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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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Reviews: 269
Hads: 1,609
Avg: 4.27
pDev: 8.67%
Wants: 447
Gots: 375 | FT: 45
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 StJamesGate
4.14/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
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

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Photo of cxr1037
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
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.


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Photo of magictacosinus
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured as part of the Cascade flight at Provisions. Poured out of a 750ml bottle into a 9oz tulip glass. While I eagerly await the chance to try Fou Foune, this will have to do for now.

Amber orange in color, with some mildly persevering cloudiness and sediment at the edges. Head retention is decent (especially given the ABV), showcasing a frothy bone white head that eventually dissipates (almost as quickly as the kriek, although not quite as fast).

Another victorious fruit infusion at the aroma, as indicated by the bright showcasing of tart stone fruit, dusty, lightly sweet oak, and a rustic caramel and hop backbone that brings forward the properties that remind me that I am, indeed, drinking a beer here. Slightly under-ripe apricots come at full force here, along with notes of peaches and melon. Earthy, but also filled with nicely floral notes of white orchids, to say the very least. This may also be in part from the sweetness enhanced by the oak, imparting light vanilla and baking soda. Not very complex in terms of showcasing a variety of different flavors, but extremely satisfying.

One sip and I'm instantly enamored - I've always talked about notes of apricots in beers before, but from now on I'm going to be hesitant about using such a fruit description. As found here, it is *extremely* distinct in the realm of stone fruit. Tart, dried, and also green, to an extent, notes of soured apricots explode at the front of the palate, in the same vein that the extremely addicting dried apricot fruit treats do. Juicy, acidic, and filled with a good amount of fruit must. Follows with dried green melons, white peaches, and tons of well balanced floral notes. The oak comes in slightly more subtle but displays the same baking spices and light vanilla as before, alongside a light tobacco toasted element. Super mouth puckering, nevertheless, with a sensation of perhaps biting into a highly under-ripened apricot. Still, very well carbonated, and never loses its gas. I'm honestly impressed that this is so high in alcohol. It has to be one of the most dangerous sours on the market, as a result (and so flavorful!).

This is delicious stuff yet again from Cascade, with a great take on a type of sour that more of the big guys that make these kinds of beers right should experiment with. There's something really appropriate about using apricots for sour beers - its naturally acidic, dry, and tart character melds so naturally at hand. I'm happy to have another bottle on hand that I've held onto since July. I should consider cracking it open soon before the highlighted fruit character fades away!

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2011 vintage. Pours moderately hazy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of huge tart green apple, apricot, lemon, raspberry, white wine, oak, clove, white vinegar, leather, hay, straw, musty funk, pepper, and yeast earthiness. Incredible aromas with great balance and complexity of tart fruitiness, oak, and funky/acidic yeast ester notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart green apple, apricot, lemon, raspberry, white wine, white vinegar, oak, clove, hay, straw, pepper, leather, musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Big fruity acidic sourness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour green apple, apricot, lemon, raspberry, white wine, white vinegar, oak, clove, musty funk, hay, straw, leather, pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible balance and complexity of tart/sour yeast ester, fruit, and oak barrel flavors; with a good fruit/sourness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very acidic, crisp, and fairly smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding fruited sour ale! Amazing complexity and balance of apricot fruit with fruity/sour yeast ester and oak barrel flavors; and quite smooth to sip on even with the big acidity. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of spoony
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap into a tulip at the barrel room.

A-The brew has a pure white head with pretty decent retention for a high-ABV sour beer...dense and puffy. The beer is light, light golden in color and surprisingly clear.

S-The aroma is huge on the apricot as you might expect. It is pure and intense. The sour factor is pretty high, too. The juicy tart apricot flavor combines with a musty, dusty peach flavor and some white wine. Really nice.

T-The taste is also pure, unadulterated apricot. It is tart and semi-dry with a hint of juicy sweetness. There is a nice dry and tart wine-oak character in there, but mostly it is juicy apricot.

M-The feel is light to medium in body with a spritzy carbonation that is fine and assertive.

O-This is a great fruit-forward beer. I don't think it packs the complexity of a Fou Foune, but it certainly beats out many other lesser imitations. The apricot flavor is pure and authentic tasting and the balance of fruit and sour is almost perfect. Another well-done sour by Cascade.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden with a fluffy white head. Amazing floral apricot, candy sugar, and caramel aroma with vanilla and oak notes. Creamy very bright and yet lively palate. Tastes of orange, apricot, lemon, caramel, green apple, vanilla, and oak with a tart, lightly acidic, crisp, dry finish.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes from 12/14/13. Enjoyed out of a dark brown 750 mL cork & cage bottle with "2012 project" marked clearly on the label. Poured into a 16 oz standard tumbler glass for lack of anything better.

