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Cascade Apricot AleCascade Apricot Ale
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Brewed by:
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Oregon, United States | website

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by ccrida on 04-18-2008

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Photo of aficionado
3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Duvel Tulip - Thanks BuckeyeOne!

Murky golden yellow body with moderate lacing, and a nice fluffy white head. Fizzy, fine champagne-like carbonation. Head dissipates in a couple seconds.

Weird medicinal aroma, juicy apricot, white unripe plum flesh, granny smith apple skins.

More strange medicinal notes on the palate. It tastes like fake apricot. Fruity and sour as expected, though it could've been even more sour. A little funky/musty/grassy and mildly oaky. Thin, crisp mouthfeel and high carbonation. Not as interesting as I had hoped unfortunately. Real good attempt for brewing this of a base Tripel, a little less "good" as a Fruit Lambic, but I consider this more of an American Wild Ale.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.86/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, on to the beer:

Glowing yellow ornage in color with a solid lasting head and a trickle or two of lace. The fun starts with a simple smell of the beer; apricots! Sour! And the ecstasy continues into the taste, where there is a lot of awesome flavor to fit into the smorgasbord. Apricots all around, but it's not over the top, sour all around, but not over the top, acidic but not over the top, and even some complimentary lemon flavor. And then I learned it was 8.5% ABV, which is amazing considering that there is no harshness to be found. Without a doubt a treat and one of the best beers I've tasted in 2011.

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Photo of Spider889
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to MbpBugeye for sharing this bottle. This was a want for most of the year for me.

2009 bottling.

A - This beer has lots of nice vigorous carbonation. There was a very loud crack as the cork was dislodged. The beer has a bit of a ruddy appearance with a blood orange color. Hints of sunflower at the top of the glass where the liquid was a little more thinly distributed. Droopy, spotty lace.

I should point out that the first pour (into Seth's LA tulip) was quite stunning. Excellent clarity with a tall head that stuck around forever. However, I have to review the beer in my glass. Otherwise the appearance would be getting a 4.5 or 5 for the score.

S - Orange, lemon, brett, and sour white wine grapes are composing the nose on this one. Apricot is missing in any sort of significant, game-changing type of way. That said, this beer smelled awesome.

T - Tart, with some orange juice flavors, and apricot finally comes out to play. It is quite juicy and very easily distinguishable. Riesling grapes rise up midway through each sip, providing sweetness and another level of tartness. This is in my top 5 or 10 American Wilds to date.

M - Nice carbonation on this one. Medium bodied for a wild. A bit sticky.

O - An excellent beer. In short... another home run for 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 Slatetank
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The bottle was shared by Kegatron at a recent tasting, thanks Heath! Poured chilled from the 750ml into a goblet.

The color is golden peachy body with white cap of 1/4 inch and fine bead. The lace clings ok with slight film on the glass. It appears exactly as it should very attractive apricot appearance in the glass. The smell is strong and fruity with apricot and mild sweet malt note with slight floral ester and tings of yeast in the esters too with gentle tropical note and the aroma is fairly juicy scented. The feel is highly carbonated with mild sweetness and slight tartness from the fruit with a slight sweet tart qauality and mild tanginess lingering with a semi-sweet fruity finish.

This ale has a nice apricot taste, yet you get a true sense of the base beer with the malt flavor supporting very well. The taste has a semi-floral fruit tinge with some mellow candy and jammy flavors iwth light sour element in the background adding to the tangy mild and sweet essence. There is a slight tart flavor in the finish. Overall I loved this a great way to end the evening with a flavor that is both full and subtle where it counts -I would never have guessed this is 8%, it definitely has the balance of sweet and sour covered.

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Photo of mikereaser
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 2008, reviewed 8/3/11

A - Pours a hazy peachish orange with very little foam to speak of
S - nice sour aroma with the apricots coming through along with some lemon
T - The taste has some pucker to it, a mix of apricots and lemon
M - crisp carbonation, medium bodied, a bit muted flavor, it seems to leave quickly
D - very drinkable, I just can't get enough of this beer. I'd be interested in trying some other years to compare

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Photo of claspada
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 bottling per the label, courtesy of mrand01 from our in person trade yesterday.

