Cascade Apricot Ale

Reviewed by on August 11, 2016 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • 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 !!

The Review

From their House of Sour 2015 project, this is sour ale specialist Cascade Brewing’s barrel-aged apricot variant – and hopefully different enough from the one that they made with apricot pits.

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.

Brady White

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