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Apricot Blonde - Dry Dock Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 36
Hads: 202
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 32.03%
Wants: 25
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Dry Dock Brewing Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 07-28-2007

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Reviews: 36 | Hads: 202
Photo of hopfacebrew
4.59/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Re-post of hacked "jmkratt" account :(

look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled as Dry Dock Apricot Blonde. Picked up a bottle as soon as it hit the shelves at the local store, the guy stocking said I bought the first one there - yes! Anyhow, on to the review:

A - Poured from brown 22oz bomber to a pint glass. The beer pours a cloudy dark deep yellow/golden color. Nice 1.5 finger white bubbly head with excellent retention and lacing throughout.

S - Wow, apricots! The beer smells heavenly. I can't think of how it could get any better. The nice pleasant fruity sweetness of the apricots dominate. Blends well with the yeast, and malty biscuity background of the beer. You can basically taste the beer through the nose.

T - Very similar to the nose with a dominant force of apricot immediately. It provides a nice fruity sweetness and imparts slight flavors of apples and bananas as well. Very flavorful. Mild bitterness. The biscuity malt provides a nice bakdrop for the fruit. Finishes crisp and clean.

M - Thick, medium bodied. Well Carbonated.

O - Another excellent beer from Dry Dock. Perfect for a summer day, it is a Summer Release as the bottle states. I've never been a fan of Apricot brews until this one. Outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of GilGarp
4.54/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber labeled "Apricot Blonde" Summer Seasonal: Ale Brewed with Apricot Puree.

Served cold into a goblet, this beer has a hazy golden orange color with thick white head.

The aroma is spectacular! If you love apricots, you'll probably spend as much time sniffing the beer as you do sipping it.

Flavor is really solid as well. A sweet and mild malt backbone is there simply to provide a stage upon which the apricots to perform. Very little bitterness but not cloyingly sweet either. Very drinkable, especially considering it's a fruit beer.

Mouthfeel is light in body and carbonation. Reasonably well balanced but fairly sweet. No hops to speak of, really.

Overall a really well done beer. I will have to seek out another bottle before the Summer seasonals go away.

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Photo of JCDenver
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Labeled "Apricot Blonde." Poured into a snifter; color is cloudy light orange. About an inch of dense, bubbly head, which quickly receded to a nice ring of lacing.

The smell of this beer is phenomenal. Just a big punch of rich apricot goodness.

Loads of apricots with a nice, subdued malt backing and a touch of bitterness on the end.

Medium bodied, very well carbonated, and extremely refreshing.

This is by far the best non-sour apricot beer I have ever had, just delicious.

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Photo of drumrboy22
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Keg was a gift from the brewer. Many, many thanks to Kevin for this one! Beer pours a cloudy, peach color. Had a straw colored, two finger head that left heavy lacing around the glass.

Aroma is very sweet from the apricot, also apples, grains and light floral hops.

Taste was apricots as expected, along with wheat grains, bread and light yeast. Also had a slightly bitter finish, which was very nice and helped to balance the sweetness out.

Moderate carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. Very crisp, refreshing and easy drinking. The perfect beer for a tailgate party, BBQ, hot summer day, etc... I really love this beer. Goes down way too easy which makes the drinkability very high.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy straw/gold color. Poured a 3 finger creamy off-white head with excellent retention to a 1 finger cap. Decanted continually. Legs of lacing sliding down then holding to the glass.

S: Mild, sweet apricots; pleasantly fruity. Biscuity malt in the background with a very light sprice.

T: Very consistent with the nose. Fresh, sweet apricots dominate the palate though other light-colored fruits are present as well. Biscuity malt provides some balance ahead of the finish. Mild bitterness punctuates a crisp, refreshing (and slightly sweet) finish.

M: Medium body. Ample carbonation; very active on the palate and in the glass. Crisp and refreshing.

O: Though clearly apricot in nose and taste, not overdone. Beer achieves a nice balance though fruit flavors are dominant. Not a fan of fruit beers, but liked this one - a lot.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Today is my New CANorado Beer Sunday and this one was part of an in-person trade with Blargimus whom I have traded with before, but never in person. He is a Bar Trivia master and so The Old Lady and I trekked down to play and then swapped beers afterwards. Slainte!

From the CAN: "The Siren waits thee, singing song for song. - Walter Savage Landor"; "Ale Brewed with Apricot Puree"; "A misty golden blonde ale fermented with shiploads of fruit. A crisp, clean finish and just enough sweetness make this a favorite. Combine with sunshine and friends for full effect."; "Small Brewing Company of the Year, 2009 Great AmeriCAN Beer Festival".

As a retired sailor, this whole lineup really speaks to me. From the logo of the sailing ship to the nautical references to the sly humor, I CAN really dig it all.

