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Cascade Apricot Ale - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Reviews: 267
Hads: 1,601
Avg: 4.27
pDev: 21.08%
Wants: 444
Gots: 377 | FT: 44
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:
Beer added by: ccrida on 04-18-2008

This NW style sour blond ale was barrel aged for up to nine months, then aged on fresh apricot for an additional six months. Aromas of sweet apricot blossoms and tart fruit are present as you draw the glass near. Deep, rich apricot flesh, then tart apricot notes dance on the palate and lead to a sweet apricot flesh finish with a lingering fruit tartness.
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Photo of pmlondrigan
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Little bit of a gush on this one even after a chill. Pours nice after that with an orange yellow hugh and slight cloudy apperance. Crisp white head, lovely lacing. Aroma is blame! Appricots followed by clear lactic sourness. Flavor is of a nice golden ale base, apricots in the middle of the palate with a lactic sour finish. Only two things about the taste is a slight bit of diactyle and some astringency that I get on the finish. Crisp and sharp mouthfeel with a little more carb then i expected. Drinkable, but that diacytle and astringency is getting me.

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Photo of TheCuriograph
4.66/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of Auracom
3.82/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nearly ordered this a few times online, but now glad to have it on-tap from the source. 2 oz. served in a taster tulip on November 29th, 2012.

A - Looked almost identical to The Vine but pours a bit murkier.

S - Lemon peel, floral, and rich apricot jam. Not quite as deep as Fou Foune but the apricot is every bit as welcoming.

T - Front end is plentiful lemon acidity. Apricot comes through more at mid palate with a rich and sweeter note. Not as much depth here.

M - Light body, moderate carbonation, semi-dry finish. Just fine here.

D - Second best apricot notes I've had. I'm not convinced that this specific fruit really shines in the drink of any sour/wild. Still, a good brew here.

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Photo of PacNWDad
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter. Pours an amber hue, with a decent amount of hops. Somewhat cloudy in appearance. Aroma is very fruity as would be expected, with apricot, lemon and some earthiness. Some funk in there as well. Flavor is an excellent combo of sweet and sour. More sour than sweet, but a surprising amount of fruit and some malt as well balance out the sourness very well. Nice citrus notes as well. Modest amount of carbonation. Overall, this is an excellent beer - my favorite in this style.

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Photo of rodenbach99
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 bottling. 9,0% alc/vol. 750ml brown bottle shared with friends. Clear amber with a white head. I really like this peachy nose, apricot candy. Some acidity on the nose. The fuzzy peach taste is very interesting. Easy drinking, light and refreshing. This is a classic to be.

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Photo of Myotus
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml bottle (2012 project) into a tulip and let warm up to 40°F until reviewing.
LOOK: Pours with a quarter's worth of white foam that shrivels into a line within 15 seconds. Pale orange in color with an extreme amount of cloudiness. Rising bubbles are medium in size and low in quantity. Lacing is hardly existent.
SMELL: Has strong aromas of sour yeast that combine with mild aromas of oak, hay, and apricot.
TASTE: Very strong sour yeast flavors are up front. Mild oak and subtle hay flavors enter immediately after along with hints of apricot.
FEEL: Somewhere between light-bodied and medium-bodied. Moderately carbonated. Very tart. Goes down somewhat rough and finishes with a moderate dryness.
NOTE: Where were the apricots? Was it because this bottle was aged too long? Probably. Need to try a newer one.

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Photo of trappistlover
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(750ml bottle from tai4ji2x!). Pours cloudy orange/apricot color with nice off-white head. Aroma is funky, ripe apricot, and so delicious. Taste is a sour, but not overly sour. There is the sweetness of the apricot there also. Medium bodied with a smooth finish. The carbonation is prickly. If you like sours and apricot, then you should like this beer. It's yummy.

