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Brewed by:
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Oregon, United States | website

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

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.91/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged 2009 vintage bottle into a Lindemann's Stange. Shared with schen9303.

A: Cork pops out easily but a fountain of beer quickly follows. I try to contain it... bad idea... I get showered... along with the ceiling and all the walls. What's left creates a 4 finger foamy white head with good retention. Beer is a semi-clear grapefruit yellow. Lacing is thick and layered with great cling.

S: Smells of funk, wood, yeast, apricot, cinnamon, and earth. Sweet but rather subtle with a very toned down nose that's barely detectable.

T: Apricot tartness is apparent from the very beginning and lingers throughout the whole experience. Sweetens towards the middle but this is an overall very simple and clean beer. Funk and earth mute the fruit a little. Yeasty spiciness and cinnamon at the end. Finish is sour and dry. Little to no aftertaste.

M: Light to medium bodied, good carbonation, lively in the mouth but also rather heavy with substance. Rich... if that can be a word that describes a sour. Finish is clean and dry. No aftertaste.

D: Having had the Kriek as a comparison, Cascade's line of lambics are a simple, yet very well executed take on the style. Not too tart, not too fruity, with an overall well-balanced favor that won't offend many but won't impress the heck out of anyone either. Still, I'd never hesitate to reach for one of these. Good beer.

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Photo of philbe311
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes... Samples on 10/23/2010...

A - Two fingers worth of audibly fizzy slightly uneven eforvecent light khaki colored head that turns creamier as it settles and displays solid retention... A dense hazed light copper color with a distinctive honey hue... A bit of lacing clings to the glass...

S - Wonderful aroma can be noticed well away from the glass... The ripest of apricots... Peaches... Lemon coughdrops... Mandarin oranges... Faint candied sugars... A mild yeasty component...

T - Tart apricots and peaches... Mild vinegar... Notes of chardonay and champagne... Lemon... A touch of yeast... A bit salty... White grapes... Tanins... Shortbread cookies...

M - Puckering and saliva inducing from the get go... Crisp... Slightly fizzy... LIght to medium bodied... A delicate touch of creaminess... The finish is dry and mildy chalky with a continuing pucker factor...

D - An enjoyable and sophisticated sipper... Both challenging and intriguing to the senses... I seem to always want another sip before my glass even leaves my hand...

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2009 vintage.

Cascade Apricot has a golden tinged, orange body with a full-sized off-white head. Retention is quite good, a little bit of lacing stays behind as well.

The aroma has a huge sourness to it, with apricots behind it. Insanely sour aroma.

The first sip of this beers seems to be ridiculously sour to me also, but subsequent tastes seem to be toned-down quite a bit. Cascade Apricot has a moderate to heavy sourness overall; however you want to quantify it, the sourness is pretty good. Behind the sourness is an obvious apricot flavor, which is always a nice fruit to pair with a sour flavor. Beyond that, there is a dose of wood and a leathery flavor.

Not quite mouth puckering, but Cascade Apricot definitely gives me a tinge of that sensation. Fairly high carbonation.

Cascade Apricot is a solid sour that relies mostly on a sharp, lactic sourness and fruit flavors. I like it, and it was quite nice to drink.

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Photo of Overlord
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright golden orange. Big frothy white foam head. Gobs of carbonation left on the glass.

Smells faintly of apricots, but it's not really in your face, bursting with apricots. It's harmonized with a familiar funky, barnyard, and zesty lemony twang. This is going to be good, isn't it.

The apricots are much more bursting in the flavor, but again, the balance of the brew is quite remarkable. I've had three beers (so far) from this brewery, and two have been really good (Sang Royal and this one), and one was awful (The Vine). I'm beginning to suspect more and more that something was off about that bottle. The apricots taste really fresh, the funk is muted and harmonious, and the hint of vinous vinegar is mixed with a bit of lemony citrus and apricot really well.

The apricots can be a bit much after a while, but very good. Nice zesty mouthfeel.

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage bottle enjoyed at the Cascade brewpub

a - pale golden color with a two-finger ivory head, great retention and lacing, pretty clear with only light haze

s - big ripe apricot aroma along with notes of lactic sourness and light oak, hints of lemon as well

t - sour and sweet apricots and lemons up front that hang on throughout the entire tasting, lactic sourness is fairly pronounced in the midpalate, notes of oak and lingering lightly sweet apricot on the finish, alcohol is pretty well muted at 9%, but you can tell it's there

m - medium-bodied, slightly lower carbonation, on the dry side on the finish

d - very drinkable for a 9% abv sour ale, flavors are complex and interesting, and the sourness does not overwhelm the palate

Another great sour from Cascade; they're really putting out some stellar stuff. I look forward to trying several others while in Portland this week.

