A Is For Apricot
Evil Twin Brewing

A Is For ApricotA Is For Apricot
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Style:
Leipzig Gose
Ranked #118
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
90
Ranked #8,996
Avg:
4.04 | pDev: 5.69%
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
63
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Evil Twin Brewing
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Summer
Wants
  3
Gots
  10
SCORE
90
Outstanding
A Is For ApricotA Is For Apricot
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Photo of matcris
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

LOOKS: Bif=g, frothy white head. Hazy apricot with loads of bubbles rising. Bit of lacing.
AROMA: Very sweet and sulfur-like. Dried apricot, malt.
TASTE: Salty, sweet malt and apricot is there. Bit of tartness. Tastes much better than it smells.
FEEL: Well carbonated, Dries up on finish, medium thin body.
OA: Tasty, but stinky.

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matcris from Arizona, Apr 18, 2019
Photo of Sabtos
3.72/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy sunrise orange with a very thin, bubbly white blanket, this one's quite sour but still a tasty summer refresher, with flavors of apricot, orange and hints of wheat and lactic tartness via a thick body and semi-dry finish.

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Sabtos from Ohio, Sep 04, 2018
Photo of DrDemento456
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It's hard to mess up an apricot beer as long as it uses real fruit. Into a goblet.
A - Holy damn this beer explodes with a glass full of foam which baffles the mind since nobody else mentioned over carbonation. Beer itself is a semi hazy bright yellow with the foam making for great lacing.
S - Slightly sour and salts gose smells semi mild with apricot and some stone fruit.
T - Not getting much actual apricot which in my experience is very sweet. Tones of lactic sweetness, semi sour lemon rind and finish is somewhat wheaty. Not bad as an overall sour when I want sweet...
M - Crisp light somewhat watery decent gose.

Overall a sure fire cure for the sour beer need but nothing but under ripe apricot and salty sour goseness. Decent beer overall.

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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania, May 11, 2018
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3.66/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can at share. Pale yellow, relatively flat, dull pour. Big fruity nose, sweet, taste too. Kind of tart. Nice apricot flavors. Lingers for quite awhile.

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stevoj from Idaho, Mar 29, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sour like no other. This beer carries the apricot forward to add to the bitterness. Highly carbonated and has lots of pucker affect. Clean and crisp, with the kick in the rear to wake up the senses.

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Korbynlehr from Kentucky, Jan 07, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a really excellent gose, intense in the right ways, which for me are saltiness and sourness. this somehow got lost in my fridge for several months, and i have to imagine the apricot may have faded some, although i have no way of knowing now. its awesome all these evil twin beers are coming around. i like the wording on the can too, sometimes evil twin nails the social commentary as well as they do the beer! milky pale yellow in appearance, somewhat thin, but bubbly and under a pretty rising white head, looks good in my angular wine glass. the aroma is nice, slightly sweet from the fruit, but wheaty for sure, loads of fresh coriander, sharp lemon, clean lactic sourness, and heaps of mouthwatering juiciness, smells hoppy sort of too, lots of brine and minerals. excellent taste too, i love how forward the salt is, one of the saltier goses i have had in a little while, and very sour too, but its clean and dry. the apricot is an accent, nice with the floral elements in here and the coriander seed. lightly peppery, highly citrusy, but tidy and with the salt drying it out even more at the end, iron and iodine there too. really great carbonation, frothy from the wheat, and darn sour too, but i could still slam a few of these back. it would be cool if the did the whole alphabet with different adjuncts...

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.52/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a stange, the appearance was a murky pale orange to pale amber color, light transparency but not all of the way there. Some lace slid down with the sips after a fizzy and slightly bubbly head slid off pretty quick.
The aroma had some sweet apricot flesh playing with a subtle tart to sweet apricot skin then some acidic lemon quality came out. Light coriander and a touch of grassiness came out with a little bit of warmth.
The flavor was moderately tart with the sweetness from the apricot coming out fairly nice. Lemon and coriander rounded out the taste fairly well. Mild aftertaste of the apricot and coriander.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fair crisp sessionable sort of feel to it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt on par. Finish was all about the apricot.
Overall, I think I liked this more for me, but gose fans might not like this one so much as there's not much "sour-ed wheat" or any for the most part. And, it's also missing the saltiness, but honestly the more I think about it, the more I think somehow it still worked, perhaps more of an American wild ale, I guess.

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Photo of jlindros
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Batch 001 but no canning date
Bog foamy fizzy head fades quickly after hitting about 3 fingers, murky peach honey color

Nose some apricot but more like extract than fresh, little syrupy apricot preserve, light doughy wheat grassy malt, bready, touch of citrus and coriander like spice, apricot really increases as it warms

Taste starts very tart and acidic, big acidic bite, tart fruit, lemony, some apricot again sweet extract preserve like apricot, little doughy wheat and bready malt, little sticky sweet fruit syrup, hint of salt on the back end flemmy finish

Mouth is med to lighter bod, flemmy big tart acidity, fluffy carb

Overall not bad but more Berliner like with the big sour flemmy thing, less light gose, apricot was more syrupy jam than fresh fruit.

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jlindros from Massachusetts, Aug 13, 2017
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3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can, served in a snifter glass. Pours a slightly cloudy golden straw yellow body, one finger white head, good retention, lots of lacing. Smell is tart lactic acid, touch of salt, mineral and lemon peel. Not so much stone fruit. Flavour brings a bit more stone fruit than the nose does, light saltiness, minerals, a bit of lemon zest and that wheaty grain. More tart stonefruit on the finish as it warms. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, perfect for this style, good carbonation, crisp and refreshing.

