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Apricot Ale | Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Oregon, United States
cascadebrewing.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This NW style sour blond ale was barrel aged for up to nine months, then aged on fresh apricot for an additional six months. Aromas of sweet apricot blossoms and tart fruit are present as you draw the glass near. Deep, rich apricot flesh, then tart apricot notes dance on the palate and lead to a sweet apricot flesh finish with a lingering fruit tartness.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#733
Reviews:
310
Ratings:
1,790
pDev:
8.06%
 
 
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Ratings: 1,790 |  Reviews: 310
Photo of Simon212
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.97/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a very cloudy golden yellow color with a thin foamy head. Head retention is minimal. Lacing is good. Very sour and tart apricot aroma. Really mouth puckering tart apricot sourness. Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Good beer but a little too much on the sour side for me.

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Photo of irishkyle21
4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours dim orange with a billowing white head. Gave it a swirl and saw a considerable amount of ropy yeast tendrils. A tiny amount of head sticks around indefinitely, which is a pleasant surprise for an aggressively sour beer.

S - Strong balsamic vinegar notes - tart cherry, lemon curd, stinging acetic.

T - Lactic-forward, sides-of-the-tongue sour bomb. Instantly hits with this massive flavor of fresh lemon, like biting off and chewing a lemon slice, pulp and all. In an instant, you get a natural fruit sweetness mixed with puckering lactic acidity, a great sweet-and-sour pairing. There are also hints of apricot and dark breads, like jam on toast, but you really have to search for it using what's left of your taste buds after that initial acid burn. Doesn't linger long, but what aftertaste there is would best be described as a very light fruit syrup.

M - Full-bodied for the style as per Cascade's all-lacto souring regimen. Lightly coats the mouth with a syrupy texture as it finishes.

O - A bold sour, though it really only hits a single note. I'm a bit disappointed in the lack of apricot flavor, as well. Still, there's a lot this beer gets right, and I'm certainly glad I tried it. Paired perfectly with some funky blue cheese after dinner.

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Photo of Holderness
3.82/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L -- Pours a moderately hazy pale orange body with barely any head to speak of, even when poured with significant aeration. Some spotty lacing
S -- Apricot, peach, bretty funk, lacto tartness, wildflower honey, vanilla, fresh cut oak, lime sherbert. Nice and bright
T -- Tons of lacto sourness: lemon, white vinegar, tart apple, quince, cranberry. Getting a little apricot and white oak, but it's pretty masked by the aggressive sourness
F -- Light mouthfeel, medium+ carb. Pretty easy drinking, although the sourness gets a little grating after a while
O -- A nice, classic American wild ale that is definitely quite well made given the degree of distribution. Like with most American sour brewers, though, the tartness is pretty heavy handed and pushes the beer somewhat out of balance

77/100

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Photo of BerryKumquat
4.01/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of freewill35
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mwvman
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of McBraniel
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IKR
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Hazy yellow color with a small white head that dissipated quickly.

Smell: Tart apricots and mild grassy notes. The apricots feature nicely.

Taste: Tart apricots, mild hay notes, and some tannic oak notes. The finish is fairly dry.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a modest level of carbonation.

Overall: A tasty Cascade offering.

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Photo of Hellpop65
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of psmith161
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rickrem
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of polloenfuego
3.77/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I found this one too tart for me. It was a 2016, and I have to wonder if letting this sit didn't make it more acidic.

Look was good, pinky orange with a nice finger of head. Smell was tart and you could get the apricot in whiffs. Taste was very tart, with notes of apricot and sour candies. Feel was okay, but hard to take.

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Photo of DBosco
4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2017 500ml bottle, 7.3% ABV. Very hazy apricot gold with moderate carbonation streams, nice white short head that eventually turns to film with some lacing. Smell is not that strong, of apricots. Taste is of tart dry apricots, hitting the right level of sourness. Feel is good, nice body and carbonation. Overall this is a fine wild sour ale with a good dose of apricots.

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Photo of teamwiggum
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kdouble
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TylerKing
4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jps715
3.83/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into glass. Labeled as '2015 PROJECT'.
Clear, apricot gold colored body. Surprising long lasting white head, which leaves behind strings and webs of lacing.
Tart aroma of lemon and apricot, along with oak barrel.
Effervescent taste of apricot and sour fruit, along with the oak barrel. Quite sour but not the feeling that it scrapes the teeth. Rather dry.
Bubbly, fizzy mouth feel, lip smacking. Good carbonation.
Outstanding apricot sour. Tannic and acidic at the same time.

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Photo of SynthetikReality95
4.78/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Radcpa
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of fosters9
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Keith_R
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JPNesker
3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Beer rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 1,790 ratings