Apricot Blonde
Dry Dock Brewing Co.

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Style:
Blonde Ale - American
Ranked #34
ABV:
5.1%
Score:
87
Ranked #15,630
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
Reviews by Keepnitrl:
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Keepnitrl from Washington

4/5  rDev +2.3%

Nov 30, 2014
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TheSevenDuffs from Canada (ON)

3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aug 08, 2015
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carteravebrew from Colorado

4/5  rDev +2.3%

Jul 05, 2013
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hiphopj5 from Colorado

4/5  rDev +2.3%

Jun 19, 2012
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maltlikker from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Jul 07, 2012
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JCDenver from Texas

4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Labeled "Apricot Blonde." Poured into a snifter; color is cloudy light orange. About an inch of dense, bubbly head, which quickly receded to a nice ring of lacing.

The smell of this beer is phenomenal. Just a big punch of rich apricot goodness.

Loads of apricots with a nice, subdued malt backing and a touch of bitterness on the end.

Medium bodied, very well carbonated, and extremely refreshing.

This is by far the best non-sour apricot beer I have ever had, just delicious.

Jun 21, 2011
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hopley from Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aug 28, 2015
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kmanjohnson from California

3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sep 27, 2015
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LehighAce06 from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Nov 18, 2014
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simplejj81 from Wisconsin

4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Feb 23, 2016
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Mizorie from Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Mar 06, 2012
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Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

3.32/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Labelled "Apricot Blonde". 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a nonical pint glass in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery and this beer's reputation.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Paired with pretzel rods.

A: Pours a one finger beige colour head of fair cream, nice thickness, and pretty good retention. Colour is a nontransparent murky hazy copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Fresh apricot with clean malts, cream, and some light fruit hopping. Quite a pungent aroma.

T: Apricot puree and cream over a clean malt foundation. Light fruity hops lend some character and help round it out. A moderate strength taste; it doesn't hit me as bold or experimental. Some clove-ridden yeasty notes. Somewhat simple. Fresh and enjoyable. Not horribly complex or subtle, but likable.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and refreshing. Clean. Adequate carbonation. Adequately thick on the palate. Suits the flavours in a general sense.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. I'd try it on draught. I like it. Will satisfy apricot beer fans.

Low B-

***
05.26.17 impression from a CAN:

High C+ / ABOVE AVERAGE

Jun 11, 2012
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cmzgirl from Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Jul 07, 2013
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ObiBeerCanobi from Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apr 18, 2015
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kyleelton from Texas

3.37/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

For this from a friend in Colorado in an awesome beer trade that included a ton of Funkwerks. Certainly looking forward to that but my first foray is this one.

As soon as I open the can I get that sweet apricot aroma. So fruity. It's not bad, but I normally don't love fruit beers so let's see. Head begins a little thin, but when it dies away it leaves me a nice, satisfying layer of lace. Golden orange and cloudy.

Like I said major fruit aroma. A proper whiff reveals that this is no ordinary fruited beer. Barely getting any beer at all, but if I didn't have my eyes open I would swear there was a ripe, delicious apricot just inches from my nose. No artificial flavors, here. I could smell this all day, but I'm eager to taste how this apricot bomb mixes with the (presumed) hops.

Apricots and citrus as expected. If I'm totally honest, though, I'm a little disappointed. Don't know what was expecting, but while the apricot flavor is the main attraction I think I was hoping it would blend with a stronger bitterness.

The mouthfeel is a bit underwhelming, too. It is a blonde, though, so perhaps I was expecting more of a pale ale body.

Too much comparing to Dogfish's Aprihop, which I like, a lot, and this beer doesn't quite make it there. It's decent I suppose if your a fan of fruit beers, but this one is not for me. It does, however get major points for authenticity. They did not cut corners on the apricots.

Apr 12, 2013
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DrIPA from Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Nov 30, 2012
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crob3888 from California

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

Jan 02, 2016
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DelMontiac from Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +2.3%

Aug 25, 2013
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ste5venla from California

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Aug 12, 2013
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denver10 from New Mexico

3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light orange with a yellowish hue and a white head. Aroma is apricot jam straight up; its good but definitely one dimensional. Flavor is pretty much the same, with dominant apricot. At first I get some fresh apricot fruit, but then the sweet jamminess comes into play. Along for the ride that shows itself in the finish is some slight cracker. An active mouthfeel, works well. Overall, a solid and enjoyable fruit beer. Will drink again I am sure as it makes for a nice summertime brew, but definitely best as part of a mixed sixer.

Apr 03, 2013
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crobinso from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Aug 13, 2012
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Giggy from Michigan

3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jul 11, 2017
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nuebs from South Dakota

3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Oct 21, 2015
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PEIhop from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Jun 24, 2012
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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
Apricot Blonde from Dry Dock Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 259 ratings