I began with a Crack and inverted Glug, not only producing a finger of dense, bone-white head with decent retention, but also releasing the scent of apricots into the air. I hear the Siren's song, but I must CANtinue. Nose was lush and ripe with the smell of apricots. Color was a hazy orangish-yellow. Finally, I succumbed to her wiles and took my first draught. Mouthfeel was very effervescent, almost to the point of soda pop and the taste was so fruity that I could close my eyes and envision apricots in front of me. That is not to say that it was sweet, however. It had a mild tartness to it that made it entirely satisfying, If it were cloyingly sweet, I would not enjoy it nearly as much. Finish was on that slippery boundary between semi-sweet and semi-dry. Is it partly cloudy or is it partly sunny outside today? There are some things that I CANnot clarify, no matter how I try.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I am being a home on this one. This beer got me back into craft.

A- Murky beautiful dark apple cider. Thin head with little retention leaving a large lacing.

S- Smells of rich apricot. Much more than I have had in any other beer. Almost seems like extract (which I would bet is the case $ wise)

T- Thin creamy apricot blonde. Mild malt.

M- Medium to medium-thick for a blonde ale.

O- This is worth everyone to try at least once in their lifetime! This got me back into craft, so I have a glory hole in my heart for this beer. You either like it or hate it. No inbetween.

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Photo of mactrail
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Slight haze on the golden-orange brew poured in a tall Faust Weizen glass. More head towards the bottom of the bottle, and the carbonation in the mouth is prickly rather than creamy. Plenty of it, though.

The flavor is among the best fruit beers I've tried. It has that rich fruity mouthful, plus the tangy intrigue that makes apricot such a complex flavor at its best. A cross between really good apricot nectar (sweet) and the fresh fruit (tart). The aroma with each gulp is also outstanding.

"What you hope an apricot beer would taste like," sez the tasting companion. Dry Dock is a recent discovery for me and getting to be one of my favorite Colorado breweries. The 22 oz bottle from Mayfair Liquors in Denver.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased in Denver...22 oz. bottle reads "Apricot Blonde". Shared on the back porch with the wife and the Steep as the sunlight fades behinds the pines. Ah, summer.

Medium yellow pour with some sunny orange highlights. Consistent thin off white tarp lays atop.

Smells of fresh apricots and a hint of Macy's perfume counter. If you're reading this Chris, eat it! Perfume is a perfectly cromulent scent in a beer.

Tastes much the same. Like George W aboard some seabound aircraft carrier...mission accomplished. Apricots and beer, commence copulation.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Foggy orange haze with a thin soapy white head. No lacing.

HUGE Apricot notes... yum. Honey and wheat also stand out. It's not sugary, it's just fruity.

Very refreshing; medium carbonation, no sweetness, no bitterness, just a well thought out summer (fruit) refresher.

Highly recommended. Well deserving of a Gold medal.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Rackhouse pub. Nice orange color, hazy, looks good. The smell was jam packed with apricots, so good. The flavor was also totally dominated by apricots which was quite good. It was almost like biting into one. This is the second best beer I have had that uses apricots, Fou Foune is clearly the best but I'm biased towards lambics.

edit 9/7/10

Just got a growler, wow! Way too easy to drink and fucking filled with apricots.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

certainly one of the better fruit beers ive had. this one pours cloudy and blonde, almost hefeweizen style. smells like fresh fruit, apricots, peaches, nectarines, all of the above. its got some more balanced hops on the back end of the flavor, but this is really about the apricot. no artificial or overly sugary extracts going on here, this is the genuine article. a superb summer brew. feel is light and drinkable, aftertaste is only mildly sweet. this is a fruit beer for people who dont usually like fruit beers, me being one of those. i really really enjoyed my pint of this, and might might pick up a bomber this afternoon. good nectar to share with your lady too!

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Photo of Robloc303
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours almost a copper color, or cloudy golden, and very frothy. Nose of...surprise! Apricots. I'm not usually a huge fan of fruit beer, but have to say this is pretty good. Easy to drink, crisp and good flavor. The Apricot is not as overwhelming as the nose indicates and is very enjoyable. I could easily drink more than one :)

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Photo of Domingo
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this at the Old Chicago on Buckley (only a mile or two from Dry Dock).
Pretty interesting beer. Not sure what kind of yeast they're using, but it reminds me of a flavored Bavrian weizen. It could be the way the flavors blend, but there's something that's definitely more flavorful than similar brews. It's definitely thicker and more murky, but the texture actually makes it more drinkable.
Apricot flavor steals the show, but there's some apple and banana fruitiness, too. There's even some faint hop flavor in the back, too.
Pretty good fruit beer for sure. This is usually available throughout the spring/summer months, so it's appropriate for this time of year. I definitely recommend it if you like the Pyramid or Sea Dog apricot brews.

EDIT: This is a blonde ale and not a wheat beer. The cloudiness is from the fruit. I still think that yeast imparts some interesting fruit flavors beyond the apricots, and it reminds me of a weizen. Good stuff either way!

