Samuel Smith's Organic Strawberry Fruit Beer
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Intriguing scrollwork dominates the label for Samuel Smith's Organic Strawberry, touting strawberries in every nook. It's a tease to what's hidden inside the bottle. Hesitant, because a strawberry beer sounds like it could be quite 'ungood', I open the cap and begin to pour into a stemmed tulip. What greets me is a beer that's clear and off-pink to reddish orange color that produces a frothy pinkish white head that dissipates quickly. It appears dainty. The aroma is crisp and carbonated, full of fresh strawberry shortcake. Oh yes, this is looking good so far. As I sip, I notice the fully effervescent body that adds a soda like tingle. Flavors of sweet fresh strawberries take hold and some mildly sugary candy elements are evident as well. It ends crisply, however. Luckily there is no artificiality to the flavors, and nothing sticky or lingering to boot. Overall an amazingly crafted fruit beer.
Beer Description from Brewery
Handcrafted at the tiny All Saints 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 cherry, strawberry, raspberry or apricot fruit juices and more organic beer to create fruit beers of considerable strength and flavour. The smooth distinctive character of the matured beer serves as the perfect counterpoint to the pure organic fruit juice.