Apricot Ale | Columbus Brewing Company

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Apricot AleApricot Ale

Brewed by:
Columbus Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Dogbrick on 09-20-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 31
Reviews by corey0212:
Photo of corey0212
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from csmiley!

Pours a very slightly hazy golden color, sturdy white head fades slowly into a foamy layer on top of the beer, small patches of lacing on the glass. Bit of a sour/tartness on the nose, almost candy-like, and a slightly wheaty aroma as well. Taste is pretty nice, slight sweetness from the apricot, nothing overbearing, slight lemony characteristics, grainy flavors on the finish. Medium-bodied, really refreshing, and something that you'd want to drink a few of on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Osiris9588
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I sampled this in a tasting flight at the brewery, about 3oz worth. It was a muted golden color, darkened by peach overtones. The smell was dominated by apricot and some fruity sugar.

The taste is really dominated by apricot, but not too sugary, more of a dried apricot character, accompanied by warm malt and melon overtones. The mouth is medium-bodies, light and sparkling with sugar on front, then dries out on the back palate.

A very drinkable fruit beer--not too sugary and rather well-balanced.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Is copper orange in color with a nice orange cream hued fluffy head leaving about two fingers of head space, while the lacing is clinging to the sides of my pint this beer looks excellent. Aroma: Smell is incredible natural smelling apricot tones this one smells very nice, I am impressed not overly cloying and no off tones to boot. Very natural smells like apricot juice, good stuff. Taste: The apricot flavor plays the forefront very nicely with solid grainy tones rolling through, a bit spritzy for me but overall solid and I could picture drinking more of these than both Magic Hat #9 or Pyramid's Apricot ale. Soft effervescence comes billowing through each sip a bit of hop bittereness in the finish this one agrees with my tastebuds. Allow me to thank fellow BA, beergeek279 for the sample. Mouthfeel: Is light to medium in body with a spritzy carbonation not bad or cloying in anyway going down I am happy with this selection. Drinkability: Best part here is the apricot flavor only imparts upon the overall beer, doesn't bring any overkill of apricot syrup tones. It does the trick for fulfilling a decent fruit beer with drinkability, for once. I am by no means a fan of most fruit brews but this one catches my fancy, thanks again Bill.

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Photo of prototypic
3.11/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Apricot Ale is mostly clear and copper in color. Actually, it looks quite a bit apricot in color. It's topped with a really nice vanilla colored head that's over a couple of fingers deep. Retention is very good. Took quite a while to completely dissipate. Lacing was much thicker than expected.

The nose is a little weak. It is very fruity and a little sweet smelling. Apricots are apparent. Smells quite peachy too. Perhaps there's a thin line between the two. Earth and grainy notes are present. Hops are noted, but aren't very strong. They smell mostly floral. I'm actually surprised to pick them up at all. That wraps it up. It's not bad, but it's not quite good either. Average sums it up well.

The flavor isn't really any better. It is fruity throughout. Apricot and peach flavors are fairly strong. It's interesting in that it's not very sweet. That's surprising given the fruit and the amount of caramel and pale malt that's here. Those flavors are apparent, but it's still not sweet. Honestly it needs to be a little sweeter to work. There is a decent hop presence that gives it a lightly bitter and spicy edge. That's probably enough to drive to average. It's grainy and a little earthy. Alcohol is blended well. It finishes fruity and a little spicy.

Apricot Ale has a light body that leans medium. It's not quite smooth, but close. Carbonation is restrained, but the spicy finish seems to confuse the feel a little. Easily above average. Drinkability is very average for me. The flavor's very average and I'm struggling through a single bottle. I've had this stuff before and don't really like it. That's not changing today obviously.

Apricot Ale is probably a little above average as a whole. It's easily Columbus Brewing's worst beer. To be fair, there aren't many good fruit beers out there. That's a difficult task to master. This effort is far from a standout. The apricot flavor just isn't very good and really needs a sweeter flavor to even have a chance at succeeding. I'd suggest skipping this one if you make a trip to Columbus Brewing Company. They have a few beers that are substantially better than this one. Well, now that I think about it...all of them are.

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Photo of profzoom
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Trying this brew finally completes my sampling of all of the bottled offerings of my local microbrewery. It pours a orangish golden color with a thin head. The smell is quite nice - sweet and apricot-like. The taste is interesting. There's definitely an apricot presence, combined with a hoppy bitterness but a somewhat watery base to it all. Somewhat of a letdown after the very nice scent. All in all a decent beer, but not something I'm likely to be picking up again.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

hazy, murky pale golden amber. Lots of suspension left no doubt in your mind that this one was an unfiltered one. A good two inch plus head formed at the top almost immediately and had a decent, but not long retention to it.