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Photo of nickd717
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from City Beer Store in SF. $20, wow this is expensive.

A - Pours orangish-copper with a small white head and average retention.

S - Aroma is tart apricot, mildly sweet pale malt, and oak.

S - Both tart and a little sweet with lots of apricot, peach, oak, pale malt, and sugar. I don't consider apricot one of the better fruits to make a beer with, but this is good. I like a little sweetness to balance sour ales.

M - Body is medium and palate has a nice acidic sharpness to it.

D - Pretty good for a sour beer. Kept wanting more.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2015-08-30
Apricot 2014, served in a sampler at Cascade Barrel House.

Hazy yellow gold. Fine silky head. Little carbonation. Smell is stone fruit tartness.

Taste is super tart with an impressively apricot flavor that builds and clarifies into a more and more apricotty flavor.

Mouthfeel is dry and light. Overall, very good. Especially if you love apricots.

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Photo of Roguer
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Transparent straw yellow brew, filled with action; big cloudy, meringue-like head. Great retention and tons of lacing left behind. Looks almost like apple juice with an incredible head of foam.

Aroma is surprisingly funky at first, settling into a sour, tart, fruity, oak blend. Vinegar, hay, lemons, yeast.

Flavor is a little lighter and fruitier than the aroma; it's tart, but nowhere near as much as the nose indicates. Quite a bit more fruit on the second half, as well. Apples and pears; apricots; lemons; overripe peaches. Still a touch rustic and musty.

Significant puckering; slick and sticky and oily; long, tart finish.

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Photo of spoony
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap into a tulip at the barrel room.

A-The brew has a pure white head with pretty decent retention for a high-ABV sour beer...dense and puffy. The beer is light, light golden in color and surprisingly clear.

S-The aroma is huge on the apricot as you might expect. It is pure and intense. The sour factor is pretty high, too. The juicy tart apricot flavor combines with a musty, dusty peach flavor and some white wine. Really nice.

T-The taste is also pure, unadulterated apricot. It is tart and semi-dry with a hint of juicy sweetness. There is a nice dry and tart wine-oak character in there, but mostly it is juicy apricot.

M-The feel is light to medium in body with a spritzy carbonation that is fine and assertive.

O-This is a great fruit-forward beer. I don't think it packs the complexity of a Fou Foune, but it certainly beats out many other lesser imitations. The apricot flavor is pure and authentic tasting and the balance of fruit and sour is almost perfect. Another well-done sour by Cascade.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml vintage 2008 bottle at 55 degrees.

A loud pop of the cork revealed a massive, spongy pour. Three inches-plus of dense white froth into the tulip with sparkling clarity through a gold body. This beers sings to you with an expressive crackling of carbonation until the head fades to a thick coating on the surface. Plenty of ripped sheets of froth throughout the glass.

Aromatics lead off with a blast of juicy apricots. Some light wheat twang and funky brett follows through. A honey-like sweetness towords the end along with hints of cut grass, coriander, and mint-rubbed cloves.

Light bodied with a crisp, sharp mouthfeel. Snappy and quenching.

Plump apricots and a quickly building lactic sharpness start the palate. Loads of fresh apricots persist in tandem with a lingering sourness. Hints of pineapple, tangerine, and lemon pith follow through.

Finishes with a lengthy tartness just short of jowel-watering, juicy apricots and a spicy warmth.

Wowza, this ones tasting super fresh and very tart. Incredibly quenching and sharp with loads of apricot. Maybe a bit more funk and sourness would be nice but a great beer nonetheless.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.91/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass. Purchased at the brewpub in October... I sat on this for several months in hopes of bringing it to a tasting, but never managed.

A: Pours a hazy marigold body with two fingers of dense off-white head. Retention is fantastic; for more than 20 minutes there is a thick cap on top of the brew, with thick lacing during each sip.

S: Apricot, apricot, apricot. Very potent aroma that doesn't hide the character of this beer. Lactic sourness, surprisingly little (if any) vinegar. Light oak and a hint of leather. There's definitely something spicy in the nose -- I want to say clove, because it reminds me of Coca-Cola. I'm pretty sure it's clove. Can't quite tell.

T: The apricot is more sweet than tart, although it manages the latter flavor. Sourness is mostly sharp and lactic. The wood contributes mild tannins and light spice in the finish. There's an occasional underlying sweetness that reminds me of sugar. The showcase of the flavor is definitely apricot and sourness, with other flavors providing more complex (but subtle) adornment.

M: Light-bodied, with a semi-dry finish. It carries the apricot flavor (not sweetness) into the aftertaste, with a clean pepper bite to it.

