Cascade Apricot Ale - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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4.5/5 rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A: poured into a tulip to a light orange that is a little cloudy with a small white head that is quick to fade to a good sized collar around the edge of the glass
S: smells of sourness, apricots and some oak
T: taste is lactic sourness with a lot of apricot flavor that mixes with some oak and a hint of funk. swallow is more sourness and apricot flavor with a bit of vanilla
M: lighter side of medium in the mouth with effervescent carbonation that bristles on the tongue. The beer has a drying finish.
O: Delicious and fantastic. It's a very good beer with a lot of sourness and a huge fruit flavor. Very well done.
Serving type: bottle
03-24-2014 04:40:59 | More by SHODriver
District of Columbia
4.73/5 rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
750 mL bottle tasted as part of a blind Better Beer Authority (BBA) tasting, initial 2011 vintage (before the long-aging process), poured into a large snifter glass and drank over 30 minutes.
A: 3/3 - misty golden-yellow, initial frothy white head settles into a one finger glass lacing, low clarity (cannot see through), moderate alcohol legs
S: 11/12 - a really complex and intense admixture of fruit - apricot, Meyer lemon, lime - and barnyard notes, no detectable hops or malts; no detectable flaws
T: 18/20 - on first sip, there is an intense slap of both fruit and funk; this develops into complex fruit flavors - apricot (of course), lemon, ripe pear, tangerine - admixed with tart, barnyard flavors; as the flavors develop, there was a mild malt and wheat character; more alcohol flavors; finishes very dry
M: 4/5 - high carbonation; obviously, this very complex, and, as a result, it's not easily quaffable
T: 9/10 - wow, again, having this as part of a blind BBA tasting (thanks to Richard Hartogs for the opportunity), this beer totally impressed me; I read on some other reviews that this is an accessible sour, and I totally disagree with that - it's an intensely complex amalgamation of fruit and funk that could be very off-putting to those who don't have experience with sours; my only complaint is the acid brash that I start to experience after drinking too much; in short, this is one of the best American Wild Ales, and, as part of the tasting, I compared it to Cantilllon's Fou' Founne - high praise indeed and definitely recommended!
TOTAL - 45/50
Serving type: bottle
03-23-2014 01:56:34 | More by MNishCT77
Cascade Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
96 out of 100 based on 1,169 ratings.