Apricot Ale - Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
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3.68/5 rDev +5.1%
this one was a little jammy for me, sweet and preserved rather than fresh and juicy, but i liked it nonetheless. the pour is a slightly cloudy orangey brass color with a sturdy white head of a couple inches. smell is all apricots, peachy but sweet like something id spread on a slice of toast. some yeasty spunk to it as well. the flavor actually isnt as sweet as it smells, almost bitter and tart on the front end before the sugar takes over in the finish. fuller malt body than expected too, and certainly fuller than the ithaca or magic hat apricot varieties available around central new york. really really fruity, so if thats your thing give this a shot. its very dirnkable despite its residual sweetness, and its quite inexpensive for what it is, so definitely one to check out.
11-26-2012 18:50:56 | More by StonedTrippin
2.2/5 rDev -37.1%
Poured into a pint glass.
2.0 A: Clear light orange color. Two fingers of fizzy white head that falls super fast and leaves just a whisp or two of lacing.
3.0 S: Smells of moderate apricot and a light graininess underneath. Not much else going on. Fortunately, the apricot is powerful enough for the nose on this to be sufficiently decent.
2.0 T: Unlike the nose, the apricot in the taste fails to even achieve half-assdom. That coupled with the lack of anything interesting underneath, puts this at the level of shitty fruit beer. Clean, weak, and boring.
2.0 M: Lighter body. There's way too much carbonation. Indeed, this is easily BMC level. No creaminess and the carbonation makes this hard to put down easily.
2.0 D: We've all seen this plenty of times with fruit beers, so I doubt I'd need to explain why this beer sucks much. I was super pissed to find that this was the mystery beer in my mixed twelve pack.
08-01-2012 03:37:02 | More by DavoleBomb
3.5/5 rDev 0%
Poured into a redsolo cup,
A-Some head, no lace (given vessel, not a surprise)
S-Fruit, peach, apricot and some hoppiness
T-follows the nose
M-nothing objectionable here, decent carbonation
O-decent, but I wouldn't put it next to an Ithaca Apricot Wheat (my current summer favorite in this category)
07-03-2012 19:21:17 | More by aranheaney
3.45/5 rDev -1.4%
A satisfying thist quencher for the summer season, with more than just a hint of appricot fruit flavor.
Medium golden in color and maybe the slightest of pectin haze, the beer forms an airy white froath that's short lived; reducing to a thin lace around the rim of the glass. A fairly typical look for blone ales or such.
Aromas of fresh fruit and a tinge of must dominates the rim, with a scent that could be appricot, but also peach or mango. A base beer provides a subtle backdrop of bready sweetness that takes a serious backseat to the fruit flavors that seem to be true fruit and not extract or syrups.
Flavors are much more balanced, with perhaps a base beer that resembles an ordinary bitter with a soft caramel, biscuity base. But the beer's focus remains on the fruit: true appricot flavors come through in a ripe and fresh attitude. As fruits go, a balance of tartness and acidity accompany the mild hop bitterness for a crisp and refreshing taste in finish.
Moderate in body, the beer's initial creaminess quickly waivers from the acidity and fruity tartness that quickly result in an abrupt and lightly sulfury finish. Mild astringency from fruit pectin keeps the beer from the clean finish of non-fruited beers.
As appricot beers go, this one fares as well as any, and perhaps with a better executed base beer to accompany the fruit additions. The medium sweetness is a pleasant welcome from most sweeter versions. The true fruit flavor is also preferred.
07-01-2011 16:44:39 | More by BEERchitect
3.48/5 rDev -0.6%
This beer is very refreshing. One could put a handful of these down on a hot day. The aroma is like an amped up #9, it's very much got apricot in it. The flavor is sweet, but it tastes natural and not artificial. The color is a hazy orange with creamy tan head that faded down to just a ring about the glass. There's a little hop bitterness too in the finish of this brew. Pretty tasty stuff!
04-01-2011 23:24:07 | More by Knapp85
4/5 rDev +14.3%
A: Translucent orange. Head pours to a quarter inch and dissipates quickly.
S: Faint smell of apricots.
T: The beer reminds me of their Syracuse Pale Ale. It has a beautiful finish. Just a hint of apricots and not overly sweet like some fruit beers. Leaves a mild hop taste with the apricots in the aftertaste.
M: Medium and creamy. Clean finish though.
D: High. I drank this quickly and would gladly take another if I had it. I think I'll pick up a six pack because I think my Corona-swigging friends would like it to.
Note: This isn't an extreme beer. Perhaps that's why some don't favor it as much.
06-11-2010 02:56:16 | More by CaptYellow
3.4/5 rDev -2.9%
Received in a trade with orcasteve. Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a semi-cloudy golden-orange color with a tall, fluffy white head that had decent retention and some lace.
Apricot is very upfront in the nose and hides the other aspects of the beer. On the tongue some grainy malt shows up behind the fruit and there's a touch of hop on the finish.
The body is medium and is smooth. Drinkability will depend on your taste for apricots. I liked this beer, but I tire of apricot quickly, so one is enough for me, YMMV.
04-21-2010 00:04:57 | More by beertunes
2.73/5 rDev -22%
Color is orange with bubbly carbonation and a quickly receding head. Beer packs very little body and is quite easy to see through in direct light.
The scent of butter and sweet dried apricot are the most noticeable. It's actually not as pungent as expected, and the orange and corn notes may have softened the apricot presence.
Flavor is a bit better than I would have expected. Taste is very light with the apricot flavoring jumping out during the conclusion. Sadly, there's also a hint of diacetyl, which cheapens the experience a bit. The musky conclusion is akin to the fruit, but not entirely appealing in beer form. Better than many of the fruit beers I've tried, but nothing to get excited about.
Mouthfeel is light, soft and unthreatening. The taste-buds only seem to sense flavor in the finish and, prior to that, the only noticeable texture is a generic ale feel.
The drinkability depends on one's tolerance for the style. It's definitely not the worst of the type, but one is more than enough for me.
11-07-2009 00:19:25 | More by deapokid
3.15/5 rDev -10%
Appearance: Pours a clear deep bronze color with a decent head.
Smell: Fruity but not overtly so, theres even some zest in there thats welcomed but doesn't hint at whats to come.
Taste: Tastes like the equivalent to eating an apricot... it's one thing to have flavors in the brew but this one just is... liquid fruit.
Mouthfeel: Could use more carbonation and leaves a dry bitterness.
Drinkability: If it didn't taste like freshly juiced apricots and more like a beer i'd be able to session more-so.
Overall: I think i may be biased because apricots just aren't my thing but if you enjoy them then have at it. I think this review was short and sweet and to the point; much like this beer.
09-01-2009 05:09:08 | More by craftaholic
3.93/5 rDev +12.3%
Found on tap at the Colgate Inn Tap Room in Hamilton, NY this brew has a clear yellow amber color with a modest white cover and fair lacing. The aroma brings a clear but tasteful apricot hop glow with a biscuit hint. The flavor speaks flowery hop apricot medley with a pleasant dry bitterness on the tongue. It's on the aqueous side, and I think it could stand a little more carbonation. But it's adequately tingly and refreshing in feel, pretty easy drinking if you like dry hop and fruit flavor. The apricot is very nicely done in my opinion. There is a biscuit-grass effect notable as well. I think IPA fans will like this, perhaps a bit more than a MH #9, but it could use a little work on the body/feel perhaps.Definitely worth a try.
08-30-2009 18:28:20 | More by Durge
Apricot Ale from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
80 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.