Apricot Ale
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

Apricot AleApricot Ale
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Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Oregon, United States
Wild Ale
Ranked #90
Ranked #892
4.34 | pDev: 8.06%
Apr 23, 2022
Apr 18, 2008
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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4 by leinie13 from Ohio on Apr 23, 2022
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3.73/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by mushroomcloud from Texas

375ml (corked and caged) bottled 2017. Opened 6-20-20.
Small pop and hiss upon opening.
Small white head that disappears quickly. No lacing.
Bright, golden apricot flesh color and fully opaque.
Vinous aroma, oak barrel, and muted apricot fruit initially.
Bracing acid, tart and bright fruit and just a hint of powdery funk. The apricot becomes more pronounced as the beer warms. Overall the warmer it gets the less sharp and more flavorful/enjoyable it gets.
Medium body, low plus carbonation. Lengthy, high acid finish.
Very Good.

Jun 21, 2021
4.2 by hopley from Massachusetts on May 03, 2021
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3.58/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by maximum12 from Minnesota

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.

Apr 17, 2021
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4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by buschbeer from Ohio

500 ML bottle
Served in a sour glass

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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3.86/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by kitch from Hong Kong

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
4.25 by BltByKrmn from New York on Nov 21, 2020
4.44 by eagles22 from Pennsylvania on Jul 02, 2020
5 by TallGuyCM from California on Jun 30, 2020
4.25 by Pearlstreetbrewingco from Florida on Jun 01, 2020
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4.14/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by jlindros from Massachusetts

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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4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Tsar_Riga from Indiana

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
4.53 by BubbleBobble from New York on Feb 11, 2020
4 by rare_bird from Michigan on Dec 03, 2019
4.15 by csmrx7 from Canada (AB) on Nov 02, 2019
4.24 by TargaFlorio from Indiana on Sep 02, 2019
4.34 by stephenlee from England on Aug 20, 2019
4.35 by gardner254 from Ohio on Aug 12, 2019
4.25 by brittanylicious from Indiana on Aug 09, 2019
4.25 by heysuz from Indiana on Aug 09, 2019
4.39 by Duncian from Pennsylvania on Aug 08, 2019
4.17 by TylerJ from Iowa on Jul 25, 2019
4 by GoHabsGo from Canada (ON) on Jul 11, 2019
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3.85/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by KTCamm from New Jersey

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
3.3 by bylerteck from Canada (ON) on Apr 26, 2019
4.46 by Simon212 from Canada (ON) on Mar 18, 2019
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3.97/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by jngrizzaffi from Texas

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
4.36 by irishkyle21 from Canada (ON) on Jan 20, 2019
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4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by BarryMFBurton from Indiana

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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3.82/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Holderness from Massachusetts

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


Nov 24, 2018
4.01 by BerryKumquat from California on Nov 22, 2018
4.5 by freewill35 from Indiana on Nov 19, 2018
4.43 by mwvman from Indiana on Oct 30, 2018
3.75 by McBraniel from Virginia on Oct 27, 2018
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4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by IKR from California

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
4.25 by Hellpop65 from Kansas on Oct 14, 2018
4 by psmith161 from Indiana on Oct 14, 2018
4.45 by rickrem from California on Oct 06, 2018
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3.77/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by polloenfuego from Canada (NB)

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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4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by DBosco from Massachusetts

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
Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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