Appearance - The color is pretty flat, with an apricot, light yellow-orange hue to the body. Some translucence, but overall, you can't see through the beer, as it's mostly opaque. Head is fairly light in volume, about a finger thick before fading away into an ethereal film atop the body. Minimal lacing.

Smell - Apricot, lactic tartness, and generic fruity elements with some notes of jam/preserves. Mostly sour, but there is a funk that provides a bit of heft to an otherwise piercingly acidic aroma. It's the type of sinus-clearing aroma that I love about really sour beers. The only minor quibble I would have is that it's a bit one-dimensional, sorta like the color.

Taste - Here we depart from the one-dimensional nature of the color and smell. Lots of things going on here, with apricot, mango, some apple cider vinegar, again some notes of peach preserves/jam as well as sweet white wine, like a sauterne or muscato. Nice mouth-puckering effect that becomes more pronounced as the beer warms. This one is nicely refreshing in addition to being so sour, almost like a really tart apricot lemonade.

Mouthfeel - Light-to-medium body with nice prickliness in spite of moderate to light levels of carbonation. As noted, there is a puckering factor, as well as characteristics that prompt me to start salivating, like really sour things can have a tendency to do.

Overall, it's probably my favorite out of a limited sampling of Cascade beers. What minor shortcomings it has in look and smell, it more than makes up for with a fantastic taste and a nice, invigorating mouthfeel. As one of the more reasonably-priced Cascade beers, it's one I'm likely to try to get my hands on again. Outstanding stuff.

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Photo of mverity
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed the look of this beer. Poured into an oversized wine glass. Tons of bubbly white head that stayed throughout me drinking. I would get to the bottom of the glass and still have some of that sticky bubbles at the bottom, each new pour brought more beer, and lots more bubbles. A great peachy-orangy-ambery-yellowy color that I found extremely inviting. Aroma was a bit lack-luster: citrusy acidic tartness with some faint apricot. Taste was a punch in the mouth sour. I found my mouth watering from the aftertaste. Really dry, super tart, and great balanced fruitiness (apricot/kumquat) with some mild woody-spiciness. This beer literally danced around my tongue and had a nice light body without being watery.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

an absolutely gorgeous beer, totally brings cascade into my most desired breweries list. thanks to my twin brother for making this happen somehow. understated pale yellow color to this, with an active rising white bubbly head, but its the nose that hooks me hard. it smells like fresh apricot, really and truly, the most authentic fruit nose ever, its perfect. i smell the little fuzzies, the juicy flesh, the pollen, the woody pit, all of it, its genius. it has got some lactic funk too and its dry and just making my mouth water like nothing else. superb smell, best i can recall. the flavor is a little less fluently apricot, still head and shoulders more genuine than any other apricot beer ive had, but its not quite as in my face as the aroma. tart as anything too from the yeast and bugs, its funky, summery, desserty. like smuckers apricot jam its got all that sugar, but doesnt really taste sweet, thats the brilliance of this brew. great carbonation and a really intense sour prickle, more than i can almost take. dries me right out too, i cant get enough. in a night packed with world class sours, this was perhaps my favorite. its authentic fruit and tart acidity make a great combination, i would love to drink this again. incredible beer.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle into a FW tulip

pours a bubbly golden color with a half inch thick white head that quickly fades. smell is quite sour with a big amount of fruit...apricots? sure. taste starts out lip puckeringly sour and very tart and lasts all the way through. definitely one of cascades sourer beers...almost as much as noyeux but not quite. has a fruity kick to it too that makes it all the more enjoyable. real drinkable. medium carbonation with a medium body.

overall one of cascades best. love it and have returned to it many times.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, 2012 bottling. Thanks for bringing this one, Rob. Poured into a Darkness goblet last night, 12/7/2013.

Pours what I would expect an apricot sour to look like- a hazy straw-yellow, bordering on the verge of orange, head being a very nice effervescence that takes some time to settle. Bits and pieces of solitary bubble lacing sticks around on the glass.

Smells like freshly squeezed apricots with a ton of vinegar and funk. It is very intensely apricot-like and not a subtle nose at all. It is brashly acidic and pulls no punches.

On the sweeter side, but a mighty complex sour. Sweet and tart in the beginning, like a fruit beer but in the background there is a lot of acidity, vinegar, oak and funk that just takes over as the beer lingers in the mouth beyond the first sip. Everything is still a bit messy with each component being strong and intense, which detracts a bit from my enjoyment of this beer. Perhaps some time would do it good.

