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Pyramid Apricot AlePyramid Apricot Ale

Brewed by:
Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
Washington, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Originally named Apricot Weizen

Added by Brent on 08-13-2001

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Photo of jrog777
3.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked a six pack up in a local supermarket beer section. Personally I am a big fan of wheat ale of any kind. This one had a nice apricot aroma and was very good. Smooth and great flavor. The carbonation was right on and the drinkability overall was above average and pretty much as expected.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
3.31/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear, bold, gold color with no head or lace. The aroma is mainly apricots with a bit of dough thrown in. It's followed by a strong apricot flavor with some malt sweetness and a faint taste of apricot wine in the finish. It has a medium mouthfeel and drinkability is only limited by the strength of the flavor which might be overpowering after one or two. Overall Audacious Apricot Ale is a good beer and very refreshing. Recommended.

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Photo of bsp77
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into tall glass.

Appearance: Hazy but bright orange with thin white head. Not much lacing.

Smell: Apricot and wheat.

Taste: Apricot and wheat. Sorry, don't know what else to say. But it is refreshing and tasty.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, relatively light body with a crisp finish.

Drinkability: Surprisingly refreshing and enjoyable, albeit simple.

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Photo of olmatty
1.82/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance-A beautiful looking beer. A cloudy apricot color, appropriately enough, with a creamy persistent white head.

Smell-Hugely aromatic. Perfumy, and cloyingly sweet apricot syrup. I can smell it from a few feet away and unfortunately I don't enjoy this smell. I wish good smelling beers had this much potency.

Taste-That aroma is baa-aack and this time it's wrapped around my tongue. Syrupy sweet, some very unpleasant flavors that are musky with a zesty, fruity apricot flavor against a pale ale background.

Mouthfeel-Creamy and palate sticking

Drinkability-I wanted to like this. But, it's simply awful to me. The fruit taste reminds me of artificial chemically produced fruit flavors and it hangs in my mouth far too long. I'm having a hard time remembering a beer this unpleasant. Someone must buy it or they wouldn't brew it, right?

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Photo of DovaliHops
2.35/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a hint of orange and small white head that disappears quickly. Scent is STRONG apricot. It smells like a fresh opened bag of dried apricots...which isn't a bad smell, just not sure how its gonna taste in beer. Trying to get other aromas, but all I really get is the apricot. Taste is initially a bit tart, then followed by TONS of apricot flavors. Theres a hint of wheat flavor, but not much else...very one-sided beer with almost zero complexity. Much more like a wine cooler. Mouthfeel is quite a bit over carbonated. Very fizzy and reminds me more of a wine cooler. Drinkability is not very high. This beer is not absolutely terrible, but I could definitely only drink one of these. I have a feeling my girlfriend would love this beer, cuz it doesn't taste like beer at all.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty orange yellow color with a hazed tint and thick soapy white head and tons of lacing. Smells of tons and tons of apricots and some wheat. Tastes a little like apricots with plenty of sweet malts and a little hops to round it out. I noticed some strong sour notes upfront as well but they seem to mellow out with each sip. To be honest it really tastes pretty much like an wit with a little hit of sourness and some faint hints of apricot. Not a bad beer, just not a ton of apricot flavor like they would have you think. Mouthfeel is medium with a high amount of carbonation. Drinkability is pretty high. I could take a six pack...

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Photo of flexabull
3.07/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a faint gold color with an ok white head.

Aromas are of apricots, and not much else. It is pleasant to smell though.

Taste is of apricots. And that's really it. Nothing more to say...

Mouthfeel is decent, full and fairly smooth.

To me there isn't much in the way of drinkability. This might as well just be alcoholic apricot drink. No beer flavors here. Some people will like it, I don't, but I can't really say its all bad. I would just rather have a beer that tastes like beer.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a light hazed yellow color. One finger white head shows light retention and caps the beer when down. Some light spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- The beer itself is kind of muted....well everything about this beer that is not apricot. Apricot is the main stay in this beer and it has a ton of main stay. I really don't smell anything else but well..the apricot.

T- Like the nose the beer is kind of just..there. Apricot dominates everything in this beer. From start to finish is apricot with a light..and I mean very light caramel malt.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Apricot is there from start to finish and only real flavor in the beer. Light alcohol drying on the palate. Crisp and clean if by clean you like apricot.

D- The beer is drinkable. That's about it. If you like apricot then you want this. If you don't like it well then I would stay away.

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Photo of avalon07
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a pale yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Below average lacing.

S: A sweet, but mild aroma of apricot, citrus, and wheat.

T: A surprisingly vibrant flavor. Apricot, wheat, peach, citrus, and malt. Nicely balanced.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slick, oily finish. Light-bodied.