Very strong, almost pungent smell coming off of this one from the very beginning. The first whiff was ridiculously sweet with the smell of, what would you expect, apricots. Very fresh and full aroma. . Very very strong flavor of apricot pretty much overpowered anything else that was to be found inside of it for a good long time. It was a very sweet flavor as well, lots of, and I can not stress that enough, lots of apricot! The nice unfiltered wheat defiantly came through as well, but I would consider this to be way more a fruit brew then a Hefe, it was just overpowering in its approach.

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Photo of selecter70
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Flavored beers, like coffee, are always somewhat scrutinized at first, and with good cause. There is always the fear that flavor shots of syrup are simply added to a lackluster brew. Relief is always a good thing and it came here, even with my trust of Columbus Brewery. The ale poured out a clear yellow to medium honey color, which worried me a bit. The foamy head looked like it go either way, all soapy fluff or a nice aroma embracing head. In this case, the head won out and retained throughout with nice white lace. The aroma as one can imagine, was of apricot, but not in a sickly sweet way. Rather, a mild smell with hints of lemon & honey. This worked well upon sipping although the malts came through with a little tacky mouth-feel & taste. A good apricot beer for certain, but not an ale I'd kick back with regularly.

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Photo of dren
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden orange with a slight head just like the pale ale pours. Really this beer resembles the pale ale with apricot flavor up front. The beer smells of apricots and other sweet scents. The first taste is the apricot but then it passes and your are left with a finish just like the pale ale. This is suprising but refreshing also. Two beers for one! There is just enough apricot to please but not too much to make you sick of it half way through. I could put back a few of these in a night. Not sure if I would get sick of it after a 6 pack or not, but none the less it is a pretty quality beer. Can't go wrong here. Better than expected, especially with this being a fruit beer.

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Photo of xzqrut
4.09/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Visited the Columbus Brewing Company the other day and had this beer on tap. Poured out a light gold, with slight orange tint. What little head there was did not stick around, minimal lacing. The beer gave off a nice malt smell, with a not too overpowering apricot. Excellent taste with this beer, not too overpowering for fruit beer, a nice blend of the sweet and bitter. Mouthfeel light and crisp, with carbonation, about what you might expect. Overall it was very drinkable, quite good.

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Photo of hopdog
2.98/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle acquired in trade with OhioDad (thanks!).

Poured a medium and hazy amber color with a large (4.5 finger) off white head. Aromas of apricots and wet grass. Tastes of lighter apricots, light caramel, and some hops. Lightly tart and lightly sweet. Thin and watery body.

Notes from: 6/28/05

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Photo of ndekke39
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Split a 12 oz. bottle with my brothers. No freshness date on it. When poured, it looked definitely like apple juice - that clear, golden color. Very small head. Smells mainly of soft apricot. Taste is a nice balance of apricot and hops. Very smooth. It occurs to me again that apricot is a wonderful fruit for brewing. Tiny bubbles of carbonation. Easily drinkable beer, light and refreshing.

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Photo of number1bum
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pop of the cap reveals a big hiss of carbonation, and unsurprisingly it's a foamer on the pour. Pours a clear light orange golden color with a chunky, fizzy off white head on top. Good clarity, lots of bubbles racing to the top, and decent retention.

Smell is very pure, authentic apricot. Pretty nice really. It's mildly sweet with a hint of tartness.

The taste also has prominent and pretty tasty apricot, but it's also a little off. The bottle notes that this is made with apricot flavoring, and based on the flavor I'm thinking it's an extract. There's an earthy sort of bitterness, and a musty flavor, or maybe it's wet cardboard. Whatever it is it's rough around the edges, although the apricot flavor is nice.

This one is a light - medium body with a spritzy carbonation. The carbonation isn't surprising given the way it poured but I wish it were softer.

This is an entirely decent fruit beer, which is not a style I am inclined to drink with any regularity, but this one ain't half bad.

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Photo of Jayli
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired this from csmiley via Review This! BIF so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!

A: This beer pours a hazy deep honey color/light burnt orange with a one finger of white sudsy head. Head recedes almost rapidly leaving no lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is strong apricot and pale malts

T: Taste is well, it is inline with the nose. Taste is major apricot on the forefront, a touch overbearing before giving way to the pale malts. Finish is slightly orange peel and a bit of tangerine. As you let the afetertaste rest on your tongue, it is ALL orange peel.

