Cascade Apricot Ale - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
4.3/5 rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Reviewed from notes from 12/14/13. Enjoyed out of a dark brown 750 mL cork & cage bottle with "2012 project" marked clearly on the label. Poured into a 16 oz standard tumbler glass for lack of anything better.
Appearance - The color is pretty flat, with an apricot, light yellow-orange hue to the body. Some translucence, but overall, you can't see through the beer, as it's mostly opaque. Head is fairly light in volume, about a finger thick before fading away into an ethereal film atop the body. Minimal lacing.
Smell - Apricot, lactic tartness, and generic fruity elements with some notes of jam/preserves. Mostly sour, but there is a funk that provides a bit of heft to an otherwise piercingly acidic aroma. It's the type of sinus-clearing aroma that I love about really sour beers. The only minor quibble I would have is that it's a bit one-dimensional, sorta like the color.
Taste - Here we depart from the one-dimensional nature of the color and smell. Lots of things going on here, with apricot, mango, some apple cider vinegar, again some notes of peach preserves/jam as well as sweet white wine, like a sauterne or muscato. Nice mouth-puckering effect that becomes more pronounced as the beer warms. This one is nicely refreshing in addition to being so sour, almost like a really tart apricot lemonade.
Mouthfeel - Light-to-medium body with nice prickliness in spite of moderate to light levels of carbonation. As noted, there is a puckering factor, as well as characteristics that prompt me to start salivating, like really sour things can have a tendency to do.
Overall, it's probably my favorite out of a limited sampling of Cascade beers. What minor shortcomings it has in look and smell, it more than makes up for with a fantastic taste and a nice, invigorating mouthfeel. As one of the more reasonably-priced Cascade beers, it's one I'm likely to try to get my hands on again. Outstanding stuff.
Serving type: bottle
12-20-2013 05:41:51 | More by LambicPentameter
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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
4.69/5 rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Looks like Cascade is back in NY for the first time in over a year!
A - the Apricot Ale pours like a gueuze, albeit with a darker, hazier, more orange amber. It’s sparkling effervescent with a robust champagne head.
S - It casts off the unripe apple sharpness one expects, but this funk is less abrasive than a traditional lambic. The nose is tempered not only with apricot, but also pear, banana and strawberry. It emits the sweet smell of candied dried fruit.
T -That candy carries over into the taste. You get that initial bracing tartness, but this immediately gives way to juicy passion fruit and lemon-drops. Still, the drink is wonderfully dry and refreshing, with medium body and a tantalizing savory note, like the salt on a margarita glass. All told, Cascade Apricot Ale is like liquid sweet-tart.
M - Medium bodied, but crisp, dry and refreshing, even as that sugary fruit boosts the ABV to 8.5%.
O - I've never fallen for a sour. While I can appreciate a good gueuze, I'm never in the mood for one. This might change that. I already want another.
Serving type: bottle
07-17-2014 11:33:36 | More by TheCuriograph
Cascade Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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