D: As fruit beers go, this one pretty drinkable.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pour a moderate golden color with a bit of apricot (surprise!) coloring. White head and some mild lacing. The nose is light apricot and peach and light grain. The taste is very slight wheat and a bit of apricot. The feel is light with good carbonation. Overall, there really isn't too much to this other than light fruit, but it drinks well, especially in the warmer months.

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Photo of gkunkle
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden color color with a 1 finger white head. The head remains for a short while, then recedes to a thin foam on top of the beer. Smells simply of Apricots and Wheat. The taste starts with the apricot, then you taste the wheat and almost has a sour finish. This beer is sweet, but not in a sugary syrup way. Some of that sweetness comes right from the wheat. Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation. Overall, pretty drinkable beer, I'd like to try more fruit beers before I come back to this, but I'd consider it.

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Photo of katybee
3.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is my review of Pyramid Breweries unfiltered wheat Apricot Ale. I'm not sure if this is the correct title. I purchased this in a six-pack from a grocery store, and it has an orange label.

Having tried several other hefweisen style beers, I would find this comparable to Blue Moon, except that here apricot flavor replaces the citrus hops.

appearance is slightly murky straw yellow, as is classic for wheat beers. Moderate 1/4" foam head, somewhat long-lasting larger bubbles.

the smell is not excessive, barely noticeable, but not obtrusive, either.

taste is not overly pungent. The apricot flavor is not sweet like peaches, but dry, and I found it less bitter than the citrusy hefeweisens, yet similar. There is a slight residual aftertaste of the apricot, and I wish it didn't seem quite so artificial. Yet it's relatively complimentary, and not excessive, like a raspberry flavored beer and definitely nothing as sweet as a soda-like lambic. Yet somewhat ordinary construction.

Average mouthfeel for a hefeweissen...a little cloudier than a bud, but not rich and creamy like a stout...moderate to prickly carbonation.

To me the drinkability was hindered by the predominence of the apricot aftertaste, which though dry, prevented resonance of hops and seemed a bit artificial. Quaffable, forgettable...but something a little different.

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Photo of argock
3.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into an oversized wine glass. Enjoy by 110910 on neck label. Purchased as part of a Pyramid Sampler 12-pack for $13.99.

A: Very orange, no doubt about that, with a quickly disappating light orange small bubbled head which leaves no lace.

S: Aroma is apricot and lightly tart wheat. Not overwhelming but strong on the fruit angle.

T: Really pretty decent although very sweet. I would drink ten of these before I would drink a Magic Hat #9. This is soda-like sweet with apricot, but the beer aspects bring a mild wheat tang as well. For what it is, it's one of the more drinkable fruit beers.

M: Light but with a little body. Overly carbonated but does not have that vegetal aftertaste a lot of apricot/fruit beers have.

D: It's the best fruit beer I've had to date, but that's not really something to write home about.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The pour is a slightly cloudy yellow color with a short lived white head.

S: The nose is just as I remember from my early beer drinking days, intensely sweet apricots without much else. The base beer is sort of bland and just serves as a medium for the apricots.

T: Apricots with some more apricots. There's really not much else going on here. As with the nose, the base beer is pretty bland and lifeless. A bit of sweet malt, but mostly just the fruit.

M: The body is fairly light with a high level of carbonation. At least it's not syrupy like a lot of fruit beers.

D: Not as horrendously sweet as I remember, but still approaching that level. I don't really know how much of this I could drink.

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Photo of Chizoad
2.65/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Brought to a party, so I figured what the hell. It's not often I'm gonna buy this myself.

Actually had a good pour, with nice, fat bubbles in the head. Cloudy, yellow beer with a white tint to it.

Very strong but pleasant aroma of apricots. Honestly it smell delicious, if not complex. A little sourness present in the nose.

Unfortunately this did not represent the taste at all. I know the beer probably shouldn't be sweet, but it seemed quite dry and astringent. None of the spice characteristics, and very little apricot flavor. Just a dull pucker.

Light body but very well carbonated.

Drinkability and taste often go hand in hand, and this is the case here. Barely able to finish it.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've seen this one for ages on local beer store shelves, but couldn't bring myself to drop 20-ish bucks for a sixer. Once across our southern border, however, $1.69 (even in Yankee dollars) for a single 12oz bottle seems oh so much more reasonable.

This beer pours a hazy, somewhat murky medium golden amber hue, with one finger of weakly foamy and mostly just soap bubbly dirty white head, which leaves little in the way of lace around the glass as it quickly recedes.

It smells rather strongly of semi-sweet dried apricots, some peppier peach notes, a moderately bready caramel malt, a subtle wheaty graininess, and meek earthy, leafy hops. The taste is more sweet apricot juiciness, tempered a bit by the natural acid offset, mildly wheaty and caramelized malt, a touch of hard water flintiness, and leafy, floral hops.

