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RATINGS: 1873   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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A strong IPA brewed with real apricots and finished with whole leaf Willamette and Cascade hops.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
shoeshineboy (81) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2004
Poured Golden Orange with a Pale Yellow Head. Aroma was oddly enough that of subtle fruit flavors and your typical IPA stench. I was expecting a more noticeable Apricot Flavor, but it was minute. The Extremely dry finish made this almost hard to taste the following sip, but All and all I enjoyed it.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mrpivo (1) - Franklin, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 13, 2004 does not count
I love this beer. Better on tap than in the bottle. The apricots are more pronounced in the tap version. The apricots produce a nice balance with the high level of hops as well as create a nice body and mouthfeel.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 12, 2004
Pours a murky burnt orange hue with a great rocky head and good lacing. Nose of citrus, pine and some fruit with some bread/yeasty notes. Nice bittering hops up front with a good malt profile that end with apricot flavor. Smooth finish. Very tastey brew.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dukefan (214) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 11, 2004
A very impressive combination of apricot and a strong IPA. I found it to be most pleasant on the palate with the fruit, and then a solid hoppy finish. Have been buying this whenever I can get my hands on it.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 9, 2004
Bottle. Well built IPA spine to hang the apricots/fruit from. Probably not a bad session beer. I would say this is a notch above most of DFHís standard brews (i.e., Chicory, Shelter)

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - AUG 9, 2004
12 oz. brown, longneck bottle. Simple notch on front label indicates it was bottled in 2004. So much for a freshness date then. Poured out a deep amber color, with a thick, sticky, tan colored head on it. The head faded back to a thin ring of lacing around the rim of the glass. Aromas are mostly of hops, Belgian candi sugar, some caramel, malts, and a faint fruitiness to it. Tastes are mostly of hops, alcohol, malts, and slight fruitiness at the very end, in the order listed. I really canít detect any apricots in this beer whatsoever. None in the aromas or the flavors. Slightly warming as itís swallowed, but nothing other than that. Sorry, I just donít get it.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PBOYNY (316) - Westchester, New York, USA - AUG 9, 2004
very sweet, heavy,fruity ale with strong, fruity aftertaste. somewhat heavy for a summer ale, wouldnt mind trying this one in late october

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cashazza (217) - Morganville, Maryland, USA - AUG 7, 2004
Mmmmm....Apricot (of course) in color and nicely hopped with hints of apricots and other light fruits.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - AUG 6, 2004
This has a nice orange,no a nice dark apricot color,cloudywith just a few fizzlies floating to the top.I like that the Fruit aroma are not overpowering as the hops do stand up and say" hey, I am in here to".Nicely done as the fruity flavors are suttle enough to let the hops and malts come out to play on your taste buds.The only thing I really didnít like is the flavors didnít linger long.Sti;ll a good fruit beer,which I normally have not cared for.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 6, 2004
Bottle: Another quality beer from DFH. Pours copper/golden amber with a huge tan colored head. I can see just tons of very, very tiny particles in the beer. Mild hop, and sweet malt flavors, with just barely a hint of apricots. Medium bodied beer, with juicy hops, citrus, sweet syrupy malt, and a hint of sweet apricot. Very crisp and clean finish. Great balance.


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