Apricot Blonde
Dry Dock Brewing Co.

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Style:
Blonde Ale - American
Ranked #34
ABV:
5.1%
Score:
87
Ranked #15,610
Avg:
3.91 | pDev: 12.79%
Reviews:
48
Ratings:
259
From:
Dry Dock Brewing Co.
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  28
Gots
  59
SCORE
87
Very Good
Apricot BlondeApricot Blonde
Notes: A misty golden blonde ale fermented with shiploads of fruit. A crisp, clean finish and just enough apricot to make this a favorite. Best with sunshine and friends.

17 IBU
Reviews: 48 | Ratings: 259 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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KT3418 from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Really this is equal to me with the sour apricot but it depends on what flavors you want more. If you want any tartness at all go for the sour but I think the stand alone apricot flavor shines better in just the blonde.

Mar 28, 2021
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snaotheus from Washington

3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2020-10-31
12oz can served in a tulip. "Best By" 10/18/20, printed on the box, printed on my wife's can, not printed on my can. Gift from a new colleague who just moved from Colorado.

Pours a fairly clear, fairly dark honey-amber with a medium head that collapses pretty quickly to a thin, fine ring and a very thin cap. A few floaties, never something I like to see, but understandable for (assuming) unfiltered beers made with added fruit. Smell is apricot and bread.

Taste is mostly apricot pulp, some bitterness that makes me think of the skin and the pit. Breadiness is not gone, but kind of overwhelmed by the fruit.

Mouthfeel is medium, leaning toward thick, not a lot of carbonation but not completely absent. Overall, even past its best by date, it's a respectable beer. I suspect fresher it would be brighter and livelier with a little less of the bitterness I think is coming from some aspect of the fruit primarily. I'd like the balance to be a bit more toward bread than apricot.

Oct 31, 2020
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metter98 from New York

3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Terminal Bar, Denver, CO

A: The beer is relatively clear yellow in color and has some hues of amber. No carbonation is visible. It poured with a thin white collar around the edge of the glass and specks of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of apricots are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has lots of flavors of apricots.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a nice beer if you really enjoy apricots.

Serving type: on-tap

Aug 27, 2019
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michaelsmith11 from Illinois

3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap. It poured a nice orangish color with a small head. This was certainly an apricot beer as the smell and the taste were both dominated by apricot. Overall if you like apricot then this is a good summer beer for you.

Jul 19, 2019
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.17/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Had this on tap at Falling Rock.

Pours a somewhat cloudy blonde color with 1/2" white head that rapidly dissipates. A perfumy apricot aroma exists. Like apricots and grammas Sunday perfume.

Taste is pretty much all apricot (my favorite fruit to be in a beer btw). Malt is thin, mouth feel is thin, almost no bitterness to it. So I dunno, we kind of have a mixed bag here. Ultimately, the fruit seems to be on point. Its like beyond that, they just said screw it on the rest of the beer. Typical un-adventurous blonde ale, but amped up with apricot. Can't always get what you want I guess.

Aug 07, 2017
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap in Aurora, Colorado on August 6, 2017.

Slightly cloudy amber orange pour with a modest head and good lacing.

Most definitely do I pick up the apricot fruit in this beer. Also in the nose I get sweet breadiness.

Light to medium body.

The apricot juiciness plays up big in the flavor leading to soft, mellow finish. Basically clean and refreshing.

Aug 07, 2017
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Wasatch from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. Can

Pours a pretty nice orangy color, nice carbonation, with a pretty nice one-finger off-white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some apricot. The taste is malty, with some apricot.Medium body. Overall, a pretty tasty brew.

Apr 03, 2017
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sjdevel from Utah

3.44/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Look: Pours a hazy light gold color. Less than 2 finger head. Recedes quickly. Looks like a Saison. Very low on carbonation - reduces to a slight foam ring.
Smell: Very faint fruit. Slight malty sweetness.
Taste: Slight bite followed by loads of fruity apricot. Seems syrupy and a bit chemical derived at first, but that fades. Starts sweet and dries out, then you get some of the base beer flavor. Some biscuit, some wheat maybe.
Feel: Pretty thin. Pretty flat really.
Overall: It's a decent summer/hot sun beer. Not something I could buy a 6 pack of or drink daily. Almost like a beer mixed with a wine cooler.

