Review: Cascade Brewing Apricot Ale | Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine
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Cascade Brewing Apricot Ale
99 out of 100
Cascade Brewing Apricot Ale

Style: American Wild Ale

ABV: 8.5

99/100
Aroma: 12
Appearance: 3
Flavor: 20
Mouthfeel: 5

Cascade Brewing Apricot Ale

What the brewers say

“Barrel-aged for up to nine months, then aged on fresh apricot for six months. Aromas of sweet apricot blossoms and tart fruit. Flavors of rich apricot flesh, then tart apricot notes. A sweet apricot finish.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Nice complexity in the nose—big apricot, slight Brett horse blanket, bitter lemon zest, and mango. Interesting apricot notes along with a white pepper/spice note that make it unique. Nice acidity/tartness on the nose to balance the sweet fruit character.”

Flavor: “Light Brett bitterness adds complexity. Candied apricot notes along with some berry notes and a bit of spice. A nice lactic tartness provides complexity and balance and accentuates the fruit without stealing the show. Finish is pleasantly balanced between tart and sweet, with fruit throughout.”

Overall: “A well-integrated, complex, and balanced apricot sour. Brett, Lacto, and apricot are all present and at different points are the focal point for the beer. Apricot definitely finishes the beer with a touch of lactic and pineapple to back it up. A refreshingly original take on the fruited sour.”

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