Apricot Ale | Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.

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Apricot AleApricot Ale

Brewed by:
Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
New York, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.56/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale hazy straw complete with floaters and a fuzzy 3 finger head that is slow to settle in a thin cap. Aroma of apricot with taste to match. Thin mouthfeel. Enjoyable light fare to accompany my lunch.

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Photo of mitch3114
3.22/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank from bottle

A- golden, darker straw nice off white head. Typical but nothing special.
S- Smell was the winner for me as it seemed to hold more of the apricot and other subtleties inherent in the beer. The apricot really shined with a jam quality...rich, fruity. Malt.
T- Taste was nothing special and if you poured this in a pint and I didn't know what it was I would have thanked you for the Magic Hat #9 as it tasted like a clone. So for that, it lost a little for me as it lacked originality.
M- Mouthfeel was again typical, average for the style, nothing special but didn't disappoint.
O- I was on an annual ice fishing trip and my buddy did bring a 6-pack of #9 which I shared with him. When we returned back to his girlfriends parents house he came downstairs with this beer. The similarities with the #9 were just too close in comparison. As a stand alone beer it would have higher praises, but those praises belong to #9 as it has earned its fame for ITS originality already. This beer seems to me IMO a clone and therefore lacks the originality. However it is still good and slightly above average. However its regionally available unlike #9 which is at least available everywhere in NY, so, that being said, if in Central/Western NY and I'm given the choice between the two, I would pick the Apricot Ale. The quality does seem to surpass #9. My brain also tells me #9 is more "mass produced" so it may lack some quality(s) that the Middle Ages brew might have but that may be subjective...this beer is a notch on the list. It is an average beer that I would have again but not go out of my way to do so.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this one was a little jammy for me, sweet and preserved rather than fresh and juicy, but i liked it nonetheless. the pour is a slightly cloudy orangey brass color with a sturdy white head of a couple inches. smell is all apricots, peachy but sweet like something id spread on a slice of toast. some yeasty spunk to it as well. the flavor actually isnt as sweet as it smells, almost bitter and tart on the front end before the sugar takes over in the finish. fuller malt body than expected too, and certainly fuller than the ithaca or magic hat apricot varieties available around central new york. really really fruity, so if thats your thing give this a shot. its very dirnkable despite its residual sweetness, and its quite inexpensive for what it is, so definitely one to check out.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
2.24/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass.

2.0 A: Clear light orange color. Two fingers of fizzy white head that falls super fast and leaves just a whisp or two of lacing.

3.0 S: Smells of moderate apricot and a light graininess underneath. Not much else going on. Fortunately, the apricot is powerful enough for the nose on this to be sufficiently decent.

2.0 T: Unlike the nose, the apricot in the taste fails to even achieve half-assdom. That coupled with the lack of anything interesting underneath, puts this at the level of shitty fruit beer. Clean, weak, and boring.

2.0 M: Lighter body. There's way too much carbonation. Indeed, this is easily BMC level. No creaminess and the carbonation makes this hard to put down easily.

2.0 D: We've all seen this plenty of times with fruit beers, so I doubt I'd need to explain why this beer sucks much. I was super pissed to find that this was the mystery beer in my mixed twelve pack.

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Photo of aranheaney
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a redsolo cup,

A-Some head, no lace (given vessel, not a surprise)

S-Fruit, peach, apricot and some hoppiness

T-follows the nose

M-nothing objectionable here, decent carbonation

O-decent, but I wouldn't put it next to an Ithaca Apricot Wheat (my current summer favorite in this category)

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A satisfying thist quencher for the summer season, with more than just a hint of appricot fruit flavor.

Medium golden in color and maybe the slightest of pectin haze, the beer forms an airy white froath that's short lived; reducing to a thin lace around the rim of the glass. A fairly typical look for blone ales or such.

Aromas of fresh fruit and a tinge of must dominates the rim, with a scent that could be appricot, but also peach or mango. A base beer provides a subtle backdrop of bready sweetness that takes a serious backseat to the fruit flavors that seem to be true fruit and not extract or syrups.

