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RATINGS: 306   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
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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 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.

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4.4
minutemat (6231) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2015
Bottle @ Shrewsbury Beer Share, Aug 15, courtesy of Mike S. Can’t actually recall having an apricot beer before. This is lovely. Vibrant apricot taste, it’s almost like an apricot juice drink than a beer. But as I love fruit, and smoothies, I can’t help falling in love with this. Delish.

4.3
superspak (6208) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - APR 12, 2014
550 ml bottle into imperial pint glass, bottled on 6/24/2013. Pours lightly hazy bright gold color with a 2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge apricot, peach, orange, pear, honey, wheat, bread, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance of juicy apricot, fruity yeast ester, and malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big tart apricot, peach, orange, pear, wheat, honey, bread, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of fruity tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of apricot, peach, pear, apple, wheat, honey, bread, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic robustness of juicy apricot, fruity yeast ester, and pale malt sweetness; with a great malt/tartness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and fairly slick/syrupy mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic fruit beer. Tons of robust and balanced tart apricot and pale malt sweetness; and extremely smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

3.8
thornecb (6151) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 4, 2012
Pours hazy apricot into an English pint. Bright white head with excellent retention recedes leaving scant sheets. Apricot and sour cream aromas. Sour apricot upfront turning creamy in the lasting fruit finish.

3.5
ganache (6088) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 11, 2016
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2016 550mL bottle, my 125th from England. Nose is very strong apricot-peach, syrupy and medicinal. Pour is a slow gusher with plenty of carbonation, clear fiery golden-orange in the class with a large and incredible, jiggly-rocky meringue head -- one of the most attractive beers of the year, without a doubt. Cloyingly sweet at times, just jammy at others, peach and apricot with candied orange peel, very low bitterness, but a dry/stiff feel to the body even if there’s sugar. A bit childish, but I settled in and quite enjoyed it -- certainly beats the #9 clones. [2016.11.11: 3.5]

3.9
Bulk_Carrier (6064) - Vermont, USA - MAY 17, 2014
Today’s live review looks like its going to be this nice looking brew. I poured this into a pint glass. The appearance was a light somewhat hazy yet transparent golden yellow to almost orange color. There is a one finger white foamy head that steadies itself for a good minute and a half before slowing concaving into the body and ends up leaving a nice clingy foamy lacing. The smell is basically a good authentic smelling apricot, exactly as Samuel Smith calls for. There isn’t much else going on in the smell. The taste was basically sweet through the apricot notes but ends up giving a tad of a decent sour flavoring in it. The aftertaste is basically sweet apricot and ends up leading to a sweet dry finish. On the palate, it sits very light on the body and shows an extremely nice sessionable aspect well worth consuming on a mid May day. The carbonation is smooth and tends to hit the spot refreshing-like. Overall, I say this is a good apricot beer as it does everything one asks for from Samuel Smith, well worthy of having again and well worthy of having as a dessert beer on a nice Summer’s evening.

3.8
mr_h (6059) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - AUG 20, 2015
355ml bottle at home, from Good Spirits Company, West Nile Street, Glasgow, potent apricot, fruity aroma, golden amber, dispersing bubbly white head, no lacing, apricot flavour, a bit gassy, very sweet

4
rumproasts (6052) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 19, 2012
bottle. golden orange with small head. huge apricot flavor. not very beer like, but very tasty.

2.7
skortila (6009) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - AUG 10, 2014
Bottled @ De Molen 2nd Tuesday Tasting. The aroma has aprikots, some toasted malts. Clear, golden coloured beer with a white head. The taste is sweet, has apricots, some lactic tones there, some toffee maltiness. Not my cup of tea.

3.1
Mr_Pink_152 (5753) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2014
Bottle from Melbourne Bros in Stamford. Pale gold colour. The aroma has plenty of apricot. Taste is more beery than I feared. Great.

3.6
ClubGonzo (5683) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAR 20, 2015
Bottle from Utobeer, London. Pours a clear golden body with a medium creamy off-white head. Nose is strong apricot tones, grape peel, pale malts, wine gum and hints of butterscotch. Taste is apricot, butterscotch, pale malts and hints of wine gum and straw. Medium body and carbonation. Quite a pleasant apricot beer, which is a rare genre to a) make and b) pull off properly. Another smooth English beer from Samuel Smith.


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