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Photo of rubbernubbybeerhead
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Strong apricot nose but not too sweet. Easy and satisfying on palate boasting excellent balance of grains with apricot. Very light "fiz" on the back of tongue as it clears out smooth. YUM

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

A: Pours a nice semi-cloudy peach from the growler. A small off white head adorns the glass.

S: A nice apricot aroma wafts from the brew. A subtle malt and yeast component balance the fruit.

T: Mildly sweet and furity--not too sweet though. Just the right touch of fruit to make it very refreshing.

M: Very basic. Thin, mellow and not overwhelming. This is what you want from a summer brew. Refreshing and restorative.

D: This would be a good brew to drink after a long hike--whioh is exactly what I did. I could drink several of these to extinguish the thirst from a vigorous workout.

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Photo of dcscientist
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Definitely a fan of this one, which says it's seasonal but I see it available for most of the year. Better than the generic fruity beers, very well made and not too sweet to where the fruit drowns out the rest of the beer. Solid offering from Dry Dock.

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Photo of SassyBootblack
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Rackhouse Pub.

Appearance: Cloudy, dark gold, almost copper colored.

Smell: Apricots!

Taste: Apricots doing jazz hands. Compared to other fruit beers I've had, they really get a phenominal amount of fruit flavor in there.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, smooth.

Drinkability: Probably the best fruit beer I've had in memory, so bottoms up.

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Photo of Tone
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of strong apricot, slight sweet malt, slight pale malt, hint of hop, and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of a Fruit / Vegetable Beer. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong apricot, slight sweet malt, hint of pale malt, and a hint of hop. Overall, weak appearance, decent aroma (fresh apricots), good feel, decent blend and body for a Fruit/Vegetable beer.

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Photo of _RL_
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This is pretty good, but you can tell it's puree as the beer still has a puree taste and thickness to it that doesn't quite work with the beer (almost). I would prefer a little less Apricot and a little more hop to add complexity and make the beer less of just a sweet drink.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this on the chalkboard at Old Chicago's on Hampden (Denver). I've loved Dry Dock's ales before, so I'll give this one a try.
Pours a slightly glowing orange/peach color. A bit of a relief as I didn't want to see it as a thick syrup-goo. Small head, but retained nicely. Aroma was a bit weak, or maybe just not overpowering. Apricot is noticeable, but not overpowering like some apricot ales. I do think it was served too cold, though.
Taste: Apricot balances the malt nicely and gives the light hops a bit of flavor. I think it's good, not great. Yet it is smooth and very drinkable. Paired this with the Meat Me pizza. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of rawfish
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Can to glass, quick pour nets only a half finger of clumpy white foam atop a hazy amber body. Poor retention and nearly no lacing but it's a fruit beer so that's expected.

Apricot fruit is dominant on the nose but not overly sweet. There's a hefty dose of butter bread in there too with some fruit pungency and a stale tartness to finish.

Juicy apricot with wheat toast, pretty simple profile. Walks the tight rope between sweet and balanced with confidence. Ends with a flash of tartness and some ripened fruit pungency.

Effervescent carbonation, prickly bubbles with a medium body. The lightly tart flash in the finish keeps things lively.

One of the better fruit beers I've come across, since it's delivered in a can it makes for a nice and easy summer go to. Pity that it doesn't make it out to my state, drink up Colorado.

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Photo of BeerWizard
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Got a sixer of cans for about $10 from Bonnie Brae Wine tonight. Poured into a goblet generating a massive head, taking two subsequent pours to get the rest of the can in there. Looks like a tawny-orange, and honestly I expected something clarified, but this has some cloud to it. Nose is apricot and yeast, and not much else. I've read some reviews on this and the label also says it's made with apricot puree, but I didn't expect the apricot to come through as much as it does. Flavor is like an orange-hefeweizen (and goes really nicely in 90° weather with BBQ, BTW). Mouthfeel is light to medium with a lingering finish. I can see how this could come off as very one note to some but I appreciate its well done simplicity. This is the first fruit beer I've tried outside of lambics, and I gotta say, I like it. For me, this is not an everyday drinker, but it's no novelty. Apparently a seasonal as well so definitely worth trying this summer. Well done.

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Photo of KLHBB
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A dark melon color. I'd say "apricot" but that's kind of obvious. A strong smell of apricots, plus what? Cream cheese on toast? The taste is of apricots, the mouthfeel is average carbonation. I like Dry Dock's Hefe and Amber more, but this is a lovely summer beer -- not too sweet -- very sophisticated.

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Photo of denver10
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light orange with a yellowish hue and a white head. Aroma is apricot jam straight up; its good but definitely one dimensional. Flavor is pretty much the same, with dominant apricot. At first I get some fresh apricot fruit, but then the sweet jamminess comes into play. Along for the ride that shows itself in the finish is some slight cracker. An active mouthfeel, works well. Overall, a solid and enjoyable fruit beer. Will drink again I am sure as it makes for a nice summertime brew, but definitely best as part of a mixed sixer.

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Apricot Blonde from Dry Dock Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.