bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
you guys rank this a fruit beer ... why not IPA. Any hoo -- this starts smooth and fruity(apricot, but mild) and end snicely with strong hops, like an ipa should. Dog fish puts out a great product -if you like this -- youíll like their raison díetre
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 28, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Auburn amber color, little to no head. Rich apricot aroma, some phenol notes, but such are part and parcel to the apricot aroma itself. First thing I noticed was the balance between the apricot and hop flavors. Apricot nose, which gently melds into a panapoly of dried fruit flavors and a floral, almost spicy hop character. The finish is fairly phenolic, with an aftertaste of a more complete apricot flavor. Mouthfeel is light, but somewhat sticky, very light considering the alcohol content.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - APR 22, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Color of dark apricots, generous head, bubbly. Itís exactly what is promised, an apricot flavored IPA and it is mixed in excellent proportion. The aroma comes out slightly phenolic but somehow this doesnít come across to me as a negative. Apricot skin, grapefruit, orange, and other citrus fruits in flavor...itís just a freaking big old fruit basket! Effervescent and lightly acidic mouthfeel that seems to enhance the flavor. Tiny bit of alcohol evident. Very well-done and original.
bmd34202 (7) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - APR 21, 2005 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful copper color, subtle apricot (definately not a "fruit" beer) flavor that blends well with the hoppiness. A very good beer all around
eblackmanicus (4) - USA - APR 21, 2005 does not count
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fantastic. I was a little skeptical at first of an apricot IPA as I am with any fruity beer, but the apricot flavor is very subtle and pairs well with this hoppy IPA. The apricot enhaces the overall flavor without overpowering it. In a way, I almost wish the apricot flavor came through a little more, and was a little more noticeable. But overall, very pleasantly surprised. Nice copper color, and smooth finish. So good when it hits the lips.
spikee (96) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - APR 19, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent nose and flavor - fruity without being artificial like so many fruit/flavored beers tend to be. Very drinkable given itís somewhat high ABV (for a spring ale). One of the best fruit beers Iíve had.
macguy (146) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 18, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Iím starting to apreciate IPAís. This one is quite lovely. It has a nice dark amber color, a IPA nose with a light apricot top note. The flavor is typical IPA with a
BCAR (222) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light, sweet hop aroma with a fresh, pine touch. Orange/Amber glowing hue was very appealing. Nice malt presence to accompany the usual hop ipa notes. Easy-drinking brew a little different than other ipaís, but that is to be expected from this brewer. The apricots add a nice sweetness to the ipa. Another solid offering.
Sirjohn03 (39) - New Jersey, USA - APR 17, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
copper in color with a nice white head, slight ly carbonated, the apricot is noticible but not overpowering and the taste isnt as powerful as most IPAís
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - APR 17, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured copper and clear with almost no head to speak of. Aroma was faint, caramel and hops and a little skunk. The flavor of apricot was there, but definately in the background. Itís more of an IPA than fruity. Grassy hops dominated the flavor, along with the aforementioned apricot, and some caramel and malts lurking in the background. Finish wzs dry and chalky (maybe they left the fuzz on the apricot?) Itís alright, but probably not something I would pay for.