D: I like this. I expected more vinegar from a Flanders style sour, and I'm glad that's not the case here (I'm getting less impressed with acetic flavors these days). This is a clean, pure sour that delivers the flavors well. At $20 it's a little steep, but it's not a ways off from Russian River stuff. I'd buy it again.

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

Poured from a 22 OZ bomber into a pint glass. The appearance is a light slightly murky orange with a small white head. The aroma is full of apricots and wood. The taste is sour apricots with some oak tossed in. This is an outstanding beer.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - It pours a golden Champagne-like hue with obvious effervescence and a short-lived white wispy head.

S - Smells of Band-Aid, leather, and apricot. In that order. Huge lactic funk. Not a dirty funk, instead, sharp, gingery and medicinal.

T - The themes of the nose are further developed with nuances of Band-Aid, new leather, and very tart apricot. Tart is the appropriate term here, as I don't think it is puckering or sour. There is also some green peppercorn impression emanating from the spicy alcohol. Very refreshing overall. Others in my group found it to be to less-so, some thought it to be too tart or alcoholic.

M - Thin and possessing a Champagne-like effervescence.

D - I don't like this one as much as the Kriek, but it is still one of the better Wild/Sour brews available.

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Photo of rye726
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

'08 Vintage 9.0%

Pours a woody brown with a silky beige head. Excellent lacing and retention.

Nose has apricot, oak, tart citrus, candy malts, white wine, manure and horse blanket.

Taste also has a nice apricot presence followed by sweet malts, sour tropical fruits, wood and barnyard funk.

Medium body has a crisp carbonation. Finish lacks some dryness.

Overall, an impressive offering from Cascade.

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Photo of babaracas
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2011, 7.76%, 750ml... cork took some effort to extract. Pours a hazy amber with one finger thick dense white head, settles to a thin ring leaving a couple of rings down the glass. Smell: acetic, oak, a little hay-heavy barnyard funk, apricot. Taste: fruited vinegar, vanilla; tartness backed by sugary dried apricot.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage. Tasted 27 July 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours hazy orange amber, a bright fruity-grainy color. One finger of white head, relaxes to a thick cap, and leaves little sponges of foam stuck to the glass.

Smells amazing. A tart lemony sour, balanced perfectly by a subdued fruity apricot sweetness. The blend of potent sour (too much for my non-beer-enthusiast tasting companions) with just enough fruit is fantastic.

Taste is excellent, but not quite on the level of the smell. Apricot comes through less here, primarily as a juicy sweetness that does, again, complement the sour really well.

Mouthfeel is delightful. Light-bodied and fizzy, a bit like drinking champagne, with all those little bubbles stirring things up. Sticky on the lips. Flavors gradually fade into a fluctuating sweet-sour-sweet sine wave of goodness.

A fantastic fruit lambic, one of the best American ones I've had. Excellent balance of tart sour with sweet fruit, though it definitely leans more towards the sour. Bottle says to serve at 40 degrees F, and I agree. As it warmed up, the sour became more prominent, overpowering the apricot, and it didn't have the same smooth balance.

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

vintage 2008

pours a nice light orange and straw yellow with a quick fizzy head.

very malty with tons of bread and biscuit with a nice funk. light apricots.

apricots and LOTS of them. i was shocked at how well this held up over two years. the apricot flavor dominated. not nearly as sour as i had hope or expected but thats ok. a nice barn yard funk crept behind the apricots but really held back.

nice moderate carbonation, light body, drinks easy.

this was amazing, blew away my expectations. flavors kept interest.

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Photo of PHBoiler
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The nose has some light apricot smell. Very fresh smelling and bright. Some lemony tartness on the nose as well. The beer is a hazy peach color and reminds of apricots. The taste is like a fresh unripened apricot. After having other Cascade offerings, I was expecting a bit more apricot flavor to shine through. It was quite acidic, but the finish was nice, unripened apricot.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got at Total Wine Jax, FL

Appearance: orange amberish color body with zero head retention and pured extremely fizzy

Smell: tart apricots. like a fruit roll up

Taste: very much like it smells. Very fruity and more on the sour side then the Kriek. Webite site says tripel. But it's a sour fruit beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium light body

Drinkability: solid fruit beer and good beer for someone lookign to get into sours.

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

This beer pours a clear honey colored with a one finger off-white head. Nice head retention - certainly more than I had anticipated in a lambic. Nose is drenched in apricot with a bit of a boozy smell, and the sourness definitely comes through. Taste is apricot mixed with a sourness that balances well. Nose would lead you to believe that the taste would be much more sweet. There is a pretty sweet finish to this, but doesn't leve much of an aftertaste. Mouthfeel is reminiscent of wine, but the carbonation in here definitely gives you the beer feel. VERY dry finish, and I liked it for this beer. This is an outstanding fruit beer. Not my style to sit with for an evening - but definitely one that could be enjoyed with friends.

