Cascade Apricot Ale | Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Cascade Apricot AleCascade Apricot Ale
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.

Added by ccrida on 04-18-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,740
Reviews:
295
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
8.43%
 
 
Wants:
432
Gots:
384
For Trade:
36
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Ratings: 1,740 |  Reviews: 295
Photo of Moose90
3.86/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the barrelhouse

A — Pours an orangey lemony hue with a slim white head on it, some light lacing.

S — Holy apricot, very fuzzy.

T — Lemon, Apricot, Peach, fuzzy and fresh.

M — Light in body, semisweet finish.

O — Very well done, like drinking a sour apricot.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml caged and corked bottle, from the 2015 project. Didn't I already have one from these guys that was made with apricot pits?

This beer pours a hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with four fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and creamy bone-white head, which leaves some layered descending cloud form lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of rather tart stone fruit, sour yeast/bacterial infection, grainy pale and wheat malt, underripe lemon rind, and a small earthy and oaky woodiness. The taste is sharply acidic lemon, lime, and, sure, sour apricot 'fruitiness', a bit of musty and white cheesy funkiness, grainy and bready pale malt that has wisely battened down the hatches, a strange bitter green essence that might be hops (but who can tell), and more gentle oaky and vanillan woody notes.

The carbonation is actually quite active in its near palate-coating frothiness, the body a decent enough middleweight, and smooth, that is if you've got your cognitive dissonance chip in full working order. It finishes off-dry, surprisingly, still good and sour/tart, but with a sense of a malt backbone that is determined to keep this one afloat.

Overall, a very well-made and bracingly pungent sour fruit ale, with the guest apricot having to share space with some of its pushier tart colleagues. An eye-opener, that's for sure, even with the professionally hidden north of 7 points of alcohol, as well as the typically stratospheric shelf tag.

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Photo of crob3888
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Taby
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy yellow color, poured with nice head that dissipated.
Very mild nose - some sweeter stone fruit qualities.
This beer seems to be just tart to be tart. Needs malt balance.
Mouthfeel is way too tart. No balance.

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Photo of hermit990
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of krome
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MNBeer1017
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ejimhof
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GuitarIPA
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Whoa - lip puckering sour. Pours a hazy orange with thin white head, aroma is sour, salty and lemony, citrusy and tart - I lost any Chance at finding the apricot with too big of a first sip. Great carbonation lends to the feel.

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Photo of Inglewood
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mateo2699
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour is a somewhat hazy, light orange/gold. Fizzy loud head initially which quickly dissipated to barely a ring. Not much lacing or stickiness on the glass, but cloudy character gives it a thick looking pour. Aroma has a nice lacto sour, with hints of wet hay. apricots definitely come through. Especially as it warms. Hints of lemon zest and orange peel. Nice citrus burst. Taste is quite fruit foward, definitely getting some apricot, lemon and big sour lacto. Nice tartness as well. Hints of oak in the back end. Mouthfeel is very alive and carbonated for a very refreshing sour ale. Overall, very big, bold and in your face sour. Nothing too complex, but it doesn't need to be.

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Photo of russpowell
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Opens with an ever so gentle pop, pours a chill hazed honey color with 2 fingers of eggshell colored head. Nice lacing & head retention

S: Sourness, wet hay

T: Follows the nose, slight acidity, some lemon sweet tart & apricot up front. Acidy lemon, tartness & dryness as this warms, a little raspberry as well. Finishes with sour lemons & cherry, tartness & dryness, a little pear as well

MF: Delicate body, lively carbonation

Drinkable, the apricot gets ran over quickly with this one; sour freaks won't care. This is a puckery treat

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden and clear in color with a thin fizzy white head. Aromas of fresh juicy apricot, lemon rind, lacto sour notes, hints of oak and vanilla. taste is super apricot forward and incredibly juicy. Lemon lacto sweet tart sweetness, with hints of white wine, sweet malt, vanilla and oak. Light bodied, refreshing, tart and juicy, perfect for a hot muggy day.

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Photo of sourlinus
4.9/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Zazzi82
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jacobob10
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap @ Rattle N Hum West in New York, NY.

Deep gold color and hazy with a small but persistent white head. Fantastic, complex aroma filled with apricot, oak, and funk. Flavor is fruity with a strong tart/sour presence. Carbonation is high, which keeps the beer lively and refreshing. Medium-light bodied with a dry finish.

What a treat to have on-tap. Very tasty with all aspects of the beer on point. Not sure I'd pay big bucks for a bottle, but this is a fine sour from Cascade.

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Photo of Lucoli
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NickThePyro
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of McBAINx
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Duffman79
4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mattboyer182
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cascade Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
4.27 out of 5 based on 1,740 ratings.
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