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RATINGS: 303   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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rubbishystuff (2537) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2012 At Red Lion on Rockwell. Some apricot ales taste like beer with some apricot in them but this is more like sparkling apricot juice with some beer in it. Cloudy orange-yellow. As a beer I’m not sure how to judge it but as a beverage as a whole it is delicious. Just enough bitterness from the beer to keep it from being cloying. Wonderful summer drink. Serving: Bottle Had some again, it is so refreshing and good. Fantastic stuff.

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rumproasts (5573) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 19, 2012
bottle. golden orange with small head. huge apricot flavor. not very beer like, but very tasty.

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ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2013
500ml bottle into a Duvel tulip. A: Pours a hazy amber color. The head is a three finger white shade. As it recedes, it leaves behind plentiful lacing on the glass. S: Apricots. Okay, there isn’t much else to the aroma - but this singular quality is pulled off extremely well. I also notice a bit of cream and cherry esters, as well. T: Much like the nose, the flavor profile is pretty much an apricot bomb with only an augmenting cream note to break up the monotony. The general flavor profile is 90% sweet and 10% tart, but I’m really glad that it doesn’t come off in an artificial manner, too. Simple? Yep. Sweet and not very beer-y? Of course. Enjoyable? Oh fuck yes. M: The texture is medium bodied and crisp. Some finishing dryness does a good job of scrubbing off any overdone syrupy-sweet linger - still, this one is pretty damn sweet on the back end. I don’t really notice the carbonation because of the aforementioned sweetness. O: Admittedly, the sweetness means that that the first half of the bottle is more pleasurable/drinkable than the second half. Nonetheless, as a fruit beer, this one is hard to beat. I would absolutely buy this again.

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BOSSbrewer (2705) - Arkansas, USA - SEP 22, 2013
Pours a hazy brown with minimal head. Aroma of apricots with some citrus and some grass. Floral hops. Not very bitter. Dry finish. Nice beer.

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Seeing (10) - - OCT 14, 2015
Aroma: apricot fruit Appearance: golden, Taste: light sweetness, medium sourness, Palate:light body, thin feel, average carbonation, Overall: Obviously fruit beer and easy for taste.

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Quick3Beers (1360) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 16, 2016
Pours a slightly hazy light amber/yellow from a bottle. This is a surprisingly well-balanced fruit beer. Lots of up front apricot aroma and flavor, but also a nice malt backbone to let you know this really is beer. Also, the apricot tastes more rounded, like real fruit or juice was used as opposed to extract or "natural" flavor. Very good beer.

3.9
high_on_hops (809) - Burlingame, California, USA - MAY 25, 2012
Pours a cloudy orange-gold with a white head and lacing. It smells like a bag of rich dried apricots. The flavor is tart, with strong apricots and a bit of yeast, maybe some hops, and a slightly syrupy mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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S_Side_Smitty (776) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUL 23, 2012
Pours a cloudy apricot color with a thick white head. Aroma is fermented fruit (almost like a cider), sour & yeasty. Taste is sweet apricots up front transitioning into light malts for the finish. Good stuff.

3.9
poisoneddwarf (2622) - Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, USA - JUL 29, 2012
18.7 oz bottle rated yesterday. Looks like pureed apricots--cloudy, same hue of orange; has a collapsing white head. Aroma is apricoty, biscuity. Taste is mostly tart with a dry finish; flavor is apricots with a tinge of metal. Has a definte British flavor; reminiscent of Sam Smith’s other brews. Definitely enjoyable, but maybe not as good as I was hoping.


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