Apricot Wheat - Ithaca Beer Company
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
3.63/5 rDev +12%
This brew was served from the bottle at P.F. Chang’s in Victor, NY. Poured into a tall hefe glass, it shown a clear and bright golden orange color. It held a one and a half finger head of stark white bubbles that held with excellent retention. The beer showed relative haze, with no sediment noted. Carbonation appeared light. The aroma popped with huge notes of apricot. This was propelled by a sugary sweetness and an additional artificial fruitiness. Despite this initial flare, the fruit inclusions seemed almost totally genuine for the remainder of the tasting. Other notes included were strawberry, lemon, clean wheaty grain, and bubblegum sugars. As we sipped, the taste began with bright apricot and fruit malts. The grain bill, at the start, was otherwise pale and clean. Through the middle we found a much cleaner malt and wheat. The taste finished with strawberry sweetness, faint booze, and more of that same grain. The aftertaste breathed of wet wheat, clean sugars, and a nice winter spice. The body was medium and the carbonation was medium. There was an additional fizziness which effectively slowed the drinker down. This was not so much from carbonation per se, but rather a fizz as one might find jumping from the top of a champagne glass. The retained head helped give a clean coating to the mouth, but once this was accomplished it dissipates quickly. The abv was appropriate and the beer drank easily.
Overall, what we found most enjoyable about this brew was the crazy apricot in the aroma and taste. This was not overly sweet, as is easy to do, but rather it was big on the actual tasting notes of the fruit, rather than the general sweetness. These qualities were so robust, in fact, that it started to obscure some of the more desired flavors, like the grain bill, that would have helped to really balance this guy out.
08-24-2011 16:46:34 | More by TheBrewo
More User Reviews:
3.3/5 rDev +1.9%
The only non macro or big import served at the bar at Belhurst Castle so I gave it a try even though not a huge fan of apricot brews,poures a somewhat hazy straw with no head to speak of poured two bottles and no head in either looked flat.A big canned apricot aroma going on (like a few others noted) with some toasted graininess,taste is like sweeteded apricots and and toasted malt even more of the latter in the finish and aftertaste,went down quite easy.Not bad for an apricot ale have had better I let my wife normally drink these.
10-17-2004 15:12:06 | More by oberon
2.68/5 rDev -17.3%
I like apricots. I like wheat beer. I figured I'd like this beer. I didn't, really.
Poured a sunset gold hue with minimal head that was quick to fizzle out. Smells sweeter than I expected. I guess I was expecting something a little more subtle, like my old pal Numero Nueve. This beer, however, had a strong syrupy smell and taste. I could drink a couple of these on a hot summer day if they were really cold, but I wouldn't otherwise choose this beer again. The syrupy mouthfeel is reminiscent of Wachusett's blueberry ale, which I find to be revolting. The wheat beer foundation in this guy is solid enough that the syruposity is somewhat masked, but overall it's just not a very balanced beer.
04-25-2007 03:00:13 | More by Marty
3.15/5 rDev -2.8%
12 ounce bottle, no freshness dating, pry off cap, new graphics. Pours a dull, semi cloudy light golden/apricot. Nose is perfumy, fruity and sweet. Apricot present, in the flavor profile, but its sort of candied in nature...tastes too sweet, and not all that natural, and also a bit watery in the mid section. Expensive lawn mower beer, at best
07-10-2007 04:42:08 | More by Billolick
2.1/5 rDev -35.2%
poured into my new SA glass from a 12oz brown long neck bottle with a crimped on cap
Slightly hazy,yellowy golden color with a thin white head not good for a wheat. Constaint streams of small bubbles rising from the center of the glass, but no stringing.
Musty, apricot smell,yeasty and perfumy.
Syrupy apricot taste,candy-like,grainy with a bitter apricot aftertaste after the finish.
Light,very grainy,very rough for what should be a light beer. Feels like cough syrup in the mouth. Not a beer i would want to drink again.
07-22-2007 04:59:30 | More by jcdiflorio
3.08/5 rDev -4.9%
12oz bottle pulled from the fridge poured into a hefe glass. best before FEB notched on the label.
pours out a golden slight yellow color, just a touch cloudy with a one finger of creamy white head that faded to a 1/8 inch retentive layer. no lacing to speak of.
the aroma is almost all apricot, kind of putrid artificial smelling.
again lots of artificial apricot, bits of wheat as an after thought. like another reviewer mentioned, it tastes rotted, not very appealing.
light body, assertive carbonation. harsh tasting finish.
its easily drinkable, but not for me, i wouldnt want another. i could not recommend this, too one dimensional and artificial. kind of a shame because ithaca usually brings it.
02-12-2011 22:17:02 | More by dogfishandi
2.9/5 rDev -10.5%
Pours golden orange tinted with a slight haze bright white head fades rather quickly. Aromatics have a nice earthy almost nutty apricot pit like note, mild citrus background with sharp wheat. Flavor has American wheat with apricot extract written all over it, decent fruit beer my mom and my wife both dig this one alot more than I do. Again that earthy apricot pit shows up in the finish almost as a lingering bitterness to replace the low hop additions I guess. Mouthfeel is light bodied sturdy carbonation nothing to write home about overall drinkability, I'm sure this one is going down much smoother in the summer months.
01-17-2010 15:13:57 | More by WVbeergeek
3.15/5 rDev -2.8%
Light orange colored golden hue, almost like a syrup like consistency in appearance. Little head and minimal lacing to match.
Candied fruit on the nose, most notably apricot, obviously, with hints of lemon and tangerine. Wheat characteristics are detectable as well, although very muted by the fruit.
Very tangy with a bit of a sour kick throughout. As with the nose, a lot of citrus fruit presence with the faintest hint of hops in the back. The apricot is almost too overwhelming for my tastes; this is supposed to be a wheat beer with fruit accents, but it tastes almost like a spiked cider.
Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with abundant carbonation. A bit of a syrup like quality as well. Finishes crisp, dry and clean.
Overall, the apricot flavor seems extracted and fake, completely overbearing any other present flavors. Interesting to try, but horrendously balance and just not my thing.
07-24-2011 17:19:33 | More by mocktm
Apricot Wheat from Ithaca Beer Company
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