Samuel Smith Organic Raspberry is a dramatic fruit beer with an intense,
mouth-watering fruit character derived from the natural acidity of organic
raspberries. Slow, complex fermentation lends structure and depth to this
special fruit beer. Smooth body, finishes dry, with a soft raspberry note.
Beer Review by Beer Advocate:
Deep murky ruby tinted boy with a pink colored head forming thick, 500ml bottle
this could be a whole lot of fruit beer. Fine even lacing dispersed nicely,
aroma is full of tart raspberries and fruit jam with an earthy seed based
accent. Light airy fruit with tart perfume like notes of raspberry fruit, a very
nice smelling beer. Flavor wise it's extremely tart bordering sour, finishes dry
after the fruit sugars subside with the sweetness. Much like fermented fruit
juice, in this case tart raspberries. A bit of lactic yogurt like flavors
amongst the fruit and malt interplay absolutely no hop profile to speak of. Dry
finish, body has sturdy champagne like carbonation, medium bodied a bit cloying.
Overall a very drinkable fruit ale, I don't find many out there, but this one is
enjoyable natural fruit flavors provide for a nice beer experience.
The History of Organic Raspberry Ale
Samuel Smith's Organic Fruit Beers are brewed and fermented at Melbourn Bros.
Brewery in Stamford; then blended, conditioned and packaged at Samuel Smith's
Old Brewery in Tadcaster. Raspberry Ale is Certified Organic by the
USDA-accredited UK Soil Association.
While there are older breweries in England, it would be safe to say that few
breweries are so little changed as this gem at Stamford, which has stood in the
center of the beautifully preserved market community since 1825. From the
antique grist mill to the ancient copper vessels, Melbourn Bros. remains today,
a working brewery which blends the traditions of the ancient craft with that of
the early industrial revolution. Closed in the 1970s, restoration with respect
for the historical brewing equipment was begun by Samuel Smith's in the 1990s.
Samuel Smith Brewery
The Old Brewery at Tadcaster was founded in 1758 and is Yorkshire's oldest
brewery. Samuel Smith is one of the few remaining independent breweries in
England, and further is the last to utilize the classic Yorkshire Square system
of fermentation solely in stone squares.
The rich Samuel Smith strain of yeast at The Old Brewery dates from the early
1900s. Hops are hand-weighed by the master hop blender, and the brewing water is
drawn from a well sunk over 200 years ago.
First introduced to the U.S. market in 1978 by Merchant du Vin, Samuel Smith
beers quickly became the benchmark ales for the emerging craft beer movement. To
this day, they remain among the most awarded.