The carbonation is average, just an understated frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, well fruity in its plain-ass smoothness, and generally clean. It finishes off-dry, the muddled apricot fruitiness sort of loitering with the pithy pale malt, and the heretofore overshadowed hops carefully coming out of their shell.

At first glance and glug - a fairly one-sided affair, to be sure - ya gotta like the apricots to like this one. OK, once past that, this beer shimmers with the fruity balance of the sweet and adequately acidic, almost fruit wine-like in its bearing. Good stuff - once again, if you're suitably acclimated to the guest ingredient.

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Photo of LuthersMug
4.12/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Peachy color (pale orange and yellow). A bit hazy. Nice 1 inch pale yellow head. A bit of lacing.

S - This is the best part of the beer. Pleasant apricot aroma, sweet, but not overpowering.

T - Apricot up front, slightly sweet. Small bit of malts. And a little sour at the end.

M - Good carbonation, nice feel.

D - Yum

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Photo of JayQue
3.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I usually don't like fruit/vegetable beers but have stumbled on 2 fairly good ones lately. Long Train Blackbeary and this one. The key to both is that they are understated in the fruit department. The weakest part of this beer is the appearance. You only get a head with a very hard pour - white and bubbly, but it fades almost immediately. No lacing on the glass. The color isn't bad- it is after all apricot!! The smell is aromatic, primarily apricots. Tastes pretty good. Apricots predominate but there is enough beer here to cut the sweetness with a bit of finishing hops. Mouthfeel is rich enough for a light style. Drinkability is not bad. It is refreshing and the apricot is understated enough where you could drink a few.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A heavy orange appearance, could a fruit beer actually look intimidating? Maybe not intimidating, but this one at least isn't totally a fruit colored turn off. Aroma comes of legitimately as apricots, nice.

Taste, a little sweet still for my taste, but doesn't smash you in the face with sugar or sweet. Don't go looking for any hops in this like you would in the far superior Aprihop from DFH.

A good girlfriend beer. This is well made, just not for my tastes.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.26/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought this one for my wife, who was looking for an easily accessible apricot beer. Poured a medium orange color, with a good finger of rocky white head. Fairly potent and artificial apricot on the nose, as well as on the palate. A little malt, but mostly apricot. Drinkable and somewhat refreshing, especially when it still 90 plus outside.

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Photo of hu5om
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle into sa perfect pint
a-cloudy peach color. 2 fingers of fluffy white foam.
s-wow. holy apricot. sweet and tart. a bit grainy
t-big fake apricot. w/ a nice grainy wheat to finish. fairly abrupt ending with a little wheat lingering.
m-tart and creamy. pretty smooth and pleasant.
d-not sure i'd go for it again. but worth trying, i suppose. for a bigger macro, not terrible. good enough summer beer.

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Photo of aeminter
4.01/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Fizzy off white head that dissipates quickly leaving nothing behind. The beer is very hazy as one would expect from a wheat beer, and has sort of a pinkish-tan/brown color...kindo' looks like dish water.

S - Wow, this smells like fresh apricots...very sweet and a little acidic. That's really all I'm getting, but I think they hit the mark.

T/M - Pleasantly sweet with a distinct apricot flavor in the forefront. High carbonation characteristic of wheat beers. The body is on the lighter side of medium.

For what it is I will say this is a good beer, but I will likely not buy it again.

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Photo of bunnyhustle
2.58/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I gotta say I dont mind a good fruit beer but I had a real hard time with this one. Luckily it was just part of a sampler pack so I didnt have too many. Pours a murky yellowish orange with thick creamy head. Smell was of fruit, presumably apricot but I dont know because it smelled really fake and syrupy. Taste was about the same. Honestly it reminded me of eating a kids cereal. It had that fake fruit flavor to it. Didnt really notice too much else, couldnt get past the sweetness and syrup. Mouthfeel was fine, no complaints there. Overall a beer I wouldnt revisit again.

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Photo of StaveHooks
2.84/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a hazy deep orange, almost brown. A lively head that disappeared so fast I looked up and it was completely gone.

S - Apricots, simple sugars, apple juice,

T - Soured fruit/apricots, watery & very flat with no carbonation.

I can see where this might be a good and flavorful beer. This was flatter than Ally McBeal. It was like drinking watered down fruit juice. I think I picked up a bad bottle. Will try it again.

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Photo of philbertk
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pyramid Ales--Apricot Ale. 1997-98 12 oz. & 22 oz. Bottle. 5.10% ABV (3.25 / 5.0) Fruit Ale--Apricot--Light, smooth apricot touch. Good flavor in body.

1999 Orange Accents 12 oz. Bottle. 5.10% ABV (3.5 / 5.0) Fruit Ale--Apricot--Unfiltered light orange gold color. Light, smooth apricot touch. Good flavor in rich body. Well blended. Sampled 10/19/1998.