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Photo of taylorhamrick
3.26/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Acquired from ipa247. 2008 vintage. Consumed 4-27-2010. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice amber color, surprisingly clear, with a huge sticky head. The bubbles are massive and loose and leave cobwebbed lacing a the start, then the head fades just a bit to a ring, and leaves tighter clumps of bubbles. Looks good, darker than I expected, I guess. The smell is slightly tart, pretty fruity, like peaches and some tart berries. It smells pretty sweet. Also, you can sense the funkiness of this one there too. I'd say it's not the best smelling lambic, but all of the elements are there. The flavor comes out with fruit, like fleshy, soft, juicy fruit. The beer is fairly sweetn, not too tart at all, and the apricots kind of win in the fruitiness, but I can also detect berries. I can kind of taste the malt, but mixed with the yeast character, it just comes across as straw and grass. I also get a little peach alcohol taste. After the fruit, and as it warms, you start to get the wildness of this one, and I don't think it is the most successfully developed wild ale. There's just this B.O. and foot funkiness, that didn't seem to get to the point of the acidic bacteria coming in, so there's very little acid or dryness to balance out this thick sweetness in this one. These are definitely characteristics of wild ales, kind of normal ones, but it's too one dimensional, and a little like fruity sweat, if that at all makes sense. The body is nice and full, with a moderate carbonation, but it's not as dry, and maybe a little too full for a good lambic. And I got a little bored of it while I was drinking. I think it could use a little more tartness and acidity, maybe a little longer conditioning to really let those flavors develop more (or maybe it went too long and the bacteria started eating the wrong stuff, sometimes I can't tell the difference - or maybe I don't know it well enough). The fruit would be nice in a more "sour" tasting beer, it has a very nice effect.

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Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A hazy orange appears, delicate gold lacing around the acerbic aroma. Head drops fast, what was once volumous is now minute. Aroma of citrus, oranges and tangerines, apricots and tannins, hints of oak and cane sugar.

My mouth is blasted by fruit, tart apricots that skin the teeth, a dentist is angry somewhere. Gaia has never seen an apricot like this. Tannins and oak keep the intense lactic sourness from feeling absurd white fruity aromatics keep the glee alive. Damn, just damn.

Cascade, you are doing it right.

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Photo of muttyd
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Amber/golden body with a thick white head. Head settles to about a quarter inch thick and persists throughout.

S - Very similar to a fresh hard cider. Apricots/pears come through as the beer warms up. Moderate funk and slight lactic acid balance out the big sweet fruity vinous aroma.

T - Very big bright fruity body. Fruity, sour, funky and dry. The finish is reminiscent of Very well balanced, and very enjoyable.

M - High carbonation, and finishes clean.

D - Excellent brew from Cascade.

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Photo of cbarrett4
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Without a doubt one of the (if not THE) best beers Cascade produces. This was a 2010 barrel tasted in July 2011.

Pours a good orange hue with light head fading to a nice lace. Good carbonation despite being cask conditioned.

Amazingly aromatic with super sour apricot right off the bat with a hefty dose of sour funk. Amazingly rich nose, though rather simple and straightforward (not a bad thing).

Palate is super tart apricot with a sweet mango or peach kind of thing balancing out. Amazing flavors, just pure and expressive.

Lovely medium body with great intensity of flavors, mild alcohol presence, despite the 8.5%. Really nice balance.

Overall a stunning beer. Not the most crazy thing they make but consistent and very, very high quality.

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Photo of julian
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy copper with amber highlights. Big bubbly head, that actually sticks around and coats the surface nicely. 4

S: Funky at first then the sweet ripened apricot comes through very nicely. A little bit of booze, some vingar tartness, oaky wood, mild must. Damn this smells delicious! 4.5

T&M: Taste is a refreshing mild tartness of apricot, sweet and sour brett tang, and mild oaky undertones. So refreshing. This is one carbonated mother but it smooths out really quick and goes down easy. 4.5 / 4

O: This is an excellent beer, awesome flavor, crisp and very refreshing during these summer months (not that Seattle got summer this year, still waiting for it...). The apricot is noticeable but subtle which is very nice. I don’t think it should dominate the palate. 4.5

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Photo of Trilogy31
3.3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 bottling, pours a cloudy amber with sunset orange hue. A heavy champagne style foam quickly builds and recedes just as fast. Nose is of sour funk, apricots, must and earth and a little spicy belgian yeast. Taste is a puckering citrus sour, stone fruits and a pleasant funk along with an unfortunate penny taste. Easy to drink and hides the abv well. Solid sour though not great.

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Photo of TallSaint
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

14/01/13. 750ml bottle; caged and corked.

Poured into a Kate the Great snifter, it pours a hazy golden orange with a finger of white head.

