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:
396
Reviews:
102
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
13.85%
 
 
Wants:
30
Gots:
80
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 396 |  Reviews: 102
Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
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 -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JeremySachedina
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.9/5  rDev 0%
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 -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TimeParadog
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GrimGuzzler
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ImperatorScab
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kkmiller76
4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sabtos
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
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 -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy yellow color with white head. Aroma is fruity, slightly fermented, but you can definitely tell it's apricot. It's sweet but not cloying, even a bit tart at first but mostly it's like an apricot soda made from fruit syrup. Body is smooth but has also good carbonation. Overall it's an enjoyable fruit beer.

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Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of risenz
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tummy345
4.46/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of durlta
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SitkaSteve
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a hazy to semi-cloudy yellow with a two finger creamy white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute.
The smell had the apricots just as the brewery says so, its there just like white on rice. Strong with light floral qualities underneath.
The flavor, guess what that tasted like, you'll never believe, grapes right, just kidding, its a ton of apricots penetrating my tongue nicely.
The mouthfeel was about light bodied, and somewhat creamy with a good carbonation about it.
Overall, why the hell did I have this recently? Too cold right now for this thing, still good but this one just has the qualities to be drinking it in the Summer. As I say to this beer "cya next Summer, man!"

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Photo of Patrickd
4.61/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look : Hazy yellow body, 70% opaque, wonderful head. Creamy looking and dense.

Smell : Floral. Fresh apricot picked from the tree.

Flavor : Sweet, intense liquid apricot; mild wheat body underneath.

Feel : Creamy, light, well carbonated.

Overall : The ultimate Apricot ale. Fruit is out front, wheat is in the background, this beer is a delight.

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Photo of Smanke
2.49/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Photo of HopsAreDaMan
3.46/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Globe Drugs; (review 3 days later) My SO and I both liked; solid fruit beer; a little sweet for me. Definitely a sipper.

'Perhaps' on re-buy.

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Photo of alostplot
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lanecirrus
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of XsoldoutX
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TruePerception
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

And, for the beer, I finally picked up:

Samuel Smith's Organic Apricot Ale.

A: 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Clear orange/sienna. Decent lacing.

S: Nice apricot aroma, but more skin and fuzz than flesh, as usual.

T/MF: More of the same as the nose. Seems a touch sweet at first, but after that it's fine.

Not as good as the other fruit ales they make, but still decent.

Poured from an 18.7 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Samuel Smith's Organic Apricot Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
3.9 out of 5 based on 396 ratings.
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