Columbus Apricot Ale | Columbus Brewing Company

Columbus Apricot AleColumbus Apricot Ale
34 Ratings
Columbus Apricot AleColumbus Apricot Ale

Brewed by:
Columbus Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Dogbrick on 09-20-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bright ripe apricot with enough fine particulates in suspended animation to appear hazy. The head is whipping cream white in color, nicely firm, reasonably persistent and displays a windswept mesa look as it descends. The amount of lace, while not abundant, is better than average. Fresh apricots and peaches dominate a nose that is a little more hoppy than I expected.

This is a pretty good fruit beer, all things considered. The strength of the apricot flavor is right where I'd like it to be. The beer's biggest strength is that it's a pale ale that happens to be subtly flavored with apricot, not a supersweet, intensely apricot-flavored beer a la Melbourn Bros. Apricot (which I enjoy as well).

The base beer isn't without fault. It seems to me that it could use a bit more pale malt. That would provide a sweet counterpoint to the somewhat sharp bitterness of the hops and would also fill out a too-lean body. The beer is a shade too thin in the mouth and is harshly carbonated to boot.

Columbus Apricot Ale is a pretty good effort whose faults aren't deal breakers. Fruit beers are notoriously hard to do well so I'm pleased that this beer from my former home is a more than respectable version.

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

Definitely better than Pyramid's version, as the apricot flavor is much more subdued. Very pretty orange hue and minimal head/lacing. Stong apricot in the nose that luckily does not translate much to the taste.

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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 mikepcarney
4/5  rDev +10.2%

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 nrbw23
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a golden orange with a white head. Head has pretty much no retention, but leaves some lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Smell is fairly sweet, a bit of funk (not really in a bret or sour way though), apricot, oranges and wheat. No hops.

T- Tasted again is sweet, tons of apricots, bready malts in here. No hops seem to be here.

M- Lighter side of medium and carbonation.

D- I'm just not a huge fan of this one. Nothing terrible nor great. Kind of reminds me of Magic Hat #9.

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Photo of rorjets
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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 MbpBugeye
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is the last of the current normal selection of beers from CBC that I have not yet had. I picked up a 6-pack and took it outside in the nice weather.

A- A 2 finger fluffy white head rises up and fades to a thick film. Plenty of lacing. The beer is a nice shade of amber. It is semi clear.

S- Weak on the nose. Im not really letting this get too warm (this beer is really nice and refreshing when its right out of the fridge). The apricots are apparent on the nose though. Its nice and juicy smelling.

T- It starts out tasting pretty much like any normal APA with bready and caramelly malts, but the finish is loaded with juicy apricots and citrusy and floral hops. The apricots arent overbearing or too sweet and syrupy. They lend a nice, summertime refreshment to this beer.

M- Medium body, medium carbonation. Feels and finishes pretty slick and almost slimey.

D- This is a really nice warm weather beer. I would have no problem drinking this again.

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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 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 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 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 aaronh
1.96/5  rDev -46%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Bright orange-copper color with a modest off-white head. The head fades rather quickly to a spattering of foam. The aroma smells very much like dried apricots, and not much else. The taste is like dried apricots coated with a rubbing alcohol residue. Very bitter, yet very light. Seems like a ton of fusels in there. Take a big gulp with less air, and the flavor is a little better. Mouthfeel is thin, drinkability is poor. A thoughtful offering from a local BA (brought to me during one of our occasional trades), but one that seems to need a bit more thought by Columbus brewing. Ack!

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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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Photo of chilidog
4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up, while the CBC was closed, I was able to grab a six to go. We were to early.
Once home the beer poured a good looking orange-copper color with a good steady eggshell colored head. Carbonation is medium, so the bubbles tend to be air-like but they don't run and hide. Instead they let a nice apricot aroma float toward the nose. The aroma is of dried apricots and greets you at first pour. Some lace is left. The taste dose carry some apricot but not as strong. The taste overall is alittle bitter though the hop and a sweet malt seem to be well balanced. The mouth is left tart. I think the beer is very drinkable as a "snack beer". It also isn't bad to cook with for the aroma. I will buy thisone again.

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Photo of Risser09
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Orange/golden brown beer with white head that vanishes quickly. Some lacing on the sides of the glass. No apparent carbonation from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Sweet, and slightly funky smell of the beer is pleasant. Orange peel, wheat, floral. Pleasant

Taste: Sweet and full of apricots. There is a sourness/tartness that would be outstanding with the pairing of some brettamyces. What a beer this COULD be. I like the nice dried apricot weird/funky flavor that the finish brings on. Nice malt profile but no awareness of hops.

Mouthfeel: Smoothe in the beginning and then eventually drying. Abrasive finish isn’t cloying and begs to drink on. No sign of alcohol.

Drinkability: A nice summer session beer that I might get a growler of. Lookout DFH Aprihop.

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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 blakesell
4.27/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap into a tasting glass.

Appearance- Beer pours yellow and clear again with less head than the wheat, lacing still rings the glass and doesn't cling as much on the glass.

Smell- Apricot thick in the scent with light malts. No hints of hops, lightly perfumey but I would guess that's the apricot or the yeast.

Taste- Rich and sweet apricot with a good malty sweetness that lingers and leaves me wanting another sip. Very balanced. Refreshing, and just about everything else you would want an apricot ale to be. Much better than a #9 that will remain nameless.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, smooth, refreshing, medium-light bodied, evenly carbonated and effervescent.

Drinkability- This fruit beer may not always be my cup of tea, but I must admit this is a damn fine fruit 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 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 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 jharkins07
4/5  rDev +10.2%

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