Dry Dock Paragon Apricot Blonde Pro-Series Extract Kit w/Specialty Grains

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Blonde ale: pale, refreshing, balanced. Already a crowd-pleaser, but add in apricot and you’ve got one of Dry Dock Brewing Co.’s most popular beers. A very light, slightly sweet malt body is the foundation, accompanied by minimal hopping and classic American yeast. The secret here is using real apricot puree, which contributes fresh apricot flavor, additional body and a bit of fruity tartness. Some apricot extract added at bottling supports the flavor and extends it. The perfect end to a summer evening, or an excellent pair for a light almond pastry.

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Dry Dock Paragon Apricot Blonde Pro-Series Extract Kit w/Specialty Grains

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Blonde ale: pale, refreshing, balanced. Already a crowd-pleaser, but add in apricot and you’ve got one of Dry Dock Brewing Co.’s most popular beers. A very light, slightly sweet malt body is the foundation, accompanied by minimal hopping and classic American yeast. The secret here is using real apricot puree, which contributes fresh apricot flavor, additional body and a bit of fruity tartness. Some apricot extract added at bottling supports the flavor and extends it. The perfect end to a summer evening, or an excellent pair for a light almond pastry. Dry Dock Brewing Company of Aurora CO is one of the hottest up and coming breweries in the US. In the 6 years that it has been open, it has racked up more than a dozen World Beer Cup and Great American Beer Festival medals, including Small Brewing Company of the Year. But to try one of their amazing brews you’d have to live in the tiny section of Colorado they cater to. Good thing for the rest of us Dry Dock has worked closely with Northern Brewer to develop these Pro-Series beer kits. We’ve sourced the same ingredients and kept all the recipe particulars the same, just scaled down to your homebrewery. Enjoy!

Additional Information

Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons
Recipe and Instructions Click Here!
Regional Style USA
Beer Style Spice or Fruit Beer
Color Light
Original Gravity 1055
Total Time to Make 6 weeks

