Apricot Blonde | Dry Dock Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dry Dock Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States
drydockbrewing.com

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Mebuzzard on 07-28-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
233
Reviews:
44
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
13.35%
 
 
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26
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2/5  rDev -47.6%

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2/5  rDev -47.6%

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2.6/5  rDev -31.9%
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

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2.76/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of iSip
2.93/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dry Dock Apricot Blonde: Disclaimer is that I am not a fan of fruit beer. I got the Apricot Blonde in a 12 pack of assorted Dry Dock product. Considering I like the Hefe and the IPA, it was worth a shot.

Dirty apricot in color, the aroma is, you guessed it, strongly apricot, the head is light and fades fast while the carbonation is subtle at best. The beer tastes like apricots. That said it is recognizably a beer, and as I do like apricots, the apricot flavor does well in a beer blend. This brew is for that rare occasion that you really want something fruity and different, the apricot flavor works. But when I want a beer, I will not pull a Dry Dock Apricot Blonde from the fridge.

This is more of an assessment of fruit beers in general. I guess if I had to have a fruit beer, the Dry Dock would be a good choice.

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Photo of Franziskaner
2.99/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

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Photo of Dikfour
2.99/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

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Photo of TheMrFarnham
3/5  rDev -21.5%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of j-rod18
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of Neil_Pfeifer
3.06/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm not sure where I went wrong here?

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Photo of LXIXME
3.07/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

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3.07/5  rDev -19.6%

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3.1/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.17/5  rDev -17%
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.

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3.24/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of kojevergas
3.32/5  rDev -13.1%
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

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Apricot Blonde from Dry Dock Brewing Co.
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