Jan 16, 2017
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SamN from Colorado

3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This fruit beer pours a rather dull reddish-orange color with a hazy consistency and pretty much no head. Seems to have tiny suspended particles in it, which might indicate there is actual peach puree in this beer instead of nasty artificial syrup for the apricot flavor. Here's hoping Dry Dock choose the honorable route. Smell is just what you'd expect...peaches! Pretty on target aroma, really smells like ripe, whole Palisade peaches. Sweet aroma, which goes well with the fruit. Almost a wheat-y character to the nose, some very slight wit spice-like aromas in there. Like a pale wheat ale with peaches. Simple, and honestly, pretty good smelling. Taste is more of the same, lots of upfront peach tastes. Definitely some wheat characteristics, middle flavors are some wheat malts and fades with an ever-so-subtle hops finish. Lingering tastes are tart and refreshing. Not overly sweet on the palette, thank Christ. Bubbly and lively feel with a pretty light body.

Overall, a pretty decent fruit beer. Peaches are a CO staple, so it's nice to be reminded of our famous fruit. This would be a great refreshing, thirst quenching beer. Serve cold in the hot sun for maximum enjoyment.

Nov 02, 2016
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours the colour of apricot skins, there's plenty v foam that shrinks slowly.

As authentic an apricot smell as I've ever encountered. It's a balanced smell of sweet and sour without suggesting that sour will dominate.

Sweetish apricots with an additional sweet note or 2 from the malt of the base Blonde Ale. I have to admit; the smell is outstanding, leaving the the taste placing 2nd in a 2 horse race.

Medium body with medium carbonation.

If only the flavours lived up to what those delightful aromas suggested. Still, it's a lovely drop.

Aug 02, 2016
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Harrison8 from Missouri

3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange with a thin white head. Head bubbles up and down quickly, with little to no lacing. Nice strong apricot notes in the aroma and flavor profile. A little bit of wheat and peach notes in the flavor profile as well. Mouth feel is medium-thin, with a little carbonation harshness. Almost feels like a soda pop. Overall, a very fine beverage. The apricot and peach notes are fantastic.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

May 17, 2016
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Parmesan from Colorado

3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Hazy Straw Copper gold color with very little head or lacing.

S: Very strong notes of apricot and sugary sweetness, some notes of yeast.

T: Apricot and quite sweet, no hop bitterness, finishes tart at the end. Could be a little less fruity.

F: Light body and high carbonation

Mar 17, 2016
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tempest from New York

3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer reminds of the apricot flavor extract I used in homebrew, though I see Dry Dock lists apricot puree as an ingredient on its website. The aroma is sugary up front, but apricot candy follows in the aroma and flavor. Dry Dock, however, balances that initial fruit with toasty, creamy malts of a clean blonde ale. It's balanced, not an obnoxious or cloying fruit beer.

Nov 17, 2015
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SitkaSteve from Idaho

3.44/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Shelly, you're a sweetheart, deary!
This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance had a tinted orange color with a quickly dissipating white foamy head. Thin glossy lacing.
The smell had, well, duh, obviously apricot, and a light amount of sugar.
The taste replicated the smell all of the way, sweet all of the way. There's a light apricot aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was light bodied with the sugars of the apricot softly laying down on my tongue, nice.
Overall, why in the hell did I drink this today? Oh yeah, it's not bad, it's just not something I'd drink this time of year. Shelly, get this to me again next Summer, please and thank you.

Oct 31, 2015
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Dikfour from Colorado

2.99/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: One finger of off white head dissipated as quickly as it was poured. Opaque and orange in color. No carbonation.

Smell: Apricot jumps out of the glass and punches you in the nose. Some residual sugar is also noted.

Taste: More of the same. Apricot is slightly less pronounced and a hint of Bready malt pokes through. A little tart and no hop bitterness. Though the apricot does tend to linger in the back of the mouth.

Feel: For as dense as this one looks, it is rather watery. Some carbonation is noted.

Overall: If you really like juice, but you don't have any juice, and you only have access to this beer, give it a shot. Certainly would go well with sitting on the back of a riding mower. Very meh. There are other fruits I like better than apricot that work better in beer.

Aug 04, 2015
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_RL_ from Maryland

3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This is pretty good, but you can tell it's puree as the beer still has a puree taste and thickness to it that doesn't quite work with the beer (almost). I would prefer a little less Apricot and a little more hop to add complexity and make the beer less of just a sweet drink.

Jul 17, 2015
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Tone from Missouri

3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of strong apricot, slight sweet malt, slight pale malt, hint of hop, and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of a Fruit / Vegetable Beer. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong apricot, slight sweet malt, hint of pale malt, and a hint of hop. Overall, weak appearance, decent aroma (fresh apricots), good feel, decent blend and body for a Fruit/Vegetable beer.

Jun 19, 2015
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dcscientist from Colorado

4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Definitely a fan of this one, which says it's seasonal but I see it available for most of the year. Better than the generic fruity beers, very well made and not too sweet to where the fruit drowns out the rest of the beer. I enjoy this one most in the summertime. Solid offering from Dry Dock.

