Cascade Apricot Ale - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
4.19/5 rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | 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
More User Reviews:
4.15/5 rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
on tap at the brewery, Portland
Hazy platinum with no head.
Apricot fruit roll-up on the nose with a touch of white vinegar.
JuicyFruit, bright orchard fruit, a touch of funk, lemon zest and a bit of chalk.
Bracing fresh fruity finish and white spice linger.
Crisp, light, no heat.
Champagne-like. White vinegar and Belgian funk hidden under fruit, but still very acidic, in a good way. Probably the most accessible sour ever.
Serving type: on-tap
03-10-2014 18:46:16 | More by StJamesGate
4.36/5 rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A-hazy light orange amber color with a nice white head and decent lacing
S-apricot, sour grapes, light caramel, vinous, floral, little funk
T-lemon, apricot, green apple, caramel malt, funk, oak, white wine vinegar, floral
F-medium body with nice lively carbonation, crisp, tart and astringent
O-loved this beer, very complex and well-made
Serving type: bottle
03-07-2014 13:27:10 | More by MDDMD
3.73/5 rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Notes from a bottleshare last week (thanks Luke!). Of note was a slight bit of mold at the bottom of the cork. We feared oxidization but there weren't any perceptible oxidized flavors, but looking through reviews, I don't think this tasted like it should have.
APPEARANCE: A clear, straw-colored pour with a bright white head.
AROMA: Tart funk complemented by a floral, light-fruitiness. Not a ton of apricot, but a little is there. I also get some hay and vinegary sauerkraut.
TASTE: The apricot wasn't overly strong on the nose, but it really comes through in the taste. Very tart, with subsequent yeasty funk. Hints of citrus. The sauerkraut is stronger here than it was in the aroma, but still not overbearing.
MOUTHFEEL: Tart and effervescent, with lingering acidity. Also a little bit astringent. Medium-dry finish.
OVERALL: This was very good, but I feel it wasn't at it's best. The presence of mold under the cap is probably the culprit behind the sauerkraut taste/smell. I'll have to give this one another try sometime to see if there's much difference.
Serving type: bottle
02-24-2014 00:46:15 | More by cxr1037
Cascade Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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