Flavors are much more balanced, with perhaps a base beer that resembles an ordinary bitter with a soft caramel, biscuity base. But the beer's focus remains on the fruit: true appricot flavors come through in a ripe and fresh attitude. As fruits go, a balance of tartness and acidity accompany the mild hop bitterness for a crisp and refreshing taste in finish.

Moderate in body, the beer's initial creaminess quickly waivers from the acidity and fruity tartness that quickly result in an abrupt and lightly sulfury finish. Mild astringency from fruit pectin keeps the beer from the clean finish of non-fruited beers.

As appricot beers go, this one fares as well as any, and perhaps with a better executed base beer to accompany the fruit additions. The medium sweetness is a pleasant welcome from most sweeter versions. The true fruit flavor is also preferred.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is very refreshing. One could put a handful of these down on a hot day. The aroma is like an amped up #9, it's very much got apricot in it. The flavor is sweet, but it tastes natural and not artificial. The color is a hazy orange with creamy tan head that faded down to just a ring about the glass. There's a little hop bitterness too in the finish of this brew. Pretty tasty stuff!

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Photo of CaptYellow
3.98/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Translucent orange. Head pours to a quarter inch and dissipates quickly.

S: Faint smell of apricots.

T: The beer reminds me of their Syracuse Pale Ale. It has a beautiful finish. Just a hint of apricots and not overly sweet like some fruit beers. Leaves a mild hop taste with the apricots in the aftertaste.

M: Medium and creamy. Clean finish though.

D: High. I drank this quickly and would gladly take another if I had it. I think I'll pick up a six pack because I think my Corona-swigging friends would like it to.

Note: This isn't an extreme beer. Perhaps that's why some don't favor it as much.

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Photo of beertunes
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received in a trade with orcasteve. Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a semi-cloudy golden-orange color with a tall, fluffy white head that had decent retention and some lace.

Apricot is very upfront in the nose and hides the other aspects of the beer. On the tongue some grainy malt shows up behind the fruit and there's a touch of hop on the finish.

The body is medium and is smooth. Drinkability will depend on your taste for apricots. I liked this beer, but I tire of apricot quickly, so one is enough for me, YMMV.

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Photo of deapokid
2.68/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Color is orange with bubbly carbonation and a quickly receding head. Beer packs very little body and is quite easy to see through in direct light.

The scent of butter and sweet dried apricot are the most noticeable. It's actually not as pungent as expected, and the orange and corn notes may have softened the apricot presence.

Flavor is a bit better than I would have expected. Taste is very light with the apricot flavoring jumping out during the conclusion. Sadly, there's also a hint of diacetyl, which cheapens the experience a bit. The musky conclusion is akin to the fruit, but not entirely appealing in beer form. Better than many of the fruit beers I've tried, but nothing to get excited about.

Mouthfeel is light, soft and unthreatening. The taste-buds only seem to sense flavor in the finish and, prior to that, the only noticeable texture is a generic ale feel.

The drinkability depends on one's tolerance for the style. It's definitely not the worst of the type, but one is more than enough for me.

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Photo of craftaholic
3.19/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear deep bronze color with a decent head.

Smell: Fruity but not overtly so, theres even some zest in there thats welcomed but doesn't hint at whats to come.

Taste: Tastes like the equivalent to eating an apricot... it's one thing to have flavors in the brew but this one just is... liquid fruit.

Mouthfeel: Could use more carbonation and leaves a dry bitterness.

Drinkability: If it didn't taste like freshly juiced apricots and more like a beer i'd be able to session more-so.

Overall: I think i may be biased because apricots just aren't my thing but if you enjoy them then have at it. I think this review was short and sweet and to the point; much like this beer.

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Photo of Durge
3.92/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found on tap at the Colgate Inn Tap Room in Hamilton, NY this brew has a clear yellow amber color with a modest white cover and fair lacing. The aroma brings a clear but tasteful apricot hop glow with a biscuit hint. The flavor speaks flowery hop apricot medley with a pleasant dry bitterness on the tongue. It's on the aqueous side, and I think it could stand a little more carbonation. But it's adequately tingly and refreshing in feel, pretty easy drinking if you like dry hop and fruit flavor. The apricot is very nicely done in my opinion. There is a biscuit-grass effect notable as well. I think IPA fans will like this, perhaps a bit more than a MH #9, but it could use a little work on the body/feel perhaps.Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.21/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not thrilled to see this as the seasonal offering in a mix 12 pack. I am just not a fan of Apricot beers. Oh well, here goes.

