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Apricot Ale - Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.

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Apricot AleApricot Ale

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57 Ratings
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Morris729 on 04-14-2003

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Photo of mitch3114
3.22/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank from bottle

A- golden, darker straw nice off white head. Typical but nothing special.
S- Smell was the winner for me as it seemed to hold more of the apricot and other subtleties inherent in the beer. The apricot really shined with a jam quality...rich, fruity. Malt.
T- Taste was nothing special and if you poured this in a pint and I didn't know what it was I would have thanked you for the Magic Hat #9 as it tasted like a clone. So for that, it lost a little for me as it lacked originality.
M- Mouthfeel was again typical, average for the style, nothing special but didn't disappoint.
O- I was on an annual ice fishing trip and my buddy did bring a 6-pack of #9 which I shared with him. When we returned back to his girlfriends parents house he came downstairs with this beer. The similarities with the #9 were just too close in comparison. As a stand alone beer it would have higher praises, but those praises belong to #9 as it has earned its fame for ITS originality already. This beer seems to me IMO a clone and therefore lacks the originality. However it is still good and slightly above average. However its regionally available unlike #9 which is at least available everywhere in NY, so, that being said, if in Central/Western NY and I'm given the choice between the two, I would pick the Apricot Ale. The quality does seem to surpass #9. My brain also tells me #9 is more "mass produced" so it may lack some quality(s) that the Middle Ages brew might have but that may be subjective...this beer is a notch on the list. It is an average beer that I would have again but not go out of my way to do so.

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.04/5  rDev +14.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of DavoleBomb
2.24/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of dgeebs07
3/5  rDev -14.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of aranheaney
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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)

Photo of pauljunk
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Knapp85
3.54/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

Photo of CaptYellow
3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Apricot Ale from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
81 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.