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Stevedore from Wisconsin, Aug 08, 2017
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4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can into tulip glass; no can dating, but is a recent release. Pours fairly hazy pale straw/yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with god retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big tart/tangy apricot, peach, mango, melon, plum, lemon, lime, green apple, white grape, sea salt, coriander, wheat, cracker, bread dough, hay, grass, light lacto funk/pepper, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/acidic yeast, apricots, salt/spice, and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart/tangy apricot, peach, mango, melon, plum, lemon, lime, green apple, white grape, sea salt, coriander, wheat, cracker, bread dough, hay, grass, light lacto funk/pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tartness; with light yeast spiciness and fruit tang on the finish. Lingering notes of tart/tangy apricot, peach, mango, melon, plum, lemon, lime, green apple, white grape, sea salt, coriander, wheat, cracker, bread dough, hay, grass, light lacto funk/pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic yeast, apricots, salt/spice, and moderate bready malt flavors; with an awesome malt/tartness balance, and zero puckering flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from tartness and carbonation, increasing through the glass. medium-high carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, bready/grainy/acidic, and lightly saline balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is an awesome fruited Gose style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic yeast, apricots, salt/spice, and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink with the balanced tart/lactic/drying finish. Outstanding balance between fruit, Lacto, and malts; pleasant salinity/spice without going overboard. A really enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

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superspak from Michigan, Jul 22, 2017
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3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L) Pours a slightly opaque hay color with a very active head. The carbonation dissipates the head quite quickly, so it certainly does not last throughout the pint. Still a lovely looking gose.

S) The small is very crisp and acidic. Notes of stone fruit can be detected, but it is dominated by a lactic tartness that almost tickles the nostrils. Very pleasant esters can be detected as well.

T) The taste is quite pleasant and is as acidic as the nose would indicate. I wish the apricot were more foreword however, the lactic acid overshadows whatever flavor compounds are left after the apricots fermented. There is a slight hint of breadiness that plays a nice supporting role, but truth be told, it's an acid bomb. Little to no salt can be detected.

F) High carbonation. Destroys the head and lacing, but very refreshing. Not out of style guidelines.

O) Solid gose, but heavens I wish the apricot came through more.

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Dewsby from Kentucky, Jul 04, 2017
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4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer pours a pale yellow with a voluminous head. The aroma has a lot of classic lemon sourness, and a huge hit of underripe stone fruit - apricots, peaches, nectarines - with a hint of saltines crackers and brine. The flavor is mouthpuckeringly sour at first, but as it fade the ripe apricot flavor come through, and then the finish a is broad, saltine cracker malt characteristic that really mellows the whole thing out well. The mouthfeel is full for a beer so light, with a chalky quality and tame carbonation. Overall this is a really tasty sour - very intense at first, but it yields to a broader finish to give it definite moreishness.

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Czequershuus from Minnesota, Jun 30, 2017
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4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Incredibly rounded, crisp and fruity, there's something about the apricot fruit that can take an otherwise ordinary sour ale and turn it into something quite transcendent in taste. -a keen observation for the Evil Twin team.

A is for Apricot pours onto the senses with all those hallmark peachy and mango-like glories before a taste of stone fruit weaves into the malty sweetness of pulled candy, honey and sourdough. Through it all, the beer's light appearance is bubbly, billowing in foamy breadth and truly effervescent.

This rendition of the "champagne of the north" stretches across the middle palate with a fleeting sweet taste but a sharpness of fruit that spans lemon, lime, crabapple, gooseberry and yes- apricot. Dry and earthy, the stone fruit releases aspects of mango, peach and plum, all seeming of the dried and weathered variety, the ale closes with a light peppery dryness and a return of musty wheat and sourdough to a satisfying end.

Medium light in body, the beer lingers with stone fruit and citrus, but only briefly. Crisp, clean and utterly refreshing, the aftertaste is short but expels an afterthought of apricot pastry woven with dry white wine and sparkling cider.

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BEERchitect from Kentucky, Jun 25, 2017
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4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 4 pack of this at Julios for $14.99

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a nice hazy darker straw hue with a thin one finger white head that fades very quickly to leave a very thin halo.

S - Aromas of the traditional gose. Fair amount of cracked wheat, coriander, little bit of salinity. Way in the back there is some stone fruit. More dried apricot than anything.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Biiig gose notes, loads of wheat and coriander with just a little salt. As it warms though the apricot starts to come through. Starts of as dried apricots, but again as it warms it becomes more juicy and fresh. Finish is nice stone pit tartness with light flemminess.

M - Mouthfeel is fairly average for the style. Light carbonation, finish is on the flemmy side.

O - Overall this, when cold, drinks and smells like a standard no frills gose. When it warms though, really warms, the apricot pops nicely. Not de Garde level by any means, but, not awful by any means.

Serving Type: Can

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rudzud from Massachusetts, Apr 28, 2017
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4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can

Pours cloudy opaque gold with a quickly dissipating white foam head. Smells like wheat, coriander, salt, funky tart apricots, with floral earthy woody grassy pine. Tastes like sour apricots, wheat, coriander, salt, with floral earthy woody grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy and smooth with moderate high carbonation. Overall a real nice apricot gose.

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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts, Apr 26, 2017
A Is For Apricot from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 63 ratings