Pours a nice deep golden honey color with a thick cream colored 2 inch head on top and plenty of tiny carbonation bubbles.

Aromas begin quite lactic and acidic with plenty of fruity smells; apricot obviously but it also almost smells like peaches. I've heard apricots smell and taste like peaches when added to a beer. The sourness is def also present like fresh green unripened apples with a hint of oak barrel.

The tastes begin with sweet apricot immediately met with sour acidity. The oak and fruit provide a fair amount of tannins which dry out the beer quite a bit; pretty sour but not overly so that becomes a sipper or you need a glass of water.

The carbonation is quite high on the mouthfeel and the beer is very dry, especially on the finish, which I like in this style. Less sweet and quite dry; the way a fruity Belgian Flanders should be. Crazy high drinkability for 9.0%ABV. Not that I am going to but I could pound this if I had to; carbonation might slow me down but just saying...

Overall this is my first Cascade sour and I couldn't be happier with it; also my first apricot sour. Very enjoyable but just like all sours I will only really crave/want them on these crazy hot summer days when normal heavy beer is just undrinkable. Do I have to drink this again, no, but would I, definitely. Blows all that crap Lindemans brews way out of the water.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Mikkeller glass on 6/21/11

Thanks to MbpBugeye for sharing

2009 bottling

Apricot/orange color is browned with some sediment that made its way into the glass; it's a bit murky as a result. One inch crackling head. Dissipates rapidly to a thin layer, leaving some lace.

Of course, apricots are at the fore of the aroma, offering a fresh fruit sweetness. There is a short-lived tangy note. A bit of mustiness rounds it out. More oak moves in as the beer warms.

Pow. Tastes a lot punchier than it smells, kicking up a showing of tartness. Apricots are had throughout; their application is fresh and clean. Barrel characteristics build on the latter half - musty, dank and water-logged. I dig it.

The moderate body has a sharper, crisp feel. Mellows over time and bulks up a tad. Dry, funked, barrel-laden finish.

Very well done. Alcohol is hidden almost entirely.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.86/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to the most Ale-y of Watchers for this bottle. Shared with Spider889 and Ryan011235. Poured into a Lost Abbey tulip.

Appearance
Lots of frothy head the color of heavy cream. Its incredibly long lasting, never really fading below a finger in height, so there's lots of droopy, heavy lacing. The beer is a deep peachy orange.

Aroma
Tart but its more oaky, increasing with warmth. A lot of nice funk. The funk is grassy, hay like and dusty. Apricots play a big part, giving this beer a juicy center and aromas of not yet ripe fruit. Spicy yeast intertwines with apple aromas. Some vanilla oak and a big horse blanket funk arise with more warmth.

Taste
Quite juicy. Lots of under ripe flavors that even border on bitter, providing balance. This beer has a very funky middle with lots of horseblanket. It then sweetens and becomes fruity for a crisp finish.

Mouthfeel
This is a tamer sour. It has a gentle pucker and a gentle dryness. The carbonation is sharp but soft at the same time. Alcohol is actually apparent, which is a feature I feel this beer could do without.

Overall
A quite nice beer. A tame, gentle sour loaded with under ripe apricot juiciness. Cascade does not disappoint.

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Photo of zhanson88
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy tangerine color, capped by one finger of white head. Head retention is pretty good, and the lacing is pretty decent.

Smell: I get lots of citrus initially on the nose, as well as some dried apricot scents. I can definitely detect some lactic sourness in there too. It's not over the top or overly complex, but very pleasing.

Taste: Extremely good. Lots of apricot and citrus flavors up front with almost some caramelized sugar type flavors as well. Great funk and lactic presence follows, with pretty strong apricot and light funk on the finish. Pretty damn solid.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light bodied with a low to moderate amount of carbonation. I enjoyed the hell out of this beer, and would most definitely have it again. I would love to get hold of a bottle or two.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My third bottle of the Apricot. This time is the 2009 bottling

Pour is a bright orange copper with a healthy sized white head for a sour ale.