2001 12 oz. Bottle. 5.00% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Fruit Ale--Apricot--Big dense pellicle. Big head. Light lace. Cloudy bright apricot orange color. Mellow apricot wheat spice front. Light body. Smooth crisp apricot wheat malt flavor. Some sweet citrus notes. Mild hop end. Sampled 1/5/2001.

2002 Block Logo 12 oz. Bottle. 5.20% ABV (4.25 / 5.0) Fruit Ale--Apricot--Hazy rich light orange tan lemonade color. Rich head with nice lace. Light Apricot malt wheat front. Rich slightly spicy smooth wheat body with light sweet fruit flavor. Huge pellicle. Clean smooth end. Sampled 7/12/2002.

Pyramid Ales Breweries, Inc.--Apricot Ale--Apricot Flavored Ale--Old Block Logo 2005 12 oz. Bottle. 5.10% ABV--20 IBU's? (4.25 / 5.0) Wheat Ale--Apricot--Thick mild lace head. Cloudy lemon orange color. Mild Apricot hop wheat spice front. Rich creamy mellow malty Apricot wheat spice dry sweet ester body. Smooth mellow fruit citrus coriander hop end. Fresh! Sampled 7/28/2005.

Pyramid Brewing Company--Apricot Weizen Ale 2005 12 oz. Bottle. 5.10% ABV--20 IBU's? (4.0 / 5.0) Wheat Ale--Apricot--Big pellicle. Foamy mild lace head. Cloudy bright lemon orange color. Tangy mild floral Apricot hop front. Creamy crisp mellow Apricot wheat malty Hefe body. Tart dry clean citrus spice end. Refreshing. Sampled 8/31/2005.

Pyramid Breweries, Inc.--Apricot Ale--Unfiltered Malt Beverage With Natural Flavor--Refreshingly Unfiltered--America's #1 Fruit Beer 2008 12 oz. Bottle. 5.10% ABV--15 IBU's? (4.15 / 5.0) Fruit Ale--Apricot--Mild lace white head. Rich sediment. Cloudy bright lemon orange color. Mild Apricot hop wheat ester front. Cloying zesty mild tangy refreshing wheat Apricot citrus body. Tangy mild hop citrus refreshing clean zesty end. Smooth sediment mellowed Apricot notes. Sampled 5/14/2008. 6-Pack $7.99.

Pyramid Brewing Company--Audacious Apricot Ale--Unfiltered Wheat Ale--New Graphic 2009 12 oz. Bottle. 5.10% ABV--18 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) Fruit Ale--Apricot--Big tight sediment pellicle. Dense foamy mild lacy hint off white head. Cloudy apricot gold color. Nice Apricot aroma mild hop front. Mild creamy mellow sweet balanced smooth Apricot fruit ester wheat malt body. Clean refreshing mild citrus smooth end. Nice. Sampled 4/28/2009. 6-Pack $7.49.

Pyramid Brewing Company--Audacious Apricot Ale--Unfiltered Wheat Ale--New Graphic 2009 22 oz. Bottle. 5.10% ABV--18 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Fruit Ale--Apricot--Thin fizzy mild lace head. Cloudy rich bright apricot orange color. Mild apricot wheat fruit ester front. Rich sediment adds texture to Zesty fizzy mild sweet fruity wheat apricot thin body. Crisp clean lingering apricot mild hop end. Refreshing balanced wheat. Sampled 10/25/2009 2 @ $2.50 Each.

Pyramid Brewing Company--Apricot Ale--Unfiltered Wheat Ale 2010 New Name-New Label--New 6-Pack 12 oz. Bottle. 5.10% ABV. 10 IBU's? (4.0 / 5.0) Wheat Ale--Apricot. Thick pour. Big loose pellicle. Foamy mild lace white head. Cloudy bright Apricot orange color. Delicate floral Apricot wheat ester front. Creamy mellow sweet rich wheat balanced apricot fruit tasty body. Creamy refreshing light citrus fruit end. Easy, balanced rich wheaty nice fruit ale. Sampled 8/5/2010. 6-Pack $6.99.

Pyramid Brewing Company--Pyramid APRICOT ALE--Unfiltered Wheat Ale--Refreshingly Unfiltered Apricot Ale--Malt Beverage With Natural Flavor--2010 22 oz. Bottle. 5.10% ABV. 10 IBU's? (4.0 / 5.0) Foamy lacy thin head. Cloudy apricot amber orange color. Big sediment pellicle. Delicate Apricot wheat ester front. Mild sweet slightly cloying gentle apricot flavored malty wheat body. Balanced mild fruit citrus clean smooth end. Well made mellow fruit wheat. Sampled 9/19/2010. 2 Bottles purchased for $2.50 each @ Ken's Market--Phinney Ridge, Seattle on 9/15/2010.

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Pyramid Apricot Ale from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
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