Apricot Ale
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

Apricot AleApricot Ale
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Style:
Wild Ale
Ranked #63
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
97
Ranked #519
Avg:
4.36 | pDev: 8.03%
Reviews:
316
Ratings:
1,811
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Oregon, United States
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Apricot AleApricot Ale
Notes: 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.
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maximum12 from Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cascade is one of the few U.S. sour brewers that I regularly enjoy. I have no idea why. 750ML C&C bottle/2015 project split with my wife.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention I picked up this bottle at HyVee for $5 on clearance. Because why not? The pour is unalloyed gold with plenty of life with a nose of what? Tart apricots. That’s just a guess.

Apricot Ale is a sharp, simple beast. Nitric acid puckers the palate & the barrels team up to cause arid mouth syndrome. Apricot is subtle but runs throughout. Light & airy. This glass is going to do me just fine, but it’s the rare sour I can consume more than one of.

Not Cascade’s best work, but perhaps the apricot is just not enough to stand up to the microbes. Still a good solid brew.

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buschbeer from Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500 ML bottle
Served in a sour glass
2017

This beer pours a hazy yellow color. It is topped with a fleeting tan head that leaves no lacing.

The smell is pretty damn amazing. I get funk, dank basement, and an acidic Flanders ale smell. There is tart apricot. This is what I want sours to smell like.

Tart and acidic. The apricot helps cut the acidity but only so much. It has that wonderful dank basement and funk flavor. The sourness is puckering, and I love it.

Light bodied with a dry mouthfeel

I picked this up at a local store off the 1/2 off shelf. I am pissed that I didn't buy them all. I hope someone doesn't beat me to it. Great stuff!

Apr 10, 2021
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kitch from Hong Kong

3.86/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A 750ml corked and caged bottle, 2015 project. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.

Appearance: A lightly hazy golden orange colour with a one finger white head that had decent retention while leaving lots of nice lacing.

Aroma: Tart, apricot, oak, hay, lime zest, light funk.

Taste: Sour, very sour, tart, apricot, hay, dust, wood, oak, lemon zest.

Mouthfeel: Moderately sharp, medium bodied, with moderate carbonation.

Overall: The flavours were enjoyable, but it was just too sour, and coupled with the acidity, it was just a bit too much for any easy drinking but good for sipping.

Dec 29, 2020
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This is one I prob should have had fresh, but alas it became a cellar beer. 2008 vintage, so hopefully it held up.

Pours with no carbonation and no head, the cork looked dried out so prob lost it's carb over time, very clear iced-tea orange-brown copper color with tiny floaties

Nose is quite nice, not much for fruit but plenty of sour funk, big bacteria souring and acidity, acetic and lactic acids, little barnyard funk, getting a touch vinegary, with some buttery oak still there, and a bit of candied stone fruit in the background, some malty aromas as well

Taste brings more of the malt and sourness, a bit of a sweet candy malt and caramelized sugars, with some candied apricot, not a ton, a bit of alcohol but not much, souring bacteria again with mild acetic acid, maybe lactic but hard to tell, light barnyard funk, a little malt vinegar, into some buttery oak as well, mild tart flemmy finish, lingering sourness, malt and candied fruit

Mouth is med bod, a little fuller touch syrupy, med acidity and funk, low to almost no carb, light alcohol warmth

Overall not bad, definitely an enjoyable sour, but apricot is mostly gone as expected. If I'm ever out there again I'll def have to try this fresh, provided there aren't 20 other beers I need to try like last time I went.

May 09, 2020
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2015 bottle.

A - Pours clear orange to the dregs, a pretty sight, with a moderate white head, some thin lacing.

S - Acidity with punchy apricot lushness, a hint of funk.

T - Bright sourness, a mild fruit hit, a subtle minerality, and just a hint of sweet apricot that lingers in the close.

M - Mild carbonation and prickly acidity, closing with a slick long tail.

O - A superb sour, delivering a solid bright core, and lush fruit.

Mar 02, 2020
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12/14/18...cloudy, golden copper, fast fizzy white foam w/ sediment floating. Fruity apricot white wine nose. Super puckering sour, heavy fruit. Like biting into a lemon. Slightly oaked.

May 04, 2019
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jngrizzaffi from Texas

3.97/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Feb 03, 2019
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BarryMFBurton from Indiana

4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Dec 27, 2018
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Holderness from Massachusetts

3.82/5  rDev -12.4%
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

Nov 24, 2018
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IKR from California

4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Oct 26, 2018
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polloenfuego from Canada (ON)

3.77/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Sep 22, 2018
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DBosco from Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Sep 01, 2018
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.49/5  rDev +3%
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.

Jul 07, 2018
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Poured out a cloudy, straw yellow color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of tart, fresh apricot with some sweet notes. Very tart and acidic. Lots of apricot flavor.

Mar 04, 2018
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emincems from Turkey

4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

It pours golden color with small sized off-white head. Foam leaves a cover on top. Average lacing. It smells funky; apricot, lemon, barnyard and wood. Acidic and woody taste is moderately tart, fairly fruity and low-med malty. Flavors are well rounded and clear. It finishes slightly sour and strongly dry. Body is thick for a sour beer. Where is 8,5% Abv? It's perfectly hidden. Great drinkability and perfect refresher. Awesome brew.

Feb 04, 2018
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elNopalero from California

4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This pours a hazy gold. I get a tart aroma with a hint of apricot. It's intensely sour with a clean finish.