Aroma of fresh apricot fruit mixed with lemon, a bit of funk , sweet malts and flanders yeast.

Taste is a truly refreshing bretty funky apricot ale. There is a nice complex body to it with sweet fruit flavors mixing with sour ale and a healthy dosing of pale malt flavors. Caramelized sugars also chime in in the background. For a Sour lambic, this is a really nice tasting high octane sour. I have a hard time letting the glass sit on the table as it is nice and refreshing on a hot summer night.

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

Pours a orange hazy with yellow edges. A lot of nice white head. Looks pretty solid. Smells sour and tart. There is a nice citrusy fruit on the nose. Smells really great! Tastes nice and tart. The apricot comes through very strong. Very nice fruit presence. Nice level of carbonation. Overall very solid

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.64/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 bottling date. 750ml brown glass champagne bottle with cork and cage. Purchased at Knightly Spirits OBT, Orlando, FL.

Pop! Clear orange amber body with very thin white head. Nose is packed with citrus fruit notes. Lemon, lime zest, blood orange, a hit of funk and maybe a hint of red wine vinegar. As it warms there's fruit leathers too, like apricot of course and also something like Kool-aid mix. Palate is tart right off the bat. There's enough sweetness there to keep it from being straight up sour. Apricot dominates for sure with tangerine juice and orange pulp. A hint of wood smoke appears and then vanishes. Lemon meringue and key lime pies. Yum. Tart and delicious.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle - cork and cage - split into a New Belgium globe.
9.0% ABV, 2009 Bottling, Serve at 45°-50°F

Beerwolf77 constantly scratches my sour itch and nailed this big time want of mine so it's high-time I unveiled my massive "thank-you" to him: http://www.beerfm.com/2011/05/an-ace-of-base-ode-to-beerwolf/

A - Pretty clear, the golden apricot orange beer is loaded with strong carbonation. A tall pour lets loose a three-finger off-white head with great retention and lace despite the acidic level.

S - Minimal lactic acid comes through but tons of fruity apricot and funky barnyard wild yeast notes! Goaty, horse blanket, wet straw, fantastic fruit lambic aroma with an oaky finish.

T - The apricots don't come through as much as I had hoped but that definitely doesn't hinder my enjoyment of this awesome brew! Fruity, funky barnyard wild yeast blends perfectly.

M - Super sour and tart with great lactic tartness and a ball-twisting sour finish. Medium-bodied and highly carbonated

O - Fantastic. Not a hint of alcohol. Full acidic sourness and apricot fruitiness. This is a brilliant brew! Thanks Todd!

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark peach colored pour, damn, apricot, nectarine and peach all look so cool when done well, this one, with a clean white head, looks damn near perfect. Good bitter fruit aroma, very enjoyable.

Taste, hides alcohol well, fruit appears plenty fresh, excellent sour quality to it, plenty high, but not ridiculous to overwhelm the fruit. Leans to the sour more than sweet side for sure. Doesn't have that high fructose sweetness to it that lesser lambics and fruit beers will delve into.

Carbonation keeps it from too much heft on the palate in terms of mouthfeel and aftertaste. The slight wood finish to it is never soggy, its a dry one. Did I mention that the alcohol tastes nonexistant? Pricey at $20 a bottle. But thanks to jh1982 for bringing this to March Madness 2011. Hell of a time, we drank this one before the Marquette/Syracuse game, had me worried about drinking an orange beer that it would help the Orange. No such luck! Sweet Sixteen for Marquette!

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

Bottled 2009.

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a chalice. Nice whispy head with a slight lacing that remained throughout the beer. Ripe apricot aroma. Sour and tart. Musty funk. Hazy burnt orange.

Excellent balance. Dried apricot upfront. Then the sourness hits. Followed by musty barnyard funk. Delicious. Crisp in the end. So juicy and mouth watering. I have to have another sip. Perfect amount of carbonation for the style. Delicious. An excellent sour and my first apricot example. I want to buy a case!

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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 beerwolf77
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to fogdog for this gem. 2009 bottle split into tulips.

