Harper I (w/Apricots)
Proclamation Ale Company

Harper I (w/Apricots)Harper I (w/Apricots)
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Wild Ale
4.37 | pDev: 7.32%
Proclamation Ale Company
Rhode Island, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Harper I (w/Apricots)Harper I (w/Apricots)
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brother_rebus from Maine

4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

First rating was fresh bottle in 2014. Current edit and review was from same batch, but opened 12/31/16.

Clear straw gold with hint of strawberry blonde.

Smells like tart stone fruit (mild). Some oak as well. Partially earthen. The wild funk has come out which was virtually undetectable before.

Tastes similar to above. But with some citrusy taste and more sourness. More fruit.

Low carb initially. But this bottle is even lower. Not flat by any means. But its like a belgian gueuze. Subdued. Decently full body. But fades nice and pale with some flavors lingering.

Great brew. Holding up nicely.

Jan 10, 2016
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this, consumed 9/27/15

A: Pours a medium honey-orange, with some gold around the edges - small white head, quickly fades to just a few wisps, leaves a small collar and a few spots of lacing

S: Funky, sour, fruity - ripe, rich funk - tart, sharp acidity - apricot flesh and apricot juice - barnyard and some lactic, musty, damp, but again, so sharp and pungent - a musty aroma I can't quite explain - lemon and lime - some light sweetness, pale malts at the base

T: So very sour with some nice fruit - sharp, bright, tart acidity - very acidic overall - some barnyard funk and some musty, damp lactic - some earthy funk as well - the apricot flavor is great with some tart flesh and juice - light vinegar - lots of lemon, hints of lime zest, and some light grassy flavors - some pale malts and some wheat - lightly woody

M: On the light side of medium, very low carbonation, puckering sour and acidity, finishes mostly clean

O: Big sour from a little state

This is sour. More sour than the average sour. I have been quite impressed with beer from Proclamation, and this continues the trend. I imagine this would only get more complex with age.

Sep 27, 2015
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Goblinmunkey7 from Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Peachy nectarine yellow orange. Head is almost non-existent on an aggressive pour. Leaves a thin line of white collar. No lacing. Minimal carbonation. Pours almost still.

Smell: Super funky. Cheese and sweat sock. Deep apricot fruitiness. Citric and sharp. A nice undercurrent of lactic tartness as well. Malt base is light and ever so slightly sweet. A little mango. Juicy and light. A small hint of wood. A little grass and hay thrown in the back. Lemon juice and a ton of lime juice and zest. Deeply woody. Some yeast layered in the back as well.

Taste: Lime and apricot. Super citric. Bites with a sharp acidity. Big layers of oak and damp wood. Some straw and grass thrown in the back. Apricot in abundance. Hints at something like mango and old peach. Malt base is incredibly light offering some pale malt sweetness and a very slight white bread. Warhead levels of tart right from the beginning. Fades to some lemon juice. So much citric acid. A touch of nectarine as well. Moderately tropical. Slightly woody.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with minimal carbonation. Astringent without being dry. Slightly juicy.

Overall: More fruit is required - elsewhere.

This is a screamingly tart apricot sour. So much citric acid it might be a turn off for some people. In no way balanced or particularly nuanced, but it's a nice hommage to the apricot and it works.

Sep 27, 2015
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.34/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Hazy orange body. Minimal white head. Smells really nice. Lots of apricot acidity. A little funky. Taste is quite sour up front. Touch of vinegar. Apricot fruitiness. A bit of a letdown compared to the nose. Low carbonation. Medium light body. Smells much better than it tastes, but it’s pretty good.

Aug 15, 2015
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Damian from Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Drank from a 1 pint, 0.9 fl oz bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
Barreled Nov. 2014 through Jan. 2015
Served in a tulip

Cloudy, glowing straw yellow appearance. The beer was capped by a bubbly, bright white, one-finger tall crown that quickly dissolved. A thin ring of froth encircled the liquid. No lacing whatsoever.

Fantastic aroma. Dried apricots dominated. Fruity, crisp and bright. Good amount of bretty tartness. Wheaty and slightly lemony. A dry, powdery yeasty quality was noticeable as well.

