Cascade Apricot Ale - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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Reviews by mechamifune:
4.13/5 rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Pours a hazy orange/gold. A slight, creamy head develops along with a whole lot of champagne-like bubbles in the glass. Looks pretty inviting to me.
Smell fruity, tart (is tart actually a smell? whatever, its the smell I always seem to pick up on sour beers) with a little bit of funk. A pleasant smell, maybe not as fruity as I would have thought.
Taste is sour upfront, not super, mouth-puckering sour, but sour for sure. Followed up with a bit of pulpy fruitiness (presumably apricot, but I won't lie and pretend I would assume that if there weren't a great big apricot on the bottle). No real bitterness, and the slight bit of funk I got in the nose isn't really there in the taste. Finishes pretty dry and without any kind of strong lingering aftertaste (or at least not as much of one as I usually find in this style). The more you drink and the more it warms, the more you adapt to the sour aspect and the dense fruitiness really starts to show through. A nice taste all in all.
Mouthfeel is very crisp and easy to drink. There are some relatively strong flavor notes in this beer and it is super easy to drunk. They got this element almost perfect for the style.
Overall, this was an interesting and enjoyable beer for me. For the price tag, though, I'm not sure i'd buy it again. I've probably had about a dozen sour beers at this point, and I kind of consider it the last beer frontier for me. Within the style, its probably the best i've had (or close to it). If you don't like sour beer or have never had it before, i'm not so sure this would convert you though...or at least I wouldn't take the chance for the steep price tag.
Serving type: bottle
07-22-2013 21:13:50 | More by mechamifune
More User Reviews:
4.15/5 rDev -4.4%
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 +0.5%
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 -14.1%
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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