A very clear amber color, with a light tan head that is nice and fluffy. Some lacing stays behind as this head fades slowly. Aroma of apricots and citrus. Taste of apricots and some grainy malt. Bitterness from the hops and dryness form the fruit combine for a unique finish. It's dry, and it lingers.

Nice bodied ale, well carbonated and refreshing. A good drinkable fruit beer that does not stand out but does not need to.

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Photo of jjayjaye
3.89/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light golden hazy color with a fluffy white head that fades quickly. The smell is a full scale fruity apricot. Don't go there if you're not loving apricots because the flavor is intense and authentic. A really nice drinker and at 4.4% ABV you could go with these for a full sunny afternoon.

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Photo of DmanGTR
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes Jan 3, 2009

A - poured transparent honey amber with a lasting 1" white head. Much bubbling in the glass with light lacing.

S - Sour apples, apricots, acidic smell, light pale maltiness.

T - Initial puckering acidity with fruit juice sweetness, followed by hints of citrus zest. Bittersweet dry finish with a lasting orange peel and peaches aftertaste. A nice touch from the yeast saves it from being overly fruity.

M - light bodied, highly carbonated.

D - very drinkable, although the orange peel bitterness in the finish was quite high.

Overall - A decent brew from the Middle Ages Brewery. I'm not too fond of the Magic Hat #9 but this is much better compared to that. A good summer beer that I am enjoying in the middle of winter.

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Photo of supermanjace
4.2/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a beer trade with youn mymrngjkt!

This pours a nice cloudy copper color into an imperial pint glass. A thick white head appears with a generous, fruity aroma. Quite nice, and very underrated here. It's not a top ten beer, but it is very drinkable. Immediately the apricot taste comes through, Despite the fruity front there is a malt backbone and enough hops to keep this from being overly sweet and truly drinkable.

A very summer-y beer. Wish I had found this before the end of summer.


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Photo of barefootbrewer
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer poured a clear golden/yellow with a big white head - tight bubbles.

S: Fruit and apricot are definitely the dominant smells.

T: The fruit taste is quite noticeable in this beer. There are some cereal tastes as well. Nice blend for a fruit beer.

M: Thin and carbonated.

D: This is a refreshing fruit brew. One of the better fruit beers I've tried.

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Photo of williamherbert
3.64/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Traffic-light amber color. Ivory head disappears quickly. Clear and watery.

The sweet fruity apricot smell is balanced by a bready, wheat-like yeast. The fruit smells fresh and not saccharine. Excellent for style.

The taste is an excellent handshake between the slightly sour and sweet apricot, and the bready, estery yeast. The balance is crucial and keeps this beer from tipping toward saccharine. A nice, solid brew.

The feel is thick but smooth. The yeast adds a necessary dryness. It's a solid fruit beer. Balance is the key, and the sweet/dry sides make it repeatable.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle this beer formed a thin one finger head that receded to a thin film across the top of the beer. Light amber to dark gold in color the beer had some visible carbonation and was crystal clear. Some scant lacing clung to the sides of the pint glass as this was consumed.

Aroma was clearly of light apricot, very fresh and a slight biscuit/cracker aroma. Nice.

Flavor was actually quite nice. A pleasant mix of bread like flavor that finished with a mild and pleasant apricot flavor. There was a subtle hop presence in the finish and a bit of crispness.

Mouth feel was nice. Carbonation created a nice tingle on the tongue and brought out the apricot flavor.

I actually enjoyed this better than I thought.

Nice summer session beer. I'd like to try this next to Magic Hat #9.

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Photo of number1bum
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale orange color, good clarity and a creamy two inches of light tan head. Head retention is quite good and it even leaves some stick.

Smells of, what else, apricots. Quite pleasant, really, and smells like real fruit rather than a syrupy extract. Light sweetness to it.

Taste is both lightly sweet and tart, again with pretty authentic apricot flavor and a bit of grain through the finish. Just a bit of bitterness in the finish, as well. Slightly metallic aftertaste.

