Review: Apricot Ale, Pyramid

Apricot Ale
Pyramid Breweries — Seattle, WA

  • Style:  Fruit Ale (Wheat)
  • Bitterness:  Not specified
  • ABV:  5.1% ABV
  • Malts:   50% 2-Row Pale Barley, 50% Wheat
  • Hops:  Nugget or Summit
  • Sampled:  8 oz. growler pour  (Full disclosure:  sample provided by brewery).

Description:  "Our flavorful Apricot Ale boldly combines the taste and aroma of fresh apricot with the smooth finish of wheat malt. Its refreshingly unfiltered character and fruit flavor make it an ale worth savoring." — Pyramid Breweries

Random thoughts:   Last week, I wrote about branding and beer changes at Pyramid.  As a media event parting gift, each attendee received a growler fill.  I picked Apricot Ale.  I rediscovered fruit beers after attending Portland Fruit Beer Fest.  I've been planning to taste Pyramid's Apricot (their 2nd biggest selling brew behind Hefeweizen), so the timing was perfect.
The tasting:  Orange gold in color, opaque, with a white head that dissipated slowly.  Aroma is FULL of apricot with some wheat.  While the flavors are also apricot and wheat, they better balanced (as compared to aroma).  The apricot flavor is not overdone or sweet, and the wheat provides a nice tang.  The use of hops is subtle and leaves little bitterness throughout.  Apricot Ale is light to medium bodied, has moderately high carbonation, and is very drinkable.

Rating:  4 star.  Really Good!  I want this again!   If you like fruit beers and hefeweizens, you should give Apricot Ale a try.  If you shun fruit beers—don't.  This is a nicely balanced brew that makes a great summer drink (although it's available year-round.)

Have you tried Pyramid's Apricot Ale?   What are your favorite fruit beers?

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