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:
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
Ratings:
398
Reviews:
103
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
13.81%
 
 
Wants:
30
Gots:
80
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0
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Ratings: 398 |  Reviews: 103
Photo of Dewsby
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chinchill
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500 (?) ml bottle.
Hazy golden body with a durable white head, Decent lacing.
Nice aroma of ripe apricots and baked bread.
Flavor; sweet up front, then tart-sweet through the finish; tart and mildly bitter in the aftertaste, Plenty fruity wih very ripe apricot flavor,
Excellent mouthfeel; smooth, medium body with near perfect, lively carbonation.

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Photo of ThePopeFromTV
2.92/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I'm honestly not the type to rate a beer on its appearance or smell or feel. I've had a lot of fruit beers in my lifetime; many miss the mark, many play it safe, and some hit the nail on the head for the perfect balance of fruit and beer.

This one missed the mark. The flavor was fine, but the sweetness of this beer overpowered me about halfway through my glass, which was only about 1/4 of the full bottle. It didn't take long for my enjoyment of this to turn into disappointment as I slowly came to the conclusion that I didn't want to finish even the glass I had in front of me. The aftertaste was even sweeter and reminiscent of the aftertaste of ice wine.

I give the taste a solid 2.5 to account for both my initial enjoyment and, soon thereafter, my inability to finish the glass.

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Photo of Maillard
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DanGeo
3.49/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of I3eer
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Buffalofarmer28o
4.72/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BeerMeister8
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OKbrew89
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GoHabsGo
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drpimento
4.41/5  rDev +12.8%
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 -1.5%
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 +1.8%
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 bschmidt_37
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Libeertarian
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
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 +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheHammer
2.87/5  rDev -26.6%
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 +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sokol_1993
4.34/5  rDev +11%
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 -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of thehyperduck
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
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 +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
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 -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JeremySachedina
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Smith's Organic Apricot Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
3.91 out of 5 based on 398 ratings.
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