Cascade Apricot Ale - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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4.08/5 rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
750ml bottle into Duvel tulip. 2009 bottling.
Appearance: Bottle gushes an ounce or two into the sink after being refrigerated for an hour or so. Careful pour yields a 2 inch fizzy and rocky white head that dissipates slowly. Pours a not quite translucent gold and leaves some thick lacing walls.
Smell: Soft peach and strawberry aromas, some apricot as well. Mildly acetic at first. Smarties.
Smells good on the whole, but a bit too much Smarties.
Taste: Sour up front, then lots of tart fruit (apricot, peach, ambiguous berry) in the middle, finishing hot with some lingering lactic sourness and delicate french oak. Grapefruit pith-like bitterness is slightly too much.
With time, the apricot comes out a bit more and the bitterness recedes into perfect balance. The taste develops not in complexity so much as in balance, plateauing in a sort of attention-clinching tartness with soft fruit flavors, lactic sourness, and almost-vanilla oak. The flavor is lively but delicate, sour but not overly acidic.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Juicy up front, then creamy. Mild carbonation (along with the body) gives a very smooth impression. Tart throughout, finishing semi-dry and puckering.
Overall: Really satisfying wild ale. It's a touch too hot, and could be a bit more complex, but it's expertly crafted regardless. Leaps and bounds better than the equally easy to find Cascade Kriek. Will definitely buy more bottles of Apricot.
Serving type: bottle
07-25-2012 00:12:37 | More by Pahn
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