Thinner bodied, good carbonation, nice tart oaky earthiness on the back end. The flavours are quite intense so this is a sipper.. enjoyable one at that.

As mentioned before the flavour components are all there in its full glory. Its not a subtle beer where everything interacts with each other well, but rather it is a brash beer that is tart, sweet, sour, acidic and funky all at the same time.. but it is not particularly complex. In all the jumble, a bit of the essence of this beer is lost. Perhaps some time will do it good.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2012 vintage served on tap into a snifter

A- Poured a cloudy tangerine orange with white head that dissipated instantly and left no lace.

S- Very astringent and sour aroma. Big sugary, sweet, and sour apricot notes, also a weird almost glue like smell.

T- This is one of the most intensely sour, tart, and astringent beers I have ever had. Big apricot and some Belgian yeast notes.

M- Very high carbonation, very dry, and medium body.

O- The sourness on this beer seemed to overwhelm some of the great flavors that I am sure are hidden underneath. I just didn't get much complexity that I would expect for a beer that spent so much time in the barrel.

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Photo of Netdigger2
4.76/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2011 750ml bottle poured into a 51oz chalice.

Pours orange with a bleach blond 1/2" head.

Nose is wheat, musty oak, tropical fruits,

Flavor is tons of tropical fruit, lactic sour, white wine, oak.

Mouthfeel is pretty full bodied for a barrel-aged sour. Great carbonation.

Overall- excellent. The best Cascade sour I've had.

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Photo of PHBoiler
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The nose has some light apricot smell. Very fresh smelling and bright. Some lemony tartness on the nose as well. The beer is a hazy peach color and reminds of apricots. The taste is like a fresh unripened apricot. After having other Cascade offerings, I was expecting a bit more apricot flavor to shine through. It was quite acidic, but the finish was nice, unripened apricot.

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Photo of GJ40
4.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sampled from a 750ml bottle purchased at Yankee Spirits in Attleboro, MA.

A - Golden with a yellowish tint and a big white head. The last remnants of foam lingers nicely.

S - Big apricot! Funk and tartness too. But I was surprised at the level of apricot. Very nice.

T - Wow! Super tart and sour yet the apricot flavor is right there. Nice depth, balance and complexity. One of my new favorite sours.

M - Lively from the nice fine carbonation but still smooth.

O - Pricy but well worth a try. Great to see a beer like this produced in the US.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter. 2012 vintage.

(A)- Pours a cloudy golden yellow/orange color. Some good white froth formed and really stuck around for awhile with a light layer even until the last sip.

(S)- Big juicy apricot tartness up front. Flows into some dry oaky bits with an ever so slight funkiness.

(T)- Some good puckered acidity up front. Dry oak and subtle underlying sweetness. It finishes nicely with dry yet sweet apricots. Quite the sourness level on this too.

(M)- A good carbonation level. The acidity and sourness are definitely up there, but the apricots at the end are icing on the cake.

(O)- Definitely a hefty sourness with subtle oaky fruits, but I dig it.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer

Consumed 10/12/13

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear, but lightly cloudy peach color - medium orange, with some medium amber, and some dark gold - medium sized, off-white head, leaves some nice lacing

Smell: Tart, sour, decidedly ridiculous - some absurdly tart apricots, and a ton of tart and sour notes - remarkably acidic and lactic - damp, wet funk - some general citrus and lemon - some oak and some light malt sweetness

Taste: Shock Tarts? Sweet Tarts? This is madness - very sour, with some big acidic and big lactic notes - extremely, extremely tart - some nicely juicy apricot flavor - some tart, sour lemon as well - some wet, damp funk notes - some oak - some light fruits, like green apple skins, maybe even some underripe bananas

Mouthfeel: Medium body, very wet, puckering, finishes mostly dry

Overall: Apricots? ApricCAN!

Every Cascade sour I've encountered has been great. But this is extra great. Stupidly tart, gloriously sour, and interestingly fruity. This is a gem.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy dark gold. Bright-white bubbly head sits at about 1cm for the duration. Tight bubble structure with a lively carbonation. No lacing.

Smell: Mega fruity. Juicy apricot abounds. Carries that distinct wet and damp sour edge I associate with every Cascade beer. Crazy fruity with a nice lactic sourness. Tart citric edge buried underneath. Almost fruit sugar sweetness. Floral and bright. Mealy apricot flesh. Some obvious lemon zest. Vague hint of soft spice.

