Cascade Apricot Ale | Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

Cascade Apricot AleCascade Apricot Ale
BA SCORE
96%
Liked This Beer
4.34 w/ 1,747 ratings
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
Ranking:
#400
Reviews:
297
Ratings:
1,747
Liked:
1,677
Avg:
4.34/5
pDev:
8.29%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
431
Gots:
386
Trade:
37
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Ratings: 1,747 |  Reviews: 297
Photo of mattreitz49
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of markgugs
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of drummermattie02
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark peach colored pour, damn, apricot, nectarine and peach all look so cool when done well, this one, with a clean white head, looks damn near perfect. Good bitter fruit aroma, very enjoyable.

Taste, hides alcohol well, fruit appears plenty fresh, excellent sour quality to it, plenty high, but not ridiculous to overwhelm the fruit. Leans to the sour more than sweet side for sure. Doesn't have that high fructose sweetness to it that lesser lambics and fruit beers will delve into.

Carbonation keeps it from too much heft on the palate in terms of mouthfeel and aftertaste. The slight wood finish to it is never soggy, its a dry one. Did I mention that the alcohol tastes nonexistant? Pricey at $20 a bottle. But thanks to jh1982 for bringing this to March Madness 2011. Hell of a time, we drank this one before the Marquette/Syracuse game, had me worried about drinking an orange beer that it would help the Orange. No such luck! Sweet Sixteen for Marquette!

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Fresh bottle in 2012 (2011 Project). Unibroue tulip glass. Pours orange with fizzy and quickly receding head. Smell is sour vinegar with a hint of citrus and apricot (as expected). Major sour flavor from beginning to end. Very slight fruit flavor that seems mostly overpowered by the sour vinegar. Perhaps this mellows and highlights the fruit as it ages? Light bodied with high effervescent carbonation. Just was hoping for more fruit. Way overpriced at $20 a bottle for what it is, but a solid beer overall. I think I just wanted more apricot, because the dry sourness is pretty awesome. Good beer.

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

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip. This is the 2011 project.

Appearance: Pours a translucent, orange-heavy amber and leaves a couple fingers of fluffy white head that dissipates very quickly. Plenty of bubbles can be seen rushing towards the surface.

Smell: Strong apricot upfront, also a fragrant vine-like smell, which makes the aroma very interesting. Perhaps a hint of funk, but very little funk is present in the smell.

Taste: Apricot and that same vine-like, slightly perfumey fragrance show up in the taste. This is followed with a slightly acidic sour flavor: green apple, lemon and sour apricot. Finishes with some oak. The sour is fairly mild - this is a well balanced, tasty brew.

Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation with a medium body. Finishes surprisingly smooth for a sour.

Overall: Very well balanced and tasty. This is a well-crafted apricot sour. Being my first beer from Cascade, I am very impressed and will definitely seek out more from them.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.61/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a 750ml bottle into an Orval glass.

The beer pours a honey gold, apricot?, with nice carbonation. Light white, rises about three fingers and is gone right away.

The aroma is very strong tons of a sweet apricot. Its almost like honey, not a lot of tart here at all. The epitome of a fruit beer.

The taste is a little let down to me. I was expecting something that was a really nice sweet, instead its a weird carbonated juice. There is some light apricot and a hint of a sour finish, but otherwise disappointing.

A very light feel, easy to drink but kinda blah that wouldn't make me want to drink much.

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Photo of FLima
4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy orange color with a short head had that rests as a constant plate.
Nice deep sour aroma with notes of orange-lemon, sulfur, must and some funky lactic.
Quite Sour and acid taste with notes of salt (lots), lemon, apple vinegar, green apples and finishing with mild apricot. Dry and acid aftertaste.
Light towards medium body with tiny bubbles. Alcohol of 7.76% is absent.
This brew sure matured well (2011). A Sour with a delicate apricot background that is able to show intense acid and sour notes without producing awkward sensations.

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Photo of shelby415
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Rutager
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage poured into my new Cascade Barrel House snifter. Now that's some classy shit!