Quite light in the mouth but it is only 4.4% alcohol. Carbonation seems appropriate.

As fruit beers go this is a pretty good one - like most fruit beers I like the smell better than the taste. Definitely worth a try for fruit beer fans.

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Photo of HopDerek
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden yellow with 2 fingers of foamy white head. OK retention and spotty lacing. Smells of honey, apricot, grain, grass, and spices. Tastes of lemon and honey briefly up front followed by lots of apricot juice and a bit of graininess. Finishes with a touch of grassy hops and apricot skin tartness. Light in body and a bit watery, but pretty good carbonation, very sweet with a slightly tart finish. A pretty light brew that is easy to session and is refreshing, especially on hot summer days, and has plenty of apricot flavor for those who like fruity tasting brews.

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Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.32/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another had on tap at the brewery.

Appearance was an orangish yellow, clear, with decent head.

Smell was fruity, and this time Middle Ages states the flavor right up front, Apricot.

Taste was a bit sweeter than I'd like, but it would be great with the right food. All apricot, with a bit of hop finish.

Mouthfeel was carbonated but not as bad as some of MA's other beers. This is fairly light.

As far as drinkability goes, its good for a sweet beer. I'd recommend this to the fans of fruit lambics, and other fruit beers.

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Photo of drumrboy22
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Had a huge, off-white colored, rocky head. Very lively carbonation. Beer was a clear, orange color.

Aroma was all apricot.

Taste was a light ale, with heavy apricot. Very sweet beer.

Finish was slightly hoppy. I like fruit beers every now and then and this was a decent one. It could be better balanced, but if you like sweet beers, this is a good choice.

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Photo of EPseja
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12 oz bottle in a pint glass at just under cellar temperature.

A - Wow! With the sound of of an overinflated tire with the pin pressed, this one rushes open. I fear some over... woah! Overcarbonation is not the word! I get about an inch into the glass before the head rises to almost overflowing. The color is a lightly hazed, well... apricot with golden honey undertones. The head is bombastic and messy at first, but with a careful pour, I manage to salavage it. the head is not monstrously huge bubbled (didn't think a head could retain bubbles that size) and reminds me of a spittle-bug nest (Google Image Search if you're unfamiliar). Yes, I know that's a wacky reference, but it's as close as I can get to describing it. Now I've done it. Pouring in the final inch sends the head rocketing over the top. Not nice. Lacing is very erratic and patchy, but definielty there, and head retention is OK.

S - Del Monte canned peaches mixed with Juicefuls apricot candy. Summery sweet. Some ambiguously wheaty notes. Mostly candy-like and a little bit agressive.

T - Light, watery malts to start, with the decidedly restrained apricot soon after -- not overly sweet. Tames down a bit in the back and inherits some very faint hop bitterness along with a tinge of tartness. Only a trace of cloying, but I think it's almost impossible to escape that entirely with a fruit beer. Nothing big about this taste, but that's what keeps it light and easy to drink.

M - Watery on the way in. Despite the Vesuvius fiasco on the pour, the carbonation is snappy and refreshing. Puffs in the mouth for a second before turning soft and mild. Fast, easy swallow. A quaffer.

D - I was all set to think that this beer would suck after cleaning the suds off my desk, but in the end, this beer proved to be a solid summer drinker. I recommend serving it at just a touch over fridge temperature for maximum refreshment. Because of it's light profile, it's easy to gulp down, and since it below 5%, you can enjoy a few without getting destroyed. Lastly, by comparison, this beer is much better crafted than Magic Hat #9 and Ithaca Apricot Wheat, mostly due to the absence of overwhelming sweetness.

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Photo of tempest
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yeah it's a fruit beer. Purists might put their nose up, but as far as fruit beers go, this one if pretty decent. My two pet peeves with fruit beers are that they a) have no resemblance to beer, and b) are way too sweet. This fruit beer avoids these pitfalls.

It's a nice gold color with a short white head. The aroma begins with a hint of toasted malts and then sweet, juicy apricot. Flavor, of course, revolves around the apricot, but there's still a subtle malt presence and hint of bitterness. No, most beer lovers won't be clamoring for this one, but it's definately worth a try if you're into fruit beers.

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