JMerritt (1724) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the Peoria Int'l Beer Festival. Light amber colored, with a small white head. Spicy hop aroma, hints of black pepper, I swear. Raw hop flavor, herbally and green, with a stale straw finish. Full and mildly carbonated mouthfeel.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 14, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber in color with a large white head. Aroma of fruit cocktail,specifically apricots in s sugar syrup,although very close to peaches.Sweet malt flavor with floral hop character and light citrus. Sorta of like #9 beefed up and injected with life.
willblake (2626) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, 2004 bottling. (3/13/04) After a couple near misses with fruit beers lately, I promised myself to stay away from these things. Next thing I know, I snag a 4-pack out of the hand of the clerk as she's stocking the shelves and run to the cashier, ready to try again.
Burnt orange to perfect copper in color. Absolutely clear, glowing, and lovely. Smallish white head (Duvel glass) that fades very quickly. (50F) The aroma is confusing and complex at first, my mind is telling me C-hops, but my instinct is arguing...I decide to wait it out until 60 F and try again. At 58 F I can't wait anymore and dive in. Smells like a Northwest IPA...floral hops - also note a pungent yeastiness emerging as it warms, as with a Belgian strong ale (like Duvel). Some alcohol is present in the nose. Pine, cabbage, reduced OJ, mustard grain...I am tempted to wonder if the beer is infected. I convince myself to have no fear and press on. Flavors are evergreen, bell pepper, orange citrus; velvety smooth front and across middle. The flavor of the beginning vanishes mid-way through and is replaced by an assault of aprihop. The use of apricots is apparent, but it is in no way jammy or artificial. The hops that I initially pegged as three-C's are Amarillo according to the website, so that makes sense and explains the citrusy notes. This beer is aptly named. No alcohol in the flavor, despite the 7% ABV. Not at all sweet or cloying. Very nice diversion for a fruit beer: the fruit only adds to an already tasty concoction, rather than defining the flavor. As the beer continues to warm (now 65-68 F), a bit of sourness comes to the forefront along with aromas and flavors of (I think) must and barnyard that are a wonderful surprise. My only complaint is a touch too much astringency, especially on the finish...a problem I'll happily deal with three more times.
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 10, 2004
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Translucent copper color. Low density short lasting off white head. Malty aroma with a faint hint of apricot. Thin, moderate bitter and sligthly fruity flavor up front with a hoppy finish.
BBB63 (5601) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 7, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Eric for this beer: Honeyed orangy hue with a white head and some lace. The aroma hints of apricot, floral hops, toasted buttery malts, grapes, and light spices. The taste starts fruity with a sharp bitterness following. A spicy and somewhat winey finish. Medium-bodied with a lively and crisp mouthfeel. A very quaffable fruit beer, surprising since I'm not a huge fan of apricots, recommended since this works.
temporrari (377) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 7, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2007 Pours deep, transparent orange. Short lived off white head that diminished into nice lacing. Fairly hoppy aroma. Subtle apricots in there. Flavor is smooth with no alcohol detectable. A somewhat underwhelming beer, but decent.
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAR 7, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 17, 2006 Initial aromas of fresh apricots and fresh hops. A bit earthy, too. The hops jump out first, slowly mingling with the apricot. Malt fills it out at the end. Malty, nutty, almost smokey aftertaste with plenty of piney hops. Can’t really tell if it’s an IPA with fruit or a fruit beer with big hops.
hotchick (20) - Delaware, USA - FEB 28, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark golden color. Sweet apricot and bitter hops. Small white head. This was nice.
ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 23, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2005 2003 draught at sunset grille. Light, muted orange color with a good clouded appearance. Decent white head on top. Nice sharp and clean apricot aroma along with some mild hops.
Opens up mildly bittersweet with a wonderful light but good, dry apricot flavor. As far as fruit beers go, the ones that don’t kill you with fructose and tons of sweet malt, while still providing a hops flavor are the gems, and this one really comes through. A wonderful clear apricot flavor mixed with a lovely dry hops cascade finish. Medium bodied, no problems with wateriness. I was surprised how lacking in sweetness this was. Well balanced. Moderate amount of carbonation. Alcohol well masked, adds a little bitter zip to the end. I will admit it is quite dry, maybe some small astringency problems. Could use a touch more malt, but I’d much rather they make it a bit too dry than way too sweet. 8/4/8/4/15 2004 bottle. Nose is perfumy, light hint of ethanol, dry fruit esters, delicate. Flavor is just awesome, it truly is an IPA first and then a hint of apricot. I think as this one warms, I’m seeing more malt than last years version, perhaps a bit more meaty apricot as well. It’s got a strange acidic bite mixed with too sweet and almost table sugar-like malt flavors. It’s great, but I really enjoyed the drier, more subtle apricot flavored version of last year. 7/4/7/3/12 Rating is an average of the two.
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - OCT 19, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orange, cloudy color with smallish white head. Apricot pronounced on the nose and sweet. Flavor like an IPA up front with apricot flavors hitting when swallowing. Nice medium body with very dry fininsh.