S: ripe apricots, spice, apple pie, and some cinnamon in the nose.

T: upfront ripe, juicy apricots come in droves. In the mid-palate lactic acid sourness begins and continues throughout. Apricot skins and spice are also present in the mid-palate. In the back it is dry, then vinous and then extremely sour. Carbonation is spot on and makes it dangerously drinkable.

A phenomenal lambic. it was not as musty as I expected (I was expecting Cantillon like must and earthiness) but this does not detract from it at all. Amazing stuff.

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Photo of hawks10
3.81/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged bottle - 2009 Vintage - Poured into a tulip...

Pours a hazy dark orange, some amber and ruby colors mix in the haze, two fingers of white head forms and sticks around for a while...

Tart and fruity initially, but heavy in the must and funk...

Starts tart and slightly sweet but quickly moves to dry and funky. Very musty with lots of barnyard funk. The initial bright, tart fruit flavors mixed with the high carbonation give the beer an airy, tart champagne taste/feel up front. The funk hits quick and lasts all through the middle of the drink and well into the finish...

Medium bodied, a bit syrupy, but light and airy at the same time with the high carbonation...

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Photo of hagbergl
4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I received a 750 mL bottle of Cascade Apricot Ale as a Christmas gift. My girlfriend and I split the bottle. Poured into my Rodenbach Grand Cru glass.

Appearance (4.5/5): Cascade Apricot has a gorgeous orange hue that makes it appear as if it glows. It is translucent and topped by a bubbly, two-finger white head. A ring of white foam forms around the rim of the glass and endures for the duration. Excellent look to the beer and a cool looking bottle.

Smell (4.5/5): This beer smells very tart! Apricot, lemon/orange citrus notes, lactic sourness, and some funk from the wild yeast. I also pick up woody notes undoubtedly imparted to the beer through the oak barrel aging. Pretty gorgeous.

Taste (5/5): Extreme tartness–lots of apricot and lemon/orange flavors to be had, alongside the classic lactic sour notes you find in Flemish Reds and Oud Bruins. Barrel-aged woodiness lurks in the background, though this beer is all about showcasing the fruity and sour flavors. Thus, the beer doesn't "feel" quite as "aged" or "old" as some Belgian sours do. The beer's taste certainly has a lot in common with that of lambics–fruity and sour all at once. Despite the Apricot Ale's strength, not a trace of alcohol can be detected. This beer is exquisite; a perfectly crafted sour beer.

Mouthfeel (5/5): The mouthfeel is extraordinary and exhibits the best characteristics of Belgian/Flemish sour ales. Apricot Ale features a medium-light body and medium-high carbonation. The beer's lactic sourness lends a slightly mouth-puckering feel. The fairly vigorous carbonation gives it a pleasant effervescence and combines well with the sourness to induce a prickly sensation on the tongue. The beer is not cloying or overly puckering by any stretch; it is actually easy-drinking and refreshing.

Overall (5/5): Apricot Ale was a wonderful introduction to Cascade Brewing. It is a great spin on sour ale. Everything about this beer–its appearance, smell, taste, and mouthfeel–is stellar. The no-holds-barred tartness and beautifully effervescent, slightly puckering mouthfeel really won me over. If you like sour ales and haven't tried any brews by Cascade, you must do so post haste.

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Photo of lordofstarside
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2011 project- 750 ml to a goblet, celebrating my graduation

Pours a cloudy pale gold with about 25% transparency. A finger and a half of foam has died down pretty quick to a frothy half finger. Highly carbonated, good lacing- not much to complain about here

Smells of sour apricot, oak, some other floral citrus, funk, a hint of leather, and some sweet malt. Enough to make my face twist and nose tingle a bit, well done

Taste is with the nose, upfront sour apricot and citrus, some vinegar, oak, and a subtle sweet malt bringing up the back. Pretty balanced, sour upfront sweet lingering after taste

Feel is medium body, with a moderate/high sourness- enough to twist my face but not as far around as possible. High carbonation leaves a bite, alcohol is well hidden. Pretty drinkable man

Overall this stuff is really good. Cascade really and for good reason is dominating the American sour scene, with this being another cornerstone in that foundation

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Photo of SShelly
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As always a treat to try anything from this brewery.

