Hidden Barrel Apricot | AC Golden Brewing Company

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Hidden Barrel ApricotHidden Barrel Apricot

Brewed by:
AC Golden Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Mebuzzard on 05-27-2012

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2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

Photo of MighHighBrewer
3.12/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on 3/29/13 from the tap at Rackhouse.

A: Pours straw-colored and hazy. Not quite golden - more yellow than that. It's very hazy - almost like a Hefeweizen. My from-the-tap sample had no head, but moderate lacing. Overall, it looks like a light "lite" beer.

S: To my nose, it smells like musty apricot. As expected, apricot aroma dominates with a background of mustiness/earthiness. Some citrus fruits present and a very slight grassiness opens up after the initial smell.

T: Citrus fruits - especially lemon - up front followed up by intense sourness. Mouth-puckeringly sour. Surprisingly, my sample didn't taste much of apricot. The apricot aroma is certainly there, but I dont get any powerful apricot flavor. In fact, I'd venture to say that if I blindfolded myself, I wouldn't even guess this was an apricot sour - just a plain sour.

M: As expected, dry. Moderate carbonation.

O: This was a disappointing sour to me. When compared to sours from other well-known producers (i.e. Crooked Stave, RR, etc), this beer's sour character is just too harsh and one-note IMHO. It all hits the back of the tongue and isn't as well-rounded as the best sours. The apricot, while present, is not powerful enough to me. Just too one-note.

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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.33/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A sour beer from AC Golden. Let's see how this one is at $21.99 per bottle.

Pours a murky light golden color with a light foam cap. Decent lacing, but piddles at the end.

While the aroma isn't bad, it is rather simple. Very light hint of pale malt, some funky spice, then a whiff of fruit...apricot to be sure.

As with the nose, the taste isn't bad...a bit simple. While the apricot is noticeable and nice, it hides behind a thin layer of malt, and a farmhouse style funk that is still pretty light. The pucker hits in the middle and suggests to hang around, but it does fade into the fruit finish.

An good beer using good fruit ingredients. Not very complex and leaves a somewhat empty palate.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.49/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

what a beer, almost as sour as the mother funker, seriously puckery stuff here. pours a lackluster pale greyish yellow color, dense straw looking and sort of bland, with a head that bubbles a little on the pour but never amounts to anything. it smells sour as hell, lactic acid is all I really get. a touch of summer peachy pollen maybe, but that's all. at first all I taste is long, its all day long, I mean, five minutes from sip to finish, constantly changing, never dry like I expected and sort of hoped it would be. I get a bit of apricot in the middle there, all fuzzy and little and a tad under ripe, but the sourness and acidity takes over before I can really appreciate this. to be fair, its a 2012 vintage, and may have soured quite a lot since its release. I will have to try the peche to compare, but I have a feeling this is just an in your face sour bomb. I didn't dislike it at all, but its drinkability it limited for obvious reasons and both claystation and I forced the last of this bomber down. good work if you can get it, a front of tongue sour for the ultimate challenge. just good to me though, not stand out aside from its sourness.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Lauren for the share.
This had to follow De Garde's Imperial Apricot Bu, so it had rough competition.

Golden-orange pour, moderately hazy, with a foamy cap of white head that fizzled out and held at a ring, leaving some minor lacing on the glass. Aroma of wet wood, stone fruit, soured grains, light funk. Taste of toasted grains up front, biscuity malts, woody, herbal, apricot was there, but not in a huge way, not very sour or sweet, just kind of benign, with a fruity essence, and a slight grassy funk. Light-medium body, crisp, dry. Drinkable enough, but a bit lacking in flavor.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Knapp85
3.76/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Hidden Barrel Apricot from AC Golden Brewing Company
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