The Apricot Blonde Ale from Dry Dock Brewing Company in Aurora, Colorado pours out an orangey brown in color, sort of like a dried apricot, with some cloud and is topped with a two finger, white head that slowly reduces down to a film with a quarter inch collar. The nose of this beer is spectacular. If you took a barrel and filled it half way up with freshly cut, tree ripened apricots and then stuck your head in the barrel you'd get the aroma coming out of the glass in front of me. Add in some dried apricot and a little yeast. It's almost like your nose can feel the fuzz of the apricot skin. In the mouth, lovely apricot flavors, but not overdone, along with a touch of cream, mild sweetness and a little yeast. Light side of medium bodied. Low side of moderate carbonation. Some lacing on the glass. Slight creaminess to the mouthfeel. Dry and slightly tart right at the end on a good length finish.
When it comes to fruit beers this is spot on. Redolent fruit aromas on the nose with restrained, yet prevalent fruit flavors in the mouth. Dry Dock has another stellar brew on their hand here. Highly recommended.
22 ounce bottle, 5.1% ABV
Beer 230 of 366 for 2012