M: Light body, moderate to high carbonation, crisp and clean body to this one.

D: Slightly overbearing on the fruit side of things. Overall not a bad beer....IMO, Magic Hat #9 is more balanced with fruit and malts where this is far more fruitier. It's a decent beer, and highly drinkable, but a few of these can go down easily (if you like the style).

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Photo of joepais
3.06/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Csmiley for sending this one out to me.
Poured into a Sam Adams pint glass it produced a finger worth of white head that settled to a thin lace. The body of the brew was a apricot color how appropriate. It had aroma of apricot and flavors of apricot that's about it for this brew. Oh ya good carbonation and light in the mouth.

Now I am not to keen on extract added fruit craft beers. Use the real thing brewers please it is much better, and more in the sprit of a craft product. Ok enough of a rant

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
2.98/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The nose on this beer really threw me for a loop. I kept going back to it to try to come up with another impression other than my initial reaction. I finally gave in and concluded that the aroma was of sulphur. There's simply no other way to describe it. But wait! Though the nose was offputting, the taste was not all that bad. The flavor has a flowery sense to it, but this is not as negative as might be thought. The flavor overall is kind of pleasant as a novelty. The beer does finish in the very end as a light apricot nectar. Not bad. The appearance is fairly poor, showing a light orangish amber with a minimal white head and no lacing. Definitely a beer that needs a companion food dish in order to be enjoyable.

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Photo of rorjets
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of beernut7
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very mildly flavored fruit ale. Light amber color and a lightly spicy sweet aroma. The flavor is well-balanced between a sharper hop profile and a malty presence with just a hint of apricotthrough the finish. Very much like Magic Hat #9 with a more aggressive bitterness.

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Photo of mikepcarney
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Bagman007
4.32/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Golden copper coloring when poured. Not much head either. Doesn't stay on the side of the glass.

S- You can definitely smell the apricots, but it is not overpowering at all. Can't really smell the malts or hops.

T- Outstanding fruit beer. Sweet apricot flavor without being overpowering. I give this a slight edge in taste over Pyramid Apricot Ale because I feel that Pyramid is too overpowering, but this is just right.

M- Goes down smoothly and not bitter at all. Not too sugary at all.

D- One of the most drinkable fruit beers out there. Definitely a must try for fans of this type of beer.

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Photo of genog
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours from the bottle a golden color with a slight, white head. Smell was just as the title indicates with little else left in the aroma. The taste is sweet, but not as overpowering as something like #9 or other fruity beers. The carbonation is present and the malt balance makes this a better drink than others in this "category". But then again I might be biased living so close to this hometown brewery.

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Photo of jharkins07
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of giblet
3.14/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

i hate to review this brew cuz i love columbus brewing. on the other hand i can cuz i am not a big fan of fruit beers. this is not bad. i bought a sixer and the first poured ok. no head. decent carbonation and some lace. a little strong on the apricot flavor but not syrupy like the lable claims. ok if you like fruity beers. the only thing is it says it has a nice hop finish...nah. hot a hop in the lot.

suckem up and movem out.


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Photo of MDekker
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'm always a little apprehensive about fruit ales, but here goes...

After splitting this 3 ways with two of my brothers, my small glass looks like, well, foamy apple juice. Very translucent. And it smells like...APRICOT! And more apricot! Not many notes of anything all that beer-like. At least it's not offensive. The taste starts out very sweet and fruity as well, but has a decent bitter finish to balance the apricot. Nothing remarkable, either good or bad, in the mouth, and this is a mostly drinkable beer. The fruit flavor lingers for a while and gets old, but it's tolerable.

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Photo of timmlimestone
4.43/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I am not a fan of apricot ales too often. This one is great. I love the quickness with which it warmed me on a cold November day. When I think of Apricot Ales, I never think of Cold weather, but it had a great balance and acohol tinge that helped to drive it forward.

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Photo of beergeek279
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served as a sample (from the bottle) at Columbus Brewing. The color was golden, with a good head. The smell was a very slight apricot. The taste was fairly fruity sweet...a bit stronger than a #9, but not nearly as sweet as most other fruit beers...seemed well-balanced. Mouthfeel was smooth. As for drinkability, since it's not cloyingly sweet, could have a few of them.

A nice little fruit beer from Columbus. Thank you to the Saturday night bartender at CBC for the bottle sample...most appreciated. I actually did buy a 6 pack of this one, and I imagine I'll enjoy the beer as a nice little refresher during the lapsing days of November Indian summer.

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