Apricot Sour
Avery Brewing Company

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Sour - Fruited Kettle Sour
Ranked #174
Ranked #3,056
4.18 | pDev: 8.13%
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Notes: Bushels of juicy apricots and bright bursts of barrel-aged tartness are seamlessly infused to cultivate this deliciously distinctive and succulent sour ale.
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jimmah120 from Minnesota

4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This one is for Dad and my boy Grizz. It's Memorial Day and I'll see you two warriors on the other side

This beer pours up with very little head, but it is very lively with carbonation. Tons of rising bubbles, even after all this time. Lots of suspended sediment of all shapes and sizes. Slight apple cider vinegar on the nose - but it's mostly pleasant fruit notes of apricot and green apple. It tastes just fantastic. If the words "Apricot Sour Beer" perk you up at all, then this is for you. I couldn't imagine this being done any better. Slight barrel taste and the tart green apple meets with the apriocot and malt backing and twists around like a kaleidoscope. Finishes dry, with the apricot and barrel mixing insanely well in the aftertaste

I'm not overstating this: One of the best beers I've ever had. Perfect one to dedicate to some of the best ones I've ever known, two that I'll carry in my heart forever. Similar to how I'll always remember this beer and how fine it is. Please re-brew!

May 31, 2021
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark orange body, somewhat hazy but still transparent, with a cola-like white head that fades away to nothing. No lacing.

S - Primarily funk and minerality, a limestone core with fruity highlights.

T - Sourness is foremost, with an apricot kick, a mild core, and a sharp bright finish.

M - Very brisk carbonation, mild weight, subtle slickness.

O - Well built, a tasty and sharp sour. Delivers solidly on all cylinders but seems a bit basic.

May 25, 2020
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patre_tim from Thailand

4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Copper and slightly cloudy with loads of carbonation and a half finger of yellowish head.

Smells of funk and peaches, sour lambic quality, dried apricots, macaroni, and a hint of dust.

Sour forward brew with almost no sweetness. Apricots, lemon juice, dried apricots, macaroni and cellar.

Light feeling body with lots of carbonation. Tart, dry, acidic finish.

Got this one in Sacramento, drinking in Redding, Dec 27th, 2018. Excellent brew. A little made up in feeling in comparison to similar Belgian styles, but dry and very apricot forward.

Dec 28, 2018
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Viaduck from California

4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy burnt orange color with a head that’s smaller than Trump’s hands. Not very intense but plesant aroma of overripe fruit, honey & vinegar. Perfect balance of tart, apricot,vinegar, vanilla & barrel flavors, mild funk. Despite the lack of a head there’s enough carbonation & a smooth mouthfeel. Overall a delicious, complex & refreshing sour

Oct 14, 2018
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86sportster883 from Maryland

4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A really well done, well balanced sour with an exceptional nose that is equaled by its taste. The sweet & sour mix is well complemented by a drying finish and prickly carbonation. Was lucky enough to grab a 32oz growler while visiting the folks on SI. A true desert beer, or even an aperitif to cleanse the palate. I was almost tempted to drop a scoop of vanilla ice cream in it, but why mess with something already so good,

Aug 25, 2018
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Poured out a slightly hazy, bright golden color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of apricot, lemon and some caramel. Nice tart bite with a subtle apricot sweetness.

Jul 24, 2018
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VashonGuy from Washington

4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There's lots of apricot in this beer, just a ton. It's mildly tart, not as sour as some fruit sours. There's a yeasty component to it that's good. It's not as complex as the best fruit sours (e.g. Cascade), but it's very tasty, and a good value.

Jul 06, 2018
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augustgarage from California

3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Drie de Fonteinen tumbler.

Somewhat murky orange zest liquid with a highly active papaya whip cap; poor retention (similar to soda); no lacing.

Lush ripe apricot notes with a hint of amaretto, all beneath a tart, acidic, Brett. kissed funk.

Apricot nectar and cider vinegar on the palate. Hints of tangerine and faint cream notes emerge in the medium-dry finish. Fruit forward, though with sufficient tartness to keep the beer from becoming cloying despite the residual sweetness. Minimal "wild" notes.

Buttery mouth-feel with a fast diminishing fizz. Faint heat from the alcohol.

Pleasant apricot beer, it reminded me a bit of Lindeman's Pêche, though with a bit more complexity and a significantly higher ABV.

Jun 13, 2018
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StArnoldFan from Texas

3.77/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Got this on sale at HEB for $7. Pretty good deal considering I think most Avery bombers are $15+.