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Photo of Damian
4.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Drank from a 750 ml/1 pt., 9.4 fl. oz. corked and caged bottle purchased at Liquor World, Cambridge, MA
Served in a tulip
2011 Project

Hazy, glowing, straw-peach colored. The liquid was topped by a three-finger, tight, bubbly, bright white head that slowly faded to a thin, lasting film. Streaks of drippy lacing trickled down the sides of the glass.

The nose was intense and quite complex. Belgian yeast notes came through strong. Dry and spicy with indications of clove and coriander. Good dose of Bretty tartness. Intense white wine (Chardonnay) notes. Touch of must and horse blanket. A hint of fruity sweetness lent some balance.

The flavor profile was similar to the aroma and but less funky. Quite dry and tart, yet balanced and remarkably complex. Subtle, fruity peach and/or apricot-like notes appeared on the front end and offered a fleeting semi-sweetness. Tart flavors took over in the center. Lemon peel. Strong Brett notes. Lots of white wine. The beer was incredibly vinous. Spicy with notes of clove and coriander. The crisp, snappy finish was super tart and dry. Noticeably acidic and somewhat comparable to apple cider vinegar.

The beer was medium-light bodied for the style with a fine yet spritzy effervescence. A soft and fluffy burst of carbonation hit my palate on the first few sips. The carbonation subsided with time, resulting in a softer and smoother mouthfeel.

The combination of twelve months in oak followed by ten months on apricots did wonders for this fruit flavored sour ale. Not only was it complex and remarkably unique, but also incredibly refreshing and drinkable. This was well worth the steep price of admission and would make a fantastic warm weather treat. If I have the opportunity to sample this again, I would love to try a fresher bottle to see if the apricot flavor is more apparent.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage

Appearance - Pours a cloudy amber into my RR tulip. About a finger of head is achieved which quickly dissipates leaving decent lacing.

Smell - Well I'll be damned...for so many beers that have a fruit in their label then smell nothing like it, this beer most certainly has a heavy apricot nose. Reminds me of the dried Trader Joe's apricots I love to eat. After the initial apricot wave there is some great barnyard funk, slight other citrus flavors such as green apples, and oddly, a bubble gum aroma (honestly very similar to Bazooka Joe). Overall, it smells like a candy treat ready to be consumed.

Taste - Damn...this beer is full of trickery! No joke, the first split second I get a heavy sweet apricot taste which instantaneously gives way to a punch you in your face, mouth puckering, sour/barnyard funk flavor. Incredibly tart midway through but then as fast as it starts it finishes, with the end notes being more on the sweet/dry side. This is my first Cascade sour and I must say, there are abundant flavors, funk, tartness, and dryness that is making this beer quite amazing. I really do enjoy the fact that the beer tastes as it is stated on the label (i.e. apricots).

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, a bit creamy, a decent amount of carbonation that prickles the tongue, and finishes a hint dry.

Drinkability - Quite so. For a Lambic/sour, this is quite enjoyable and at such a high ABV I can't taste even a hint of the alcohol. I am glad I opened this up tonight to enjoy on such a great, cool summer night in Southern California. Better than I expected, and I will pick this up if I run into it in the future. Can't wait to try the other Sour I picked up from Cascade.

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The aroma and taste of this beer set it it apart from any sour I've had. The apricot especially come through in the aroma. First sip is not overly tart, but it gains in strength as the beer sits.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

" It is a wild ale and we have a wild ale tasting coming up right?"

A:Really clear amber color with one finger of white head. Visible carbonation. Nice lacing.

S: Fresh cut apricots. Very sweet smelling. Vibrant apricots. Amazing really.

T: Little bit of funk. Nice apricot taste. Not that complex but when the beer smells like an apricot tree who cares?

M:Very nice. Medium side of light. Well carbonated.

D: No hint of the 9% at all. I have drank a few of their beers now and either they are lying or masters of making super drinkable big beers.

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Photo of bashiba
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened up to a slow gush, looks infected, hope not. Its a 2009 also.
Poured a nice deep copper color with a thick and creamy white head, nice retention and good lacing.

The smell is very sour, almost a malt vinegar quality, very nice.

The flavor is dominated by the big sour flavors with and underlying tropical fruit quality, I get more pineapple than apricot, but it might be that the apricot has dropped out a bit due to age, the flavors gel incredibly well non the less.

The mouthfeel is light and a bit oily.

Very nice Flanders Style Sour.

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Cascade Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 288 ratings.
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