Appearance. Pours a hazy peach-amber with almost two fingers of thick and creamy, off-white head that lasts a long time. Beautiful.

Smell. Sweet apricots and some dank old wood with a bit of spice.

Taste. Very tart and sour, again the old wood, a little bit of apricot. Reminds me a bit of sweettarts or sour chews candies with the slightly powdery taste. Very good and very unique ....for me anyways. Really enjoying this one.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body with strong, fine carbonation. Nice stuff here.

Overall. Starts out slightly ...shocking with that aggressive sourness but man, this stuff is addictive. Really liked it.

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Photo of twelveinches
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of MSandahl23
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 750ml bottle thanks to SincereNC. Cloudy orange, almost brown. Smells quite interesting, sour yet not so fruity, not much funk either. The flavor was odd, slightly sour, slightly sweet, almost like a sweet and sour apricot candy but the apricot flavors were very, very subtle to me. At one point I thought it was a sweet pixie stick. I'd be interested to try their other bers but at $22 this would never get a repeat purchase from me. At $15 I could see myself buying this with some regularity. Craft beer prices have gotten a little too out of control these days when they are charging more than Cantillon or Drie Fonteinen for sours.

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Photo of claspada
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 bottling per the label, courtesy of mrand01 from our in person trade yesterday.

Pours a nice deep golden honey color with a thick cream colored 2 inch head on top and plenty of tiny carbonation bubbles.

Aromas begin quite lactic and acidic with plenty of fruity smells; apricot obviously but it also almost smells like peaches. I've heard apricots smell and taste like peaches when added to a beer. The sourness is def also present like fresh green unripened apples with a hint of oak barrel.

The tastes begin with sweet apricot immediately met with sour acidity. The oak and fruit provide a fair amount of tannins which dry out the beer quite a bit; pretty sour but not overly so that becomes a sipper or you need a glass of water.

The carbonation is quite high on the mouthfeel and the beer is very dry, especially on the finish, which I like in this style. Less sweet and quite dry; the way a fruity Belgian Flanders should be. Crazy high drinkability for 9.0%ABV. Not that I am going to but I could pound this if I had to; carbonation might slow me down but just saying...

Overall this is my first Cascade sour and I couldn't be happier with it; also my first apricot sour. Very enjoyable but just like all sours I will only really crave/want them on these crazy hot summer days when normal heavy beer is just undrinkable. Do I have to drink this again, no, but would I, definitely. Blows all that crap Lindemans brews way out of the water.

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Photo of dgilks
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden colour with a tiny white head. Fair head retention.

Rich fruity apricot aroma with some great peachiness. Love the rounded character and the limited sourness.

Slightly sweet with just a touch of sourness. Nice fruity character and the apricot really comes through. Stunning.

Medium light body with moderate carbonation. Puckering.

A great beer. Solid fruit flavour. Love it despite it not necessarily being the perfect example of the style.

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

Big thanks to Sliverx for sharing this bottle...

A: Pours a light cloudy yellow with orange hues. There is only a thin pure white head that fades very quickly. All that remains if a tiny ring of bubbles along the edges of the glass.

S: The nose is tart and biting, with big sour notes. I get vinegar, mild apricot, and that oh so familiar Cascade scent.

T: It starts out crisp and apricot forward, but as it heads towards the middle of the beer, it tightens up and gets really sour. That Cascade yeast and vinegar flavor is unmistakable. The finish is sour and fruit. Delicious.

M: Medium bodied beer. It's bright and pucker from start to finish. It coats the palate and dries up in the back end.

O: Very nice beer. You know it's a Cascade sour, and you know it was brewed with apricots. Can you really ask for anything more? I'd love to get me hands on a few more bottles and drink this a few times a year.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of AgentMunky
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

This smells precisely like dried apricot. Huge points for authenticity.

It tastes like fuzzy apricots. It's good. It's like...fruit juice with lactic acid.

Overall, really naturally fruity and delicious.

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Photo of threedaggers
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of kmanjohnson
3.72/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of DanGeo
3.49/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of akang
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of bobv
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Cascade Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Beer rating: 96% out of 100 with 1,747 ratings
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