Pretty average, glad I didn’t pay a premium. Doesn’t hold a candle to the Jester King Fen Tao or Ranger Creeks small batch #11 apricot sour I have had in the past.

Jun 07, 2018
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22oz bottle into glass. Neck of bottle is stamped 'BOTTLED 1.26.17'.
Murky apricot orange colored body. Fizzy head quickly dissipates, with partial ring fed by rising bubbles. No lacing.
Apricot aroma, with sour note. Oak barrel is also present.
Sour apricot taste. Sweetness from the juicy apricots, also has oak barrel vinous aspect. Funky yeast comes in late.
Medium mouth feel, with lots of dryness keeping the taste profile short.
Tasty sour ale with sweet/sour apricots, oak barrel, and funky yeast combo. Dry and delicious. Not overly complex but well done.

Mar 04, 2018
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 ounce Prowler bought at Liquor Shed in Casper.

Colour of the beer is like the fruit, small head of foam that dissipates quickly, no lacing.

Sour apricot smell with some oak notes that imply wood. Got my attention.

Yep, woody barrel notes to go with the tasty sour apricot flavour. For a sour fruit specific wild ale, this nails it.

Barely creeps into medium bodied, fairly light level of carbonation, Avery did, imho, a fine job with this fruity sour. As they usually do. Tip of the hat.

Dec 29, 2017
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled 1/26/17, so over 10 months old.

Cloudy bordering on murky burnt orange/apricot colored body. Small fizzy head which quickly disappears, though there is a fair amount of carbonation.

Even manages to smell tart & sour, and a little fruity.

As the nose suggests, tart, sour, and fruity taste to it. Not sure I can pick out the apricot here, but it's still a decent drink.

Medium on the mouth, mouth puckering on the finish.

Overall, an okay drink, glad I got to try it. But not something I would seek out too often. A 12oz would have suited me better I think.

Dec 08, 2017
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amber with ruby highlights and fairly murky in complexion. No head. I smell apricots and a light dose of Brettanomyces. The Brettanomyces is stronger than the delicate apricot flavor and this is fairly tart overall. The mouth is very carbonated, acidic, and dry, but a bit more smooth than you would expect due to the oak aging.

Nov 11, 2017
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another awesome find in Avery's $10 bomber crowd. Although once I said that, I noticed they were quickly gone from the Winco I was purchasing them at. Bummer. Anyways, this is my favorite of the bunch. Pours a mildly hazy kind of golden/apricot color with a thin 1/4" white head. Nice tart apricot dominating aroma, dry skin, dry wood kind of vibe. Very sour aroma.

Taste was also very sour, apricot is so good and easy, this is right up there with the Filmishmish/Cascade/Rare Barrel level apricot wilds, but half as expensive. Clean no funk frills going on here, the sour level is up there, the fruit level is too. Its not Fou Fune level complexity by any means, but it is a totally respectable juicy banger. Cost effective and a supermarket shelfie, thank you very much!

Oct 05, 2017
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy apricot nectar color with a big head that fritters away quickly; minimal lacing

Smell: Apricot fruit, lemon and oak and acetic tones

Taste: Acetic from the outset with slight lactic tones forward, the lemon leads and blends into the apricot flavors; oaky and dry, through the middle, with the acetic sourness re-emerging in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low to moderate carbonation; puckery

Overall: Not among the more complex sours Avery has produced, this is still a very good beer that delivers the goods at an attractive price point

Oct 05, 2017
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sample from a bottle at beer meets wood. Hazy peach color with a thin white head. Lots of apricot in the flavor and nose as well as plenty of earthy tart to counter. Nice sour.

Sep 30, 2017
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

-Aged in oak.

A: A beautiful rustic-orange pour produces a quickly diminishing head with a very loud audible carbonation, an almost soda-pop like fizz. Tons of macro-bubbles make the glass dance, the head lapses before any coloring or texture could be observed, to a polished surface and clean glass dressing. A strong steady rise of carbonation ensures throughout the course of the entire drink, never letting up. A small amount of floaties could be observed near end of glass.

S: Tart apricots, sour citrus-orange is first impresssion, with some dank, mildewy fruit and greenery. There is a noticeable funky yeastiness that is hard to describe at times, wet grains, dank greenery, berries, and a touch of vinyl.

T: Tart apicots are fore-front for flavor. Yeastiness funk, tart citrus-fruit, nice puckering level of sourness that is very respectable. Dank greenery and briary notes are very clean with some sour lemon and dank grains. Wildflowers and oranges, (most likely from the apricots rather yeastiness) has a nice presence. The oak influence is fresh wood, rather then aged, and is more subtle. The apricots are the main focus here, with a nice sour twang delivering throughout.