Customer Reviews

Just about perfect Review by Garrett
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This beer is tremendous. It surpassed my expectations. I did deviate from the recipe in one respect, because I only added 25% of the apricot flavoring during the kegging process. I guessed right, and it came out with just the right amount of apricot flavor. It's subtle; you have to think for a second, what kind of fruit is in this beer? I find that most fruited beers are disgusting and undrinkable. This one is not in that category. About the only negative thing I can say about it, is it is expensive. It costs about double what most kits cost, and for that reason I will probably make this kit about four times a year. (Posted on 4/15/14)
Great Fruit Beer Review by Andrew
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2 Weeks Primary, 3 weeks Secondary then kegged and force carbonated. This kit is a great fruit beer. I appreciated the use of the puree and I feel that it really infused the beer with a lot of love. The beer pours golden and hazy, and had a thick white head. The head retention was medium with decent lacing. The aromas from the glass were fresh apricot, followed by grains with a slight, to very slight hop. The mouthfeel of this brew was smooth and light, with very low bitterness. I was expecting a heavier beer with a lot more body due to the thick fruity aroma but it was very drinkable. I took a corny keg of this to a summer BBQ and it was a hit... all 5 gallons gone and people asking for more. I just purchased the kit again and will be brewing it this week. Going to test to see if it goes as fast in the winter as it did in the summer. I would definitely recommend this kit to fruity beer lovers. Even the non-beer drinkers loved this beer. (Posted on 9/25/13)
Fantastic Fruit Beer Review by Mike B
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Very highly recommended, I just bottled my second batch of this beer. The first batch disappeared quickly. Lots of fruit beers miss the mark, this one is a bullseye! I know summer is almost over, but not too late to brew it! (Posted on 8/20/13)
Fantastic Review by Mike
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This is the second time I've made this beer and love it. It is a great warm weather beer. (Posted on 7/12/13)
Great on a hot day Review by Tomas
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Fun to make - especially pouring in the puree! Needs at least 3-4 weeks in the bottle. I then chill the bottles for at least 24hrs. Hoppy and tart. A fresh tasting beer for the summer. (Posted on 7/6/13)
Great summer beer. Good for crowds Review by Bruce
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Brewed according to the instructions, but added 2lbs of honey with 5 minutes left, resulting in a extremely smooth and tasty 6.45 ABV. The honey immediately darkened the color but comes through in the taste. I am very happy with this beer and will look to make is again in early spring to server during warm summer days. (Posted on 6/27/13)
Great Flavor Review by Brian
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I brewed this beer on 3/26/13 and bottled on 4/20/13. What a great beer. I was concerned that using the extract would make the apricot taste too strong, but it is a great flavor. I have received lots of compliments on this beer. Definitely will make again! (Posted on 5/30/13)
Great fruit beer Review by Mike
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So many commercial fruit beers miss the mark, they just aren't beer (thnk Wild Blue). This one, however, is fantastic! I followed the recipe exactly. I don't think it has too much apricot at all. I did one week primary, then racked to secondary on top of the apricot puree. 2 more weeks, then bottled. I just opened the first after a week (couldn't wait). I'm sure it will be even better after aging a bit more. (Posted on 4/15/13)
Refreshing Review by Jonny Danger
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Made it for the wife and ended up drinking most of it myself. I went light on the apricot flavoring at bottling due to other reviews and wished I had added more. Think half a bottle would have done the job. (Posted on 3/9/13)
Everybody loved it! Review by Brian
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Easy to make (only a few extra steps), took some to a stoutfest as I knew there were people there that were not big stout drinkers and everybody loved it - even the stout fans! Nice aroma and flavor. Lot's of fellow-brewers asking me how I made it. (Posted on 12/18/12)
Great Summer beer Review by Roger
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This one is pretty strange, but makes for a great Summer beer. It was a hit at a big Labor Day gathering. Great aroma, bright flavor. (Posted on 10/2/12)
Patience Review by Chris
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We brewed this in Mid July. Easy brew day. 1 week in primary. I put the entire can of apricot puree in the secondary and racked the beer on top of that. Kegged about 3 weeks later. Apricot flavor was strong and a little too bitter. I added the entire container of apricot extract into the keg. The apricot flavor was then too sweet and had a strong metallic aftertaste. Another week of aging and it's getting good! Nice blend of apricot sweet/bitter. Metallic taste is gone. Another friend/neighborhood favorite. This one gets better with age so be patient and get to that 6-8 week point before serving it up. I would probably not use the entire container of extract next time. (Posted on 8/31/12)
Gold medal in the Colorado State Fair!! Review by Tim
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I brewed this kit in March and after a couple months it aged VERY well. On a whim I entered it into the Colorado State Fair Homebrewing Competition, and I won first place in the fruit beer category. My first time entering a competition! Everyone loves it. My wife gives it to all her friends (which means she wants me to brew more...woo hoo!! ). HIGHLY recommended!! Thanks Northern Brewer and Dry Dock!! Kudos!! (Posted on 8/27/12)
Loved It Review by Mike
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Brewed this in the spring so it would be ready by summer. After kegging, it lasted about three weeks. Everyone that tried it loved and I will definitely make this again. (Posted on 7/11/12)
Not what I was expecting Review by Justin
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This is a brew that don't normally do but was watching Brewing TV and it had me thinking about doing something different. It isn't my favorite beer but the more I drink it the more I appreciate the uniqueness. Great session beer especially during the drought we are having in Wisconsin. This also was the first beer that I have kegged and am loving the uniformity of each glass! Thanks Brewing TV for highlighting such great craft breweries. (Posted on 7/8/12)
Delicious Review by Noah
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Yeast: Wyeast 1056
Fermentation temp: ~65 degrees
OG 1050
FG 1013

Very simple brew day recipe with some fermentation and flavoring additions. This is a fantastically delicious beer. The puree adds a nice tartness that balances the sweetness of the beer with the additional flavorings. Wish I had made more. (Posted on 5/22/12)
Excellent Review by Blake
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This is the best brew I've made of the 12 I've done. 5 stars all the way. (Posted on 5/8/12)
Wow Review by Steve
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I'm not usually a fan of fruit beers, but this is fantastic. I will definitely make this one again, but I might use only half of the apricot flavoring when I bottle. (Posted on 5/6/12)
Very good summer brew Review by Aware
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This is a light, flavorful summer brew. We were concerned it would be too sweet/fruit-forward, but it isn't. You get a little apricot on the finish. We had lots of sediment in the bottle. We tossed gelatin in at the 10 day mark (secondary) and bottled on day 14. UFO! Nice flavor to the beer. Just clarify it better than we did. (Posted on 4/28/12)
Great already! Review by Kris
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Gave it a try after only 3 weeks in the bottle. Great flavors already! Definitely worth the wait. (Posted on 4/17/12)

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