A: Fairly clear golden amber orange hue. Huge bright white head. Solid four fingers fade slowly leaving soapy lace.

S: Huge apricot bouquet bursts out of the glass. Full on musty bretty funk. Solid lactic sourness. This smells great.

T: The sour is moderate to full but nothing over the top. Fresh sweet and tangy apricots, brett, oak and lactic sour.

M: Medium body. Very lively carbonation.

O: Although not as sour as I had hoped this was a true winner in my book. Super tasty sour. I need a case of this.

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

2009 Vintage. Pours a slightly hazy, golden-orange color with a medium white head that disappears quickly. Scent is very strong with apricot and sour aromas. A lot of funk and oak as well. Nice acidic characteristics, as well as lemon and grassy aromas. Taste is initially tart with some acid and light balsamic vinegar flavor. Then I get some really heavy farmhouse/Belgian tripel flavors with pleasant apricot flavors. Finishes with some more sourness and a lot of French oak. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very dry and refreshing. Drinkability is high. Overall, this beer is very unique with it's Belgian-tripel characteristics. Not as sour as I thought it was going to be, but very well balanced and delicious.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a 2008 bottle, next time i will go for an 09 as i have heard they are better.

this beer pours a deep yellow color to almost orangish, with a nice off white yellowish head. the smell is funky with some decent sour notes. this beers taste is a little muted compared to the smell, i was expecting some more sourness and funkiness to it, there was a good bit of sourness, but not what i was expecting. the mouthfeel is light with good carbonation. overall a good beer, will seek it out again

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

2009 batch picked up at the barrel house. wow. this one totally took my palate and spun it out. super complex. sooo much palate pleasing stuff going on here and i am not a fan of apricot (?9 aversion east coast?). deep amber with an off-white-apricot-pink(?) head that pops and fizzes but settles in to a creamy thing that sticks around for a bit and leaves good lace. nose is fruity, and surprisingly, other fruits seem more pronounced than apricot. i get raspberry, pear, strawberry, tropical fruit, apricot. so much going on. fruit, spice, wood, tart, earth, vanilla(?), honey(?), citrus, old-school bubblegum... and layers of each. taste is sweet/sour and fruity up front, turns spicy, gets woody and finishes dry with a touch of minerality. medium body that seems creamy, but turns silky. clean with a warming finish that amplifies the aftertaste you wish it had. a stunning beer that defies style and boundary. would love to taste this in 5 years. winner.

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Photo of eat
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Glowing, hazy apricot-coloured body with a decent bright-white head. Alright retention and lacing.

Smells of apricots, green apple, cider vinegar, lemon, funky barn, sour raspberry, brown sugar, a bit of alcohol. Awesomely complex.

Tons of sour apricot in the mouth. Bright lemon, sweet malt. The finish is sour and drying. Really sour and flavourful. No alcohol showing.

The carbonation is present but made of very small bubbles. Light body.

It's a little too sour to drink much of; it would probably leave you feeling like the time you were ten years old and your parents let you eat as much candy as you wanted. In smaller quantities though, this stuff is awesome. Thanks a ton Eric! This was my favorite brew from that particular session. I'd definitely pick this up if I ever run into it.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle i picked up while out in boston for EBF/NotB. the bottle cost me $20.25. drank from my duvel tulip. 2009 edition.

A- this one pours out a hazy burnt orange colored body with a large bright white head on top. the head lasts for a very long time, and leaves behind unattractive globs of lacing.

S- the first thing i pick up with the nose is a definite lactic sourness. after that i get a little bit of pale malts and a some wheaty notes. musty and earthy smelling. a little bit of fresh apricot in here also.

T- the taste starts out with some pale malts and a little bit of malted wheat. after that i get some lactic action. definitely sour, but not overly so. some fresh apricots after that. musty and earthy yeasty funk.

M- medium bodied and highly carbonated. nice dry finish. sour but not overly so.

D- very enjoyable. the subtle flavor of the apricot is very well integrated here. something id look for again, even with the pretty substantial price tag.

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Cascade Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 279 ratings.