Cascade Apricot Ale
Reviewed by Brady White on August 11, 2016 in Summer Guide
- Brewery: Cascade Brewing Co.
- Origin: Portland, OR, US
- Rated On: August 11, 2016
- Best Before: N/A
- ABV: 7.2%
- Ideal Temperature: cold to cool
- Style: Northwest Sour Ale
- Rating: GREAT !!
This 750ml caged and corked bottle pours a hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with four fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and creamy bone-white head, which leaves some layered descending cloud form lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.
It smells of rather tart stone fruit, sour yeast/bacterial infection, grainy pale and wheat malt, underripe lemon rind, and a small earthy and oaky woodiness. The taste is sharply acidic lemon, lime, and, sure, sour apricot ‘fruitiness’, a bit of musty and white cheesy funkiness, grainy and bready pale malt that has wisely battened down the hatches, a strange bitter green essence that might be hops (but who can tell), and more gentle oaky and vanillan woody notes. The carbonation is actually quite active in its near palate-coating frothiness, the body a decent enough middleweight, and smooth, that is if you’ve got your cognitive dissonance chip in full working order. It finishes off-dry, surprisingly, still good and sour/tart, but with a sense of a malt backbone that is determined to keep this one afloat.
Overall, a very well-made and bracingly pungent sour fruit ale, with the guest apricot having to share space with some of its pushier tart colleagues. An eye-opener, that’s for sure, even with the professionally hidden north of 7 points of alcohol, as well as the typically stratospheric shelf tag.