Apricot Ale | Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Apricot AleApricot Ale
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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.

Added by ccrida on 04-18-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#413
Reviews:
303
Ratings:
1,768
pDev:
8.06%
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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

Photo of zeff80
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of Stofko1992
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of emincems
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.34/5  rDev 0%
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.

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

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

Photo of sendbeer
4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DoubleDaisyCutter
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Noles9585
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DrewSnyc667
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of StormAles
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Shaneb818
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Brendanjames
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mkh012
4.21/5  rDev -3%
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. 8+/10

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Photo of Viaduck
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
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

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of Sour_Lord
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of emeyer
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chrishiker1409
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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