Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - JUL 10, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Looks great, tastes great, Apricot flavoring blended into a great beer. I’m very pleasantly surprised with Dogfish’s offering. My criterion for a fruit beer is that it is what the bottle says it is. Bonus points for living up to the billing. Very tasty, well balanced beer.
CamdenD (1094) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 10, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
I was impressed. Much better than the #9 from Magic Hat -- this beer is basically an IPA with all the hoppage and some apricots thrown in too. You barely taste them -- which is good. Nicely done... for a fruit beer.
pauliefrog99 (302) - FLINT, Michigan, USA - JUL 6, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured an orange reddish color with small white bubbly head. Nice pine grapefruit hop taste with a little bit of apricot flavor. The alcohol was well hidden. The finish was a little too sweet and sugary. Still pretty good though.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
a great ipa from dogfish. loved the hints of apricot, know its been done before, but brilliant when done by dogfish. sweet, but not too sweet. grapefruity, but not too much so. 7 percent was well hidden, great job here with a nice summer/spring brew.
Silphium (3173) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 5, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tried this after sampling Au Courant and it isn’t all that dissimilar. Again, this beer is too sweet and sugary, which leaves a muddled and confused palate. I picked up some grapefruit and pine as well as the fruit (which has a bit of an acidic bite), but these flavors were buried in the sugar matrix. Passable, perhaps better for the sweet-tooth.
SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 5, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
a good ipa. the apricot goes well with the hops. if you are a fan of dogfishhead you will be pleased with this beer.
jsquire (3499) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUL 3, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Jewel-like orange/amber color in my snifter with a thin off-white head. Nose of alcohol and apricots. Hop heavy grapefruit bitterness in a nice IPA. The apricot adds a very pleasant extra flavor that compliments the beer very well. I really enjoy this beer.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JUL 1, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep orange, thick, creamy off-white head. Nose marginally apricot, smells mostly traditionally IPA-esque, citric and hoppy, some malts are noticeable. Quite hoppy in the flavor, perfumed and crisp, nice apricot character blending well with the sweetness of the finishing malts. Nicely dry at the end. Rather creamy, good palate. Apricots are typically not particularly exciting, but I’m willing to be excited about this one.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 29, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber, light head and sparse lacing. I don’t know whats more dominant: hops or apricots. Both are very strong aromas. Flavors, the apricots beat out the hos. Malts balance this out nicely. Apricots are nice and mellow and this beer is very well balanced.
zborgerd (187) - Illinois, USA - JUN 28, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Make no mistake about it. This is a real Dogfish Head IPA, not some mamby-pamby Sam Adams fruit beer with artifical fruit flavoring. Initial look and flavor is not unlike the 60 or 90 mintue IPAs. Apricot flavor is very welcome, and not too overpowering. Dogfish Head is well known for making big beers, but this one is a bit less sedative and concentrates a bit more on being crisp and clean. This is a great summer ale for the big beer drinker. To a novice beer drinker, the hops will be heavy and overpowering, but the beer man will find this to be just the right balance... Somewhere around a Sierra Nevada IPA with a bit more kick and better balance, with a nice apricot finish. The apricot is not too overdone, which is common in almost all fruit beers. Nice job on the part of the brewers, for making a beer that's a bit lighter and doing apricot the right way. It's leaps and bounds above the terrible Punkin' ale of 2003.