Reviewed the 2016 vintage, in spring of 2017.

Jan 11, 2018
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mkh012 from Colorado

4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours semi-cloudy orange with above average head and lacing for a sour.

The nose is peach, band-aid/rubber, sour lemon, and vinegar.

The taste is sour tangerine, apricot, pineapple, and lemon. Very sour but also somewhat drying. Bursting with yellow-orange fruit. 7/10 sourness. Hints of hay to balance things out.

Overall, addicting. Pretty sour and big but not too taxing on the palate. Sour citrus candy.

Oct 28, 2017
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Viaduck from California

4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The 2015 edition pours a slightly hazy amber with a long lasting off white head. Lots of bubble action. Aroma: sour grain & oak. Taste is initially sour & salty but not overwhelming. Flavor is apricots & peaches & hints of mild funk & barrel flavors. Very interesting how the flavor attacks the roof of the mouth first & works it’s way down with the sourness & carbonation lingering on the tongue. Very mouth watering. Paired with a funky cheese like aged gruyere it’s just incredible.

Oct 21, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.06/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mostly clear gold with a fuzzy, persistent blanket and creamy lace all over the glass.

The aroma consists of fresh apricot and peach, as well as a sort of sticky spice, wine oak, and a hint of carrot.

Slightly stinging, semi-dry sour flavors of lemon spritzed apricot exhibit a sharp oakiness, nearing white wine vinegar, without becoming overly acetic.

There seems to be a theme with these Cascade sours having great, medium to full, perfect bodies and carbonation, and this is no exception.

2016 vintage

Oct 18, 2017
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macrosmatic from Florida

4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. 2013 label vintage, reviewed in February 2016. Poured from 750 mL bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter.

A: Golden apricot in color, and hazy. A good amount of visible carbonation and a finger of white head fades quickly.

S: A big punch of apricots and peaches up front. Lactobacillus tartness and funk and some horse blanket. The aroma has a nice depth to it, rather than the one-note-Lacto that some of the Cascade offerings have. There’s some cracker malts and a hint of funky feet underneath, but the apricot and Lacto tartness dominate here.

T: Apricots, Lacto, and tart citric acid. Some funk with notes of cheese and feet. Possibly some Brettanomyces-derived dryness as well. Nice balance with the fruitiness, that has notes of peaches and lighter pineapple. The cracker malt peeks out just a little. It finishes with a lingering dried apricots and a puckering dryness, but stops short of having the gum-burning acidity.

M: The body is a bit to the heavy side for style, but offset by being very well-carbonated. Alcohol presence seems fairly low.

O: I really liked this one. I think this seems better than any other Cascade I've had to date. A nice depth to the sour and funk – maybe not as much as the best of sours, but really good. I shall have to seek out more of this. I still have a 2011 sitting, and it will be interesting to compare for sure.

NOTE:
Scores given are for the above bottle. Differences found in a 2014 label vintage bottle below.
A: Surprisingly low level of visible carbonation.
S: Less funk, more fruit, and has more oaky character.
T: More fruit-forward.
M: Similar to above.
O: A bit different, but still very tasty. Interestingly, I ended up scoring them identically.

Oct 08, 2017
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The beer pours a golden yellow color with a white head.

Smell - The nose would be best described as a nondescript sour nose.

Taste - The nose is best described as a well balanced sour with oak and fresh apricots. The beer is well balanced and not acidic like many trendy sours. The fruit is very evident.

Mouthfeel - For the style, the beer is rich and full bodied.

Overall - Cascade really knows how to do the style.

Sep 03, 2017
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DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 bottle shared with friends. Pours healthy and lively, releasing an outrageous aroma of fruit, yeast, spice and funk. The taste is brutally sour, a pucker-your-mouth assault on the senses. Close to vinegar, but more gentle. I alternatively loved and hated it, and definitely could not drink any more than a small glass. Overall unique and tasty, but only for true sour fans.

Jul 29, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle with a buddy. We both poured into tulips. My observations: the appearance was a transparent golden color with a slim amount of carbonation bubbles rising at a slow pace. Finger’s worth of white foamy head slid off fairly quick. Not much lace. The aroma had a nice blend of sweet to tart apricots, lactic behavior, sweet wood, smooth sweet grassiness, a touch of pine needle, light floral tones, and a little bit of white grape/vinous quality at the end, acceptable. The flavor blended the sour to the tart to the sweet very nicely. Apricots with a little bit of vinous and oaky tones run over some hay to semi-dry grassy aspects to guide into the aftertaste and slide into the finish. The palate was almost medium bodied, seemed to sit just a touch under and creating a pretty good sipping quality about it since the acidity did seem to produce the expected harshness I got, but wasn’t too bad. Carbonation did feel on par and the ABV felt just a touch under, but wasn’t too far off, maybe closer to 7%. Overall, lucked out on getting this one. Good thing my buddy paid for this.

Jun 11, 2017
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy bright yellow color with a bit of white foam. Aroma has some medicinal fruit notes and some bright apricots​. Taste starts tart, fruity but also medicinal, quite dry on the finish. Medium body and carbonation, quite dry on the aftertaste. Not bad but it's a quite weird sour fruit ale.

Apr 07, 2017
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tbryan5 from Louisiana

4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Not Fou but still a great example of an apricot sour. Very tart with Apricot flesh and and skin flavor really putting this beer over the top. Can't wait to try more from Cascade.

Jan 02, 2017
Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 1811 ratings