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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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269 Reviews
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Reviews: 269
Hads: 1,609
Avg: 4.27
pDev: 8.67%
Wants: 448
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 brewandbbq
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml vintage 2008 bottle at 55 degrees.

A loud pop of the cork revealed a massive, spongy pour. Three inches-plus of dense white froth into the tulip with sparkling clarity through a gold body. This beers sings to you with an expressive crackling of carbonation until the head fades to a thick coating on the surface. Plenty of ripped sheets of froth throughout the glass.

Aromatics lead off with a blast of juicy apricots. Some light wheat twang and funky brett follows through. A honey-like sweetness towords the end along with hints of cut grass, coriander, and mint-rubbed cloves.

Light bodied with a crisp, sharp mouthfeel. Snappy and quenching.

Plump apricots and a quickly building lactic sharpness start the palate. Loads of fresh apricots persist in tandem with a lingering sourness. Hints of pineapple, tangerine, and lemon pith follow through.

Finishes with a lengthy tartness just short of jowel-watering, juicy apricots and a spicy warmth.

Wowza, this ones tasting super fresh and very tart. Incredibly quenching and sharp with loads of apricot. Maybe a bit more funk and sourness would be nice but a great beer nonetheless.

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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 codewarrior
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Capped 750mL Poured into a Chalice, 2009 bottling

This bottle is my first cascade, courtesy of masterhomebrewer. Many thanks for the bottle.

L: Cloudy, murky apricot, bordering on full-blown orange, with wispy - yet retentive 2-fingers of head.

S: Apricots right up front, with sour notes kicking in just behind. Resulting combination is exceedingly tart. Tremendous amount of sweetness behind, with a touch of booze in there far back.

T: Apricot is beautifully rich and fresh, with a zesty, boozy sweetness and plenty of wheat behind. Apricot finishes throughout and rounds out the back with a luscious full-bodied linger.

F: Zippy and well carbonated.

D: More please, at 9% ... definitely more please.

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Photo of cfrances33
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to brewbetter, poured into a Hill Farmstead stem.

Pour: Completely hazy yellow orange with two fingers of off white, thick head. Head recedes, and leaves medium lacing. Body is really nice a radiant. Great looking beer.

Smell: Big apricots and lactic sourness up front. A nice funk I was not expecting, as well as some lemon pith and pear skins. A light white vinegar, but most of the sour is characterized by the lacticity.

Taste: Follows the nose with big apricot skin and must, as well as sharp lactic sourness. Sourness isn’t overpowering, but quite nice. A light bready sweetnes comes in. Finishes sour with pear skins.

Mouthfeel: Really quite sour. A nice puckering aspect. Funk is clean. Great carb.

Overall: Wonderful beer. Like Fou Foune sans the classic Cantillon funk. I loved this and will be seeking it out again. Thanks Neel!

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

Cascade Brewing Aprciot Ale
2011 Project

Poured into my Blvd. Brewing tulip from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a hazy yet beautiful, well, peach color. Perfectly peachy. Nice orange hues and some mild honey golden hues as well. There is a nice 1 inch head that forms that is a bit dense but recedes quickly to a nice thick mat. (5.0)

Aroma starts off with fresh tart and slightly citrusy apricots. There is a very fruity tartness up front. There is some slight sweetness in there, as well as some slight yeasty phenols and funk. (4.0)

Flavor starts off as expected, tart apricot notes with then some nice mild sweetness to balance it out. Nice vinous character as well. There is woody notes that mix in with the yeasty funk that finishes the brew dry and clean. As the brew warms there are some nice spice and pepper notes that give the brew some more pop and offset slightly the intense tart notes. Very delicious brew with a nice dry finish and awesome sourness.(4.5)(4.5)

This is an excellent, flavorful brew with great tartness and slight apricot sweetness that plays well with some spice notes and woody wild funk. (4.5)

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

2009 Vintage

Appearance - Pours a cloudy amber into my RR tulip. About a finger of head is achieved which quickly dissipates leaving decent lacing.

Smell - Well I'll be damned...for so many beers that have a fruit in their label then smell nothing like it, this beer most certainly has a heavy apricot nose. Reminds me of the dried Trader Joe's apricots I love to eat. After the initial apricot wave there is some great barnyard funk, slight other citrus flavors such as green apples, and oddly, a bubble gum aroma (honestly very similar to Bazooka Joe). Overall, it smells like a candy treat ready to be consumed.

Taste - Damn...this beer is full of trickery! No joke, the first split second I get a heavy sweet apricot taste which instantaneously gives way to a punch you in your face, mouth puckering, sour/barnyard funk flavor. Incredibly tart midway through but then as fast as it starts it finishes, with the end notes being more on the sweet/dry side. This is my first Cascade sour and I must say, there are abundant flavors, funk, tartness, and dryness that is making this beer quite amazing. I really do enjoy the fact that the beer tastes as it is stated on the label (i.e. apricots).

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, a bit creamy, a decent amount of carbonation that prickles the tongue, and finishes a hint dry.

Drinkability - Quite so. For a Lambic/sour, this is quite enjoyable and at such a high ABV I can't taste even a hint of the alcohol. I am glad I opened this up tonight to enjoy on such a great, cool summer night in Southern California. Better than I expected, and I will pick this up if I run into it in the future. Can't wait to try the other Sour I picked up from Cascade.

