Goldorak (438) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 5, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Apricot jam pale orange, with massive, massive meringue that took forever to settle down. The cling on the glass was so strong it almost took me an ice scraper to get it off. A bouquet of flowers, freshly squeezed lemon juice and a cloying, fruity smell that may or may not be apricots. Carbonation is quite vivacious, middle is fruity, but a sour, tart kind of fruity. Then blamo, that Dogfish head hop salvo finishes it off, but not before giving your tastebuds a good beating.
Collestrophe (3) - USA - APR 5, 2005 does not count
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2006 Herein lies a kinder smoother 60 minute IPA. Dogfish’s familiar citrus bouquet -- that grapefruit-from-the-wrong-side-of-the-farm musk -- is mediated considerably by the undertones of dried apricot. The Raison d’Etre of IPAs finds new balance and delicacy with one rosin-orange-tinged addition.
Pours rose-amber in the glass with delicate white lacing. Its pungent fruits acquire new blended smoothness. The aftertaste, with its juxtaposition of grapefruit, lemon, bitters, butterscotch and dried apricot, now makes the tippler cry out more, more, more. Yes, the confirmed hoppist in me rather misses the blowtorch palate, the alcoholic backhand, of dogfish’s most pungent fare (especially when sampled via the Blind Tiger Ale House’s special intensifying treatment), but this latest rhapsody to hops proves tops in ingenious drinkability. I never quite got dogfish’s raison trope (whiy raisins?), but this apricot decoction is so conceptually tight it might as well be Japanese. The idea is the taste is the nose is the color is the lingering flavor that could make you down four back to back. Not only that, but they’ve sprinted past the lambic Belgian fruit ale idea that nearly everyone else has mined and offered something new. Need I gush more? This is one of Dogfish’s best.
jb (2430) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 4, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very mild aroma of peach-like fruit. Color is amber with white medium lasting head. Some fruit in the body, light hops kicks in and stays in the finish. Okay.
sirchris (42) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 2, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber body with a small off-white head. Slight fruity aroma. The taste starts fruity/apricoty, and ends quite bitter. The flavors blended then I would have anticipated. Quite refreshing too.
Arayaga2 (1876) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 1, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Faint aroma of apricot (who would have guessed?) and almost no head. This is a one trick pony with a little hops, and not much taste. Little bitta apricot too, of course.
Pailhead (5427) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - APR 1, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Nice citrus hop aroma. I guess there’s some apricot in there, but the hop aroma is what dominates. Pours a dark transparent amber with a white head with a pretty good orange tint to it. Decent retention. Lots of malt up front with apricots and caramel. Has a decent bitter finish leaving it balanced pretty well, maybe a touch more on the malt side.
Ernest (6573) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 1, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium amber.
Aroma is moderately hoppy (resin), lightly malty (cookie, toasted grain), with notes of apricot/peach (pit included).
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, creamy/velvety texture, lively carbonation.
Nice enough balance and mouthfeel, but I’m not a fan of the base beer here (the apricot is barely able to compete with the hops, and some hops are kind of apricotty by themselves, so the point of adding that fruit to a very PNW-hoppy beer is kinda pointless IMHO).
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 31, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour is Deep amber with a thin white head...smell is definately apricots and grapefruit...taste is sweet with hops wiping it up...too sweet...hops not nearly as aggressive as I had anticipated...finish is sticky sweet...nice gimmick, and the apricots play nicely with the grapefruit...
johnyvt (158) - West Hollywood, California, USA - MAR 28, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep orange color shows a lot of bubbles in the glass and a small, nicely retaining white head. A nicely balanced blend of strong malt hops with a fruity finish. Fruit seems to sour the beer on the tongue, softening the hop bitterness. An interesting beer to try once in awhile, but not necessarily the best thing you can get for the price.
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - MAR 28, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hop blast IN THE FACE. The first assault passed and fruit wafted out. Neat. The hops were extremely evident, go figure. The apricot comes in lightly behind all the hops, for a brief moment. I wish it came out a little more. A tad unbalanced.