Apricot Ale - Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.

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Apricot AleApricot Ale

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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 12.54%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews by Chadbrew:
Photo of Chadbrew
3.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I am sort of a fan of this flavor/ style. I like apricot in beer if it's used correctly which is how I feel this has been done. The appearance is good with the beer carrying a darker shade of orange, almost copper. There is very little head and the carbonation is light to medium. The aroma is nice, malty sweet with apricot in the fore-front and just a touch of hops in the finish.
The taste is real good. The apricots are not over done, there is still a good beer here to enjoy without the fruit. There is a fairly rich, malty ale which is mildly sweet in the beginning with a suggestion of lightly bittering hops in the finish. The fruit was not overdone either. Plenty of ripe apricot sweetness to enjoy with only a light residual fruitiness that lingers after each sip. The mouthfeel is average.
I find this to be a very drinkable beer. The fruit makes me long for the upcoming summer and the relatively low ABV makes it easy to enjoy more of.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tempest
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yeah it's a fruit beer. Purists might put their nose up, but as far as fruit beers go, this one if pretty decent. My two pet peeves with fruit beers are that they a) have no resemblance to beer, and b) are way too sweet. This fruit beer avoids these pitfalls.

It's a nice gold color with a short white head. The aroma begins with a hint of toasted malts and then sweet, juicy apricot. Flavor, of course, revolves around the apricot, but there's still a subtle malt presence and hint of bitterness. No, most beer lovers won't be clamoring for this one, but it's definately worth a try if you're into fruit beers.

Photo of aranheaney
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
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 barefootbrewer
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer poured a clear golden/yellow with a big white head - tight bubbles.

S: Fruit and apricot are definitely the dominant smells.

T: The fruit taste is quite noticeable in this beer. There are some cereal tastes as well. Nice blend for a fruit beer.

M: Thin and carbonated.

D: This is a refreshing fruit brew. One of the better fruit beers I've tried.

Photo of DavoleBomb
2.24/5  rDev -36.2%
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 DarkerTheBetter
3.66/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was found on tap at The Grey Lodge.

This beer came a crystal pumpkin and gold color with an off-white collar of head.

Smelled of fake gummy candy apricots, corn and a strawberry dryness.

Tasted of a dry tingly wood dryness with a little electric sourness along the edges of my tongue. This faded nicely into an apricot skin that was blended very well. The apricot, although in the background, seemed a lot less fake than in the smell.

The mouth feel is light to medium bodied with a small, busy carbonation that dries my mouth out a bit.

The fake-ish smell, bland flavor and drying qualities would prohibit me from drinking all that many of these.

Photo of ppoitras
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with Shippos. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured in an imperial pint glass, forms a 1 1/2" off-white head which laces okay, but is rather short-lived. A warm honey/amber hued brew, with a strong apricot aroma. Taste is, as advertised, all about the apricots. Could benefit from a bit more malt input to balance the plentiful fruit character. Mouthfeel is not bad for a fruit beer, malt is actually detectable, albeit I would desire more for my tastes. Drinkability is reasonable as well. Not a bad fruit brew, if that's your thing.

Photo of wailingwench
3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Eye Candy: Light amber, off white fizzy head. Settled down into dispersed thin clumps. Easily regenerated.

The Nose Knows: Sweet apricots, grassy background, biscuity malt.

Toungeland: Apricot sweet, honeydew melon, hint of peppery spices, grassy background, fresh baked bread, touch of bittering hop to clear the sweetness and make this brew 100 % non-cloying.

Bender: More subdued in sweetness than its relatives #9 and Ithaca. Impressed that the fruit let the other flavors emerge.

Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.21/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not thrilled to see this as the seasonal offering in a mix 12 pack. I am just not a fan of Apricot beers. Oh well, here goes.

A very clear amber color, with a light tan head that is nice and fluffy. Some lacing stays behind as this head fades slowly. Aroma of apricots and citrus. Taste of apricots and some grainy malt. Bitterness from the hops and dryness form the fruit combine for a unique finish. It's dry, and it lingers.

Nice bodied ale, well carbonated and refreshing. A good drinkable fruit beer that does not stand out but does not need to.

Photo of craftaholic
3.19/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of williamherbert
3.64/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Traffic-light amber color. Ivory head disappears quickly. Clear and watery.

The sweet fruity apricot smell is balanced by a bready, wheat-like yeast. The fruit smells fresh and not saccharine. Excellent for style.

The taste is an excellent handshake between the slightly sour and sweet apricot, and the bready, estery yeast. The balance is crucial and keeps this beer from tipping toward saccharine. A nice, solid brew.

The feel is thick but smooth. The yeast adds a necessary dryness. It's a solid fruit beer. Balance is the key, and the sweet/dry sides make it repeatable.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
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 CaptYellow
3.98/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Photo of WesWes
3.26/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pale golden color with a white lacey head. The nose is musty with a hint of apricot. This apricot obsession brewers have confuses me. The aroma stinks. It does not appeal to me at all. The taste is not that good. The apricot essence is there and strong. It takes away from the rest of the beer. Unlike the raspberry ale they produce, this beer is not at all refreshing. The mouthfeel is fine; a low bodied beer. It drinks decent. This is another one they should get rid of. Please, put the Kilt Tilter in the regular line-up.

Photo of necoadam
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Half Time Beverages

Pours out a light amber/copper color with a nice head that settles down quickly. Smell consisted of light apricots, wheat, grainy, and some yeast at times. Taste was rather good. A little bit on the light side, but it did pack a nice punch in the flavor department. So with those elements in place, it did make it a refreshing brew. Similar to Magic Hat's #9, but this one is much better than the #9. It has more of an apricot flavor and blends in well with the other flavors. Not a bad brew whatsoever.

Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.32/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another had on tap at the brewery.

Appearance was an orangish yellow, clear, with decent head.

Smell was fruity, and this time Middle Ages states the flavor right up front, Apricot.

Taste was a bit sweeter than I'd like, but it would be great with the right food. All apricot, with a bit of hop finish.

Mouthfeel was carbonated but not as bad as some of MA's other beers. This is fairly light.

As far as drinkability goes, its good for a sweet beer. I'd recommend this to the fans of fruit lambics, and other fruit beers.

Photo of EPseja
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12 oz bottle in a pint glass at just under cellar temperature.

A - Wow! With the sound of of an overinflated tire with the pin pressed, this one rushes open. I fear some over... woah! Overcarbonation is not the word! I get about an inch into the glass before the head rises to almost overflowing. The color is a lightly hazed, well... apricot with golden honey undertones. The head is bombastic and messy at first, but with a careful pour, I manage to salavage it. the head is not monstrously huge bubbled (didn't think a head could retain bubbles that size) and reminds me of a spittle-bug nest (Google Image Search if you're unfamiliar). Yes, I know that's a wacky reference, but it's as close as I can get to describing it. Now I've done it. Pouring in the final inch sends the head rocketing over the top. Not nice. Lacing is very erratic and patchy, but definielty there, and head retention is OK.

S - Del Monte canned peaches mixed with Juicefuls apricot candy. Summery sweet. Some ambiguously wheaty notes. Mostly candy-like and a little bit agressive.

T - Light, watery malts to start, with the decidedly restrained apricot soon after -- not overly sweet. Tames down a bit in the back and inherits some very faint hop bitterness along with a tinge of tartness. Only a trace of cloying, but I think it's almost impossible to escape that entirely with a fruit beer. Nothing big about this taste, but that's what keeps it light and easy to drink.

M - Watery on the way in. Despite the Vesuvius fiasco on the pour, the carbonation is snappy and refreshing. Puffs in the mouth for a second before turning soft and mild. Fast, easy swallow. A quaffer.

D - I was all set to think that this beer would suck after cleaning the suds off my desk, but in the end, this beer proved to be a solid summer drinker. I recommend serving it at just a touch over fridge temperature for maximum refreshment. Because of it's light profile, it's easy to gulp down, and since it below 5%, you can enjoy a few without getting destroyed. Lastly, by comparison, this beer is much better crafted than Magic Hat #9 and Ithaca Apricot Wheat, mostly due to the absence of overwhelming sweetness.

Photo of kkipple
2.68/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: A hazy pale orange-gold with lots of carbonation, head fades over time, leaving spots on top

Smell: Pale malt, sweet floral nothingness, timid apricots, mild hops.

Taste: Sour, bitter hops, vague apricot flavors, finishes sour and dry with some adjunct notes. Needs more apricot taste and malt! Mouthfeel reminds me of a dry cider. Different, but not my beer.

For me this is more of a novelty, and not something I’d seek out. DFH Aprihop is a superior apricot beer if you're into this sort of thing.

Photo of number1bum
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale orange color, good clarity and a creamy two inches of light tan head. Head retention is quite good and it even leaves some stick.

Smells of, what else, apricots. Quite pleasant, really, and smells like real fruit rather than a syrupy extract. Light sweetness to it.

Taste is both lightly sweet and tart, again with pretty authentic apricot flavor and a bit of grain through the finish. Just a bit of bitterness in the finish, as well. Slightly metallic aftertaste.

Quite light in the mouth but it is only 4.4% alcohol. Carbonation seems appropriate.

As fruit beers go this is a pretty good one - like most fruit beers I like the smell better than the taste. Definitely worth a try for fruit beer fans.

Photo of Durge
3.92/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of mitch3114
3.22/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Photo of cretemixer
2.72/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A light amber colored liquid with a white head that fades fast leaving just a hint that it was ever even there.
The aroma lives up to the name. Sweet, rich apricot notes are the most apparent. In fact, it's all I smell.
Tart apricot taste with some malty notes, very different, very strange. The apricot flavor is too overpowering for my taste. If I liked apricots as much as I like beer, we may have a hit here, but it is just not for me. Thanks to stegmakk for the chance to sample this Middle Ages offering.

Photo of UnionMade
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear pale gold, with a touch of orange tint. Head is fluffy and white, without much lacing.
The nose emits a light apricot and crisp hop aroma. Light maltiness to the nose, as well. A hint of diacetyl, but not too much. Some estery floral aromas.
Flavor is very similar to Magic Hat #9, but with a bit more emphasis on the apricot. Body is very light, the flavor is very clean, and I'd definitely like this as a summer, mid July type of beer. Well carbonated, a bit smoother than average. It'd be great for the beach or working around the yard. Flavor is mild, fruity, and light, but with enough to keep me interested. Good.

Photo of supermanjace
4.2/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a beer trade with youn mymrngjkt!

This pours a nice cloudy copper color into an imperial pint glass. A thick white head appears with a generous, fruity aroma. Quite nice, and very underrated here. It's not a top ten beer, but it is very drinkable. Immediately the apricot taste comes through, Despite the fruity front there is a malt backbone and enough hops to keep this from being overly sweet and truly drinkable.

A very summer-y beer. Wish I had found this before the end of summer.


Photo of cbl2
2.9/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5


Cloudy pale orange with faint white head that settles rapidly.

Not surprisingly: dried apricots.


Sweet and sharp with odd somewhat off estery flavors. Enjoyable as a summer brew to cool down, but not a connoiseurs beer.

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