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

2009 vintage bottle enjoyed at the Cascade brewpub

a - pale golden color with a two-finger ivory head, great retention and lacing, pretty clear with only light haze

s - big ripe apricot aroma along with notes of lactic sourness and light oak, hints of lemon as well

t - sour and sweet apricots and lemons up front that hang on throughout the entire tasting, lactic sourness is fairly pronounced in the midpalate, notes of oak and lingering lightly sweet apricot on the finish, alcohol is pretty well muted at 9%, but you can tell it's there

m - medium-bodied, slightly lower carbonation, on the dry side on the finish

d - very drinkable for a 9% abv sour ale, flavors are complex and interesting, and the sourness does not overwhelm the palate

Another great sour from Cascade; they're really putting out some stellar stuff. I look forward to trying several others while in Portland this week.

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

750 ml bottle, 2011 project, no bottled-on date, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a hazy apricot color, produces a thick white head, leaves spotty lacing.

S- Really delicious and powerful apricot aroma, also some acidity, wine and oak.

T- Similar to the aroma, lots of apricots and a nice prominent lactic tartness, maybe some citrus and peach. The barrels provide flavors of oak, a bit of grapes and dry tannins.

M- Light to medium-bodied, has a smooth, crisp feel with a dry finish.

O- A delicious beer, one of the better American sours I've had recently, excellent all-around.

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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 brentk56
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
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

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

So happy Cascade is now distributing in Florida. Bottle shared by urwithdave, poured into a CCB snifter.

A: Hazy, light orange color. The pour drops an impressive quarter of white head that leaves behind tons of spidery lace.

A: Apricots, oranges, and tangerines. Really, just a bunch of fruity awesomeness. Small bbready malts, and a nice citrus hop scent round out the nose.

T: Big notes of apricot, orange, and grapefruit. There is a distinct lacto, woody taste with a hint of bread. It finishes pretty tart and dry.

M: Agressive carbonation, light body. Crisp and tingely, really very nice.

D and overall impression: The only thing limiting the drinkability is the tartness, which dosen't bring the score down much. Overall, this is a great brew and one that I will be picking up often. Skal.

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

750 ml corked and caged bottle purchased over the phone from the brewery about a year ago, had this along with the Kriek, Cuvee, and Blackberry with four friends a few nights ago, reviewed from notes, poured into a snifter, color is a deep golden orange, ¾ inch bubbly white head, good retention, some lacing at first, aroma consists of apricot, oranges, peaches, lacto, sweet malt, tartiness, oak, and sugar, flavor begins with a nice dry apricot flavor, sour and sweet in the middle, marmalade-like at times, finish has a big lacto character along with an astringent finish, warms up with more fruit coming to the surface, also a big citrus component here, sour and sweet mouthfeel, medium bodied, nice carbonation, could drink this whole bottle easily and actually have of the previous year's vintage a few months ago, smooth and no alcohol present even though it packs a pretty good punch for a sour, will drink again, recommended

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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 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 dar482
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer offers a flavor of underripe stone fruits and apricot, with a full lactic tart quality. A solid apricot sour, but slightly lacking in full palate notes and fruit flavor.

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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 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 Phil-Fresh
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2014 -- Draft, Oct. 2015

A: Slightly under-ripe apricot fruit aroma up front with some tartness in the background.

A: light golden color, slightly hazy with light ring of head.

T: Complex and slightly under-ripe apricot flesh flavors, very clean and enjoyable. Strong lingering fruit tartness.

M: Light bodied with light carbonation.

O: One of my all-time favorites from Cascade, very enjoyable and refreshing. A year of aging has mellowed the slight sour sharpness.

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

2010 vintage poured into my new Cascade Barrel House snifter. Now that's some classy shit!

Appearance. Pours a hazy peach-amber with almost two fingers of thick and creamy, off-white head that lasts a long time. Beautiful.

Smell. Sweet apricots and some dank old wood with a bit of spice.

Taste. Very tart and sour, again the old wood, a little bit of apricot. Reminds me a bit of sweettarts or sour chews candies with the slightly powdery taste. Very good and very unique ....for me anyways. Really enjoying this one.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body with strong, fine carbonation. Nice stuff here.

Overall. Starts out slightly ...shocking with that aggressive sourness but man, this stuff is addictive. Really liked it.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Always nice to find some Cascade on the shelf, picked up a bottle of this and the Kriek at Julio's. Split 3 ways at a tasting, 2012 bottle 7.4% abv.

Orange beer with some haziness. A bubbly white head maintains decent retention and leaves wisps of lace.

A really great scent, super fresh authentic apricots, so rare in a beer. A good amount of tartness here but it's really all about dem fruits. Some general citrus/lemon notes.

The taste for me didn't quite match the strength of the nose but still really great. Very nice tart apricots, flesh skin and all, coming out more with some warmth, still somewhat citrusy. Sour acidity and some bretty funk enhance the flavor while still letting the fruit shine through. Not much for oak.

Light-feeling, somewhat spritzy carbonation and good foaminess. Not much sign of the ABV.

Pricy but this is the real deal. Not often do you get to see an apricot wild ale and this pulls it off with flying colors. It was a fresh batch and it showed.

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

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip. This is the 2011 project.

Appearance: Pours a translucent, orange-heavy amber and leaves a couple fingers of fluffy white head that dissipates very quickly. Plenty of bubbles can be seen rushing towards the surface.

Smell: Strong apricot upfront, also a fragrant vine-like smell, which makes the aroma very interesting. Perhaps a hint of funk, but very little funk is present in the smell.

Taste: Apricot and that same vine-like, slightly perfumey fragrance show up in the taste. This is followed with a slightly acidic sour flavor: green apple, lemon and sour apricot. Finishes with some oak. The sour is fairly mild - this is a well balanced, tasty brew.

Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation with a medium body. Finishes surprisingly smooth for a sour.

Overall: Very well balanced and tasty. This is a well-crafted apricot sour. Being my first beer from Cascade, I am very impressed and will definitely seek out more from them.

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