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Cascade Apricot Ale - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Cascade Apricot AleCascade Apricot Ale

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1,350 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,350
Reviews: 255
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 409
Gots: 304 | FT: 35
Brewed by:
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
"Brewmaster Ron Gansberg based this Apricot Ale on a Belgian Tripel, putting it through 16 months lactic fermentation and aging in French oak wine barrels. The apricots were allowed to slowly ripen before introduction into the beer; the beer then aged another four months on the fruit before bottling."

(Beer added by: ccrida on 04-18-2008)
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Ratings: 1,350 | Reviews: 255 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tim's bottle, 2008 vintage, that has mellowed out as we shall see. Orange coloured body, understated carbonation. Very malty, subdued acidity. Very good drinkability. i'm glad to have had it, but not overwhelmed, perhaps the bold taste of a fresh vintage makes a difference.

Sammy, Feb 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

t0rin0, Dec 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

spycow, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap for the 2012 Peter Reeves Memorial Sourfest at Churchill’s Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy honey orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with some peach and apricot aromas. Taste is much the same with an acidic finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is tasty and super drinkable.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

djrn2, Dec 01, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

zestar, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

acurtis, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes. I've had quite a few bottles of this now and it's certainly one of my favorite American fruited sours.

Pours a nice pale apricot color with a bit of a white head and some lacing. The nose is really quite tart with lactic sourness and a good dose of apricot and peach flavors. Some light green apple as well. The taste brings in a bit of oak and a really nice sour to fruit ratio. The mouthfeel and drinkability are both out of this world, as the fruit and sourness levels combine quite well. This is just short of the level where the sourness begins to affect drinkability. My favorite of their sours to date. I'm very, very glad they ship this out to Philly.

Thorpe429, Oct 24, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

nmann08, Nov 15, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Texasfan549, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of metter98
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color with some amber hues. It poured with a thin white head that died down a bit but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of sourness are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is a little sour but has oaky flavors from the barrel aging along with light notes of apricots.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has very nice amounts of sourness and tartness, but neither of these are over the top and are somewhat balanced off by the apricots.

metter98, Apr 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

GRG1313, Jun 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

kjkinsey, Aug 09, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a modest head that splashes dots of lace

Smell: Apricot nectar with hints of sourness

Taste: Although the tart flavors make an immediate appearance and build through mid-palate, there is a distinctive apricot tone that persists; after the swallow, the sourness becomes more mellow and woody, but the apricot flavor remains

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low carbonation

Drinkability: The flavor profile is compelling; with bit more carbonation, this would be extraordinary

brentk56, Aug 07, 2008
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a clear bright dark yellow color ale with a large pure white foamy head with good retention and some excellent lacing. Aroma of sour notes with light acidic notes with some light tart apricot notes. Taste is also a very nice mix between some light acidic notes with some tart and sour notes with lightly sweet notes of apricot. No notes of oak and apricot notes are very subtle. Very nice beer and drinkability is quite high with alcohol being well hidden.

Phyl21ca, Dec 14, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

ygtbsm94, Jan 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

jaydoc, Nov 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

kylehay2004, Dec 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich orange and amber in color with a good amount of cloudiness and haze to it, enough that you could barely see through to the other side. Nice light puff of white on top that faded leaving only a little bit of lace on top.

The aroma was beautiful. Rich sour funkiness with huge touches of apricot mixed in. Light peppery and spice notes come through as it warms, but the sour funk was so hardcore. The flavor was puckeringly good. Rich apricot and apple vinegar sour notes are all over this one. As it warms like barrel notes, lots of spice and a long drawn out and very dry. Super drinkable and very refreshing, this was one of the best sours I have had.

mikesgroove, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Bottling

A: The pour is a cloudy amber color with a thin cream colored head on top and plenty of tiny carbonation bubbles.

S: The nose is highly lactic and acidic with plenty of fruity apricot notes as well. There is a light oak character and a hint of sweetness.

T: The apricots in the flavor are a bit sweeter, but there's still a nice acidity to it. The oak and fruit provide a fair amount of tannins which dry out the beer quite a bit.

M: The carbonation is quite high and the beer is very dry, especially on the finish, which I like. There's also a bit of alcohol warmth, which was surprising.

D: The Cascade sours are delicious as a rule, and this one is no exception. A fantastic beer and I'm glad I have some more at home.

womencantsail, Mar 24, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Knapp85, Apr 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

SocalKicks, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of largadeer
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for sharing this one, Arne. 750ml bottle into a couple of pint glasses. Straw-colored with good clarity, for the first pour at least, with a small 1 finger head that dissipated pretty quickly. Big fruity aroma with a touch of musty barrel beneath. There isn't much tripel character left in the aroma beyond the faintest hint of pale malt. Nicely balanced on the palate; not bracingly sour by any means. Light lemony tartness, just a hint of funk. Dry and grainy, big apricot flavor minus the sweetness. Little bit of cardboard-like oxidation in the finish. Great stuff; it lands somewhere between a standard fruit beer and a wild ale.

largadeer, Mar 30, 2009
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4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Sweetwater mini-snifter.

Big thanks to homebrew311 and Bellabananas for sharing this bottle!

2011 Project. Apricot always was one of my favorite Jolly Rancher flavors... Anyway, this stuff pours a mildly hazy golden-brass topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises apricot jam, tangerine zest, mandarin orange, lemon zest, and a vague sense of sweetening spices way in the background. The taste holds notes of lactic peach, funky wheat, and lemon flesh. It's a bit simpler than the nose, but tasty and effective nonetheless. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, a highly enjoyable fruity sour, one I really wish I could try over and over again. Good times.

TMoney2591, Oct 22, 2012
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Cascade Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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