M: Bubbly activity, slick and slippery texture with a nice medium fullness. Tart and acidic, sharp apricots twang with some background lemon sourness off the swallow.

T: Very nice level of sourness overall, I am particular to apricots in my sours above all else, so I enjoyed this by flavor as well style. Lemony-apricot twang, clean sourness, nice level of intensity and definitely worth a try. Will not let down the dedicated hard-core fan, and will not turn off or offend first time tasters, as this is overall very acceptable and drinkable for a mast spectrum. Outstanding flavor, and suitable for single consumption, (some sours are hard to tackle alone in bomber form) make this a very good recommend.

Sep 26, 2017
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SpeedwayJim from New York

3.47/5  rDev -17%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz. foiled bottle into a Surly teku. Shared with schen9303.

Not a great looking beer. Nose is pungent tart apricot and sweet vinegar. Puckering. Beer opens intensely tart. Puckering and fleshy. Apricot pit, peel and meat are all detectable. There's even a bit of juicy sweetness mixed in. I'd hardly call this balanced though. Acidic on the finish with a biting tartness. Body is light to medium with ample carbonation. Prickly and foamy on the palate and crisp and puckering going down. Same finish.

Solid. Could use a touch more fruit presence to balance out the intense tartness.

Aug 17, 2017
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BeerDawgs from Georgia

4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L - Golden/ orange with no clarity, 1/2 a finger of head , and some minor lacing left on top of the brew. Gorgeous

S - Pear, apricot, fruit juice, and sourness

T - Like the aroma, lots of fruit juices and finishes dry and sour. Very tasty!

F - Light body and well carbonated.

O - Another tasty sour side project from Avery. Great as usual.

Aug 06, 2017
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metter98 from New York

4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Draught 55, New York, NY

A: The beer is very hazy yellow in color with some orange hues. It poured with just a collar of white bubbles around the edge of the glass—eventually this nearly completely faded away.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of apricots are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has strong flavors of apricots along with notes of sourness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and somewhat tart on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This probably has the most apricots that I've ever gotten in the smell or taste of any one beer. It was all about the fruit and not overly sour.

Serving type: on-tap

Jul 27, 2017
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Grackos from Florida

4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Looks dark orange. Hazy and beautiful.

Smells of apricot and peaches.

Tastes like it smells. Strong apricot and peach flavor, sweet with some bitterness. Delicious.

Goes down smoothly. The head disappeaes fast. Doesn't matter.

This is one of the best sours I've had. Highly recommended.

Jul 27, 2017
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Peach, apricot, white grapes, white wine, lemon, lime and oak. Very dry finish. Nice level of sweetness and tartness. Easy drinking and approachable. Pretty good.

Jul 14, 2017
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Damian from Massachusetts

4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Drank from a 1 pint 6 fl oz bottle purchased at Pemberton Farms, Cambridge, MA
Served in a tulip

Nearly opaque, dark burnished orange appearance. The liquid was topped by a thin white film of bubbles that fizzled away in mere seconds. No lacing whatsoever.

The aroma was amazingly apricot forward. This literally smelled like apricot nectar. Super punchy and sweet. Almost a touch sugary. Flawless in its simplicity.

The flavor profile was solid but drastically different from the nose. It was super crisp, tart and acidic. Bit of crackery malt and fruity sweetness on the front end. I might guess peach or apricot. The sourness intensified as the beer moved along the palate. Really bretty, lemony and acidic in the center. The tartness crescendoed on the finish. Loads of vinegar-like acidity. The barrel notes were practically nonexistent however. A hint of apricot lingered after the swallow.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied and contained a fine and fairly subtle effervescence. Somewhat creamy and frothy on the palate. By the drink's end, I could feel the acids in the beer stripping the enamel from my teeth.

Apricot Sour, as its name suggests, is an intensely sour and acidic wild ale. While the apricot was very present in the nose, it was surprisingly subtle in the flavor. This wild ale should probably be reserved for only more hardcore sour beer lovers.

Jun 23, 2017
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bnes09 from Illinois

4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pure orange color with slight haze. Minimal head. Fresh, ripe apricot aroma. Flavor is somewhat one dimensional. Great apricot character and pleasant acid. Minimal funk or wood character to enjoy. Moderate body and nice carbonation. Dry finish.

Jun 14, 2017
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von_kaiser from Connecticut

4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Getting a lot of oak..then apricots and funk on the scent. Peachy flavor, very tart and very dry. Extremely tasty and tart brew. Fits the bill on the style. Would def have again.

May 20, 2017
Apricot Sour from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 173 ratings