Cascade Apricot Ale - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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Reviews by IBUnit63:
4.13/5 rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Relatively quiet pop of the composite cork that was a pliers-size bitch to get out of the corked & caged 750 bottle. Hell, the cage was wicked tight, too - wire handle a little too small. Either way, it's going into a Duvel tulip.
There's not a lot of head here - just a few light bubbly wisps above a...well...apricot-colored...body (at least slightly). Slight honey and bourbon tones, too. A few extremely slow wisps of carbonation. The wisps stay for a while and leave a little decent lace.
Nice beastie smell layered and well-blended with huge apricot essence, with a little bit of added muscat notes. Huge yeast electricity and raw grains make this an enjoyable scent.
It's dry...of course it is...but not as dry as, say, something like Fou Fonne, which is Dust Bowl dry. A smidge of residual apricot sweetness melds with a dry balsa wood/oak complement, and the light Belgian malts provide the appropriate backbone.
Palate feel provides great acidity along with the oak/lacto combination. Apricot ripeness preclude the supreme pucker we would otherwise expect; hops? Not really part of the equation - perhaps a mild addition of Styrian Goldings but that's about it. Good Belgian pale malt character along with an extra dry sweet & sour notion.
This one works. It works slowly, but it works. Just what I was in the mood for...something less dry than Brute yet less beefy than the bottle of Consecration I have downstairs.
Serving type: bottle
10-11-2009 02:37:22 | More by IBUnit63
More User Reviews:
4.28/5 rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Bottle acquired through a trade. 2011 Project
This was my first Cascade brew.
Fairly cloudy, pours an orange-golden hue not far off from ripe apricots themselves. Nice white head that hangs around longer than I'd expect - a fat ring around the rim and more remain until I finish the glass. Smells a lot like a gueuze... vinegar, mustiness, oak, and fruit. Not much of an apricot scent, faded and more of a vague sour fruits.
Very sour upfront. Not just the initial shock, but a second tartness in the aftertaste that is very much apricots. Constantly reminded of lambic/gueuze, maybe being an older vintage attributed to this but I am loving it. As my glass warms and my mouth gets accustomed to the sourness, more oak and apricots show up along with a vinious flavor. Not overly dry and well carbonated, makes me thirsty for more without raking my tongue. I'd be interested to taste a fresher bottle but this 2011 is right up my alley - everything I want in a fruited sour is here. Fantastic beer and a wonderful introduction to Cascade.
Serving type: bottle
07-21-2014 01:31:43 | More by supernatural_skeptic
4.03/5 rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
750ml bottle, 2013 project, poured into a Cascade snifter. The beer did gush a little bit when removing the cork, as expected with many Cascade beers.
The beer pours a hazy copper color, hues of orange and apricot, the beer is very cloudy so it's hard to find any activity in the glass, but a thick, white head appears quickly before fading away leaving some soapy film and a few spots of lace. The aroma is of juicy apricots, lacto funk, mild vinegar, sweet malt and some earthy fruit pit, rather simple but very enjoyable, plenty of fruit. The flavors match well, lots of apricot fruit, light lacto funk, almost a big yogurty with some earthy apricot pit, light vinegar and a big splash of rich malt. The mouthfeel is nice, very carbonated and lively, coats the mouth well, lightly abrasive but doesn't detract too much from the experience. The finish is crisp and lightly dry, but easy as the same time.
Verdict: A very nice wild ale from Cascade, perhaps a bit simple, but the balance is nice. Plenty of apricot as advertised, but aside from the bits of funk and malt, there isn't a whole lot else going on, that being said, this was extremely refreshing and very enjoyable to drink on a relaxing afternoon.
Serving type: bottle
07-19-2014 23:56:21 | More by kevanb
Cascade Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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