Sep 30, 2014
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rubbernubbybeerhead from Texas

4/5  rDev +2.3%

Strong apricot nose but not too sweet. Easy and satisfying on palate boasting excellent balance of grains with apricot. Very light "fiz" on the back of tongue as it clears out smooth. YUM

Sep 16, 2014
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KLHBB from Colorado

3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A dark melon color. I'd say "apricot" but that's kind of obvious. A strong smell of apricots, plus what? Cream cheese on toast? The taste is of apricots, the mouthfeel is average carbonation. I like Dry Dock's Hefe and Amber more, but this is a lovely summer beer -- not too sweet -- very sophisticated.

Sep 14, 2014
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Franziskaner from Missouri

2.99/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Amber to dark gold colored with great clarity. Minimal head that quickly almost entirely dissipates. Overpowering cloying aroma of candy sweet apricots. The taste is a wallop of intensely sweet apricot flavoring. I don't really get anything else out of the taste. The mouth is fairly carbonated.

Jul 13, 2014
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rawfish from California

3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Can to glass, quick pour nets only a half finger of clumpy white foam atop a hazy amber body. Poor retention and nearly no lacing but it's a fruit beer so that's expected.

Apricot fruit is dominant on the nose but not overly sweet. There's a hefty dose of butter bread in there too with some fruit pungency and a stale tartness to finish.

Juicy apricot with wheat toast, pretty simple profile. Walks the tight rope between sweet and balanced with confidence. Ends with a flash of tartness and some ripened fruit pungency.

Effervescent carbonation, prickly bubbles with a medium body. The lightly tart flash in the finish keeps things lively.

One of the better fruit beers I've come across, since it's delivered in a can it makes for a nice and easy summer go to. Pity that it doesn't make it out to my state, drink up Colorado.

Jun 27, 2014
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ZoomanCru from Colorado

2.6/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Apricot Blonde – Blonde Ale (5.1%) - Dry Dock Brewing Co.
☆☆ ½

App: Hazy, copper/orange color with significant haze and lots of particulates floating around, more than likely the apricot puree. Head is paltry, with soapy bubbles that dissipate very quickly with no retention and no lacing.

Smell: Apricot with some notes of biscuit malts and a slight, high sourness in the nose.

Taste: Apricots prevail, slightly sweet and sour together. Not a whole lot else going on, a little bit of malt sweetness in the true taste. Tastes a little wheaty too but this might have to do more with the yeast.

Mouth: Dry, with a lingering sweetness that clings high on the palate. Definitely a little on the watery side.

Home tasting, 12oz can into Tulip Glass. 12/23/13

Dec 24, 2013
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LXIXME from New Mexico

3.07/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very small off white head quickly dies into a thin lacing above a cloudy particle filled honey golden colored beer.

Big apricot aroma drowns out anything else that might be trying to showcase itself.

Fizzy apricot taste that is surprisingly drinkable.

The fizziness makes this beer drink more like a soda, maybe more carbonation than I like in my beers, who knows.

Worth a try, but I don't think anybody would want more than two or three of these in a sitting.

Sep 08, 2013
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Today is my New CANorado Beer Sunday and this one was part of an in-person trade with Blargimus whom I have traded with before, but never in person. He is a Bar Trivia master and so The Old Lady and I trekked down to play and then swapped beers afterwards. Slainte!

From the CAN: "The Siren waits thee, singing song for song. - Walter Savage Landor"; "Ale Brewed with Apricot Puree"; "A misty golden blonde ale fermented with shiploads of fruit. A crisp, clean finish and just enough sweetness make this a favorite. Combine with sunshine and friends for full effect."; "Small Brewing Company of the Year, 2009 Great AmeriCAN Beer Festival".

As a retired sailor, this whole lineup really speaks to me. From the logo of the sailing ship to the nautical references to the sly humor, I CAN really dig it all.

I began with a Crack and inverted Glug, not only producing a finger of dense, bone-white head with decent retention, but also releasing the scent of apricots into the air. I hear the Siren's song, but I must CANtinue. Nose was lush and ripe with the smell of apricots. Color was a hazy orangish-yellow. Finally, I succumbed to her wiles and took my first draught. Mouthfeel was very effervescent, almost to the point of soda pop and the taste was so fruity that I could close my eyes and envision apricots in front of me. That is not to say that it was sweet, however. It had a mild tartness to it that made it entirely satisfying, If it were cloyingly sweet, I would not enjoy it nearly as much. Finish was on that slippery boundary between semi-sweet and semi-dry. Is it partly cloudy or is it partly sunny outside today? There are some things that I CANnot clarify, no matter how I try.

Aug 18, 2013
Apricot Blonde from Dry Dock Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 259 ratings