Pours Light golden orange with a slight amount of haze, bottle was a little bit of a gusher, lots of foam!

Light lactic aroma with apricots behind, suprised how distinct the apricot aroma is.

Flavor follows the aroma with a nice mellow lactic tartness followed by a crisp light apricot flavor. finishes light and slightly dry, lots of bubbles in the mouth.

A great offering from cascade, probably my favorite beer ive tried from them.

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Photo of Onibubba
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At 20 bones a bottle, I was not sure about buying this unknown beer. Glad I did. Nice pour with suitable creamy head, leaving slight lacing. Dark honey in color. Smell is tart apricots. Taste is magnificently mellowed. The funk of a wild beer, the lactic taste of a flanders, and the alcolhol is never noticeable. Balance is the key here. Sweetness, tartness, and funk are all present, but none are dominanat - none. That is amazing. Mouthfeel is great, and drinkablity follows suite. I will be stocking up on these next week, and trying their Kriek. Best new beer of the month for me.

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Photo of ptykozoon
3.86/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful apricot orange, looks like the apricot is literally in the glass! Nice bubbles race continuously to the top, excellent retention and lacing. The layer of foam on top never dissipates, outstanding.

Smells fresh. Sour and sweet notes, oak in there as well.

Very nice sour tang albeit more subtle than most, the apricot is definitely there but subdued. As the beer warms up the fruitiness comes into play more. Not a bad sour.

Mouthfeel is decent; creamy yet dry. Alcohol subdued nicely.

After a while the apricot starts to take over the palette and it gets a bit too fruity and one dimensional for my taste. A 375ml would be perfect for this one.

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Photo of xenjoiii
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 Vintage.

A: Poured a murky rustic orange with a small head that quickly faded to a ring of lacing around the glass.

S: There is a ton of fruit in the nose; a huge blast of sweet apricot. Lactic acid and woody notes as well.

T: Intense sour up front; it actually bares the resemblance of a nice geuze with a bunch of citrus/green apple notes. By the middle of the mouth I am getting huge oak notes. The apricot begins to emerge out the back, but it is on the mellow side.

M: This has a nice medium mouth feel. Perfectly carbonated, to me.

O: This is a great great beer. My first Apricot based sour, and I'm really enjoying this bottle. Many fine layers of flavor are showcased in this brew. Though I do wish there was a bit more apricot in the taste; I assume the fruit has mellowed down a cosiderable amount, as the beer has two years on it. I'd love t try this fresh. Nonetheless, this is an outstanding brew crafted by the crew at Cascade.

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – A hazy golden orange with a very nice head that dissipates into a thin layer that sticks around. A nice thin lacing.

Smell – This has a very nice “sour ale” smell. With vinegar, white wine, oak, and just a hint of apricot (surprisingly little).

Taste – White wine, funk, apricots, and vinegar.

Mouthfeel – Tart and dry with medium carbonation. A lingering sour aftertaste.

Drinkability – A generally don’t like apricot, but apricot wasn’t the dominating taste at all. I really liked this!

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Photo of urwithdave
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into my ccb snifter.

A- pours a golden orange color. A inch worth of frothy white head. Decent retention and tons of lacing.

A- Apricots and tangerines. A bunch of fresh citus. It is just awesome, as soon as I popped the cork it hit me.

T- Again, tons of fresh fruit. Apricot and tangerines dominate. There is a nice tartness that I absolutely loved. A touch of sweetness is present but the tartness dominates. Some biscuity notes are also in the mix.
M- highly carbonated. Light in body. A tart finish that is semi-puckering.

D- I would have no issues drinking this all day!

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Photo of mechamifune
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of Pinknuggets
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle to ommegang tulip

A:orangey dark honey like color that is pretty cloudy with some random floaters in it

S:okay so it actually does smell like fresh apricot but not dead on there are also but not much else

T: wow so this is super sour and sweet at the same time but still crisp and bubbly. It is definitely very fruity and juicy one of the best fruit sours I've had

M: the feel is oily light and bubbly like champaign and goes down extremely easily while complimenting the flavors better then any beer I've seen.

O: another phenomenal beer from cascade I am extremely impressed. It is sweet, sour, fruity and great feel. I highly recommend this beer if you can get it

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Cascade Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 267 ratings.