The flavor profile was definitely more sharp than the nose. Loads of lemon. Quite acidic. Tart, wheaty and dry. Hint of fruity sweetness. The finish was uber sour, pithy and dry with copious amounts of lemon rind and a hint of oak. Unfortunately, no apricot came through.

The mouthfeel was very soft. Medium-thin bodied for the style. The liquid contained a super fine, mellow effervescence. The beer definitely seemed to be a bit under carbonated for the style.

Harper I (w/Apricots) is a solid beer from the folks at this new-to-Massachusetts brewery. Although not super complex or groundbreaking in terms of the flavor, this was tasty and refreshing nevertheless. A perfect beer to enjoy on a hot summer day.

Aug 05, 2015
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JamesStreet from Louisiana

3.98/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled in Jan 2015. Super funky. Some faint apricot in the nose. Brett really shines through. Lactic taste as well. A bit watery and slightly undercarbed. Overall, a nice wild, funky time.

Jul 20, 2015
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Roguer from Georgia

4.19/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy and unappealing, but that was the only aspect of this brew that disappointed. Immediately and sharply tart and sour. I didn't detect much in the way of apricots, but this was supremely enjoyable.

Another fantastic brew my Proclamation.

Jul 13, 2015
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Jslay013 from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It is going to be a sad day when others figure out how damn good this is and I won't be able to buy it as easily. Seriously, this one is right up there with Fou.

Jul 08, 2015
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.97/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Neat, a brewery from Kinsgton, RI making nice sours, wish I could get more of their beers. Shared with rudzud and kyle.

Hazy murky peach orange color, no head, chunks of fruit floating.

Nose is weird, some apricot fruit, a syrupy stone fruit, very candy like, but also a really weird musty dank earthy thing, mushroom popsicle or something.

Taste brings more stone fruit, juicy fruit, little fleshy apricot, nice apricot fruit, light tangy funk, little earthy funk, hint yeasty, mild acidity. Sticky flemmy finish, mild apricot fleshy fruit, little acidity.

Mouth is med bod, little fleshy fruit, lighter carb.

Overall pretty good, not amazing but decent. Enjoyable, esp for a no name brewery.

Jun 27, 2015
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rudzud from Massachusetts

3.97/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to JLindros for sharing.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice hazy golden hue with a thin wispy head that fades to leave thin wisps.

S - Aromas of musty basement, mushrooms, light stone fruit. Like gummy fruit candy.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, juicy apricots. Nice fruit juice, good musty skins. Lots of nice brett and yeast. Loads of musty apricot juice.

M - Mouthfeel is lowly carbonated, rather thin.

O - Overall this beer was nicely bretty and apricot fruit. Pretty neat.

Serving type: bottle

Jun 26, 2015
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gcamparone from Rhode Island

4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz bottle into a snifter. Purchased in Smithfield, RI.

Pours a golden orange pretty hazy body, some sediment, with a small white head that reduces to a ring of retention.

Big fruity aromas are apparent once you open the bottle.. definitely get the apricots upfront, funk, acidity, and a hint of cherry.

On the tongue is a huge burst of sourness - probably an 8.5 on the sour scale, very citrusy and lactic, giving away to a dry fruityness, oak, apricots and bursting tropical fruit. Aftertaste is dry as well with a slight sourness left on the tongue. Light in body but very flavorful with medium carbonation.

I was very impressed by this and should have bought a second bottle - highly recommended.

Jun 24, 2015
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cosmicevan from New York

4.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

thanks steve. nose is out of this universe. color is murky orange fizzy head. taste is apricot juice. fresh ripe apricots. one if the best apricot beers I have ever had. get this!

Apr 30, 2015
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

3.53/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle served in a Hill Farmstead taster. Pours a dull orange hue with a hazy clarity and no head. Nose expresses, apricot, brine, tangerines and a slightly medicinal quality that dissipates as the beer warms. Taste consistent with nose, but comes off a bit watered-down. Mouthfeel is light in body and slightly astringent with a bright carbonation. Overall, a good first effort at a sour from Proclamation but a bit watery and not much complexity. Perhaps there might be some improvement with age - might be a bit young.

Feb 19, 2015
Harper I (w/Apricots) from Proclamation Ale Company
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 67 ratings