic with aromas of fresh apricots, dried apricots, and some apricot/peach juice. Taste is of all of these apricot aromas translated into tasty flavors with a nice malt/grain presence on the finish. The flavors are both mildly tart and slightly sweet creating a nice natural fruit flavor. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a fantastic beer and definitely the best of all of the Samuel Smith fruit ales in my opinion.

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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 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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