Sea Dog Apricot Wheat pours to a bright golden color with a tinge of orange. A respectable fizzy head of large bubbles quickly forms atop the brew, then just as quickly fades away. Sniffing the beer reveals a very fruity nose indeed.
Taking a sip, I get a lot of fruit flavor. This beer screams apricot, and it dominates the moderate, biscuity malt body of the beer. There’s just enough malt to give decent body and serve as a stage for the fresh fruit flavor to dance upon. The beer finishes remarkably balanced, and isn’t at all sweet in the finish to my taste.
Interestingly enough, although this is a Ringwood ale brewed by Shipyard in Portland, Maine, the usual buttery Ringwood ale character only makes a brief appearance in the finish. Overall, I very much like this beer. Not as much as Magic Hat’s #9, where the fruit is a bit more restrained. But this is a beautiful little warm weather refresher, brewed in Maine but perfect for a hot as Hades Georgia summer.
Those who eschew fruit beers altogether, however, will not enjoy this at all.
And remember, try a new beer today, and drink outside the box.
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