Taste: Aggressively tart up front. Big citric bite layered over a complex lactic tart/sour combo. Tons of apricot. Mealy flesh, crazy juicy and role. Some very soft pale malts and a floral element. The base tripel is buried. Some light banana. Sharp lemon juice/citric sour on the finish. A touch of apple skin. White wine and grapes run through the middle. Tiny hint of oak in the back. A touch of damp basement and hay.

Mouthfeel: Carries some of that distinct Cascade juicy wetsness at the front, but finishes really dry for the brewery. Moderate-high carbonation gives it a slightly crisp edge.

Overall: When did apricots become better than blueberries?

This is about as complex a wild as I've encountered from a US brewery. Massively fruity and as tart as they come. I'll be picking it up every time I see it.

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Photo of taylor714914
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, what a beer. Always wanted to try an apricot sour, and this was a great way to do it.

Smells of tartness and a hint of apricot.

Beautiful light orange color.

Taste is heaven. Tart acid, sweet apricot, pilsner malt, sweet to tangy finish.

Loved the mouthfeel due to the solid carbonation to help carry the flavors.

Absolutely world class.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a hazed apricot color with a one finger white head that disappears pretty quickly.

S: Good lord, Cascade. This is amazing. The second I take a sniff of this, my mouth starts to water from the intensely sour aroma. Tart green apple, underripe raspberry, apricot pits and lemon mixed with a spicy oak note. As the beer warms, I start to get a jammy apricot note that's just incredible.

T: Opens with a big sour kick in the teeth. Sharp lemon bite, tart apricot and green apple and a ton of lactic sourness. There's a hit of dryness on the finish that seems to suck the moisture right out of your mouth. Once the dryness fades, I get a lingering jammy apricot note with some underripe cherry and oak. One of the best sours I've ever come across. I would love to be able to get this on a regular basis.

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Photo of MighHighBrewer
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2011 Project bottle poured into a tulip glass. Note that I did have some sediment/leakage around the cork but the beer (and carbonation) appeared intact.

A: Pours initially with a very large, thick 1-inch head that disappears completely in about one minute. The beer is straight-up golden in color with visible haze. Lacing is excellent. Overall, pretty straightforward, if not unremarkable, visual presentation.

S: Initial smell is of citrus fruit: green apple, lemon, with a hint of apricot. In the background is the Brett funkiness you'd expect, along with a hint of blue cheese, lacto bitterness, and oak. Maybe it's just me, but I get little to no apricot smell at all from this beer.

T & M: Wow - just wow. I'm a big fan of sours and this may be one of the most balanced sours I've ever tried. It's acetic without being overpowering. On the sourness scale, I'd give this a solid 5. The fruit - especially apricot - is present, but not overpoweringly so. The oak is definitely in the background and lends this beer a solid backbone .Mouthfeel is excellent - a tad bit thicker and less dry that most sours (which I love). Carbonation is excellent. Really, the only complaint I have is the lack of apricot fruitiness.

O: The appearance and nose of this beer is underwhelming, but the taste is simply divine. It's really a perfectly balanced sour: acetic without being overpowering, the fruit and oak delicately balanced on the tongue. If youre expecting a fruit beer with tons of apricot character, you'll be disappointed. For all other sour-heads: highly recommended.

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Photo of 305BEER
1.12/5  rDev -73.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I Guess I will be the exception here. I and the others at my place thought this was just awful. It smelled and tasted like apple cider vinegar with no apricot to be found. I have had and enjoyed a few of the other cascade projects but this was just not drinkable imo. It fizzed in my sink like a cleaning product would.

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Photo of jeonseh
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Orange with a clean slightly syrupy body. Nice white head

S - Sweet apricot with light tartness to it

T - Tart lactic acid up front. Sweet apricot comes through in the middle. The lactic acid comes more in the finish.

M - Light carbonation with good tartness. Dry finish

O - Solid apricot sour that balances the tartness and fruit flavor well

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.53/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep orange, hazy body. Medium white head. Dissipates to an unbalanced collar.

Smell - Very acetic. Stone fruits, apricot. A bit of oak. Apricot comes out as it warms.

Taste - Much less oppressive with the acetic sourness. Pale malt. Sourness is strong, but more varied. Apricot and stone fruit is very prominent up front. Other citrus flavors seem to linger afterward. Still quite acetic in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Highly carbonated. Medium bodied. Pushing the limits of very sour.

Overall - Enjoyable, but really sour, which masks any complexity it has. A passive taste doesn't reveal all of the flavors.

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Cascade Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 269 ratings.